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CMES Board

Board Members of the Centre for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies

Christofer Edling. Picture

Christofer Edling


Email: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

Christofer Edling (chair of the board) is professor in sociology and conducts theoretically driven, empirical analyzes of contemporary social phenomena. Much of his research is based on surveys and register data with a special focus on network analysis, where social actors are represented as nodes and the relationships between the actors as links.
He is also Dean, at The Faculty of Social Sciences (LU).

His research interests range from social science methodology to analyzes of how network positions define people's opportunities for action and limitations.

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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.

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Maria F. Gomez


Email: maria [dot] gomez [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Maria F. Gomez is professor of physiology at the Department of Clinical Sciences in Malmö and coordinator of LUDC (Lund University Diabetes Centre), with some of the best characterized clinical studies in diabetes and ~300 staff members working synergistically towards improved diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diabetes, with the common goal to deliver precision medicine in diabetes.

She also coordinates IMI2 project BEAt-DKD (Biomarker Enterprise Attacking Diabetic Kidney Disease).

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Lena Halldenius


Email: lena [dot] halldenius [at] mrs [dot] lu [dot] se

Lena Halldenius is professor of human rights studies. Her academic background is in practical philosophy and law. She teaches human rights theory and historiography. Her research is in political philosophy and its modern history, specifically conceptions of freedom and rights. In the history of political thought, her research has concentrated on republicanism and 18-century feminism.

In political philosophy generally, she is interested in non-ideal or grounded theory and the intersections of philosophy, empirical research, and practical politics. Her ongoing work is on human rights and socioeconomic inequality, with a case study on how the transition to cashless payments affects economically vulnerable groups.

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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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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.