Dr Harry Verhoeven

Senior Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP), School of International and Public Affairs



Dr. Harry Verhoeven studies the political economy of climate change, international relations and the linkages between water, energy and food security. His regional focus is on Africa, the Middle East and the Western Indian Ocean.

He is the author of two monographs: Water, Civilisation and Power in Sudan. The Political Economy of Military-Islamist State Building (Cambridge University Press) and Why Comrades Go To War. Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa’s Deadliest Conflict (with Philip Roessler, Oxford University Press/Hurst).

He is the editor of two books: Environmental Politics in the Middle East. Local Struggles, Global Connections (Oxford University Press/Hurst) and Beyond Liberal Order: States, Societies and Markets in the Global Indian Ocean (Oxford University Press/Hurst). He has also edited the following special issues: Marx and Lenin in Africa and Asia: Socialism(s) and Socialist Legacies (for Third World Quarterly) and Water Security in Africa in the Age of Global Climate Change (for Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences).

Dr. Verhoeven is a Senior Advisor to the European Institute of Peace. He also founded the Oxford University China-Africa Network in 2009 and remains its Convenor. He is an Associate Member of the Department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Oxford and was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Cambridge. He has collaborated extensively with key policy actors, including the World Bank, the European Union, various agencies of the United Nations, governments in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America and non-governmental organizations. For more than a decade, he has served as an expert witness in various legal cases pertaining to mass atrocities, development-induced displacement and human rights violations in various African states.

Dr. Verhoeven holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA/MA (Licence) from Gent University.