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Joey Shea

PhD Student

Research interests

  • Conflict
  • Security

Contact details


Her research examines civil-security sector relations in authoritarian states and the repression-dissent nexus, with a focus on Egypt and the Middle East. Joey has consulted and conducted research for the World Bank, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, Frontline Defenders, the Open Technology Fund, SMEX, and many other local and international research institutes and development organizations.

She holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from McGill University. She also studied Arabic language and literature at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Beirut.


  • Civil-security sector relations
  • Repression and dissent nexus
  • Authoritarianism and political violence
  • Disinformation, info operations, surveillance and censorship
  • Egypt, Middle East and North Africa


Dr Oisín Tansey


Media articles

North Sinai’s Information Blackout. June 2021. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Hate Speech, Social Media and Political Violence in Iraq: Virtual Civil Society and Upheaval. February 2021. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Coordinated Behavior in Libya’s Regional Disinformation Conflict. February 2021. Lawfare.

Egypt’s Digital Foreign Policy. January 2021. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Disinformation Wars in Egypt: The Inauthentic Battle on Twitter between Egyptian Government and Opposition. October 2020. Just Security.

Disinformation Campaign Targets Rape Victim and Witnesses in Egypt. October 2020. The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy.

Policy Papers 

Data Protection and Privacy Laws In MENA: A Case Study Of Covid-19 Contact Tracing Apps . February 2021. SMEX & Cyrilla, joint publication.

Coordinated Leak: Egypt’s Primetime Execution Video. January 2021. The Media Manipulation Casebook, Shorenstein Center.