Nahrein Network Core Project Team


Professor Eleanor Robson, Principal Investigator, UCL

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Eleanor Robson is Professor of Ancient Middle Eastern History at UCL, with a particular focus on Iraq. Her research has three main focal points:

  • the social and political contexts of knowledge production in the cuneiform culture of ancient Iraq, five to two thousand years ago;
  • the construction of knowledge about ancient Iraq in Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East over the past two centuries;
  • use of open, standards-based online resources for democratizing access to knowledge about the ancient Middle East.

In her capacity as Principal Investigator for the Nahrein Network project, Eleanor has overall responsibility for the Network, overseeing expansion, ethics, and risk. She also runs the Visiting Scholars program and mentoring scheme. Eleanor leads on ancient history, languages, and digital humanities, and runs Nahrein Network’s collaborative hub with the College of Arts in Baghdad.


Anwar Anaid Dr. Anwar Anaid, Co-Investigator, UKH

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Dr. Anwar Anaid holds a PhD in Government and International Relations from the University of Sydney and BA (Hons) majoring in Politics & IR with a second major in Economics from the University of New South Wales in Australia. Dr. Anaid’s research interests include:

  • the relationship between globalization and regional minorities' economic and political strategies (with a focus on the Kurdistan Region);
  • political economy;
  • globalization and regionalism;
  • socio-political and economic development;
  • nationalism and international political economy.

As co-investigator of the Nahrein Network he directs the Centre on Culture, History and Humanities for Sustainable Development at UKH.


Dr. Paul Collings Dr. Paul Collings, Co-Investigator, Oxford University

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Paul Collins is Jaleh Hearn Curator of Ancient Near East in the Department of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. His research interests include:

  • the role of visual representation in the origins of the state and kingship in Mesopotamia;
  • the meaning of Assyrian imagery;
  • the history of collecting;
  • and the role of museum displays in shaping disciplinary knowledge.