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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.

Liam Mclaughlin

Liam Mclaughlin Intern & Project Assistant, LCSS Liam recently graduated with an MA in International Relations from King's College London following a BSc (Hons) in Government from the London School of Economics. His MA dissertation focused on ethical approaches to the migrant crisis. As well as this, he is interested in citizenship, integration, moral philosophy, and global politics. He has been published widely as a journalist and also co-runs a charity designed to increase youth engagement in [...]

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Prof Mervyn Frost

Prof Mervyn Frost Professor of International Relations, Department of War Studies, King’s College London Professor Mervyn Frost has been professor of International Relations in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London since 2003, having previously held positions at the University of Kent and the University of Natal in Durban. He is a pioneer in the field of ethics in international relations and has contributed a large canon of work to the field. [...]

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Prof Carol Bohmer

Prof Carol Bohmer Teaching fellow, Department of War Studies, King’s College London and Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Government, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire Professor Carol Bohmer is a teaching fellow in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. She is the author of numerous books and articles covering topics such as law, integration, and asylum, as well as having practiced [...]

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Dr Sarah Singer

Dr Sarah Singer Early Career Lecturer, Refugee Law Initiative; Lecturer, Human Rights Law, the School of Advanced Study, University of London Dr Sarah Singer is an Early Career Lecturer at the Refugee Law Initiative and Lecturer in Human Rights Law at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Sarah is also Managing Editor of the International Community Law Review, a peer reviewed academic journal published by Martinus Nijhoff/Brill. She teaches the law component of the MA [...]

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Ozdemir Ahmet

Ozdemir Ahmet Former Project Coordinator at LCSS - Public Policy Platform Research Officer/Business Development Assistant - Reed in Partnership Ozdemir is one of our most dedicated colleagues. He started at LCSS as a full time project coordinator in September 2012 and ended working for us on 30 May, 2015. His tasks involved overseeing various projects, including the coordination of academic roundtable discussions with expert names on topical issues, such as the UK’s position on the EU, the [...]

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Assoc Prof Dr M Murat Erdoğan

Assoc Prof Dr M Murat Erdoğan Migration and Politics Research Centre, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey Assoc.Prof. Dr. M. Murat Erdoğan (born in Erciş-Van-Turkey, 11.03.1964) is Director of Hacettepe University Migration and Politics Research Centre, Vize Director of European Union Research Center. He is also Advisor to the Rector of Hacettepe University. He received his undergraduate and M.A. degree from Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Politics. Mr. Erdoğan received his PhD degree from University Ankara [...]

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Feray J Baskın

Feray J Baskın Associate at LCSS & PhD Candidate in (Linguistic) Anthropology, Indiana University Feray J. BASKIN is a doctoral candidate in (Linguistic) Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University, USA. She has two masters’ degrees in French linguistics; one from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and one from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. For her M.A. thesis (titled Du céfran à l’envers ‘backwords French’) from the University of Leiden she analyzed the uses of ‘verlan’, [...]

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Dr Gabriel Koureas

Dr Gabriel Koureas Senior Lecturer & Program director for the MA Museum Cultures. Dr Koureas completed his PhD at Birkbeck (funded by a three-year AHRC grant), where he has been teaching since 2000. His teaching concentrates on visual and material cultural from the late 19th century to the present day with special emphasis on memory, gender, race and national identity and their intersections. Current research interests Gabriel Koureas' research interests are in the relationship of memory, conflict [...]

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Ruth Selman

Ruth Selman Principal Early Modern Records Specialist, Medieval and Early Modern team Ruth Selman is a Principal Early Modern Records Specialist in the Medieval and Early Modern team.  She has worked at The National Archives in a variety of roles since 1999, focusing on the development of online guidance and tools for researchers.  She is also currently a Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD candidate at the University of Roehampton (in partnership with The National Archives, Essex Record Office [...]

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Dr Karen Attar

Dr Karen Attar Librarian at the University of London’s Senate House Library & an Associate Research Fellow at its Institute of English Studies Dr Karen Attar is the Rare Books Librarian at the University of London’s Senate House Library, and an Associate Research Fellow at its Institute of English Studies (see http://research.sas.ac.uk/ies/fellow/516/dr-karen-attar/). She has published widely on book collectors and library history. Most recently she has been editing the third edition of the Directory of Rare Book and [...]

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Prof Salim Ayduz

Prof Salim Ayduz Director of Heritage Department at British Muslim Heritage Centre Professor Salim Ayduz is currently Director at the British Muslim Heritage Centre, Manchester, UK at the Centre’s Heritage Department.  He is Chief Editor for two websites: http://heritageofislam.co.uk/ & www.islamandscience.co.uk. Since 1998, Dr Ayduz holds a PhD in “History of Ottoman Firearms and Cannon Founding Technology” awarded by Istanbul University (Department of History of Science). He held the positions of senior lecturer in Ottoman Studies at the Fatih University [...]

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Prof Keun-Wook Paik

Prof Keun-Wook Paik Senior Research Fellow, The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES); Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment, Development Programme, The Chatham House Professor Keun-Wook Paik is a specialist on Northeast Asia’s oil and gas issues, in particular Sino-Russian oil and gas cooperation, China’s natural gas industry, and DPRK’s offshore oil exploration. Dr Paik joined the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in January 2007 and also is currently Associate Fellow at the Chatham House, Energy, Environment and Development [...]

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Mr Zhang Jiming

Mr Zhang Jiming Minister Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in the UK Mr Zhang Jiming, Minister Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in the UK. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1991 and served as Division Director of the Department of European Affairs and Deputy Director General of the General Office, MFA. He held overseas diplomatic postings successively at the Chinese Embassies in Uganda, UK and the Chinese Mission to the European Union. He assumed the position as Minister Counsellor [...]

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Dr Natasha Kuhrt

Dr Natasha Kuhrt Lecturer, Department of War Studies - King's College London Dr Kuhrt is a lecturer at KCL. She convenes and teaches BA in International Law, Human Rights and Intervention, MA in Law and Conflict in International Society, Nationalism and Security, Gender in International Politics and Security. Her research interests include but not limited to the following: Russian foreign policy – Russia/China, Russia/Japan in particular. Regionalism-regional security complexes; regionalisation and regionalism, in particular in Eurasia, Northeast [...]

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Stephen Phillips

Stephen Phillips CEO of China-Britain Business Council Stephen Phillips joined the China- Britain Business Council as Chief Executive in June 2006.  Stephen has been actively engaged in business in and with China since 1989 and his experience spans a number of sectors including aerospace, oil, gas and petrochemicals, infrastructure, ICT and financial services. Stephen held senior investment banking positions with Deutsche and BZW/Barclays Capital in Asia for over 10 years, where he specialised in structuring and financing [...]

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Dr Maria Iacovou

Dr Maria Iacovou Director of Social Sciences Research Methods Centre (SSRMC), University of Cambridge, UK Maria Iacovou is the Director of the Social Sciences Research Methods Centre at the University of Cambridge, responsible for delivering training in research methods to postgraduate students across a large number of disciplines in the University; she is also a Reader in the Department of Sociology. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to research, having trained as an economist, and having published across [...]

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Prof Gilbert Achcar

Prof Gilbert Achcar Department of Development Studies, The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), UK Gilbert has degrees in Philosophy (ESL, Beirut), Social Sciences (UL, Beirut) and Social History/International Relations (University of Paris-VIII). He taught and/or researched in various universities and research centres in Beirut, Berlin and Paris. Gilbert's research interests and publication topics include: the political economy and sociology of globalisation, the global power structure and grand strategy, empire theory and the unfolding of US [...]

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Prof Heidi A Ross

Prof Heidi A Ross School of Education, Indiana University & Director, East Asian Studies Center I am Director of the East Asian Studies Center and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University.  I earned my B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature at Oberlin College, an M.A. in Education/Applied Linguistics at the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Administration at the University of Michigan.  I have taught and consulted at numerous institutions in East [...]

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Ozlem Erden

Ozlem Erden Associate at LCSS & Researcher at Indiana University Ozlem Erden is a Fulbright sponsored PhD student in Curriculum Studies program at Indiana University, Bloomington.  She received a BA in Science Teaching from Hacettepe University, and an MSc in Curriculum and Instruction from Middle East Technical University. She also holds a post graduate certificate in education studies from Middlesex University, London. Her master’s thesis was “An assessment of MoNE-YLSY scholarship program from the perspectives of scholars’: [...]

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Jenny Westerstrand

Jenny Westerstrand Uppsala University, Sweden Jenny Westerstrand is a researcher in the Department of Law and Centre for Gender Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden.  She wrote her thesis in Public International Law, dealing with prostitution and human trafficking in international law, and the conflicting feminist discourses that surrounds the question on how to conceptualize those phenomenon. Jenny was coordinator of the first national prevalence study on violence against women, Capture Queen (Lundgren mfl. 2001), and is currently working on a project [...]

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Latefa Guemar

Latefa Guemar Associate at LCSS & Gender Institute Visiting Fellow, LSE Latefa is an Associate at LCSS and a visiting fellow at the Gender Institute, LSE. She was forced to leave Algeria following personal attacks on her family as a result of her husband’s work as a journalist. Having received refugee status in the UK in 2004, Latefa has had to re-orient her study and has undertaken an MSc on Population Movement and Policy at Swansea University and [...]

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Dr Fahri Karakas

Dr Fahri Karakas Fellow at LCSS & Researcher and Lecturer, University of East Anglia I am Lecturer in Business and Leadership at Norwich Business School.  I joined UEA in July 2012 having previously worked at Open University Business School as Research Fellow in International Management Practice, Education, and Learning (IMPEL). I hold three degrees in Management: BA (Koc University), MBA (Bogazici University), PhD in Organizational Behaviour (McGill University, Desautels Faculty of Management).  My PhD thesis on benevolent [...]

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Dr Tom McKenzie

Dr Tom McKenzie Fellow at LCSS & Lecturer at University of Dundee Tom has a background in economics and mathematics and holds degrees from the Universities of Bonn and Cologne.  He is a research fellow at Cass Business School, City University London and an approved researcher of the Office for National Statistics.  Tom is based at the ESRC Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy where he specialises in the analysis of household expenditure data.  Previously, he taught [...]

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Prof Nadje Al-Ali

Prof Nadje Al-Ali Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London. Her main research interests revolve around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora moblization; war, conflict and reconstruction’ art & cultural studies and food. Her publications include What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009, University of California Press, co-authored [...]

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