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Jan Nathrath's PhD research focusses on non-oil rich states in the MENA that strive towards integrating nuclear power technologies to mitigate experienced energy insecurities.

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Jan Nathrath is a PhD candidate at the ‘Department of Politics and International Relations’, and member of the ‘Middle East and North Africa’ research cluster at Nottingham Trent University. His scientific interests are distributed across an ample and continuously expanding interdisciplinary field that encompasses issues such as inter-state resource disputes, territorial geopolitics and energy trade interdependencies.

Jan was initially exposed to matters of statehood, critical geopolitics and international relations theory during his BSc in ‘Geography’ at Royal Holloway, University of London.

His appreciation of the nation state, and its formative and decisive role in shaping the 20th C political world order, inspired him to investigate the permeability and impermanence of national identities as part of his BSc thesis.

By assessing the subjective representation of trans-regional identities in ethnologically-centred art galleries and museums in Northern Italy, Jan identified prevalent cultural conceptions shaping historical representations and contemporary cross-regional identities.

In particular, the territorial elements of inter-state relations, an issue central to his BA thesis, continued to captivate him, which, accordingly, motivated his decision to pursue a closely related master degree.

Consequently, Jan successfully completed an MA in ‘Geopolitics, Territory and Security’ at King’s College London, expanding his exposure to concepts of territory and international border disputes, whereby focussing especially on the legal, technical and practical factors of the creation and maintenance of land and sea borders.

Concepts of inter-state dependencies and particularly the strategic political-economic processes that steer intra-regional energy interdependencies continued to intrigue him. Jan, thus, decided to focus his MA thesis on the political-economic and geo-strategic effects of the Nord Stream pipeline, a natural gas conduit channelling Russian gas directly into Central Europe, while circumventing former transit states in Eastern Europe and the Baltics.

The assessment of EU-Russia energy relations surfaced principal issues of inequality and asymmetry in international systems that signify consistently re-occurring themes central to Jan’s current PhD research.

Importantly, the MA conversed issues of border and territorial dispute resolution by purposefully focussing on regional-level analyses, primarily located in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

This academic exposure to the MENA’s political-economic multiplicity and intra-regional asymmetry in carbon-resource endowment, encouraged Jan to expansively engage with energy-strategic issues pertaining to the MENA.

Logically, in his PhD, Jan strives to compound his wide interest-base by bringing together issues of energy-resource inequality, energy insecurity and trans-regional energy-trade in the regional context of the MENA.

His PhD research focusses, thus, on non-oil rich states in the MENA that strive towards integrating nuclear power technologies to mitigate experienced energy insecurities.

He is also a member of the Centre for Marine Ecological Resilience and Geological Resources (MERGeR).

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