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. The Centre works within this structure to promote innovatory interdisciplinary research and training on the region.  

Capitalising on LSE's exceptionally international body of students and staff, and London's proximity to Europe and the Middle East, the Centre greatly values intellectual relations with academic institutions in the region. The MEC places special emphasis on active and systemic collaboration with Middle Eastern universities, scholars, policy makers, and civil society, and speaks to a global audience about the region's strengths and challenges. 

The Centre’s governance adheres to LSE Research Committee’s established policies and procedures related to management and advisory functions of research centres.

Management Committee

The Management Committee meets termly to discuss research strategy, general management and resource issues arising across the Centre, and progress on individual research themes and funded projects.


Dr Roham Alvandi 

Associate Professor of International History, Department of International History


Professor Nigel Ashton

Professor of International History and Head of Department, Department of International History


Dr Federica Bicchi

Associate Professor International Relations of Europe, Department of International Relations


Dr John Chalcraft

Associate Professor in the History and Politics of Empire and Imperialism, Department of Government


Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Associate Professor in International Relations, Department of International Relations


Professor Toby Dodge

Kuwait Professor, LSE Middle East Centre

Courtney Freer

Dr Courtney Freer

Research Fellow, LSE Middle East Centre


Professor George Gaskell

Professor, Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) and Director, The Methodology Institute


Dr Steffen Hertog

Associate Professor, Department of Government


Robert Lowe

Deputy Director, LSE Middle East Centre


Dr Michael Mason

Director, LSE Middle East Centre


Dr Hakan Seckinelgin  

Associate Professor, Department of Social Policy



Professor Karen Smith

Professor of International Relations and Head of Department, Department of International Relations

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides independent, external and income-orientated advice to the Middle East Centre. The Board’s role is purely advisory.

Advisory Board Members

  • Mohammad A.J. Al Fahim, Honorary Chairman, Al Fahim Group

  • Dr Ali Al-Khouri, Arab Union for E-Commerce, League of Arab States

  • Sir John Jenkins, former UK Ambassador to Burma, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia

  • Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador of the UAE to the UN

  • Professor Avi Shlaim, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

  • Professor Charles Tripp, Professor of Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies