The MEC Research Group is drawn from LSE and external faculty members with relevant research interests. The Research Group has an advisory role in respect to the MEC's research themes, priorities and its general intellectual direction.
Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed, Visiting Professor, Middle East Centre, LSE
Professor Al-Rasheed is Visiting Professor at the Middle East Centre at LSE and Research Fellow at the Open Society Foundation. She was Professor of Anthropology of Religion at King’s College, London between 1994 and 2013.
Dr Amnon Aran, Lecturer in International Politics, City University
Dr Aran's main research interests lie in the international relations of the Middle East, with special reference to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the foreign policy of Middle Eastern states. His work also engages with International Relations theory, particularly Foreign Policy Analysis and Globalisation.
Professor Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations, LSE
Professor Gerges's main research covers Arab and Muslim politics in the 20th century; Islamist movements and jihadist groups; American foreign policies toward the Muslim world; the international relations of the Middle East; and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Dr Kamil Mahdi, Senior Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, LSE
Dr Kamil Mahdi, an economist specialising in agriculture, Iraq and the political economy of oil-exporting countries, joined the Middle East Centre as a Senior Visiting Fellow in December 2010.
Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance, LSE
Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the LSE. She has researched and written extensively on security and civil society.
Professor Martha Mundy, Department of Anthropology, LSE
Professor Martha Mundy is a specialist in the anthropology of the Arab World. Her research has concerned anthropology of law and the state, the comparative sociology of agrarian systems, and the anthropology of kinship and family.
Dr Saad Jawad, Senior Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, LSE
Dr Saad Jawad joined the Middle East Centre as a Senior Visiting Fellow in December 2010. He is a prominent Iraqi political scientist who taught at the University of Baghdad for more than 20 years.
Professor Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment Middle East Center
Yezid Sayigh is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, where his work focuses on the future political role of Arab armies, the resistance and reinvention of authoritarian regimes, and the Israel-Palestine conflict and peace process.
Dr Kirsten Schulze, Senior Lecturer in International History, LSE
Dr Schulze's main fields of research cover Indonesian Politics and 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; and the Arab-Israeli Conflict.
Professor Charles Tripp, Professor of Politics, SOAS
Professor Charles R. H. Tripp, PhD, is an academic and author specializing in the politics and history of the Near and Middle East. Tripp's main areas of research include the study of state and society in the Middle East, especially Iraq, and Islamic political thought.
Dr Kristian Ulrichsen, Visiting Fellow, Middle East Centre, LSE
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen researches Gulf politics and foreign policies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House and an affiliate faculty at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Between 2008 and 2013, he led the Kuwait Program on Development, Governance, and Globalization in the Gulf States at the LSE. His next book, entitled The First World War in the Middle East, will be published by Hurst in 2014.
Professor Amal Shlash, Bayt Al-Hikma
Professor Shlash is a prominent Iraqi Economist who taught at the University of Baghdad and works for Bayt Al-Hikma think-tank in Baghdad. Her research interests include human development, public/private sector relations in transitional economies and socio-economic policies. She is the lead author of the Iraq National Human Development Report NHDR (UNDP, 2008) as well as NHDR (UNDP, 2012), to be published in 2013.