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CMES Board

Board Members of the Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies

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Agnes Andersson

Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences

Email: agnes [dot] andersson [at] keg [dot] lu [dot] se

Agnes Andersson is the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor in Human Geography. She is the PI of a comparative project on inclusive urbanisation in small towns in Uganda and Tanzania. Previous to this project, Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt was the PI of five different research projects that togehter constituted the Afrint group, an interdisciplinary group of researchers engaging researchers from nine research institutions in Africa and the Departments of Human Geography, Statistics, Sociology and Economic History at Lund University. Agnes’ research interests focuses on social and economic transformation within and outside agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa involving changing rural and translocal livelihoods, gender based access to productive resources within and outside agriculture, consumption and intra-household division of labor and income.
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Martin Dribe


Email: martin [dot] dribe [at] ekh [dot] lu [dot] se

Martin Dribe is professor of economic history and Director of the Center for Economic Demography at the School of Economics and Management. His research deals with historical and contemporary economic demography covering mortality, fertility, migration, marriage and social mobility. He teaches economic history and demography at all levels and supervises PhD candidates.

In addition to being center director he has been responsible for the PhD programs and research infrastructures at the School of Economics and Management, as well Director of studies for the PhD program in Economic History.

Behshid Khodaei

Behshid Khodaei

Doctoral Student

Email: behshid [dot] khodaei [at] tvrl [dot] lth [dot] se

Behshid is a PhD student affiliated with both Center for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) and Water Resources Engineering division at Department of Building and Environmental Technology, Faculty of Engineering (LTH) at Lund University. She has received her BSc and MSc degrees in Geomatics and Remote Sensing engineering from Isfahan University and Tehran University. Her research interests include spatial data analysis for environmental applications, Interferometric SAR (InSAR) analysis and its applications in monitoring of earth surface and management of water resources, as well as the applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms along with remote sensing data for environmental monitoring purposes.
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Alexander Maurits

Deputy Dean of the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Email: alexander [dot] maurits [at] ctr [dot] lu [dot] se

Alexander Maurits is Deputy Dean of the Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology and Associate Professor in Church History at Lund University. Alexander Maurits received his doctorate degree in 2011 and specializes in the European church history of the 19th and 20th Centuries. His PhD-thesis, Den vackra och erkända patriarchalismen (in English Splendid Establishment Patriarchalism. Lund High Church Ideals of Clerical Manliness) dissects the connection between secularization, defense of the established normative social and religious culture and Christian gender ideals during the second half of the 19th Century. Currently Maurits is working on a project on religion and sport, a theme that has been given more attention among Swedish historians and theologians.
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Rouzbeh Parsi

Head of Programme, the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Utrikespolitiska institutet).

Email: rouzbeh [dot] parsi [at] ui [dot] se

Rouzbeh Parsi wrote his PhD thesis about modernity, nationalism and gender in Iran between the two world wars. Between 2009-2013 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) in Paris, focusing on the Middle East in general and Iran and the Gulf states in particular. Between 2013-2019 he was a Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and History at Lund University in Sweden.

He is the co-founder of the European Middle East Research Group, a network of Middle East scholars and policy experts in Europe.

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Stacey Ristinmaa Sörensen

Director of the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies

Email: stacey [dot] ristinmaa_sorensen [at] sljus [dot] lu [dot] se

Stacey is Director of the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor of Synchrotron Radiation Research. She is a member of LU Profile Area Light and Materials and LTH Profile Area Photon Science and Technology.
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Charlotta Sparre

Director, Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa

Email: charlotta [dot] sparre [at] gov [dot] se

Charlotta Sparre is the director of the Swedish Dialogue Institute for the Middle East and North Africa. She has previously served as Ambassador of Sweden to Egypt 2013-2017; and to Jordan 2008-2013 and has held a number of other positions in the Swedish Foreign Service.

She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Secretary General of Religions for Peace. She has published numerous articles and was the co-editor of the book ‘Reconstructing the Middle East’, published by Routledge in 2017.