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Current CIS Fellows

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Dr Martin J Bayly

Bayly-MartinProject title: Imagining New Worlds: Empire and Knowledge in the Learned Societies of Colonia India, 1873-1955

Martin J Bayly is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Relations Department at LSE, where he has taught International Relations since 2014. Having joined the Department as an LSE Fellow his latest research project, funded by the British Academy, will be hosted by the Centre for International Studies for the duration of 2016-2019.

His research interests concern empire and International Relations in South Asia, with a particular emphasis on knowledge and expertise as a product of the colonial encounter. His first book, Taming the Imperial Imagination, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016, provides a new history of Anglo-Afghan relations in the nineteenth century showing how the British Empire in India sought to understand and control its peripheries through the use of colonial knowledge. Beginning with the disorganised exploits of nineteenth century explorers and ending with the cold strategic logic of the militarised ‘scientific frontier’, the book shows how this evolving body of knowledge informed policy choices and cast Afghanistan in a separate legal and normative universe.

His latest research proposes a global, intellectual, and institutional history of modern South Asian international thought as a product European and non-European dialogues of knowledge in the learned societies of colonial India. Concentrating on the Asiatic Society of Bengal, the United Services Institution, and the Indian Council on World Affairs, the research will examine these institutions as sites of a global encounter between mobile elites from both regions. The project seeks to offer new avenues for the study of international thought in the non-west, and to give new insights into the origins of International Relations as a global project of colonial modernity.

Prior to joining LSE Martin taught at King’s College London, where he also completed his PhD in International Relations. He holds an MPhil in International Relations from St Antony’s College, Oxford University, and a BA with First Class Honours in Politics from the University of Newcastle Upon-Tyne.


Professor Linda Hantrais

Project title: International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-Based Policy

HantraisLinda Hantrais is Emeritus Professor of European Social Policy in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University, a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS), a member of its Council and Chair of its International Advisory Group.

Her research interests span international comparative research theory, methodology, management and practice, with particular reference to public policy and institutional structures in the European Union, and the relationship between socio-demographic trends and social policy. Her book-length publications on these topics include: Family Policy Matters: responding to family change in Europe (Policy Press, 2004); Social Policy in the European Union (Palgrave, 3rd edn, 2007); and International Comparative Research: theory, methods and practice (Palgrave, 2009, available as an e-book together with a web companion, 2012).

Building on this work, Linda acted as a Consultant for an ESRC RDI-funded International Social Research Training Programme, hosted by the CIS, which resulted in a sustainable online (ReStore) databank. As Chair of the Academy’s International Advisory Group, in 2013-14 she convened a series of seminars on ‘Social Science Evidence and the Policy Process: International Insights’.

In July–August 2014, Linda acted as local convener on behalf of the AcSS for a World Social Science Fellows Seminar hosted by the CIS entitled ‘Global Social Governance: Developing International Social Science Research and Impacting the Policy Process’, under the auspices of the International Social Science Council.

Together with Ashley Thomas Lenihan and Susanne MacGregor in 2015, she guest-edited a themed issue of the Academy's journal, Contemporary Social Science, on International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy, which was subsequently published in 2016 in the Routledge series on Contemporary Issues in Social Sciences.

In July 2016, with Ashley Lenihan, Linda published a CIS Working Paper on 'The Implications of the EU Referendum for UK Social Science: Post-referendum Options for UK Social Scientists'.

In May 2017, Linda published a CIS Working Paper on 'The Social Dimension in EU and UK Policy Development: Shaping the Post-Brexit Legacy'.

In conjunction with the UK Academy of Social Sciences, and also with Ashley Lenihan, from October 2016, she is convening a new series of seminars and publications on 'International and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-Based Policy', covering topics such as: E-society; Pathways to sustainability in a changing environment; Oublic health: alcohol, tobacco and drug addiction; Ageing and innovation; and Policy, family obligations and socio-demographic change. They will also be organising different forms of international social research training provision for researchers in the government, private and NGO sectors.


Dr Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués

Johansson-Nogués-ElisabethProject title: Locating the Arab states in Global Governance: is the Arab stance on human rights and the principle of non-interference changing in the post-2011 Arab uprising context?

Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués is a Research Associate at Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI), Spain. She holds a PhD in International Relations from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and is a member of the Observatory of European Foreign Policy, both Spain.

Prior to joining IBEI she was a visiting researcher at the Centre for International Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Sweden. Her research interests centers on the EU’s foreign policy and the EU’s relations with Eastern Europe and the Arab world, international security, multilateralism and regionalism.

Her publications have appeared in Security Dialogue, International Affairs, Mediterranean Politics and elsewhere.


Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan

Project title: Institutionalising Evidence-Based Policy: International Insights’;‘Economic Power and Sovereign Wealth Funds’

CIS_Lenihan_AshleyAshley Thomas Lenihan is a Fellow with the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, and a Senior Fellow with the Institute for Law, Science, & Global Security at Georgetown University. Her research is focused on the political economy of international security, international law, and the relationship between social science research and the policy-making process. Recent publications include ‘Sovereign Wealth Funds and the Acquisition of Power’ (New Political Economy, 2013) and her book manuscript, on government intervention into cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in industries related to national security, is now under peer review. Ashley is currently using the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute’s Transaction Database (SWFTD) to further explore the role of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in economic power. Building on her report ‘Lessons from Abroad: International Approaches to Promoting Evidence-Based Social Policy’ (Alliance for Useful Evidence, 2013), Ashley is also researching the institutionalisation of evidence-based policy making in foreign countries. In addition, she has been working with Dr. Linda Hantrais on the International Advisory Group (IAG) of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) Seminar Series, entitled ‘Social Science Evidence and the Policy Process: International Insights’. Summaries and professional briefings of the series are available on the AcSS website. Finally, she is working on a project examining the evolution of rape as war crime under international law. Ashley was previously a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute (where she served as the Director of the Legatum Prosperity Index), and began her career as an investment banking analyst (focused on Aerospace and Defence M&A) with Credit Suisse First Boston in London. She received her Ph.D. in Government, and her B.S. in Foreign Service, from Georgetown University.


Dr Yulia Netesova

Project title: Russian Protesting Movement in 2011-2012: the Story of the Interaction Between the Movement and the Russian State


Yulia Netesova holds a PhD in political science from Moscow State Institute of International Affairs, Russia. Her dissertation - written under the supervision of Evgeny Primakov - analyzed the correlation between the development of the doctrine of jihad in the Muslim world and the activities of the radical segment of the Muslim communities in Europe. Right now Yulia is completing the book manuscript based on her PhD research that will be published by the Russian publishing house “Ladomir”. Besides this, Yulia works as a journalist for various Russian independent media where she covers foreign affairs.

At CIS LSE Yulia is pursuing a research project that analyses the first phases of the Russian protest movement in 2011-2012 through qualitative (field interviews with the representatives of both sides) and quantitative methods (protest event analysis).


Dr Jing Qui

Project title: The Proportionality Analyses and the Margin of Appreciation in the Human Rights Cases; the Factors affecting the Rulings of the European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice

Jing holds a PhD in Chinese civil law from Southwest University of Political Science and Law, China. Her thesis analysed the connection between private law and human rights law, and how to apply the constitutional law into the private law case by studying theories and various cases. She wrote papers such as the Private Law’s Protection of Basic Human Rights, and the Usage of Proportionality Principle in the Private Law Relationship, published in Chinese academic journals. She also wrote the book Introduction and Thinking about European Union's Regulation Quality Improvement Project, published in China. Now she works in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She also writes papers for Chinese media covering the issues in Europe.

Now Jing’s research focuses on the cases of European Court of Human Rights, and tries to analyse the factors affecting the rulings of regional courts. She intends to study the methods used by courts when adjudicating human rights cases, for example, how to use proportionality analyses to solve the conflicts between individual rights and public interests, and how to apply the margin of appreciation to make the balance between human rights and sovereignty. 


Dr Daniel Ritter

Project title: The Outcomes of Revolutions: Pathway to Democracy?

Ritter-DanielDaniel Ritter is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University. His primary research interests are revolutions and social movements, and, in particular, the international contexts in which domestic contentious politics play out.

His first book, The Iron Cage of Liberalism: International Politics and Unarmed Revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford University Press, 2015), sought to explain why some nonviolent revolutionary movements are able to oust dictators while similar movements elsewhere either falter or degenerate into violent conflict. By pointing to the normative contradictions inherent in the relationship between a Western democracy and non-Western autocracy, he shows that the latter’s embrace of liberal discourses eventually constitute a major threat to its survival when faced with a nonviolent popular challenge.

Prior to joining Stockholm University in 2016, Daniel spent two years at the University of Nottingham as an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations. He has also held postdoctoral positions at Stockholm University and the European University Institute in Florence. Daniel earned his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2010. He is currently finalising a co-authored book on social movement and civil wars.



Dr Amrita Saha

Project title: Political Economy of Trade Policy: Lobbying Strategies, Two-Level Games & Trade Protection in Developing Countries

Amrita SahaAmrita Saha is a Visiting Fellow in International Political Economy with the Centre for International Studies (CIS) at the London School of Economics, and a post-doctoral researcher with the consortium of Agricultural Policy Research in Africa (APRA) based at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex. Her current research is focused on the political economy of trade protection; she also works actively on political economy dynamics in agriculture and innovation with a focus on developing countries.

She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex, where she worked with Prof. L. Alan Winters and Dr Ingo Borchert on the political economy of trade protection, providing evidence for India. At LSE, Amrita is pursuing research on extending a framework on the political economy of trade protection to provide wider evidence for developing countries. Amrita has experience of working in trade policy making with the Indian government; she has also undertaken consultancies and research positions with international organizations such as the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, WTO Geneva, United Nations ESCAP in Bangkok and other think tanks. Through her research and practical experience, she seeks to build an evidence base and a wider network of researchers to understand the political economy dynamics of trade policy in new and emerging countries.

Recent publications and work in progress includes ‘Trade Policy & Lobbying Effectiveness: Theory and Evidence for India’ (Under Review in European Journal of Political Economy) and ‘Join Hands or Walk Alone: Evidence on Lobbying Strategies for Trade Policy in India’ (Under Review).

Twitter: @amritasaha

Professor Lutfey Siddiqi

Project title: Reshaping trade and capital flows within the Global South

Siddiqi-LutfeyLutfey Siddiqi is Visiting Professor-in-Practice at the Centre for International Studies at LSE. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore, having been a founding member of the faculty at its Risk Management Institute. Until May 2016, he was a Managing Director and member of the executive committee of FX, Rates & Credit (FRC) at UBS Investment bank with global responsibility for emerging markets. He was also a member of the Group Sustainability Council, the cross-divisional panel of opinion leaders and the investment bank innovation board.

Lutfey is a member of the Global Agenda Council (Financing & Capital) at the World Economic Forum, LSE Court of Governors & LSE Investment committee, Bretton Woods Committee, Advisory board of the Systemic Risk Centre and Academy for the $1 Million Global Teacher Prize.

Honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, he was invited to speak on the official program at Davos consecutively between 2013 and 2016.

A CFA charter-holder and former board member of CFA Singapore, Lutfey obtained his First Class BSc. (hon) in Econometrics from the University of York, MSc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics and the International Baccalaureate diploma from UWC Atlantic College. In addition, he has completed senior leadership training at Harvard, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and IMD.

Lutfey is an active commentator on international media and multi-stakeholder  fora on topics including macro investing, emerging markets (with a focus on Asia), risk management, capital and currency markets, financial regulation & policy, bank management, business-model transformations, impact investing, constructive conflict and diversity.

A British-Bangladeshi who went to school in Abu Dhabi, Namibia and Wales, Lutfey now lives in London with his Singaporean wife Deborah and their two sons, Aaryan and Ishaan.

Website:;; @Lutfeys 

Dr Immi Tallgren

CIS-Tallgren-ImmiProject title: Histories of International Criminal Law: Between Historiography, Horror, and Heroism in Law’s Times and Spaces

Immi Tallgren, LL.D., University of Helsinki, is a research fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki, and chercheuse associée, Séminaire interdisciplinaire d'études juridiques, Saint Louis University, Brussels.

Her research interests reach from public international law to history and sociology of international law, law & film, legal anthropology. The interdisciplinary research project she is conducting at CIS features both a critical analysis of the ways in which the past of the ‘discipline’ of international criminal law (ICL) is accounted for, and a reflection on the functions or interests that such histories serve in the construction of salience and legitimacy of ICL. Tallgren is an active participant in various international collaborative projects and networks, including Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law; the Intellectual History of International Law: Working group on International Law and Religion; and the Collaborative Research Network (CRN) at the Law and Society Association - International Law and Politics.  She has published widely in the areas of international law, international criminal law and the history of international law.

Prior to returning to academia in 2011, Tallgren worked for 12 years for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Legal Unit of the European Police Cooperation Organisation, the European Space Agency Legal Department in Paris, and the European Space Agency Brussels Office for Cooperation with the EU Institutions.


Dr Maximilian Terhalle

TerhalleProject title: Today's World Began in the 1970s: Theorising Benchmark Dates for a 'Decentered' Global Order

Maximilian Terhalle is currently Reader of International Politics at the University of Winchester. Before joining Winchester in September 2015, he  taught and conducted research at Yale, Columbia, Cornell and Oxford Universities between 2007 and 2012. From 2012 to 2015, he worked at the Universities of Potsdam, Berlin, Jena and Hagen (Germany). At the latter, he served as the Acting Chair of International Politics in 2015. Maximilian received his DPhil from the University of Bonn (Germany) and two Master degrees from the Universities of London and Bonn. He obtained his Habilitation (Privatdozentur) from Potsdam University in 2016.

Since 2009, he has published ten peer-reviewed journal articles (e.g. in Security Studies,Review of International StudiesInternational Studies Perspectives, Climate Policy), three peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes, and two peer-reviewed edited Special Issues.

He has received a fully funded mid-career research fellowship from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation (three years) and a pre-doctoral fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (one year). Moreover, he has  published a dozen articles, partly with a policy focus (e.g. in Survival, Middle East Policy) and has written commentaries, among others, for  the Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Neue Zuercher Zeitung.

Currently, he is working on two journal articles, one on the meaning of the 1970s for today’s international relations and its implications for IR theory, the other on the re-emergence of spheres of influence in world politics.


Professor Faruk Yalvaç

Yalvac-FarukProject title: Historical Sociology of the Seas: The role of the seas in the development of capitalism and in Turkish Foreign Policy

Faruk Yalvaç is Professor of International Relations in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. He graduated from Talas American School (Junior High) and Tarsus American College (Senior High).

He received his BA from the Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University. He holds an Msc and a PhD from LSE where he was the Noel Buxton Scholar. He also holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where he was on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The title of his unpublished PhD thesis is Sociological Aspects of Interstate Relations: System, Structure and Class. His main academic interests are international relations theory, Marxism, critical realism, historical sociology, political theory and theoretical analysis of Turkish foreign policy.