Research Staff

Robert Forster

PhD candidate

Political scientist with interest in governance, peacebuilding, and the Middle East.

Robert is the PhD fellow at CMI on the project, ‘Urban Displacement, Development and Donor Policies in the Middle East’ (URBAN3DP). He is writing his PhD thesis on urban refugee governance in Tripoli, Lebanon.

Before joining CMI, Robert was a Research Associate with the Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh, and a core contributor to the PA-X Peace Agreement database. He was also a researcher on the UN Women project, 'Enhancing Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Peace in Fragile Contexts in the MENA Region' and an Edinburgh team member on the Yemeni Voices project.

Robert’s work has appeared in Middle East Journal, the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and Middle East Policy. He hold degrees from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.