Christopher Barrie

Group: Doctoral Student

Faculty AdvisorsDr Michael Biggs


Thesis: Labour Mobilization and Contentious Politics in the Middle East and North Africa

Email: Christopher Barrie

College: Nuffield


Prior to embarking on my doctoral research, I received a BA in Middle Eastern and European Languages from Oxford, before completing an MSc in Middle East Politics at SOAS and an MSc in Sociology at Oxford.
I am interested in collective action and the outcomes of major periods of mass mobilization. In a general sense, my research asks how studying the dynamics of collective protest can help explain uprisings and their aftermath. In this, I am interested in both the microsociological aspects of collective action as well as the role of movements and organizations in unfolding political processes. My specific focus is the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings of Egypt and Tunisia. For this, I make use of extensive hand-coded datasets of protest from the ‘Arab Spring’ uprisings, derived from Arabic- and French-language newspaper sources. I combine these data with qualitative evidence from newspapers and interviews conducted in the field to answer questions relating to the framing of revolutionary mobilization, the role of labour movements in uprisings and transitions, and the role of organizational strength and weakness more generally in processes of democratization. 





Social Movements; Labour Movements; Contentious Politics; Democratization; Middle East Politics




"The contentious politics of nationalism and the anti-naturalization campaign in Tunisia, 1932-1933," Nations and Nationalism, online: DOI 10.1111/nana.12254.

(with Neil Ketchley) “Opportunity without Organization: Labour Mobilization in Egypt after the 25th January Revolution,” under review.