About

Welcome to the LSE Middle East Centre

The LSE Middle East Centre builds on LSE's long engagement with the Middle East and North Africa and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE.

The Middle East Centre works to enhance understanding and develop rigorous research on the societies, economies, politics and international relations of the region. The Centre promotes both specialized knowledge and public understanding and has outstanding strengths in interdisciplinary research and in regional expertise. As one of the world's leading social science institutions, LSE comprises departments covering all branches of the social sciences. The Middle East Centre harnesses this expertise to promote innovative multidisciplinary research and understanding of the region.

Until the academic year 2016–2017, the Centre ran the Emirates Scholarships offered to Master's students from the Arab world and final year PhD students researching the region.

The Middle East Centre engages in a wide variety of activities, including:

  • Promoting independent and critical research on the Middle East and North Africa;
  • Fostering open and critical debate about the politics, societies and economics of the region;
  • Disseminating knowledge about the Middle East through Centre’s events, publications and digital resources;
  • Providing a rich research environment for scholars and students;
  • Establishing and cultivating ties with researchers in Middle East and international institutions.

Constitution and Governance

In accordance with the LSE Research Committee’s established policies and procedures, the Centre is governed through a Management CommitteeAdvisory Board and Research Committee

Centre Funding

The Middle East Centre was established with support from the Emirates Foundation and the Aman Trust. The Kuwait Programme is funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences.

Centre activities are also supported by: 

  • The Leverhulme Trust;
  • UNICEF;
  • Chevron;
  • Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund, British Council;
  • LSE Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund;
  • The British Institute for Persian Studies;
  • LSE IGA–Rockefeller Fund.