Mohamed Hassan Hakimian | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Dr. Hassan Hakimian

Professor and Interim Dean
Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Phone+974 44541735
  • Office locationC.00.061, Ground Floor, Minaretein Building


Dr. Hassan Hakimian is the Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at HBKU, Qatar, a Professor of Economics, and Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD). During 2010-2019, he was Director of the London Middle East Institute (LMEI) and Reader in the Economics Department at SOAS University of London. Prior to that, he was an Associate Dean at Cass (now Bayes) Business School, London, where he was responsible for Executive MBA Programs and set up pioneering programs in Shanghai and Dubai.  

His research focuses on MENA economies, specifically labor markets, economic sanctions, inclusive growth, and the economics of Arab uprisings. He is the author of "Labour Transfer and Economic Development” (1990), co-editor of “The State and Global Change” (2000 with Ziba Moshaver), “Trade Policy and Economic Integration in MENA” (2003 with Jeff Nugent), “Iran and the Global Economy: Petro Populism, Islam and Economic Sanctions” (2014 with Parvin Alizadeh) and “Environmental Challenges in the MENAS Region” (2019 with Hamid Pouran). His latest work is the edited volume “The Routledge Handbook on the Middle East Economy” (2021).

Dr. Hakimian is a Founding Member and a past President of the International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA), a Lifelong Research Fellow, and a former Chair of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) Advisory Committee in Cairo. He currently serves as a Board member of the ERF. He is the Founder and Series Editor for the “Routledge Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa,” which he launched in 2003.

One of the programs he directed at SOAS at the Centre for International Education in Economics (CIEE) won the Queen’s Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1996.


Research Interests

  • Economic Development and Growth in the MENA Region
  • Inclusive Growth in the MENA Region
  • Economics of the Arab Uprisings
  • Human Resources and Labour Markets in the Middle East
  • Economic Sanctions in the MENA Context



London Middle East Institute (LMEI); Reader, Economics Department, SOAS (University of London): Leadership and oversight of LMEI, an interdisciplinary, renowned, specialist institute promoting understanding of the Middle East.

2010 - 2019
  • Associate Dean

    Cass Business School, City University London.

    2003 - 2007
  • Senior Lecturer in Economics

    Faculty of Finance, Cass Business School, City University London.

    2002 - 2010
  • Senior Lecturer in Economics

    SOAS, University of London.

    1995 - 2002
  • Director

    Centre for International Education in Economics (CIEE), SOAS, University of London.

    1994 - 1997
  • Lecturer in Economics


    1993 - 1995
  • Lecturer in Agricultural Development

    Wye College (University of London).

    1989 - 1993
  • Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Economics,

    North Staffordshire Polytechnic.

    1987 - 1989
  • Visiting Lecturer in Economics

    Business Management Department, Brighton University.

    1982 - 1987



University of Sussex, UK

1979 - 1987
  • MPhil (Development Studies)

    University of Sussex, UK

    1977 - 1979
  • BSc (Econ)

    London School of Economics, University of London.

    1974 - 1977

Selected Publications