Craig Larkin

Craig Larkin


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Research interests

  • Urban violence and divided societies
  • Memory, postmemory and conflict
  • Political Islam: Hizbullah, Hamas and the Islamic Movement
  • Religion, identity and politics
  • Heritage, conservation and sacred space
  • Cultural power and resistance
  • Peace processes, reconciliation and forgiveness

Biographical details

Dr Craig Larkin is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East and Deputy Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Divided Societies at King’s College London. Prior to joining King’s he was an ESRC Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter working on an ESRC funded project, ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’ (2008-2012).

Craig holds a PhD in Middle East Studies from the University of Exeter (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, 2009), an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice (LLM, 1999) and a BA(Hons) in Law and Politics (LLB, 1998) from Queen’s University Belfast. He also studied Arabic at Damascus University (2002-2004) and worked in community development projects in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.

He is author of Memory and Conflict in Lebanon: remembering and forgetting the past (Routledge: London and NY, 2012); co-author of The Struggle for Jerusalem’s Holy Places (Routledge: London and NY, 2013) and co-editor (with M. Kerr) of The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2015). He has also written articles and book chapters on memory and violence, urban geopolitics, Islamist movements and post-conflict politics. He is Co-editor of Hurst/OUP Book Series – Urban Conflict, Divided Societies , External Examiner for Birkbeck University of London and Advisory Council Member of The Centre on Religion and Global Affairs

His current book project is examining the Islamic movement inside Israel for which he was awarded a British Academy and Leverhulme grant (2016-2018).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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