MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Miss Gillian Kennedy

Gillian Kennedy is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Her current research focuses on new diaspora networks among British-Egyptians between 2005 and 2015, exploring the connection between diaspora mobilisation and political engagement before and after the Arab Spring. Gillian completed her PhD in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at King’s College London. She also holds a master’s in International Relations from Dublin City University and a BA in History and Political Science from University College Dublin. Before joining King’s, she worked as a lecturer at Regent’s University London and as a Middle East and North Africa product development analyst for Global Data.

Doctorate, King’s College London
Current or most recent Employer

Postdoctoral Research Fellow111

King’s College London
Time in Post - 2

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise

Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen,

Disciplinary or professional background

Political science

Contact Info

0044 7546282346

Department of Political Economy | King’s College London Strand Campus, Bush House (North East Wing) | Room 8.09 30 Kingsway, London WC2B 4BG
Social Media

@GillKenne (Twitter)

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Governance (National) ( 2 years )

Public Policy ( 2 years )

Conflict & Security ( 8 years )

Work relates to groups

Youth ( 2 years )

Refugees ( 2 years )

Areas of Policy Interest over the last ten years

Areas of Policy Interest researched, programmes designed and/or delivered in the last ten years

Public Policy

Governance (National)

Labour and employment polices

Conflict & Security


Academic publications
‘From Independence to Revolution: Egypt’s Islamists and The Contest for Power’. Hurst Publications/Oxford University Press. 2017

Academic conferences
Diaspora Incorporation Mechanisms: Sustained and Episodic mobilisation among the British-Egyptian diaspora after the Arab Spring’, presented at MESA, BRISMES, ISA.

Professional or Trade Press
Various articles for UK and ME based newspapers on Egyptian politics, political Islam and the 2011 Arab uprisings

BBC 5 Live, BBC Newshour, Das Spiegal Radio.


Social Media
Various conference speeches alongside my own appearances on my self maged YouTube channel

Policy Reports
As part of the Egypt Forum run by the FCO.

Policy Briefs
For - Open Democracy, The Atlantic, Council on Foreign Relations

Consultancy Reports
Wikistrat reports, Global Data reports.