Meet the Team

The CRP is proud to bring together leading academics from around the world.

the CRP will address the drivers of violent conflict in the Middle East and Africa

Advisory Board

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.

Advisory Board Members


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.


Christine Bell

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. 


Tilman Brüek

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.


Christine Chinkin

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

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

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.

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Staffan de Mistura

Staffan de Mistura served as Special Envoy for Syria of the United Nations Secretary-General from July 2014 to December 2018. Prior to this assignment he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq (2007-2009) and in Afghanistan (2010-2011), and Italy's Deputy Foreign Minister. 

During a career of over four decades with United Nations agencies, he served in numerous conflict zones, directing complex relief operations, food distributions and vaccination campaigns. In particular, he was posted in Sudan, Ethiopia, Albania, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. He also held senior political and humanitarian assignments in Lebanon and Iraq, and served as Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Mr. de Mistura is a national of Italy and Sweden. He speaks seven languages.


Stefan Dercon

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

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.


Duncan Green

Dr Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics. He is author of How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016) and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World (Oxfam International, 2008, second edition 2012) as well as several books on Latin America. He also authors a daily Oxfam Blog

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Barham Salih

Barham is the President of the Republic of Iraq.

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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

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

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.

Management Team

The core CRP Management Team is based centrally at LSE and manages both the research and operational agenda of the programme.

Management Team

Professor Mary Kaldor

Prof Mary Kaldor

Mary is the Executive Director of the Conflict Research Programme and Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit at LSE.



Prof Alex de Waal

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.



Matthew Benson

Matt is the Research Manager on the Conflict Research Programme.

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Anna Mkhitaryan

Anna is the Programme Manager for the Conflict Research Programme.



Research Directorate 

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.

Research Directors


Prof Koen Vlassenroot

Koen manages the Conflict Research Group at Ghent Univerity. Koen leads the CRP research in eastern DRC.

Visit our DRC country page.



Toby Dodge

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.


Nisar Majid

Nisar manages the CRP research in Somalia.

Visit our Somalia country page.


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Dr. Rim Turkmani

Rim manages the CRP research in Syria.

Visit our Syria 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.

Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit

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)

Policy Fellow - Marika Theros

Project Support Assistant: Sami Hadaya (Syria)

Finance Officer: Raymond Lau

LSE Middle East Centre

The CRP Iraq research, as well as the research in the wider Middle East region will be carried out by the LSE Middle East Centre and their partners.

Research Director: Prof Toby Dodge

Research Fellows: Dr Zeynep Kaya and Dr Jessica Watkins

CRP-Iraq Programme Coordinator: Sandra Sfeir

IRIS (AUIS) project lead: Mac Skelton 

Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies project lead: Ali Al-Mawlawi.

World Peace Foundation, Tufts University

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

Conflict Research Group, University of Ghent

Research Director- Eastern DRCongo: Professor Koen Vlassenroot 

Postdoctoral Researcher: Kasper Hoffmann



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