skip to primary navigationskip to content

Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Studying at Cambridge


José Ciro Martínez

José Ciro Martínez

PhD student, Department of Politics


José Ciro Martínez is a PhD student in the Department of Politics and International Studies and Visiting Researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA) in Córdoba, Spain.

Research Interests

José’s research interests include: food politics, welfare regimes, theories of the state, political economies of development, and agrarian/food sovereignty movements.

His current research examines bread subsidies in Morocco and Jordan. His dissertation analyzes the interaction between market-disciplinary economic reforms, state subsidy policy and the politics of bread in both countries. The project has included periods of ethnographic fieldwork, during which José has worked in and observed three different bakeries in both Amman and Casablanca.

Key Publications

“Site of Resistance or Apparatus of Acquiescence? Tactics at the Bakery,” Middle East Critique, Forthcoming.

"Stifling Stateness: The Assad Regime's Campaign Against Rebel Governance," Security Dialogue 49:4 (August 2018):235-253. (Co-Written with Brent Eng).

“Leavened Apprehensions: Bread Subsidies and Moral Economies in Hashemite Jordan,”  International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 50:2 (May 2018): 173-193.

“Leavening Neoliberalization’s Uneven Pathways: Bread, Governance and Political Rationalities in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” Mediterranean Politics 22:4 (October 2017): 464-483.

“Struggling to Perform the State: The Politics of Bread in the Syrian Civil War,” International Political Sociology 11:2 (June 2017): 130-147. (Co-Written with Brent Eng).

“Jordan’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Production of Feeble Political Parties and the Perceived Perils of Democracy,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 44:3 (July 2017): 356-372.

“The Unintended Consequences of Emergency Food Aid: Neutrality, Sovereignty and Politics in the Syrian Civil War, 2012-2015,” International Affairs 92:1 (January 2016): 153-173. (Co-Written with Brent Eng).

Cambridge researchers with relevant research or interests can become members of the network. If you are not a Cambridge researcher we'd be happy to send you our monthly newsletter.

Read more