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Dr. Zorob's office is affiliated to Administrative Department 2, Student Services & International Office, at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. In addition, she is member of the board of directors of  the Centre for Mediterranean Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum.

Academic and Professional Career

Anja Zorob studied Islamic Sciences / Middle Eastern Studies, Oriental Philology and Economics at the Universities of Freiburg, Damascus and Bochum. She obtained her PhD in Contemporary Research on the Middle East (Major: Economics) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2005 (Doctoral Thesis: "Syrien im Spannungsfeld zwischen der Euro-Mediterranen Partnerschaft und der Großen Arabischen Freihandelszone").

Before joining the Administrative Department as head of the “University without Borders” project Dr. Zorob was senior research fellow at the RUB Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE). In addition, she lectured at the RUB Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies and the Faculty of Social Science. At the IEE she established, among others, the DAAD-funded German Arab Joint Research, Training and Networking Programme "Conflict, Reconstruction and Sustainable Development in the Middle East" and served as its directing manager. Besides other former positions at German universities and research institutes Dr. Zorob provided consulting to ministries and development organizations.

More information on career, institutional affiliations and memberships in boards and professional associations are available here.

Research and Teaching

Anja Zorob's research and teaching record mainly focuses on the subject areas of Economic Development, Development Cooperation and Political Economy of Reform in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Another key area includes Regional Integration in MENA (esp. intra-Arab cooperation) besides MENA countries' economic and political relations with external partners, in particular Europe (Euro-Mediterranean and EU-GCC relations). Her current research covers Chances and Risks of Overlapping Free Trade Agreements, EU Mediterranean Policy (esp. commercial, development and migration policies) and Conflict and Reconstruction in the Middle East.

Publications in English (Selection)

Zorob, Anja 2017: Advancing Economic and Social Rights in the EuroMed Region. Analysing the Economic and Financial Relations between the European Union and the South Mediterranean Countries, Report edited by Marc Schade-Poulsen and Marta Simplici, Copenhagen: EuroMed Rights, [].

Zorob, Anja 2013: Oman Caught Between the GCC Customs Union and Bilateral Free Trade with the US: Is It Worth Breaking the Rules?, in: Wippel, Steffen (ed.): Regionalizing Oman – Political, Economic and Social Dynamics, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 185-203.

Zorob, Anja 2009: Partnership with the European Union: Hopes, Risks and Challenges for the Syrian Economy, in: Demystifying Syria, edited by Fred H. Lawson, London: Saqi Books, pp. 144-158.

Zorob, Anja 2008: Intraregional Economic Integration: The Cases of GAFTA and MAFTA, in: Cilja Harders, Matteo Legrenzi (eds.) 2008: Beyond Regionalism? Regional Cooperation, Regionalism and Regionalisation in the Middle East, Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 169-183.

A full list of publications is available at ORCiD.

Lectures and Presentations in English (Selection)

Zorob, Anja 2016: Human Rights Implications of Economic and Financial Relations between the European Union and the South Mediterranean Countries, presentation of report, delivered at the Regional Seminar „Civil Society Promotion of Economic and Social Rights in the Euro-Med Region“, organized by Euro-Med Rights, Hammamet, Tunisia, September 3-4, 2016.

Zorob, Anja and Raffael Beier 2015: European Migration Policy after the Arab Spring: Sticking to 'Securitization' or Rising to the Challenges?,  Lecture in the Panel “Four Years After: The Post-Arab Spring Era and Its Multifarious Challenges for the European Union”, directed by Annette Jünemann and Julia Simon, 22th International Congress of DAVO and 1st Section Conference of the Islamic Studies Section of the German Oriental Society (DMG), organized by Prof. Dr. Stefan Reichmuth, RUB, Dr. Anja Zorob, RUB, and Amke Dietert, DAVO at Ruhr-University Bochum, 24 -26 September 2015

Zorob, Anja 2015: New Dimensions of Economic Relations between Rich and Poor States of the Middle East, Lecture delivered in the workshop "The Rise of the Gulf in Contemporary Middle East and North Africa", organized by Fred Lawson and Massimiliano Trentin, SeSaMO Conference 2015: Beyond the Arab Uprisings: Rediscovering the MENA Region, Ca'Foscari University, Venice, January 16-17, 2015.

Zorob, Anja 2014: Economic Reform in the MENA Region? A Closer Look at the EU-Mediterranean Policy with a Focus on Trade Agreements, Lecture delivered at the Midterm Conference of the Young Leaders’ Regional Thematic Network Programme, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Berlin, 16 - 23 November 2014.

A full list of all publications, lectures, organized workshops and conferences as well as courses taught is available here .


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Dr. Anja Zorob
University without Borders Project Manager
Tel: 0234 32 28187