Our Council & Staff
BRISMES is managed by the Council. The officers are the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. In addition, Council members are elected or co-opted from among the membership for a period of three years. Council members are registered as Directors of BRISMES with Companies House and as Trustees of BRISMES with the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
After teaching for seventeen years at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, Neve Gordon joined the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. His research focuses on international humanitarian law, human rights, the ethics of violence, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His most recent publication, Human Shields: A History of People in the Line of Fire (University of California Press, 2020) was written with Nicola Perugini and is the first book on the legal and political history of human shielding. Other publications include Israel’s Occupation (University of California Press 2008), The Human Right to Dominate (Oxford University Press, 2015), two edited volumes on torture and marginalized perspectives on human rights and more than 50 academic articles and book chapters. Gordon is currently working on a project that examines how new warfare technologies challenge the underlying framework of the laws of war. Gordon has been a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Brown University, the University of Michigan, and SOAS, and is currently a board member of the International State Crime Initiative.
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.
Tim Jacoby completed his PhD and an Economic and Social Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Politics at the University of York. He joined the Institute for Development Policy & Management at the University of Manchester in 2003 where he is now a professor and co-founder of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute. His research has focused on state development in Turkey as well as broader topics related to political violence, civil society, Islam, nationalism and post-conflict reconstruction. He has published more than 25 articles in international journals and acted as guest editor for Disasters, International Studies Review, Middle East Critique, Progress in Development Studies and the Journal of Peasant Studies.
University of Sussex
University of Exeter
SOAS University of London
University of Lincoln
University of Leeds
Graduate Section Co-President
José Ciro Martínez
University of York
University of Sussex
Queen Mary University of London
University of Glasgow
Dublin City University
Graduate Section Co-President
University of Edinburgh
BRISMES has two part-time employees who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Society.
Amy manages all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Society. This includes overseeing BRISMES membership, finances and communications; providing organisational support for the Society's events; producing the monthly BRISMES newsletter; and supporting the governance of BRISMES including the work of its Council, Committees and Graduate Section. Before joining BRISMES in November 2019, Amy worked in a variety of roles in the higher education, healthcare and creative sectors in the UK and abroad. She holds a BSc with First Class Honours in Human Sciences from University College London and an MA with Distinction in Arts, Enterprise and Development from the University of Warwick.
Rosa was awarded an ESRC-funded PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester (2021). Her research is broadly concerned with the relationship between urban transformations and political imaginaries under the Tunisian democratic transition. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was a Lecturer for the Sociology Department at the University of Essex and Boğaziçi University in Turkey (2022). She is currently writing her first monograph while being responsible for the organization of the BRISMES annual conference.