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Management Committee

The MEC Management Committee is responsible for the oversight and development of the Centre's research agenda under the direction of the MEC Director. The Management Committee provides advice on research strategy, general management and resource issues arising across the Centre, and progress on individual research themes and funded projects.

John Chalcraft

Dr John Chalcraft|,| Department of Government

Dr Chalcraft works on the history and politics of the modern Middle East with special reference to Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, protest movements, migration, labour history, crafts and guilds, transnationalism, contentious politics, hegemony, and history from below. 

Katerina Dalacoura

Dr Katerina Dalacoura,| Department of International Relations

 Dr Dalacoura's research focuses on democracy and human rights in the Middle East, with special emphasis on Egypt, Iran and Turkey; Western policy and the Middle East; political Islam; and the international politics of culture and religion with particular reference to Islam. 


Dr Toby Dodge,| Department of International Relations

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

Steffen Hertog

Dr Steffen Hertog,| Department of Government

Steffen Hertog 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.

Kirsten Schulze

Dr Kirsten Schulze,| Department of International History

Dr Schulze's main fields of research cover Indonesian Politics & Security; Regional Conflicts in Indonesia; the Aceh Conflict; the Free Aceh Movement (GAM); Security Sector Reform; Islamic Groups; Israeli Politics; Israeli Security; the Middle East Peace Process; the Arab-Israeli Conflict. 



Dr Hakan Seckinelgin,| Department of Social Policy

Dr 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.


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.

Roham Alvandi

Dr Roham Alvandi,| Department of International History

Dr Roham Alvandi's research focuses on the international history of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on Iran, the Persian Gulf, and the Cold War. His current research examines the relationship between U.S. President Richard Nixon, his advisor Henry Kissinger, and the late Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.


Dr Michael Mason|, Department of Geography and Environment

Dr Michael Mason's research interests encompass environmental politics and governance, notably issues of accountability, energy security and climate change adaptation.

Federica Bicchi

Dr Federica Bicchi|, Department of International Relations

Dr Bicchi's research interests lie in EU foreign policy and external relations - especially as they relate to the Middle East and to the Mediterranean countries. She is also interested in the promotion of democracy in Arab countries and in international relations theory and theoretical approaches to European foreign policy.