Affiliated Research Fellows

Meet our Affiliated Research Fellows


A, Rong (Dr)

Rong received her PhD degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2020. Her research interests focus on civil society, political engagement, environmental governance, and Chinese society. In her PhD dissertation  (Title: Managing the Dream of a Green China: Chinese ENGOs’ Daily Practices and Controversies), Rong explored how Chinese environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) intervene with environmental crises in an authoritarian context. Drawing on the data from ten-month ethnographic fieldwork in China, she showed that the emergence and development of Chinese ENGOs in the past three decades have been embedded in multiple overlapping historical processes in China. Using a field theory approach, she discussed how different actors compete to gain more capitals and collectively create the field rules, which helps explain Chinese ENGOs’ behavioural patterns. She argued that the field of Chinese ENGOs is witnessing the increasingly dominant technocratic trends, the loss of connection to political discourses, and the resistances to bureaucratisation. Currently, she is interested in comparing the strategies of NGOs in China and the UK. 

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Naamneh, Haneen (Dr)

Haneen Naamneh is an Affiliated Research Fellow with the Sociology department at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a researcher with the project Archival City – Bridging Urban Past and Future, and a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany. She holds a PhD in Sociology from LSE, LLM from The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and LLB from Haifa University.

Her research is concerned with the social and legal history of Arab Jerusalem between 1948–1967. Through a study of the Jerusalem municipality archival records, she traces the political, social, legal and economic transformation in Arab Jerusalem after 1948. Specifically, she studies the city’s urban loss and revival, including in the areas of municipal law and labour rights, local economy, tourism and infrastructure. Haneen’s essay ‘A Municipality Seeking Refuge – Jerusalem Municipality in 1948’, published in the Jerusalem Quarterly journal, won the 2019 Ibrahim Dakkak Award for Outstanding Essay on Jerusalem.

In the past, Haneen worked as a lawyer, and later as a research assistant with the LSE Middle East Centre. She is a translator with several research centres, and has contributed to a number of Arab newspapers and cultural media platforms, including Assafir al-Arabi and Jadaliyya.

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