Centre Staff, Researchers & Visitors


Professor Toby Dodge | Kuwait Programme Director
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6176


Toby Fenton | Projects Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7097



Robert LoweDeputy Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6365 


Dr Michael Mason | Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 3661


Jack McGinn | Communications Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6932


Sinéad Murphy | BRISMES Conference Coordinator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6553


Rosa Pérez | Events Coordinator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 7038


Sandra Sfeir | Projects Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6198


Ian SinclairKuwait Programme Administrator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6639 


Ribale Sleiman HaidarCommunications Manager 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6250 

Research Staff

Adeel, Muhammad

Dr Muhammad Adeel | Research Officer

Muhammad is a Research Officer in LSE Cities and a PI on the Kuwait Programme Research Grant 'Towards an Equitable Transport System in Kuwait'.


Professor Giles Atkinson

Giles is Professor of Environmental Policy in the LSE Department of Geography and Environment at Co-PI on an LSE-Kuwait Academic Collaboration on global warming in Kuwait.


Dr Manmit Bhambra | Research Assistant

Manmit is Research Assistant on the academic collaboration project comparing public responses to Ms Marvel in non-Muslim and Muslim societies.


Güley Bor | Research Consultant

Güley is leading a research project on conflict-related SGBV response and reparations in Iraq and the Kurdistan region.

Sunduss Hamdan

Sunduss Hamdan | Research Assistant

Sunduss is Research Assistant on the project 'Egypt's and Morocco's GVC Integration in a Changing Global Economy' run in collaboration with the American University in Cairo.

Muna Dajani

Muna Dajani | Research Officer

Muna is a PhD Candidate at the LSE Department of Geography and Environment. She is Reseach Officer on the project 'The Untold Story of the Occupation of the Golan Heights'.


Dr Aula Hariri | Research Officer

Aula is a Research Officer working on the Historical Sociology of the Middle East building on her thesis which examined the role of the Iraqi Independence Movement on state formation in Iraq.


Dr Zeynep Kaya | Research Fellow

Zeynep is a Research Fellow currently leading a project on responses to internal displacement in Iraqi Kurdistan. She is also part of the Conflict Research Programme, funded by DFID.


Dr Courtney Freer | Research Fellow

Courtney is a Research Officer at the Kuwait Programme, LSE Middle East Centre. Her research focuses on domestic politics of the Gulf, with particular interest in Islamism and tribalism.


Professor Steffen Hertog

Steffen is a is Associate Professor in the LSE Department of Government and PI on a Kuwait Programme Research Grant studying alternative wealth distribution policies in Kuwait.


Kyra Luchtenberg | Research Assistant

Kyra is a Research Assistant currently leading on a research project looking at 'Natural Resource Management and Peacebuilding in post-ISIS Iraq'.


Dr Bronwen Manby | Research Fellow

Bronwen is a Research Fellow currently leading on a research project looking at statelessness among migrants in North Africa.


Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar | Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Aitemad is currently investigating the gender impact of Syrian displacement in Jordan and Turkey.


Haneen Naamneh | Research Assistant

Haneen is Research Assistant on the project 'The Regulation of Palestinian Everyday Life’ run in collaboration with Birzeit University.

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Dr Sophie Olver-Ellis | Research Officer

Sophie is a Research Officer at the Kuwait Programme, LSE Midle East Centre. Her research focuses on the transforming political economies of the Arabian Gulf.

Siderius Christian

Dr Christian Siderius | Research Fellow

Christian is based in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE and PI on a Kuwait Programme Research Grant on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.


Dr Jessica Watkins | Research Officer

Jessica is a Research Officer currently working on the Conflict Research Programme looking at regional drivers of conflict in Iraq and the wider Middle East.

Visiting Fellows and Professors 

Abdulsalam, Yousef

Dr Yousef Abdulsalam | Visiting Fellow

Yousef is a an Assistant Professor at Kuwait University’s College of Business Administration. His research focuses on the health sector supply chain of Kuwait. 

Manuel Almeida

Dr Manuel Almeida | Visiting Fellow

Manuel is a columnist for Arab News and a partner at Firma. His research focuses on the crisis of sovereign statehood in the Middle East and the concept of the social contract.

Madawi Al Rasheed

Professor Madawi Al Rasheed | Visiting Professor

Madawi was Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King’s College, London between 1994 and 2013. Previously, she was Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.


Dr Shamel Azmeh | Visiting Fellow

Shamel is Assistant Professor at the University of Bath. He is currently leading a research project looking at North Africa’s economic integration with the EU.

Ian Black

Dr Ian Black | Visiting Senior Fellow

Ian is a former Middle East editor, diplomatic editor and European editor for the Guardian newspaper.

Valeria Cetorelli

Dr Valeria Cetorelli | Visiting Fellow

Valeria is a Demographer at the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. She is currently leading a project documenting crimes against Yazidis. 


Dr Athanasia Kalaitzi | Visiting Fellow

Athanasia is a Quantitative Skills Tutor at Queen Mary University of London researching export-led growth in the UAE and effects of trade and technology transfer on the GCC's economic growth.

Davide Luca

Dr Davide Luca | Visiting Fellow

Davide is a Research Fellow in Applied Economics at the Gran Sasso Science Institute (Italy) researching economic geography and political economy, primarily focusing on Turkey and Europe.


Jim Muir | Visiting Senior Fellow

Jim is a journalist serving as Middle East Correspondent for BBC News, based in Beirut. He has over 40 years' experience covering Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iran and Iraq. 


Priscilla Toffano | Visiting Fellow

Priscilla joined the MEC for a sabbatical year from the International Monetary Fund, where she was Desk Economist for Palestine in the Middle East and Central Asia Department.



Dr Zahra Ali

Zahra is a Research Fellow at the Conflict Research Programme. Her project examines women, youth, grassroots and diverse forms of social and civil society activisms in Iraq.


Professor Chetan Bhatt

Chetan is Professor of Sociology and Director of the LSE Human Rights. He is PI on the project 'The Regulation of Palestinian Everyday Life' run in collaboration with Birzeit University.

Ernestina Coast

Dr Ernestina Coast

Ernestina is Associate Professor of Population Studies in the LSE Department of International Development. She is Co-PI on an MEC project looking at health in wars and conflicts.


Dr Joan Costa-i-Font 

Joan is Associate Professor (Reader) at the LSE's European Institute and the Department of Health Policy. He is PI on an MEC project exploring health inequality in the MENA region.


Professor Tim Dyson

Tim is Professor of Population Studies in the LSE Department of International Development. He is PI on an MEC project investigating the health status of IDPs in the KRI.


Dr Ben Groom

Ben is Associate Professor of Environment and Development Economics in the LSE Department of Geography and Environment. He is PI on an MEC research project.


Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece

Jennifer is a Associate Professor of Nationalism at the European Institute and the Department of International Relations at LSE. She is PI on an MEC collaboration project with UAEU.

Tiziana Leone

Dr Tiziana Leone

Tiziana is Assistant Professor in Demography in the LSE Department of International Development. She is PI on an MEC collaboration project looking at health in wars and conflicts.

David Lewis

Professor David Lewis

David is Professor of Social Policy and Development in the LSE Department of International Development. He is Researcher on an MEC collaboration project with Birzeit University.


Dr Dylan O'Driscoll

Dylan is a Research Fellow at the Conflict Research Programme. His project examines how everyday nationalism and peace are in competition with one another in multi-ethnic Kirkuk. 


Dr Berkay Ozcan

Berkay is Assistant Professor of Social Policy at LSE. He is PI on an MEC project run with Zayed University and Researcher on another project looking at health inequality in the MENA.




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