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The Officers of the Society are the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.

In addition to the Officers of the Society, there are currently 12 members of Council. Council members are elected from among the membership for a period of three years, or co-opted. BRISMES is currently welcoming new Trustees for election in the coming months. The current officers are as follows:


BRISMES has convened a Nominating Committee, and is looking forward to appointing a new President soon. 

Vice President: Nicola Pratt

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 Nicola Pratt is a Reader in the International Politics of the Middle East in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Before entering the world of academia, Nicola lived and worked in Egypt for several years on projects concerning human rights and democratisation. She speaks Arabic. Her research and teaching interests are located at the intersections between the politics of the Middle East and feminist international relations theory. Her research is particularly focused on the ways in which ‘ordinary people’ are shaped by and also influence national and international politics—particularly, democratization, peace and security. I have researched and written on democratization, human rights and conflict in a number of Middle Eastern countries. Since 2016, I have lead a research project on 'Politics and Popular Culture in Egypt: Contested Narratives of the 25 January 2011 Uprising and its Aftermath'.

Nicola's research interests link to her activism in the international peace/anti-war movement. She is a regular speaker at various meetings of social movement/voluntary groups. Between 2010 and 2013, she was the co-director of an international research partnership between Warwick and Birzeit University, Palestine, entitled, 'Reconceptualising Gender: Transnational Perspectives'. She is a contributor to the e-zine and was also Associate Editor of the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies for 6 years. In 2015, she was elected to the Committee of the Council for British Research in the Levant.

Treasurer: Mehmet Asutay







Mehmet teaches and supervises research on Islamic Political Economy, Islamic Banking and Finance, Political Economy of Middle East, Middle East Economy, Turkish Political Economy, Kurdish Political Economy at the University of Durham. He is the Programme Director for MA/MSc in Islamic Finance. 

Secretary: John Chalcraft

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John Chalcraft is Professor of Middle History and Politics in the Department of Government at LSE. He was a Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History in the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Edinburgh University during 2000-05, and held a Junior Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from 1999-2000. 

His research focuses on histories of popular protest, low-skilled labour migration, survivalist enterprise, and labour, with special reference to Egypt, Syria and Lebanon, and increasingly to the GCC countries and North Africa. He is currently working on Gramscian and transnational approaches to resistance and popular mobilisation. He directs the Social Movements and Popular Mobilisation in the MENA Research Network at LSE and has served on the Council for British Research on the Levant, as Reviews Editor for the Journal of Global History, as Treasurer of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, and as a court expert in a number of international cases. 

Council Members:

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Aula Hariri
Middle East Centre, LSE


Tim Jacoby
University of Manchester

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Hendrik Jan Kraetzschmar
University of Leeds


ElMustapha Lahlali

University of Leeds

Maria Marsh

Maria Marsh
African & Middle Eastern studies commissioning editor at Cambridge University Press


Vivienne Matthies-Boon

University of Amsterdam

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Lloyd Ridgeon
University of Glasgow

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Alam Saleh
Lancaster University


Afshin Shahi

University of Bradford


Paul Starkey
former Head of Arabic, Durham University and Co-Director of CASAW


Andrea Teti

University of Aberdeen


 Zahra Tizro

University of East London