Joe Worthington

Area and Development Studies

PhD Researcher in Area and Development Studies (ESRC 1+3)
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2016

Research topic: An Assessment of Pax Britannica through the British Residencies in the Persian Gulf and Contextualisation into Contemporary Anglo-Gulf Relations

My research is focused on the Pax Britannica that Britain developed in the Gulf as a result of the British Persian Gulf Residency, between 1763 and 1971, the state building processes, dependency, and rentierism that was left behind post-independence. I am particularly interested in assessing how Britain’s position in the Gulf emerged as a tool of trade and defence in 1763, evolving into an entrenchment of the British position through the residencies, and then re-emerging again as a system of trade and defence after 1971. My research will contextualise contemporary Anglo-Gulf relations into Britain’s historic legacy in the region.

Research supervisors: Dr James Onley, Dr Marc Valeri

Professional memberships/Positions held:

Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society