CURRICULUM VITAE

DR. NICOLAI DUE-GUNDERSEN 

Professional Info

 

With four years field experience in the Middle East, I am using my exposure to Jordan, North Africa and the Gulf to explore how MENA governments attempt to maintain legitimacy though non-democratic factors. My work for religious NGOs has helped me develop a model to understand the power of religion as a political platform and my travels across Jordan have allowed me to examine other non-democratic factors manipulated by rulers, including tribalism, local identity and selective enforcement of socio-economic laws and privileges

Work Experience

 

Lecturer, United Nations
2020-present
I currently teach online classes on post-conflict resolution for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with Oxford Brookes for the summer semester and Open University Catalonia (UoC) for the winter semester
Political Commentator

2017-present

Guest commentator on the Middle East for various media outlets, including Al Jazeera, CGTN, Sputnik News and Voice of Islam. Topics include the Gulf, Turkey, religion in the Middle East, revolution, Jordan and private military firms

 

Lecturer, Research Methodology, Oval Training Centre, Amman, Jordan

June 2015 - August 2016

 

Teaching exclusively Arab students on the technicalities of academia was both engaging and challenging. My knowledge of Arabic allowed me to focus further on private lessons for MA students and how to approach the academic requirements of their theses (footnoting, contents layout, time management etc). 

 

Adviser, Arab Institute for Security Studies (ACSIS), Amman, Jordan

April-September 2013

 

Advising ACSIS on European NGOs and potential conference partners allowed me to build my network in Jordan with local, regional and Western colleagues from academia and governmental backgrounds. My familiarity with ACSIS partners and conference attendees allowed me to give a substitute lecture at Jordan University on behalf of a professor of MENA energy delayed in Baghdad and unable to attend (June 2015). It also helped strengthen relations with visiting military attaches and led to both my book lecture at Jordan University and my book seminar at the Swiss Embassy in 2016

Education

 

PhD, Political Science, Kingston University, London.

2016 - 2020

My thesis is titled The Legitimacy of Arab Governments During the Arab Spring. The PhD programme allowed me to merge my field experience with structured theory. The result has been that doctoral research helped me start a project on nationalism in the Arab world, using countries I have visited as case studies. I published a series of articles discussing how nationalism is constructed in Arab states. The first of these on Jordan was published by Open Democracy in January 2017, with the second piece on Oman also published by Open Democracy in June 2017 and others published by Al Bawaba in 2020.

Qasid Arabic Institute, Levels 1-3, Amman, Jordan

 

Studying Modern Standard Arabic (Fusha) for a year as an intensive course (each semester equivalent to one year of Arabic if part of a political science degree) helped me to engage more with Jordanian culture and in my travels. Concepts of Arab culture were more comprehensible and observable. Further, Arabic knowledge allowed me to diplomatically approach political and religious figures on sensitive subjects

 

Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland

 

A one year MA in Geneva forced me to learn French to better cope with locals and helped me start specialising in the Middle East. Many of my later published pieces were written during this period

 
Skills

 

Inter-religious Diplomacy

Editing and proofreading

Web editing

​Speech writing

Academic supervision

Languages

 

English (Native)

Arabic (Intermediate)

Norwegian (Second language)

German (Basic)

French (Basic)

Tel.00447551 319 261  I  Email: nicolaidg@ndgmena.com I  

© 2020 Nicolai Due-Gundersen

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