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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.

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 Deputy Director 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.