How to contact us


Middle East Centre
Tower 1, 10th Floor
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE 

General Enquiries and Events
Sandra Sfeir
+44 (0)20 7955 6198

Projects and Scholarships Enquiries 
Chelsea Milsom
+44 (0)20 7955 7038

Media and Communications Enquiries
Ribale Sleiman Haidar

+44(0)20 7955 6250




Professor Toby Dodge

Centre Director

Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6176


Robert Lowe

Deputy Director
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6365


Chelsea Milsom

Projects Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 7038


Emma Pearson

Communications Coordinator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6553


Sandra Sfeir

Centre Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6198


Ian Sinclair

Kuwait Programme Administrator
Tel: +44(0)20 7955 6639


Ribale Sleiman Haidar

Communications Manager 
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6250 

Al-Sarihi, Aisha

Aisha Al-Sarihi, Research Officer

Aisha Al-Sarihi is Research Officer at the Kuwait Programme working on Climate Change in GCC States. Aisha is completing her doctoral thesis at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London. 


Dr Valeria Cetorelli, Research Officer

Valeria Cetorelli is currently working on a large-scale mortality and health survey among households displaced by the Islamic State into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Her research revolves around the political and social determinants of population health.


Dr Filippo Dionigi, Leverhulme Research Fellow

Filippo Dionigi is researching the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on Arab statehood from a comparative perspective. In addition, Filippo is leading on a capacity-building project, in collaboration with Tunis University,  to enhance the didactic capacity of Tunis Business School (TBS), on the level of International Relations teaching.


Dr Ferdinand Eibl, Research Officer

Ferdinand Eibl is based at the Kuwait Programme, currently working as part of a research project looking at the comparative political economy of the MENA region. Led by Steffen Hertog, the project aims to place MENA-specific political economy issues in a wider comparative perspective.


Dr Fatima El-Issawi, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Fatima El-Issawi is leading on a collaboration project with the American University of Dubai entitled 'Arab National Media and Politics: Democracy Revisited', looking at changes in media practices in traditional media industries in Morocco and Algeria. 


Dr Aula Hariri, Research Officer

Aula Hariri is Research Officer at the LSE Middle East Centre, currently working on the Historical Sociology of the Middle East. This research builds on her thesis which examined the role of the Iraqi Independence Movement on state formation in Iraq between 1914-1958.

Steffen Hertog

Dr Steffen Hertog, Associate Professor in Comparative Politics

Steffen Hertog is lead researcher on 'The Comparative Political Economy of the MENA Region' project in the Kuwait Programme. He is also Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government. 


Dr Zeynep Kaya, Research Fellow

Zeynep Kaya is Research Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre and Research Officer at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. She is currently leading a project on responses to internal displacement in Iraqi Kurdistan. 


Dr Courtney Freer, Research Officer

Courtney Freer is Research Officer at the Kuwait Programme. Her research focuses on revising rentier state theory by examining the socio-political role played by Muslim Brotherhood affiliates in the so-called 'super-rentiers' of Kuwait, Qatar, and the UAE.


Dr Cristina Moreno Almeida, Research Officer

Cristina Moreno Almeida is Research Officer working on the project ‘Personalised Media and Participatory Culture’ at the LSE Middle East Centre and the Department of Media and Communications.


Dr Aitemad Muhanna-Matar, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow

Aitemad Muhanna-Matar is currently conducting research on Salafist youth in Tunisia and their process of subjectification. 


Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi, Visiting Fellow

Pejman Abdolmohammadi is Lecturer of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at John Cabot University in Rome. His research and teaching activities focus on the politics and history of modern Iran, the intellectual history of Iran, geopolitics of the Persian Gulf, and international relations of the Middle East.

Abdulla, Abdulkhaleq

Professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, Visiting Professor

Abdulkhaleq Abdulla is a retired professor of Political Science and Chairman of the Arab Council for Social Science. His research interests include issues of political changes in the Gulf and the Arab World. 

Alkazemi, Mariam

Dr Mariam Alkazemi, Visiting Fellow

Mariam Alkazemi, an Assistant Professor at the Gulf University of Science and Technology, is based at the Kuwait Programme researching the role of social media and advertising regulation in the protection of Kuwaiti consumers. 


Dr Abeer Al-Najjar, Visiting Senior Fellow

Abeer is Associate Professor at the Department of Mass Communication, American University of Sharjah-United Arab Emirates. Her research interests include the intricacy of media, politics and religion in the MENA region. 


Dr Hessah Al-Ojayan, Visiting Fellow

Currently based in the Kuwait Programme, Hessah Al-Ojayan is Assistant Professor of Finance at Kuwait University. Her research interests include Islamic finance and economics, GCC and emerging capital market, SMEs, and the history of finance and economics in the Middle East.

Shafrifa AlShalfan

Sharifa Alshalfan, Visiting Fellow

Sharifa Alshalfan is Visiting Fellow at the Kuwait Programme. She is an architect and a researcher, holding an MSc in City Design and Social Science from LSE. Her research interests include land-use policies and urban governance with a focus on housing in the GCC states, mainly Kuwait.


Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, Visiting Professor

Madawi Al Rasheed is Research Fellow at the Open Society Foundation.  She 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. She also taught at Goldsmith College (University of London) and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford.


Professor Ali Ansari, Visiting Professor

Ali Ansari is Visiting Professor at the LSE Middle East Centre. He is also Professor of Iranian History at the University of St Andrews, and founding director of its Institute of Iranian Studies. 


Dr Heba Elsayed, Visiting Fellow

Heba Elsayed is Visiting Academic at the University of Manchester. She is acting as Principal Investigator on two research projects: the first investigating Egyptian youths’ consumption of New Information Technologies and a second - co-hosted with the American University in Cairo - focusing on street sexual harassment in Egypt and the media’s role in fuelling this national epidemic. 


Ginny Hill, Visiting Fellow

Ginny Hill is an independent consultant and policy analyst, with 20 years’ experience in journalism, foreign policy, multi-stakeholder collaboration and political inclusion. 


Dr Jonathan Hill, Visiting Fellow

Jonathan Hill is Reader in Postcolonialism and the Maghreb in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. Jon’s research examines and compares political processes, structures and cultures in contemporary North Africa and, increasingly, the wider Middle East.


Martin Howard, Visiting Senior Fellow

Martin Howard is a recently retired UK senior civil servant researching post-conflict/crisis stabilisation drawing on experiences (including his own) in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere.


Dr Zelal Başak Kızılkan, Visiting Fellow

Zelal Başak Kızılkan is Assistant Professor at Mardin Artuklu University in Turkey. She is currently Visiting Fellow at the Center carrying out research on the 'Neighbourhood Policies of the EU and Turkey after Arab Uprising', supported by the Newton-Katip Çelebi Fund of the British Council. 


Professor Umut Özkırımlı, Visiting Professor

Umut Özkırımlı is Professor of Political Science at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Lund University, and an Honorary Professor in Europe, Nationalism and Globalization at the Center for Modern European Studies (CEMES), University of Copenhagen; and a Senior Fellow at Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University. 


Dr Mandy Turner, Visiting Fellow

Mandy Turner is the Director of the Kenyon Institute (Council for British Research in the Levant) in East Jerusalem. Her research focuses thematically on the political economy of war and peace, with a country specialism on Palestine.


Dr Karen Young, Visiting Fellow

Karen Young is a senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. She was research fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre from 2014-15, where she remains a visiting fellow. From 2009-14, she was assistant professor of political science at the American University of Sharjah (UAE).

Roham Alvandi

Dr Roham Alvandi, Department of International History

Roham Alvandi is Associate Professor of International History. His research focuses on the international history of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran, the Persian Gulf, and the Cold War.


Professor Nigel Ashton, Department of International History

Nigel Ashton is Professor of International History and Head of Department. His core research interests lie in the fields of contemporary Anglo-American relations and the modern international history of the Middle East.

Federica Bicchi

Dr Federica Bicchi,  Department of International Relations

Federica Bicchi is Associate Professor in International Relations of Europe. Her research interests lie in EU foreign policy and external relations - especially as they relate to the Middle East and to the Mediterranean countries.

John Chalcraft

Dr John Chalcraft, Department of Government

John Chalcraft is Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Empire/Imperialism, working on the history and politics of the modern Middle East with special reference to Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

Katerina Dalacoura

Dr Katerina Dalacoura, Department of International Relations

Katerina Dalacoura is Associate Professor in International Relations. Her research focuses on democracy and human rights in the Middle East, with special emphasis on Egypt, Iran and Turkey.


Professor Toby Dodge, Middle East Centre

Toby Dodge is Director of the LSE Middle East Centre, Professor in the International Relations Department at LSE, and a Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London.


Professor George Gaskell, Director's Management Team

George Gaskell is Director of LSE 100 and Professor at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR). He was previously Pro-Director (Resources and Planning). 

Steffen Hertog

Dr Steffen Hertog, Department of Government & Middle East Centre

Steffen Hertog is Associate Professor in the Department of Government. He has been researching the comparative political economy of the Gulf and Middle East for more than a decade, working with a number of local and international institutions.


Professor Christopher Hughes, Department of International Relations

Christopher Hughes is Professor of International Relations. His research interests includes Chinese politics and international relations with a special focus on the impact of Chinese nationalism.

Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe, Middle East Centre

Robert Lowe is the Manager of the Middle East Centre. He joined the centre when it opened in the autumn of 2010. He was previously Manager and Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House.


Dr Michael Mason, Department of Geography and Environment

Michael Mason is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment and an Associate of the Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. 

Kirsten Schulze

Dr Kirsten Schulze, Department of International History

Kirsten Schulze is Associate Professor in International History. She has conducted research on armed conflicts in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.


Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, Department of Social Policy

Hakan Seckinelgin is Senior Lecturer in International Social Policy. His main fields of research cover social policy on international relations; politics of international relations; international environmental politics; NGOs; HIV/AIDS policy; civil society: Russia, Sub-Saharan Africa; Turkey.