People

Centre Staff, Researchers & Visitors

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Nadine Almanasfi | Events Coordinator

n.almanasfi@lse.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7038

TobyDodge

Professor Toby Dodge | Kuwait Professor

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

YasmineKherfi

Yasmine Kherfi | Projects Coordinator

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 7852 3661

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Jack McGinn | Communications Coordinator

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

SandraSfeir

Sandra Sfeir | Projects Manager

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 

Research Staff

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Taif Alkhudary | Research Assistant

Taif is a Research Assistant on the project 'Managing Religious Diversity in the Middle East: The Muhasasa Ta'ifia in Iraq, 2003–2018'.

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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.

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Dr 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 | Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Courtney is Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre. Her research focuses on domestic politics of the Gulf, with particular interest in Islamism and tribalism.

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Alexandra Gomes | Research Officer

Alexandra is a Co-PI on the Kuwait Programme project 'Public Space in Kuwait: From User Behaviour to Policy-making'. She is also a Research Officer in LSE Cities.

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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.

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Nilesh Raut | Research Assistant

Nilesh 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.

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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'.

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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 Athanasia Kalaitzi | Research Officer 

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.

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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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Zainab Mehdi | Research Assistant

Zainab is a Research Assistant working alongside Dr Michael Mason for the year-long water management in Basra project.

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 an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in LSE Health.

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 | Research Officer

Polly is Research Officer at the LSE Middle East Centre, and leads the project 'Neoliberal Visions: Exploring Gendered Adverts and Identities in the Palestinian West Bank'.

Visiting Fellows and Professors 

Dari Alhuwail

Dr Dari Alhuwail | Visiting Fellow

Dari is an Assistant Professor in the Information Science department at the College of Computing Sciences and Engineering, Kuwait University.

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.

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Dr Talal Al-Rashoud | Visiting Fellow

Talal is an Assistant Professor of Modern Arab history at Kuwait University.

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Dr Hannes Baumann | Visiting Fellow

Hannes is a lecturer in the politics department of the University of Liverpool. He works primarily on Middle East political economy.

Ian Black

Dr Ian Black | Visiting Senior Fellow

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

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Dr Leonardo Davoudi | Visiting Fellow

Leonardo is an associate member of Oxford University’s History Faculty and a researcher with the Global History of Capitalism project at the Oxford Centre for Global History.

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Dr Isabel Käser | Visiting Fellow

Isabel is Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS. She works on gender, conflict, body politics and migration in the Kurdish Middle East.

Zeynep Kaya

Dr Zeynep Kaya | Visiting Fellow

Zeynep is a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS and Academic Associate at the University of Cambridge. She studies gender, violence and development in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

Davide Luca

Dr Davide Luca | Visiting Fellow

Davide is a Research Associate at Cambridge University. His research combines Geography and Political Economy to study the politics of policy delivery and development at a local level. 

Aitemad Muhanna Matar

Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar | Visiting Fellow

Aitemad is currently investigating the gender impact of Syrian displacement in Jordan and Turkey. From 2014–20 she was Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre.

HarryPettit

Dr Harry Pettit | Visiting Fellow

Harry is an Associate Member of Christ Church College, Oxford. He researches the emotional geographies of contemporary capitalism, focusing on Egypt and the Gulf. 

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Professor Elie Podeh | Visiting Professor

Elie is Bamberger and Fuld Professor in the History of the Muslim Peoples in the Department of Islamic and Middle East Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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Dr Ghoncheh Tazmini | Visiting Fellow

Ghoncheh is a British Academy grant-holder researching Iranian-Russian alignment in the Middle East. 

Associates

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Dr Muhammad Adeel

Muhammad is PI on the Kuwait Programme Research Grant 'Towards an Equitable Transport System in Kuwait'. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.

Walaa Alqaisiya

Dr Walaa Alqaisiya

Walaa is a teaching fellow in gender, sexuality and conflict at the Department of Gender at LSE. Her work weaves together queer studies, decolonial approaches and indigenous studies.

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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.

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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 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 at 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 of Economic Geography at 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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Dr Esra Özyürek

Esra is an Associate Professor and Chair for Contemporary Turkish Studies at the European Institute, LSE.

 

 

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