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Politics and International Relations (PIR): People


Nur Abdelkhaliq

Nur Abdelkhaliq
Dr Nur Abdelkhaliq
Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Research Interests
European Union migration policy, European Union relations with the Mediterranean, Public policy, Political Sociology, International Organisations, International migration governance


  • PhD in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh (2012)
  • MA in Comparative Politics, University of York (2006)
  • BSc Biology / Minor in Political Studies, American University of Beirut (2005)


Nur taught on the Honours module 'Europe and International Migration' in the Autumn 2014/15 semester. Between September 2012 and February 2013, she provided research assistance for examining the impact of Politics and International Relations research for the REF 2014. Nur was also Research Assistant on the project 'Multilateralism and the EU in Contemporary Global Order' (MERCURY), funded under the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme; and has taught in a number of PIR and SSPS modules: 'The European Union in International Affairs' (MSc), 'The Politics of the Middle East' (Honours), 'International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond' (second year undergaduate), and 'Social and Political Enquiry' (second year undergraduate).


Nur's research interests include European migration policy and politics, EU relations with the Mediterranean region, and international organisations and migration governance.  



  • 'The energy and migration dimensions of the EU's cooperation with the Mediterranean' (with Silvia Colombo) in C. Bouchard, J. Peterson and N. Tocci (eds.) Multilateralism in the 21st Century: the European Union and the Quest for Effectiveness (Routledge, 2014).
  • 'The European Union and Multilateralism in the Mediterranean: Energy and Migration Policy' (with Silvia Colombo), MERCURY e-paper 18, January 2012.
  • 'Externalising Migration Policy: The European Union's 'Global' Approach', MERCURY e-paper 4, September 2010.



Conference Papers

  • 'The European Commission and International Organisations: Looking for an alternative venue for migration policy', Disciplining Global Movements: Migration Management and its Discontents International Workshop, 13 November 2010, University of Osnabrueck, Germany.
  • 'Negotiating Readmission: Morocco, the European Commission and the 'Global' Approach', 60th Political Science Association Annual Conference, 29 March-1 April 2010, Edinburgh, UK.
  • 'The migration-development nexus in EU external policy: Incoherent objectives and shifts over time', 2nd ECPR Graduate Conference, 25-27 August 2008, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

Teaching Experience

  • Tutor on the undergraduate Honours course 'Europe and International Migration' (Autumn 2014/15)
  • Course convenor for the postgraduate module 'The European Union in International Affairs' (Spring 2013/14)
  • Lectured and tutored on the Honours course 'Europe and International Migration' (Spring 2012/13)
  • Tutored on the undergraduate module 'Social and Political Enquiry' (Spring 2012/13)
  • Senior tutor for the undergraduate module 'International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond' (Autumn 2012/13).
  • Course convenor for the undergraduate Honours course 'Europe and International Migration' (Spring 2010/11).
  • Tutor on the undergraduate Honours course 'Politics of the Middle East' (Autumn 2010/11).
  • Lectured and tutored on the undergraduate Honours course 'Europe and International Migration' (Spring 2009/10).
  • Tutored and lectured on the undergraduate Honours course 'Politics of the Middle East' (Spring 2008/9).



 Migration and Citizenship Research Group, University of Edinburgh 

 Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet), University of Glasgow


Other activities

Nur has acted as Consultant on Labour Migration for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tripoli, Libya.

Nur has also been guest instructor for Carleton College's off-campus programme Identity and Belonging in the New Europe, teaching on the politics of the European Union.