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Najwa Al Beshti is PhD Candidate in the department of Defence Studies. Her research interests include the dynamics of religion, tribalism, corruption, and oil challenge, and how such factors have restricted the rentier state of Libya. Also addresses the cycle of such constrains pre and post of the so-called “Arab spring”. She holds an MSc in Management, an MA in Marketing, and an MBA Master of Business Administration major in Business Administration.

Prior to her PhD, Najwa worked for 21 years at National Oil Corporation Libya (NOC) as senior in different posts, including the head of crude oil contract department.


Thesis title: Constraints of the Past, Constraints of the Future:
Libya’s troubled transition path and how the perpetual dynamics of religion, tribalism, corruption, and oil challenge the rentier state model

Research interests

  • Transparency
  • Anti-corruption NGO’s
  • Politics
  • Oil & Gas industries


Dr Jonathan Hill