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Gabriel Garroum is an inter-disciplinary, creative researcher specialised in International Relations and Middle East Politics. He is interested in discussions on war and political subjectivity, the materiality of urban spaces in the postcolonial Middle East, and the use of visual/aesthetic methods to explore lived experiences of war. He holds an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS, and is currently pursuing an ESRC-funded PhD at the Department of War Studies.

He is a Member of the Research Centre in International Relations (RCIR), and taught International Relations Theory as a Graduate Teaching Assistant 2018-2019 at King's, he has also delivered monographic sessions on Middle East issues at ESADE Barcelona since 2017.

He regularly contribute to different Spanish media outlets regarding Middle Eastern politics and security issues. He recently co-produced Això era casa meva/This was my Home (2019), a documentary on the Syrian Civil War premiered at the British Film Institute (BFI). Born in Barcelona, he has lived in Spain, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, and Turkey, where he worked at the Spanish Commercial Office (2015-2016).

Thesis Title

On Material Destruction and Political Subjectivity: A Postcolonial Inquiry into the Cityscapes of Wartime Syria

Research Interests

War and Subjectivity; Critical Urban Geopolitics; Critical IR theory; Aesthetic and Visual Methods


Professor Vivienne Jabri (first)  and Professor Claudia Aradau (second)