Hassan Hakimian

Hassan Hakimian

Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Department

MENA economies, Labor Markets, Economic Sanctions, Inclusive Growth, Economics of Arab uprisings, Economic Sanctions in the MENA Context


Dr. Hassan Hakimian is Professor of Economics and Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Department (MESD) at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Hamad Bin Khalifa University ). During 2010-19, 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 Business School, London, where he was responsible for Executive MBA Programs and set up pioneering EMBA programs in Shanghai and Dubai. His research focuses on MENA economies, specifically labor markets, economic sanctions, inclusive growth and the economics of Arab uprisings. Professor Hassan Hakimian 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). Dr. Hakimian is a Founding Member and a past President of the International Iranian Economic Association (IIEA), a Research Fellow and Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Cairo. 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 programmes 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.


  • D.Phil., Sussex University, UK, 1987 – Dissertation Title: Structural Transformation & Labour Transfer in Iran’s Economic Development, 1900-1979 
  • M.Phil., Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK, 1980
  • B.Sc., Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, UK, 1977


  • Director, Middle Eastern Studies Department, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Qatar, 2019 – Present
  • Director, London Middle East Institute (LMEI); Reader, Economics Department, SOAS (University of London), Feb 2010- 2019
  • Senior Lecturer in Economics, Faculty of Finance, Cass Business School, City University London, 2002-2010
  • Associate Dean, Cass Business School – Oversight and leadership of international partnership/off-campus programmes delivering innovative, modular Executive, City University of London, 2003 – 2007
  • Senior Lecturer in Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS , 1995-2002 
  • Director, Centre for International Education in Economics (CIEE), SOAS, University of London 1994-1997
  • Lecturer in Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, 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


· Handbook on the Middle East EconomyEdited by Hassan Hakimian; London: Routledge, 2021. 

· Environmental Challenges in the MENA Region: The Long Road from Conflict to Cooperation, H. Pouran & H. Hakimian; London: The Gingko Library, 2019

· Iran and the Global Economy: Petro Populism, Islam and Economic Sanctions, co-edited with Parvin Alizadeh, London: Routledge, 2014

· Trade Policy and Economic Integration in the Middle East and North Africa: Economic Boundaries in Flux (co-edited with Jeffrey B Nugent), London: Routledge-Curzon, 2004

· The State and Global Change: The Political Economy of Transition in the Middle East & North Africa, co-edited with Z. Moshaver, London: Curzon Press, 2001

· Labour Transfer and Economic Development: Case Studies from Iran, Hemel Hempstead (UK); Boulder, CO, USA: Harvester Wheatsheaf and Lynne Rienner, 1990


· Saharan Sand and Dust Storms and Neonatal Mortality: Evidence from Burkina Faso’, by Seyed M. Karimi, Hamid Pouran, Mahdi Majbouri, Maziar Moradi-Lakeh and Hassan Hakimian, Science of The Total Environment, 2020

· ‘From Oil Rents to Inclusive Growth: Lessons from the MENA Region’, The Economic Research Forum, Working Paper No. 1380, December 2019. 

· “The Regional Security Complex in the Persian Gulf: The Contours of Iran’s GCC Policy”, Co-authored with Jianwei Han, Asian Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, 2019

· ‘Seven Fallacies of Economic Sanctions’, Project Syndicate, Op-Ed, 7 May 2019

· ‘De las rentas del petróleo al crecimiento inclusivo: lecciones aprendidas de la región MENA‘, Awraq 15, pp 125-148, 2018

· ‘Can Trump’s Sanctions Break Iran?’, Project Syndicate, Op-Ed, 3 September 2018.

· ‘What’s Driving Iran’s Protests?’, Project Syndicate, Op-Ed, 6 January 2018. 

· ‘Iran’s Long Economic Journey’, Project Syndicate, Op-Ed, 24 May 2017. 

· ‘Why Economists Missed the Arab Spring’, Project Syndicate, Op-Ed, 20 March 2017. 

· ‘The Historians’ View – What is the Political Impact of High Youth Unemployment?’, BBC History Magazine, November 2016, pp. 14-15.

· ‘Iran’s Economy After the Elections’, Project Syndicate, Op-Ed, 7 March 2016. 

· ‘Kicking Away the Migration Ladder?‘, The Middle East in London, vol. 12, no. 4, June-July 2016, pp. 13-14.

· ‘GCC Economic Integration: Fiction or Reality?‘, Hakimian, Hassan and Abdulaal, Abdulla (2015), Khamsoon. pp. 1-8., 2015

· The Search for Inclusive Growth in North Africa: A Comparative Approach, Tunis: African Development Bank, 2013

· ‘The Economic Prospects of the ‘Arab Spring’: A Bumpy Road Ahead.‘, CDPR Development ViewPoint (63). pp. 1-2., 2011

· ‘Iran’s Free Trade Zones: Backdoor to the International Economy?’, Iranian Studies, 44 (6): 851-74, 2011

· ‘Institutional Change, Policy Challenges and Macroeconomic Performance: Case Study of Iran (1979-2004)’, Commission on Growth & Development (2008), Working Paper No 26; World Bank, Washington DC, 2008

· ‘Irán: La economía después de la revolución’, Vanguardia – dossier, No. 24. julio/septiembre, pp. 70-76., 2007

· ‘From Demographic Transition to Fertility Boom and Bust: Iran in the 1980s and 1990s’, Development & Change, 37(3): 571-97., 2006

· ‘The Domestic Context of Managing the Oil Wealth’, Oxford Energy Forum, no. 64, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies: 5-7., 2006

· ‘Oil, Economic Diversification and the Democratic Process in Iran’, joint paper with M Karshenas, Iranian Studies, 38 (1): 67-90., 2005

· ‘Industrialization – The Mohammad Reza Shah Period, 1953-79‘, Encyclopaedia Iranica, edited by E Yarshater, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, California, USA, 2005 (with Massoud Karshenas), ISBN 0-933273-86-X, pp. 110-19., 2005

· ‘Industrialization – The Reza Shah Period and its Aftermath, 1925-53‘, Encyclopaedia Iranica, edited by E Yarshater, Mazda Publishers, Costa Mesa, California, USA, ISBN: 0-933273-84-3, pp. 105-10., 2004

· ‘Water Scarcity and Food Imports: An Empirical Investigation of the “Virtual Water” Hypothesis in the MENA Region’, Review of Middle East Economics and Finance, 1 (1): 71-85., 2003

· ‘From MENA to East Asia and Back: Lessons of Globalisation, Crisis and Economic Reform’, Ch. 4 in Hakimian and Moshaver (eds, 2001), The State and Global Change.