Welcome to the LSE Middle East Centre
The LSE Middle East Centre opened in October 2010. It builds on LSE's long engagement with the Middle East and provides a central hub for the wide range of research on the region carried out at LSE.
The mission of the Middle East Centre is to enhance understanding and develop rigorous research and teaching on the societies, economies, polities, and international relations of the region. The Centre promotes both specialized knowledge and public understanding of this crucial area and has outstanding strengths in inter-disciplinary and social science research, combined with real regional expertise, and a genuine ability to inform policy-makers and public alike. 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, including law, philosophy, economic history, international relations, and international history. The Middle East Centre builds on that expertise to promote innovative interdisciplinary research and training on the region. The Centre places special emphasis on collaboration with Middle East and North African universities.
The Middle East Centre engages in a wide variety of activities, including:
Promoting open and critical debate about the politics, societies and economics of the Middle East.
Disseminating knowledge about the Middle East through Centre’s lectures, web resources, and publications and through LSE, community and media activities.
Fostering research and training among LSE and visiting scholars and students.
Providing a rich research environment for the development of new scholars.
Establishing and cultivating ties with Middle East institutions.
Stimulating collaboration with scholars in other international institutions.
The Middle East Centre does not run degree programmes and does not supervise PhD students. Students interested in studying at LSE should explore the various teaching departments.
The Middle East Centre was established with support from the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy and the Aman Trust.