Dr Arek Dakessian is a Senior Researcher who joined the Centre for Networks and Enterprise (CNE) in 2018. 

His research is primarily focused on social network markets in the cultural industries.

His doctoral thesis, Casting Nets and Framing Films: an Ethnography of Networks of Cultural Production in Beirut, focused on the formation and maintenance of networks that produce culture in his hometown. 

Dr Dakessian is also interested in race and ethnicity, particularly in the context of forced displacement. He is the co-founder and co-director of LIVED, an Edinburgh-based charity that aims at shedding light, creating awareness and mobilising support for the situated experience of displaced youth populations around the world. 

He is a member of the organising committee of the Social Network Analysis in Scotland group (SNAS), as well as a LIVED trustee.


2018 – PhD, The University of Edinburgh
2013 – MSc, The University of Edinburgh
2007 – BA, Haigazian University