The CRP Advisory Board consists of experts in the international development sector. Our members are both internal LSE academics, as well as external professionals. The Board meet annually to provide feedback on our research and provide guidance.
Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj
Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj is a consultant on urban planning, development and local governance. He is co-coordinator of the Syria Project at the Common Space Initiative in Beirut, where he is engaged in facilitating various dialogue and research projects for peace building and recovery planning in Syria. Formerly, he was the CEO of the Syria Trust for Development, and served on the boards of several NGO’s, and public commissions. His professional and research work relates institutional, financial and political frameworks to the production of built environment. In 2007, Mr. Hallaj was the recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture as team leader of the Shibam Urban Development Project (GIZ). He subsequently served on the master jury and the steering committee of the Award.
Professor Christine Bell is a legal expert based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is Professor of Constitutional Law and Assistant Principal (Global Justice) at the University of Edinburgh, Co-director of the Global Justice Academy, and a member of the British Academy.
Professor Tilman Brück is Founder and Director of ISDC - International Security and Development Center in Berlin and Head of the Research Group “Economic Development and Food Security” at the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops near Berlin. He is also a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Households in Conflict Network. His research focuses on the behaviour and the welfare of poor and vulnerable households in conflict-affected, fragile or humanitarian emergency settings and on research methods in conflict settings. Tilman Brück obtained a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford.
Professor Christine Chinkin CMG FBA is Professorial Research Fellow in the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Professor Chinkin is a leading expert on international law and human rights law, especially the international human rights of women and has been a consultant or advisor to UN bodies on a range of issues including human trafficking gender-based persecution in armed conflict, peace agreements and gender and violence against women. She is also a leading expert on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Pamela DeLargy is a public health and population specialist with a twenty year career in international development and humanitarian response where she worked in the areas of population and development, migration, gender and development, including reproductive health.
David Deng is a South Sudanese/American human rights lawyer who spent much of the last decade engaged in research and advocacy in South Sudan. Deng’s research has touched on a broad array of issues, including the challenges and opportunities of large-scale land investment, customary law and local dispute resolution mechanisms, citizen views on peace processes, and people’s experiences with and perceptions of transitional justice.
Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department at the University of Oxford. He is also Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies.
His research interests concern what keeps some people and countries poor: the failures of markets, governments and politics, mainly in Africa, and how to achieve change and better economic and political governance.
Currently, he is also the Academic Director of the Pathways to Prosperity Commission, which is investigating the changing role of technology in inclusive development
Between 2011 and 2017, he was Chief Economist of the Department of International Development (DFID), the government department in charge with the UK’s aid policy and spending. In this position, he provided strategic advice, and was responsible for ensuring the use of evidence in decision making.
Stuart Gordon is the Programme Director for the International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies MSc, an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also coordinates the International Development department’s development and humanitarian consultancy programmes. He is a research adviser to both the Humanitarian Forum and the Moslem Charities Forum. He sits on the editorial board of the Disasters journal and co-directs, with Sara Pantuliano, the LSE-ODI Senior Level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response . He writes on the roles of institutions in conflict and complex emergencies with a particular focus on the interactions between humanitarian and security organisations (state militaries and non-state armed groups). He is interested in two broad themes: firstly, the drivers of humanitarian governance and practice; and secondly the institutions that emerge during situations of armed conflict and their impact on civilian populations.
Prior to joining the LSE he was a senior adviser on the UK’s Helmand and Afghan Strategies working with the military, diplomatic and development branches of the UK government. He has conducted field research in conflict settings including Afghanistan, Myanmar, Syria, Uganda, Somalia and Ethiopia. He has served in the UK Armed Forces (RAF and Army) as both a regular and reserve officer, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Andy Salmon CMG OBE
Andy is the founder of Journey Through Conflict, which fuses stories with art, music and culture, producing immersive experiences that inspire journeys to a better life.
He also helps senior leaders and teams co-create their journey to success. Recently he launched The General and The Maestro with Tom Donald, award-winning film composer and jazz/classical fusion concert-pianist - helping organisations and teams increase innovation and creativity through improvisation.
Before that, he spent 36 years in the Royal Marines and was a former Commandant General, Head of Service. His commando service includes several tours of Northern Ireland, the Falklands War (1982), Northern Iraq (1991), Angola (1992), Sierra Leone (twice in 2000), Baghdad (2003) and, latterly, as the last British Commanding General of coalition forces in Basra, (2008/9). He built NATO’s new Comprehensive Crisis Operations Management Centre in 2011/12.
He is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Clare Short was Labour MP for Birmingham Ladyhood from 1997 - 2010. She was Secretary of State for International Development 1997-2003 and set up and established the Department for International Development.
Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid). He is distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution, senior fellow at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin), chairman of the Aspen Institute Spain, honorary president of the Centre for Human Dialogue (Geneva), and advisor to the Institute of Modern International Relations of Tsinghua University. He is also member of the board of the International Crisis Group and the European Council on Foreign Relations, as well as visiting professor at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded an Honorary Degree in December 2010.
From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (EU); and from 1995 to 1999, Secretary General of NATO. Dr. Solana is the former High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union. Prior to this, he has held several ministerial positions in the Spanish government, including Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The core CRP Management Team is based centrally at LSE and manages both the research and operational agenda of the programme.
Mary is the Executive Director of the Conflict Research Programme and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at LSE.
Alex is the Co-Director for Research on the Conflict Research Programme. Alex is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School, Tufts University.
Matt is the Research Manager on the Conflict Research Programme.
Anna is the Programme Manager for the Conflict Research Programme.
Our five sites are managed, or co-managed by a Research Director who oversees the work of the research teams, local partners, fellows and small grants projects. Together with the CRP Management Team, they form the CRP Research Directorate.
Tatiana is the Director of the Understanding Violent Conflict Programme at the Social Science Research Council. Tatiana leads the CRP research in western DRC.
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Toby is the Director of the Kuwait Programme in the LSE Middle East Centre. Toby manages the CRP research in Iraq and our work in the wider MENA region.
Visit the Iraq/MENA country page.
Consortium Team Members
The CRP is delivered through an international consortium comprised of internal LSE Units and Centres, as well as international research institutions. Below are our team members across our partners.
The core team at the Civil Society Research Unit comprises:
Executive Director: Prof Mary Kaldor
Research Manager: Matthew Benson
Programme Manager: Anna Mkhitaryan
Research Fellows: Dr Rim Turkmani (Syria) and Dr. Henry Radice
Research Officers: Dr Naomi Pendle (South Sudan), Dr Nisar Majid (Somalia) and Marika Theros (Syria)
Research Coordinator: Alice Robinson (Hannah Logan - maternity leave)
Research Associate: Mazen Gharibah (Syria)
Project Support Assistant: Sami Hadaya (Syria)
Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation and CRP Programme Research Director: Prof Alex de Waal
Researcher in Somalia and Horn of Africa: Prof Dan Maxwell
Research Fellow on the Horn of Africa: Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Behre
Research Coordinator (Political Marketplace): Aditya Sarkar
Research Assistant (Political Marketplace): Ben Spatz
Research Assistant (Political Marketplace): Nanaho Yamanaka
Research Director- Western DRCongo: Dr Tatiana Carayannis
Partner and coordinator in western DRC: Dr. José Bazonzi