Our Council & Staff

BRISMES Council

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.

Officers

Professor the Baroness Afshar OBE

Professor the Baroness Afshar OBE

President

Haleh Afshar is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of York and was Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparée at Strasbourg until 2016. She serves as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords. Afshar was born and raised in Iran where she worked as a journalist and a civil servant. In 2005 she was awarded an OBE for services to equal opportunities and in 2009 she was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has served in a wide variety of positions in UK civil society in the fields of Middle East Studies, Muslim women, gender and development, bioethics, refugees, and law and justice. She has also served on a number of government advisory groups, taskforces and funding programmes in areas of gender awareness, women’s asylum, women and Prevent, community cohesion, drug policy, democracy, Islam and religion. She has at least two honorary doctorates and is the recipient of a number of awards, including the BRISMES Award for Services to Middle East Studies. She has written two and co-authored/edited/co-edited 15 books on questions relating to women and development, Islam and Iran.

Neve Gordon

Neve Gordon

Vice-President

Neve Gordon is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Queen Mary University of London. His research focuses on international humanitarian law, human rights, new warfare technologies, 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

John Chalcraft

Secretary

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

Tim Jacoby

Treasurer

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.

Council Members

Feras Alkabani

Feras Alkabani

University of Sussex

Marianna Charountaki

Marianna Charountaki

University of Lincoln

James Dickins

James Dickins

University of Leeds

Hanem El-Farahaty

Hanem El-Farahaty

University of Leeds

Lucy Garbett

Lucy Garbett

Graduate Section Co-President

Nicola Perugini

Nicola Perugini

University of Edinburgh

Sharri Plonski

Sharri Plonski

Queen Mary University of London

Lloyd Ridgeon

Lloyd Ridgeon

University of Glasgow

Paola Rivetti

Paola Rivetti

Dublin City University

Alam Saleh

Alam Saleh

Australia National University

Marral Shamshiri-Fard

Marral Shamshiri-Fard

Graduate Section Co-President

Malaka Shwaikh

Malaka Shwaikh

University of St Andrews

Andrea Teti

Andrea Teti

University of Aberdeen

Zahra Tizro

Zahra Tizro

University of East London

Teodora Todorova

Teodora Todorova

University of Warwick

Lewis Turner

Lewis Turner

Newcastle University

Rafeef Ziadah

Rafeef Ziadah

SOAS University of London

BRISMES Staff

BRISMES has two part-time employees who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Society.

Amy Brickhill

Amy Brickhill

Administrator

Amy has been the Administrator of BRISMES since November 2019. She has over 10 years of experience in administration and has worked in the higher education, healthcare and creative sectors. 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. Amy manages all aspects of the day-to-day administration of the Society and produces the monthly BRISMES newsletter.

administrator@brismes.org

Bronwen Mehta

Bronwen Mehta

Conference Coordinator

Bronwen is responsible for the organisation of the Annual Conference, dealing will all aspects of the administration in collaboration with the Conference Committee. Bronwen holds an MPhil in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS. She is due to be starting her PhD at the University of Warwick in October 2021 focusing on online anti-sexual harassment activism in the Middle East.

conference@brismes.org