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Centre Staff, Researchers & Visitors

TobyDodge

Professor Toby Dodge | Kuwait Professor

b.t.dodge@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6176

YasmineKherfi

Yasmine Kherfi | Projects Assistant

y.kherfi@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6615 

RobertLowe

Robert LoweDeputy Director

r.lowe@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6365 

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Dr Michael Mason | Director

m.mason@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 3661

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Jack McGinn | Communications Coordinator

j.mcginn@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6932

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Sinéad Murphy | BRISMES Conference Coordinator

sinead.murphy@brismes.org
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6553

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Rosa Pérez | Events Coordinator

m.r.perez-herrero@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 7038

SandraSfeir

Sandra Sfeir | Projects Coordinator

s.sfeir@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6198

IanSinclair

Ian SinclairKuwait Programme Administrator

i.sinclair@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6639 

RibaleSleimanHaidar

Ribale Sleiman HaidarCommunications Manager

r.sleiman-haidar@lse.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6250 

Research Staff

Adeel, Muhammad

Dr Muhammad Adeel | Research Officer

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

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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.

Muna-Dajani

Muna Dajani | Research Officer 

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

Courtney Freer

Dr Courtney Freer | Research Officer

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.

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Mario Gyori | Research Assistant

Mario is a Research Assistant on the project 'Explaining the Middle Eastern Health Inequality Paradox' and a PhD student at the LSE’s Department of Health Policy.

Sunduss Hamdan

Sunduss Hamdan | Research Assistant

Sunduss is a 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.

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Dr Aula Hariri | Research Officer

Aula is a Research Officer currently leading on a collaborative research project with AUS on 'Bridging the Micro–Macro Divide in Approaches to the Middle East'.

Steffen Hertog

Professor Steffen Hertog | Associate Professor

Steffen is PI on the Kuwait Programme project 'The Social Safety Net in Kuwait'. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Government, LSE.

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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 UK DFID-funded Conflict Research Programme.

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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'.

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Dr Bronwen Manby | Senior Policy Fellow

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

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Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar | Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

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

HaneenNaamneh

Haneen Naamneh | Research Assistant

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

Zlatko Nikoloski

Dr Zlatko Nikoloski | Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Zlatko is a PI on the Kuwait Programme collaboration project 'Estimating the Burden of Diabetes in Kuwait'. He is also am Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in LSE Health.

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

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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.

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Dr Polly Withers | ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Polly is ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Media and Communications and the Middle East Centre. Her research focuses on the "alternative" youth music scene in Palestine.

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 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.

ShamelAzmeh

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. 

AthanasiaKalaitzi

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.

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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. 

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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.

Associates

GilesAtkinson

Professor Giles Atkinson

Giles is Co-PI on an LSE project looking at global warming in Kuwait. He is also Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE.

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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.

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Güley Bor

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Professor Simona Iammarino

Simona is a Co-PI on the Kuwait Programme collaboration project on private R&D investment in Kuwait. Simona is also Professor of Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE.

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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.

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Dr Neil Lee

Neil is Co-PI on the Kuwait Programme collaboration project on private R&D investmest in Kuwait. Neil is also an Associate Professor Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE.

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.

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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. 

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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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