Middle East Studies

Alia Al-Senussi

Affiliated Scholar 2019-20


Alia Al-Senussi’s research interests are in the political, cultural and societal connections of the arts and arts patronage. Her dissertation explores contemporary visual artists and their contributions towards social change in Saudi Arabia, addressing the nature and structure of power through investigation of current politics and development in the country. It also investigates the challenges, limitations, and opportunities for artists in shaping debates about culture, politics, and power. A patron and dedicated supporter of the arts, she is an active member of the contemporary art world, acclaimed for her work that has a special focus on young patronage in arts and culture in the Middle East, holding a variety of non-profit board and committee positions which promote young patronage of the arts in London and collecting in the Middle East.