Dr Juliette Harkin

Lecturer, Politics

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Politics and international relations , Media

Courses taught: Politics, International Relations

Juliette teaches politics and international relations with a particular interest in political and social change, revolution, international development and the role of media and social media in the political arena.

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Email: juliette.harkin@aru.ac.uk


Juliette obtained her MPhil in modern Middle East Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford and studied for her PhD in Politics at the University of East Anglia. Her research investigates the concept of dignity and its meanings and uses in differing contexts from social inequality to revolution. She has a particular interest in the social and political dynamics of dignity in Syria’s revolution and the Arab spring more widely.

Before returning to academia Juliette had an established career with the BBC World Service and led a major media development project for the BBC’s international development arm, BBC Media Action. She has taught politics, media and international development at the University of East Anglia and has undertaken consulting work relating to development and political transition. She has lived and worked in Syria, Yemen and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Research interests

  • International Development
  • Ideas in flux – dignity
  • Revolutions and Liberation movements
  • Non-western political thought and practices
  • Media reform and transition
  • Social Media and change

Areas of research supervision

  • International relations, media and politics


Juliette currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Inequality and Class
  • Politics and Social Media
  • Conflict and Communication
  • Global Political Issues
  • Comparative Political Systems


  • BA Hons University of Kent (1996)
  • MPhil Oxon (2009)
  • PhD UEA (2017)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Trustee for UK registered charity Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu) which supports Palestinians in higher education, academic writing and publishing and networking with UK counterparts.

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Consultancy for BBC Media Action, Internews and Chatham House
  • Research travel grants from the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), British Academy, to undertake research in Syria (2008) and Lebanon (2012)