Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas
- Senior Lecturer in International Relations (Politics)
Gerasimos Tsourapas works on the international relations of the Middle East and the broader Global South, with a particular focus on the politics of migrants, refugees, and diasporas. He has secured research funding in excess of £1.35 million, and is currently the Principal Investigator of a five-year European Research Council Starting Grant project on migration diplomacy. He is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and has been elected as the incoming Chair of the Ethnicity, Nationalism, & Migration Studies (ENMISA) Section of the International Studies Association (2023–25).
Dr Tsourapas is the author of The Politics of Migration in Modern Egypt – Strategies for Regime Survival in Autocracies (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Migration Diplomacy in the Middle East and North Africa – Power, Mobility, and the State (Manchester University Press, 2021). He co-edited, with Prof Maria Koinova, a special issue on 'Diasporas and Sending States in World Politics' for International Political Science Review. His work has also appeared in International Studies Quarterly, European Journal of International Relations, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and other leading journals.
Dr Tsourapas has received numerous awards. The Politics of Migration in Modern Egypt was awarded the 2020 ENMISA Distinguished Book Award by the International Studies Association and was shortlisted for the British International Studies Association's L.H.M. Ling Outstanding First Book Prize. His work has also been recognised by the American Political Science Association (Best Dissertation on Migration & Citizenship, 2016), the International Studies Association (Martin O. Heisler Award, 2017), and the Middle East Studies Association of North America (Graduate Student Paper Prize, 2015). He also received the inaugural 2021 ENMISA Emerging Scholar Award by the International Studies Association.
Dr Tsourapas served as a Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University (2019–20) and The American University in Cairo (2013–14). He received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University (2006), an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007), and a PhD in Politics from SOAS, University of London (2016).
- 2022–27, ERC Starting Grant: The International Politics of Mobility Sanctions. Funded by: European Research Council.
- 2022–23, ISRF Flexible Grant for Small Groups Award. Funded by: Independent Research Social Foundation. Role: PI.
- 2021–23, The Libyan Migration State. Funded by: Society for Libyan Studies. Role: PI.
- 2020–22, The Rise of Transnational Authoritarianism in the Middle East. Funded by: Council for British Research in the Levant Pilot Grant. Role: PI.
- 2020–22, Non-State Actors and Migration Diplomacy in the Middle East. Funded by: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. Role: PI.
- 2018–2023, MAGYC (Migration Governance and asYlum Crises). Funded by: European Commission, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme. Role: Research Team Member.
- 2018–19, The International Politics of Middle East Migration: Problems, Policy, Practice. Funded by: British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. Role: PI.
- 2017–19, Migration Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean - Inter-State Politics of Population Mobility in the Middle East. Funded by: Council for British Research in the Levant Pilot Grant. Role: PI.
- 2017–18, The Politics of Forced Migration in the Mediterranean: Interstate Bargaining and Issue-Linkage in Greece and Jordan. Funded by: British Academy & The Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant. Role: PI
- 2016–17, Unpacking the Sending State: Regimes, Institutions and Non-state Actors in Diaspora and Emigration Politics. Funded by: International Studies Association Venture Research Grant. Role: Co-PI.
Gerasimos welcomes potential doctoral students who are interested in his areas of expertise, namely:
- The politics of the Middle East
- International migration and refugee diplomacy
- Transnational authoritarianism and diaspora politics
- Al Khulaifi, Sultan Abdalrahmn S M
Qatari Foreign Policy & The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict : A Constructivist Understanding
Current and previous PhD students (as primary, or co-supervisor) include:
- Al-Khulaifi, Sultan (2021–present)
- Project Title: Qatari Foreign Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Constructivist Understanding
- Wu, Wen-Yu (2017–21)
- Project Title: Waiting, Hopes and Futures: Experiences in Accessing Higher Education for Displaced Students from Syria in Lebanon and Jordan
- Alshamsi, Reem (2017–21)
- Project Title: Implementation of the International Standards for Countering Terrorist Financing in Different National Contexts
- Piazzese, Giovanni (2018–22)
- Project Title: The Evolution of the Egyptian State's Emigration Policy: Transforming Neglect into Engagement
- Mustafa, Ziad Abu Attiya (2015–18)
- Project Title: The Causes of Palestinian Disunity, 1993-2014
- Highly Innovative Teaching Award, Students' Representative Council – University of Glasgow (shortlisted, 2022)
- Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2021)
- Director's Teaching Prize – SOAS, University of London (2015)
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2021: International Studies Association – ENMISA Emerging Scholar Award
- 2020: British International Studies Association – L.H.M. Ling Outstanding First Book Prize (short-listed)
- 2020: International Studies Association – ENMISA Distinguished Book Award
- 2017: International Studies Association – Martin O. Heisler Award for Best Graduate Paper
- 2016: American Political Science Association – Best Dissertation Prize (Migration & Citizenship)
- 2015: Middle East Studies Association of North America – Best Graduate Student Paper Prize
- 2019 - 2020: Harvard University – Center for European Studies, Visiting Fellowship
- 2020 - Present: Comparative Migration Studies
- 2020 - Present: Migration Politics
Professional & learned societies
- 2020 - Present: Trustee (elected), Council for British Research in the Levant
- 2017 - 2021: Treasurer (elected, two consecutive two-year terms), International Studies Association – Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies Section