Dr. C.A. (Crystal) Ennis

Position:
  • Lecturer
Expertise:
  • Economy/ies of the Modern Middle East


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 5635
E-Mail: c.a.ennis@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 107A


Research themes

  • Gulf political economy
  • Labour market reform, unemployment, migration trends
  • Youth and socio-economic change
  • International Relations of the Gulf
  • Entrepreneurship in the Middle East
  • Innovation, the Knowledge Economy, and Development in the Gulf

Profile


Crystal Ennis is a scholar of international political economy and global governance. With a regional focus on the Arabian peninsula, her expertise centres on political economy, development, the labour market, and innovation and entrepreneurship in the Middle East. 

Crystal has worked in both non-profit and education for over a decade. She has academic planning and development experience from her time in program planning at York University in Toronto, and from serving as a project developer and the inaugural head of the Business Studies program at Shinas College of Technology in Oman, where she was also a Lecturer. In non-profit, Crystal worked as a research associate for the Jerusalem Old City Initiative, a track-two diplomacy initiative seeking governance and security solutions for the Old City of Jerusalem, and also served as a member on a CIDA-funded project with the United Group for Democratic Development in Cairo.

She currently has three areas of research with active projects:
(1)  Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Gulf 
(2)  Migration and labour market trends in Oman 
(3)  BRICS-GCC economic relations 

Education
PhD, Global Governance, University of Waterloo (2013) 
MA, Political Science, University of Windsor (2005) 
Bachelor of Commerce (Honours Business Administration), University of Windsor (2003)

Grants and Awards: 
1. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Doctoral Fellowship (2012-2013) 
2. University of Waterloo President’s Scholarship (2012-2013) 
3. Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship (2009-2013) 
4. Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women (2009-2010) 
5. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) grant through the Canada Corps University Partnership Program. Good governance. Team Project. Cairo, Egypt (2005)

Teaching activities

  • Theories and Methods of Middle East Studies (MA seminar)
  • The Middle East in the International Political Economy (MA seminar)
  • Macroeconomics (BAIS)
  • Economies of the Middle East (BA Middle East Studies)
  • Economics: Middle East (BAIS)
  • Emerging Economies (BAIS seminar)

Last Modified: 11-12-2015