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Eckart Woertz




Eckart Woertz is a senior research fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB) and scientific advisor to the Kuwait Chair at SciencesPo. Formerly he was a visiting fellow at Princeton University, director of economic studies at the Gulf Research Center (GRC) in Dubai and worked for banks in Germany and the United Arab Emirates. He teaches at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and is visiting faculty at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at SciencesPo during the spring semester 2014.

He is author of Oil for Food. The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East (Oxford University Press 2013) and editor of GCC Financial Markets: The World’s New Money Centers (Berlin: Gerlach Press 2012). Articles of him have been published in Food Security, International Development Policy, the International Jornal of Water Resoruces Management, Globalizations, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, The Handbook of Oil Politics and other edited volumes. He has been a commentator to international media outlets like BBC and Al Arabiya and has contributed to various policy papers.

He has consulted international and regional organizations such as UNCTAD, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning. His research interests include the politicla economy of the Middle East, food security, energy issues, economic diversification and sovereign wealth funds.

He serves on the editorial boards of Food Security and the Journal of Arabian Studies and holds a PhD in Economics from Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he conducted research about structural adjustment politics in Egypt. He can be followed on Twitter @eckartwoertz and at www.oiforfood.info.



- Oil for Food. The Global Food Crisis and the Middle East (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013)

- GCC Financial Markets: The World’s New Money Centers (ed.) (Berlin; London: Gerlach Press, 2012)


- “Historic Food Regimes and the Middle East,” in Zahra Babar and Suzi Mirgani (eds.) Food Security in the Middle East (London: Hurst and New York: Oxford University Press 2014)

- “The Governance of Gulf Agro-Investments,” in Globalizations, Vol. 10, Issue 1, Special Issue: Governing the Global Land Grab, 2013

- Europe Alone at Home? The EU, Energy Security and the MENA Region,” in Gianluca Sadun Bordoni (ed.) Il mediterraneo dopo la Primavera arabe (Rome: Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013)

- “Food Security in the United Arab Emirates,” in Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) (ed.) Water and Food Security in the Arabian Gulf (Abu Dhabi: ECSSR, 2013)

- “Saudi Arabia,” in Hanns Günther Hilpert, Stormy-Annika Mildner (eds.) Unilateralism or International Cooperation? Analysis and Comparison of Raw Materials Strategies in the G20 States, (Berlin: Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik/ German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), February 2013)

- “The Domestic Challenges in the Saudi Energy Market and Their Regional and Geopolitical Implications,” Norwegian Peacebuiliding Resoruce Center (NOREF), Policy Brief, 29 November, 2013

- “Syria’s War Economy and Prospects of Reconstruction,” Notas Internacionales 77, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), September 2013

-”Syria Under Stress: Did Drought Trigger the Crisis in Syria?” Footnote1, 12 September 2013 (with Jeannie Sowers and John Waterbury)

- “The Global Food Crisis and the Gulf’s Quest for Africa’s Agricultural Potential,” in Tony Allan, Martin Keulertz, Suvi Sojamo, Jeroen Warner (ed.), Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa: Foreign Direct Investments and Food and Water Security (London, New York: Routledge 2012)

- “Arab Food, Water and the Big Landgrab that Wasn’t,” The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 18, Issue 1 (Fall/ Winter 2011), 119-132


- “Egypt: Return of the Deep State,” openDemocracy, 20 January 2014

- “Neither Euro-Dämmerung nor Grand Bargain: Implications of the German Elections for Spain,” CIDOB Opinión 205, September 2013

-”What Do Syrians Eat? Food and the War Economy,” openDemocracy, 12 September 2013

-”Personalities vs. Institutions: Lessons of Qatar’s Transition,” CIDOB Opinión 199, June 2013



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