Emma Murphy is professor of political economy and Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. She began her research career studying the political economy of Israel-Palestine, moving to study economic and political liberalisation in North Africa. In recent years she has expanded her interests to include structural dimensions of information and communications technologies in the Middle East, food security and most recently youth policy. She is a member of the FP7 POWER2YOUTH project and on the advisory board of the FP7 SAHWA project. She was a member of the REF2014 Area Studies Sub-panel and is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Academy of Social Sciences.