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Hussam Hussein, PhD

University of Oxford
Department of Politics and International Relations

Member of the Young Academy for Sustainability Research
October 2021 - September 2024


Dr. Hussam Hussein is an ISC Fellow and senior researcher in environmental politics, based in Jordan. He also serves as a research associate in international relations at the University of Oxford, having previously held positions as a Fulford Junior Research Fellow at Somerville College and an Oxford Martin Fellow.

His research is centered on the role of discourses in shaping water policies in the Middle East, with a focus on transboundary water governance and critical hydropolitics. Dr. Hussein's work investigates the political economy of environmental governance, exploring the interplay between socio-political dynamics and environmental management strategies.

Dr. Hussein earned his PhD in international development from the University of East Anglia, where his doctoral research examined the nuanced discourses surrounding water scarcity and their impacts on regional water governance frameworks.

He holds academic credentials from esteemed institutions, including a degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the University of Trieste (Gorizia), studies in Middle Eastern studies at SOAS – University of London, and European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe.

Selected Publications

  • Hussein, H., (2018), "Lifting the veil: Unpacking the discourse of water scarcity in Jordan”, Environmental Science and Policy, Vol. 89, 385-392
  • Hussein, H., (2018), "Tomatoes, tribes, bananas, and Bedouins: a political economy analysis of the shadow state and of the politics of water in Jordan,” Environmental Science and Policy Vol. 84, 170-176.
  • Hussein, H., (2018),"Yarmouk, Jordan, and Disi basins: examining the impact of the discourse of water scarcity in Jordan on transboundary water governance”, Mediterranean Politics
  • Hussein, H., and Grandi, M., (2017), “Dynamic political contexts and power asymmetries: the cases of the Blue Nile and the Yarmouk Rivers”, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics, 17(6), 795-814.
  • Hussein, H.; Menga, F.; Greco, F. (2018), “Monitoring Transboundary Water Cooperation in SDG 6.5.2: How a Critical Hydropolitics Approach Can Spot Inequitable Outcomes”, Sustainability10, 3640.


  • Post-growth in texbooks: a comparative study of Ecuador, Germany and Jordan (with Cristina Espinosa and Matthias Kranke)
  • The geopolitical economy of an undermined energy transition: the case of Jordan, published in Energy Policy, 180, 113655 (with Benjamin Schütze)
  • Discourses and materialities of Jordanian climate change governance (with Benjamin Schütze)