Centre Staff, Researchers & Visitors


Professor Toby DodgeDirector
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 


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


Dr Sophie Olver-Ellis

Sophie is Research Officer at the Kuwait Programme. Her research focuses on the transforming political economies of the Arabian Gulf.

Sunduss Hamdan

Sunduss Hamdan

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.


Dr Aula Hariri

Aula is 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

Zeynep is Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre and the LSE CWPS. She is currently leading a project on responses to internal displacement in Iraqi Kurdistan. 


Dr Courtney Freer

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


Kyra Luchtenberg

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


Dr Bronwen Manby

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


Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar

Aitemad is Assistant Professorial Research Fellow currently investigating the gender impact of Syrian displacement in Jordan and Lebanon. 


Haneen Naamneh

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


Dr Jessica Watkins

Jessica is Research Officer currently working on a DFID-funded project looking at regional drivers of conflict in Iraq and Syria.


Dr Manmit Bhambra

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

Visiting Fellows 


Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi

Pejman is Lecturer of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at John Cabot University in Rome. His research focuses on the politics and history of modern Iran.


Dr Rahaf Aldoughli

Rahaf is Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on Syria, nationalism and masculinity in the Arab World.


Dr Athanasia Kalaitzi

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.

Dari Alhuwail

Dr Dari Alhuwail

Dari is an Assistant Professor in the Information Science department at Kuwait University. His research focuses on health informatics.

Fahed Al-Sumait

Dr Fahed Al-Sumait

Fahed is Assistant Professor in Communications at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait. His research focuses on strategic communication, particularly in the Gulf.


Sareta Ashraph

Sareta is a barrister specialised in international criminal law, with a focus on genocide. She is currently leading a project documenting crimes against Yazidis.


Dr Shamel Azmeh

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.

Valeria Cetorelli

Dr Valeria Cetorelli

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


Priscilla Toffano

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 Researcher at the Conflict Research Programme – Iraq. Her project examines women, youth, grassroots and diverse forms of social and civil society activisms in Iraq. 


Dr Dylan O'Driscoll

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


Dr Yoav Kapshuk

Yoav is Lecturer at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. His research focuses on transitional justice, peace processes and conflict resolution.

Visiting Senior Fellows


Dr Ian Black

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


Dr Dina Matar

Dina is Head of the Centre for Global Media and Communications at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Visiting Professors


Professor Madawi Al Rasheed

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.



Professor Giles Atkinson

Giles is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE.


Dr Shakuntala Banaji

Shakuntala is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications. She is also Programme Director for the Master’s in Media, Communication and Development


Professor Chetan Bhatt

Chetan is Professor of Sociology and Director of the LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Ernestina Coast

Dr Ernestina Coast

Ernestina is Associate Professor of Population Studies in the LSE Department of International Development.


Professor Tim Dyson

Tim is Professor of Population Studies in the LSE Department of International Development.


Dr Ben Groom

Ben is Associate Professor of Environment and Development Economics in the LSE Department of Geography and Environment.


Professor Steffen Hertog

Steffen is a is Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the LSE Department of Government.


Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece

Jennifer is a Associate Professor of Nationalism, with a joint appointment in both the European Institute and the Department of International Relations, LSE.

Tiziana Leone

Dr Tiziana Leone

Tiziana is Assistant Professor in Demography in the LSE Department of International Development.


Dr Berkay Ozcan

Berkay is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Policy at LSE.

Siderius Christian

 Dr Christian Siderius

Christian is a Research Officer in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.




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