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London Centre for Social Studies

LCSS was founded in 2004 by a diverse group of academics to generate thinking and debate amongst academics, activists, policy makers, practitioners, media and civil society organisations both at the national and international level. As a non-profit independent research organisation, LCSS uses social science research tools to address major social, political and economic issues such as migration, social cohesion, subjectivity, education, gender, human rights in a critical way.

LCSS has specialised competence on the issues of migration and education related research, especially due to its strong connection with UK based institutes and academics. We aim to create inter-disciplinary forums and cross-border networks to facilitate emergence of innovative approaches addressing major global policy challenges. Hundreds of academics, policy professionals and research students contribute to the development of our programmes, and over 14,000 subscribers follow our activities.

As well as original research contributions, our activities include public lectures, panel discussions, round-tables, conferences, workshops, policy papers, reports and a recently launched academic journal to strengthen links between leading actors in society and the wider public. Through our community projects, we aim to develop better understanding of the problems faced by various communities in Europe and the United Kingdom in particular. Our major community projects to date have been supported by the Big Lottery Fund and many other private UK-based and international institutions and funding bodies. We are also grateful to all individual donors for their continuous and generous support to our activities since LCSS’s establishment.

Ufuk Ucar

Ufuk Ucar Director at LCSS (2013 - 2018) Ufuk has served as director at LCSS between 2013 - 2018. He has a degree in Law (with Honours) from the University of Istanbul and a Master's degree in Human Rights from Birkbeck College, University of London. He has a keen interest in minority groups’ rights, social cohesion and integration.

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Dr Alasdair Jones

Dr Alasdair Jones Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology, London School of Economics Alasdair Jones is Assistant Professor in Qualitative Research Methodology and an associate at LSE cities. Alasdair’s research coalesces around the theme of urban life. In particular, he is interested in the relationship between built form in cities and social practices, and his published research to date has centred on public space, mobilities, and the ways that citizenship is experienced in urban settings. Alasdair is currently [...]

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Dr Marios Samdanis

Dr Marios Samdanis Lecturer in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Management, Brunel University London Dr Marios Samdanis is a Lecturer in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and International Management. Prior to joining Brunel, he was a Lecturer in Digital Creativity and New Media Management at Birkbeck College, University of London, and a Lecturer in Art Business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. He has a PhD in Management from Kent Business School, University of Kent, and a Master degree in Innovation [...]

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Dr Marc Mason

Dr Marc Mason University of Westminster Marc Mason BSc (Hons), MSc, Barrister, FHEA joined Westminster Law School in 2013 following a period of practice as a Family Law Barrister specialising in child protection. Marc has studied both law and psychology at postgraduate level and has held research posts at UCL and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. He has worked on research projects funded by the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Nuffield Foundation. His [...]

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Dr Naomi Creutzfeldt

Dr Naomi Creutzfeldt University of Westminster Before joining Westminster, as a lecturer in law, I worked at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (University of Oxford) for six years. I am currently focusing on my ESRC FRL project ‘trusting the middle-man: impact and legitimacy of ombudsmen’ (http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/projects/Ombudsmen), which I will conclude in September 2016. My research activities take me across Europe, engaging with ombudsmen, talking at academic conferences and planning knowledge-exchange workshops. My interests in ombudsmen, as pathways of [...]

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Moris Farhi, MBE

Moris Farhi, MBE Author Farhi was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1935. Farhi received B.A. in Humanities from Robert Academy, Istanbul, in 1954. He came to the UK the same year and trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 1956 and settling in London. After a brief career as an actor, he took up writing. Farhi has written several novels, including Children of the Rainbow and Journey through the Wilderness. Children of the Rainbow has received two prizes: the “Amico Rom” from the Associazione [...]

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Prof Will Harvey

Prof Will Harvey University of Exeter Will conducts research, teaches and consults in the areas of reputation, leadership, talent management and migration. He has worked with pharmaceutical, healthcare, energy, mining, management consulting, executive search, local and national government, supranational, aviation and food organisations. He has studied, taught and worked with multiple organisations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Will has published in top American, European and Asian journals in the fields of management, sociology, industrial [...]

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Prof Geoff E Petts

Prof Geoff E Petts Vice-Chancellor, University of Westminster Having gained his BSc in Geography (Liverpool University 1974) and PhD (University of Southampton 1978), Geoff Petts was appointed Lecturer in Geography at Loughborough University in 1979 where he was awarded a chair in 1989. After three years as Head of the Geography Department he moved to Birmingham in 1994 as Professor of Physical Geography. He became Director of the Centre for Environmental Research and Training (1996) and Head [...]

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Prof John Kay

Prof John Kay Financial Times John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists. He is a distinguished academic, a successful businessman, an adviser to companies and governments around the world, and an acclaimed columnist. His work has been mostly concerned with the application of economics to the analysis of changes in industrial structure and the competitive advantage of individual firms. His interests encompass both business strategy and public policy. Today he is probably most widely known for [...]

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Sir Richard Ottaway MP

Sir Richard Ottaway MP Conservative Party Richard Ottaway is a former Officer in the Royal Navy and the Royal Naval Reserve. He read Law at Bristol University. On qualifying as a solicitor in 1977, he specialised in maritime and commercial law with leading city firms. He was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Nottingham North from 1983-87. After a period in industry he returned to Parliament in 1992 as the Member for Croydon South, and [...]

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Elif Shafak

Elif Shafak Writer / Novelist setting in the 17th century Mediterranean. Shafak greatly increased her readership with her novel Mahrem (The Gaze), which earned her the "Best Novel-Turkish Writers' Union Prize" in 2000. Her next novel, Bit Palas (The Flea Palace), has been a bestseller in Turkey and was shortlisted for the Independent Best Fiction Award. Shafak' wrote her next novel in English. The Saint of Incipient Insanities was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her second novel written in English is The Bastard [...]

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Anna Coote

Anna Coote Head of Social Policy, New Economics Foundation Anna is Head of Social Policy at the New Economics Foundation, leading work on developing a new social settlement to meet the challenges of the 21st century.  This aims to promote well-being for all and sustainable social justice. It includes practical work on: moving investment and action upstream to prevent harm; changing the way we use and value time; building a fair, sufficient and sustainable social security system; [...]

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Prof Michael Parker Banton

Prof Michael Parker Banton Emeritus Professor, University of Bristol Prof. Michael Parker Banton is an Emeritus Professor at University of Bristol. He was born on the 8th of September 1926 and served in the Royal Navy between the years of 1944 and 1947 as a Sub-Lieutenant RNVR. He graduated with a B. SC. In economics from the London School of Economics in 1950 and obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1954, and his D. [...]

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Prof Margaret Crocco

Prof Margaret Crocco Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University Margaret Crocco’s research has focused on issues of diversity, both national and international, within a social studies education context. Most prominently, she has investigated how “women of the world” have been featured--or ignored--in global studies and world history courses, state curriculum frameworks, and teacher preparation programs. She has published work related to human rights education, peace education, women and religion, and cross-cultural representations of women in literature. [...]

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Prof Patricia K. Kubow

Prof Patricia K. Kubow Director of the Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR) & School of Education, Indiana University DR. PATRICIA K. KUBOW is Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and Curriculum & Instruction at Indiana University (IU).  She is also Director of the Center for International Education, Development and Research (CIEDR) in the IU School of Education (http://ciedr.indiana.edu).  Her research interests focus on the comparative study of constructions of democracy and citizenship education [...]

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Marceline Naudi

Marceline Naudi Senior Lecturer & Head of the new Department of Gender Studies Marceline Naudi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta, Malta and is Head of the new Department of Gender Studies within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing.   She contributes to teaching within several other University departments and Faculties on gender issues, violence against women and other anti-oppressive issues .  She received her first degree from University of Malta (1980), her Master’s Degree in [...]

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Jessica Frith

Jessica Frith King's College London, English Language and Literature Department, PhD Candidate Jessica Frith is a doctoral candidate at Kings's College London, department of English Language and Literature. Her research focus is on narratives of birds in the late eighteenth century society, considering how ornithology attracts symbolic value within poetry and what this reveals about the transacions between literary and scientific thought. Her research also includes examining natural history writings, both those local to Britian and travel [...]

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Sarah Lain

Sarah Lain Research Fellow, RUSI Sarah Lain’s research focuses on Russia and the former Soviet Union. She has a particular interest in Central Asia and China’s growing influence in the region. Prior to joining RUSI, Sarah was an assistant manager in the Corporate Intelligence team within KPMG London’s Forensic practice. There she worked on integrity due diligence, fraud investigations and anti-bribery and corruption risk assessments, with a focus on Russia and the CIS. Prior to KPMG, she [...]

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Michael Erdman

Michael Erdman MPhil/PhD Candidate, Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, Great Britain Michael Erdman is in the second year of the MPhil/PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, Great Britain. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Economics at the University of Toronto; a Masters of Science in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in [...]

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Rosa Vercoe

Rosa Vercoe Former Project Coordinator, LCSS Rosa Vercoe is currently a part-time Project Coordinator at the London Centre of Social Studies. She holds PG Diploma with Honours in Russian Language and Literature; MA in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University (2005); and MSc in Development Studies with Special Reference to Central Asia from SOAS, University of London (2014). Previously Rosa taught in academic and international establishments in Kazakhstan and The Netherlands. She also coordinated the EC TACIS-funded projects in Kazakhstan, [...]

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Lydia Wright

Lydia Wright Subject Librarian, Middle Eastern and Islamic Collections (including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Armenian, Georgian and Central Asian collections), Oriental Institute Library, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford Lydia Wright is a subject Librarian for the Middle Eastern and Islamic Collections (including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Armenian, Georgian and Central Asian collections) at the Oriental Institute Library, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Ms Wright has a keen interest in Islamic Art.

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Dr Cedric Gilson

Dr Cedric Gilson Visiting Fellow, Westminster Law School, University of Westminster London Dr Cedric Gilson obtained his doctorate in law at the University of Westminster in 2007, after a career change from a supporting role in clinical medicine, teaching and research in NHS Hospitals and university medical schools. As well as professional qualifications gained during his work, he obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of Reading (part-time, 1973) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational [...]

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Dr Cagri Yalkin

Dr Cagri Yalkin Lecturer, Brunel Business School, Brunel University London Dr Cagri Yalkin is a  a Lecturer in Branding at Brunel Business School and has a PhD in Marketing from Warwick Business School.  She previously held a Lecturer in Marketing position at King’s College London and an Assistant Professor of Advertising position in Istanbul, Turkey. Her research focuses on consumer culture.

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Dr Pravin Jeyaraj

Dr Pravin Jeyaraj Fellow, Law and Theory Lab, School of Law, University of Westminster London Dr Pravin Jeyaraj has recently been awarded a PhD in a socio-legal approach to waste policy. He is currently a Fellow at the Law and Theory Lab. His research interests are in environmental law, particularly waste, the circular economy, the waste hierarchy and freeganism. His methodological interests are in systems theory and dialectics. Pravin has organised a number of events hosted by the Law [...]

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Ali Bayindir

Ali Bayindir PhD candidate in History at the University of Dundee, UK Ali Bayindir (BA History, Harran University; MBA Cardiff Metropolitan University) is a final year PhD candidate in History at the University of Dundee, UK. His research is based on the Ottoman and British archives and it focuses on Ottoman relations with Britain and France. Ali is currently writing up his thesis on Trade, Diplomacy and Transformation between 1757 and 1808. He has extensive experience of [...]

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London South Bank University

London South Bank University London South Bank University is a public university in Newington, London. It has 17,985 students and 1,700 staff, and is based in the London Borough of Southwark, near the South Bank of the River Thames, from which it takes its name. Address: 103 Borough Rd, London SE1 0AA

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The University of Greenwich

The University of Greenwich The University of Greenwich is a public university located in London, in the United Kingdom. It has three campuses in London and Kent, England. These are located at Greenwich, in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College, and in Avery Hill and Medway. Address: Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London SE10 9LS Phone: 020 8331 8000

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