Dr. Bassant Hassib
Module Leader
Office 120 - Building G

Bassant Hassib is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the British University in Egypt, and a Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies Fellow at the University of Leicester.

She holds a Ph.D. in the Euro-Mediterranean Studies, from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in 2017. Her current research is on cybersecurity governance in Egypt and the GCC, (counter)surveillance, digital rights, digital economies and sexualities, counterterrorism and civil society in Egypt. 

She was an awardee of the DAAD-GERSS Scholarship in 2015 and the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Student Scholarship in 2016.

Education

Ph.D. in Euro-Mediterranean Studies, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, 2017. 

M.Sc. in Euro-Mediterranean Studies, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, 2012. 

B.Sc. in Political Science with a minor specialisation in Statistics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, 2007.

Research Interests
  • Cybersecurity governance
  • (Counter)surveillance
  • Digital rights
  • Digital economies and sexualities
  • Counterterrorism and civil society
Journal Articles

Hassib, B. and Shires, J. (2021) Manipulating uncertainty: cybersecurity politics in Egypt. Journal of Cybersecurity, 7(1): 1-16.

Hassib, B., & Nounou, D. (2016). Blocked by Diplomatic Barriers: Syrian Refugees and the EU-Turkey Migration Cooperation. European Journal of Social Sciences Education and Research7(1).

Khodair, A., & Hassib, B. (2015). Women's political participation in Egypt: the role of the National Council for Women. International Journal of Political Science and Development3(7), 326-337.

Conference Papers

Conference Proceedings:

Hassib, B. and Nounou, D. (2016). Blocked by Diplomatic Barriers: Syrian Refugees and the EU-Turkey Migration Cooperation. In Conference Proceedings of the 10th International Congress on Social Sciences, volume II, (pp. 552-561). Madrid, September 23-24, 2016.

Hassib, B. (2016). EU Cooperation with Civil Society in Egypt: Assessing the New Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility. In Conference Proceedings of the Academic International Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, (pp. 5-16). Oxford, August 18-20, 2016.

Conference Papers:

Shires, S. and Hassib, B. The Regional Geopolitics of Cybersecurity in the Gulf States. LIAS Conference on “Geopolitics and Cross-cultural Comparisons of ICT Use by Governments, Corporations and Civil Society Actors in the Global South”. Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Leicester, 31 March 2021.

Shires, S. and Hassib, B. Cybersecurity Uncertainties During Rapid Political Change: The Case of Egypt. “2019 Conference on Cyber Norms: Dealing with Uncertainty”. Leiden University. The Hague, 5-6 November 2019.

Hassib, B. Securitizing the Cyberspace and Digital Surveillance in Egypt: Implications on Activism, Society and Resistance. Presented at The 14th Società per gli Studi sul Medio Oriente (SeSaMO) Conference on "Paths of Resistance in the Middle East and North Africa". University of Turin. Italy, 31 January–2 February 2019.

Hassib, B. and Alnemr, N. Securitization of Cyberspace in Egypt: Cybercrime Law the Last Straw to Break Online Freedom of Thought, Expression and Assembly. Presented at “World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies” (WOCMES). University of Seville. Seville,16-20 July 2018.

Hassib, B. and Alnemr, N. Megamachines of Mass and Target Surveillance: The Alienation of Online Dissident Opinions. Presented at “Megacities and Develeopment: Megamachines of Hope and Alienation” Conference. University of Leicester. Cairo, 26-27 June 2018.

Hassib, B. The European Neighbourhood Civil Society Facility in Egypt: A Futile Instrument Disabled by Two Fronts. Presented at the “European Union in International Affairs” (EUIA) Conference. Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Brussels, 16-18 May 2018.

Hassib, B. The Israeli Settler Colonial State and the Question of Democracy vs. Security in Egypt. Presented at the International Studies Association (ISA) Working Group on “Unsettling International Relations: Knowing and Unknowing the Settler Colonial Present”. San Francisco, 4-7 April 2018.

Hassib, B. A Hampered Civil Society Facility Instrument? Review of EU-Egypt Relations After 2011. Presented at Workshop on Transition in the North African Arab Spring States. Faculty of International and European Studies, National University of Public Service. Budapest, November 2016.

Hassib, B. The Hungarian Revolution and the Suez Crisis. Presented at Conference on “1956 – Impact and Perspectives”. Faculty of International and European Studies, National University of Public Service. Budapest, November 2016.

Hassib, B. Still Crippled: Impediments to Civil Society Institutions after the Resurgence of Populist Power in Egypt. Presented at International Conference of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) on “A New Wave of Populism in Europe and the Arab World: Implications and Consequences for Civic Institutions”. Leipzig, October 2016.

Hassib, B. A New Civil Society Facility? Assessing the New Instrument in Egypt. Presented at Post-Graduate Conference on “Euro-Mediterranean Relations – A View from Egypt”. Cairo University/University of Dundee. Cairo, December 2015.

Khoadir, A. and Hassib, B. Women’s Political Participation in Egypt: The Role of the National Council for Women. Presented at 65th Political Studies Association (PSA) Annual International Conference on “Civic Pride”. Sheffield, April 2015.

Blog Posts:

Hassib, B. and Shires, J. (2021, May 11). Co-opting cybersecurity in Egypt. Atlantic Council.

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/content-series/the-5x5/the-5x5-the-state-of-cybersecurity-in-the-middle-east/

Chapters in Books

Hassib, B. (forthcoming 2019). Egypt’s Counter-Terrorism Policy Post 9/11 and Beyond: Shrinking Civic Space. In S. N. Romaniuk, S. Mullins, M. Ruteere (eds.), Counter-Terrorism and Civil Society: Post-9/11 Progress and Challenges. Manchester University Press.

Hassib, B. and Alnemr, N. (forthcoming 2019). Securitizing the Cyberspace in Egypt: The Dilemma of Cybersecurity and Democracy. In M. Manjikian, S. N. Romaniuk (eds.),The Routledge Handbook of Global Cybersecurity. Routledge.

Books

Hassib, B. (2014). The EU’s Role in Promoting Women’s Rights in Egypt: Assessing the Effectiveness of the EIDHR Campaign for Women Judges in Egypt. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing.

University Groups
Responsibilities
Interactive Learning Officer, Library Officer, Coordinator of Student Academic Activities
Modules
European Union - Middle East Politics - Gender in Politics - Public Policy & Administration - International Organisations