Dr Mari Luomi holds a Ph.D. in Middle East Politics from Durham University. She
specialises in the environmental and natural resource politics of the Gulf, with a
particular focus on climate change, as well as the international politics of climate change.
In the past, she has worked as researcher for the Finnish Institute of International Affairs,
post-doctoral fellow for the Center for International and Regional Studies of Georgetown
University in Qatar, and research associate for the Georgetown University School of
Foreign Service in Qatar. Dr Luomi has also worked as senior researcher and advisor for
the State of Qatar, supporting the Qatari Presidency of the 2012 UN Climate Change
Conference and as an advisor to the Qatar National Food Security
Programme. Currently, she is research associate at the Oxford Institute for Energy
Studies and writer for the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting
Services (Earth Negotiations Bulletin). Dr Luomi’s publications range from academic
books and peer-reviewed articles to reports, essays, and policy briefs. Her book “The
Gulf Monarchies and Climate Change: Abu Dhabi and Qatar in an Era of Natural
Unsustainability” (London: Hurst), based on her Ph.D. thesis, came out in 2012, and her
articles have appeared in Middle East Policy and Journal of Arabian Studies.