Idir Ouahes

Personal details




Master of Research, University of Exeter

I undertook modules in a variety of topics focussing on quantitative (SPSS) and qualitative research methods as well as a core module on the historical sociology of the Modern Middle East taught by Dr. Daniel Neep.

I also took electives in philosophy of science, Western Political thought and discourse analysis.


Islam and the West, Freie Universitet Berlin

I was granted a scholarship to undertake a short term political science course at Freie.


SOAS, London

I undertook my Bachelor's degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.  I gained a First Class Degree in History that included study of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.


Professional/research experience

January 20 2014 - April 20 2014:

HM Government Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, London UK

At BIS I provided analytic and legal analysis support to the Labour Markets Directorate Work, assisting the economist.

I worked on the Employment and Social section of the Foreign Office led,government-

wide, consultation on the UK's relationship with Europe called the Review of the Balance of Competences.


December 2 2013 - December 22 2013:

House of Commons Library, London

As an intern with the Library I had the chance to research and write a note on the

P5+1 deal with Ira
n I  also gained an insight into the answering of MPs' enquiries while working with a fantastic team of dedicated researchers.


October 10 2013 - December 1 2013:

Scrutiny Unit,House Of Commons, London

I quickly integrated myself into a motivated team that supports both the Houses of Parliament in the pre-legislative scrutiny process undertaken by Committees.

  • I undertook legal research for the Draft Deregulation Bill Committee with regular meetings with colleagues in the House of Lords staff.

  • As a researcher and analyst on the Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill 2013, I took the lead in formulating briefing questions for MPs and Lords on the Joint Committee.

  • Finally as a researcher for the Foreign Affairs Committee I made use of my regional expertise to support a current enquiry into British policy toward North and West Africa.



CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Member, Society for the Study of French History


Middle East Studies Association Member


Member of Royal Society for Asian Affairs