The LSE Middle East Centre works to develop research on the societies, economies, politics, and international relations of the Middle East and North Africa.
As one of the world's leading social science institutions with an emphasis on postgraduate studies, LSE comprises departments covering all branches of the social sciences. The Centre works within this structure to promote innovatory interdisciplinary research and training on the region spanning South West Asia and North Africa with sustained work on history and political economy, society and environment, and law and international relations.
Capitalising on LSE's exceptionally international body of students and staff and London's proximity to Europe and the Middle East, the Centre greatly values intellectual relations with academic institutions in the region. The MEC places special emphasis on active and systemic collaboration with Middle Eastern universities, scholars, policy makers, and civil society, and speak to a global audience about the region's strengths and challenges.
In keeping with the tradition of other centres at the LSE, the MEC builds on research excellence and innovation to provide those outside the academic community with solid research on contemporary social, political and economic processes and problems in the region.
The MEC Management Committee meets termly to discuss research strategy, general management and resource issues arising across the Centre, and progress on individual research themes and funded projects.
The Advisory Board provides independent, external and income-orientated advice to the Middle East Centre. The Board’s role is purely advisory.
Consisting of Professor Toby Dodge, Professor Madawi al-Rasheed and Dr Michael Mason, the Research Committee oversees centre-wide levels of excellence in research and publications. Research staff are required to submit a research report that details their outputs for the year, their plans for career development and how their publications will fit into the REF timetable.