Makio Yamada

Lecturer in Near Eastern Studies
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Office hours: By appointment

Yamada joined the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia in January 2018. He teaches “Political and Economic Development of the Middle East” (NES265/POL465). His research focuses on economic diversification in Saudi Arabia and Gulf-Asia relations.

Yamada obtained his D.Phil. in International Relations and M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at St. Antony’s College, the University of Oxford. He has taught and conducted research at the SOAS University of London, the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies.

His works include: "Can Saudi Arabia Move beyond 'Production with Rentier Characteristics'?: Human Capital Development in the Transitional Oil Economy" (Middle East Journal, 2018); “Battle against the Thawb Syndrome: Labor Nationalization, Industrial Diversification, and Education Reform in Saudi Arabia” (Gulf Affairs, 2015); “Saudi Manufacturing: Can Monozukuri Take Root in the Kingdom?” (Kropf and Ramady ed. Employment and Career Motivation in the Arab Gulf States: The Rentier Mentality Revisited, 2015); “Saudi Arabia’s Look-East Diplomacy: Ten Years On” (Middle East Policy, 2015); “Gulf-Asia Relations as ‘Post-Rentier’ Diversification? The Case of the Petrochemical Industry in Saudi Arabia” (Journal of Arabian Studies, 2011).