Nejm Lakani Benessaiah

Adjunct assistant professor
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Areas of Expertise

Ecological governance; environmental justice; science and technology; social movements; political economy; personhood; postcolonialism; water materiality, ethics and rights; Islam, media and identity; urban ecology; agroecology; law, ethics and values; North Africa and the Middle East; Sahara; Algeria.

Nejm Benessaiah is an environmental anthropologist. His research bridges social science and environmental disciplines. Specifically, it applies social science concepts and analytics to ecological situations by including a consideration of posthumanist agency, everyday forms of governance, and the cultivation of ethical relations beyond the police state.



Ph.D, University of Kent, UK


Forthcoming. Local Justice: Anomie & the Postcolonial state. In Y. Ben Hounet & B. Dupret (eds) Law and Property in Algeria: Anthropological perspectives. Leiden: Brill. In Press.

Forthcoming. Relative Scales, Fluid Responses: Toward a polyphonic approach to Water conflict across the Middle East & North Africa. Ambio.

2017. Multi-agentive transformations of rural livelihoods in mountain ICCAs: The case of the decline of community-based management of natural resources in the Mesioui agdals (Morocco). Quaternary International, Vol. 437, Part B, Pp. 165-175.

2016. African Trysts: Rethinking the Saharan Divide. In R. Boswell & F. Nyamnjoh (eds), Postcolonial African Anthropologies. Pretoria: HSRC Press.

Classes Taught

The Everyday Politics of Water in the MENA