The Atlantic Fellows team
Professor Beverley Skeggs
Bev Skeggs is a prominent feminist sociologist and Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme. Her book Formations of Class and Gender (1997) has been profoundly significant in drawing attention to the intersections between class and gender inequality, as experienced by young working class women dealing with the vulnerabilities of daily life in harsh conditions.
Her more recent work has shown how contemporary ideas of the “self” implicitly discriminate against many groups – women, ethnic minorities, migrants and the economically deprived – who are seen to fall short of the assumed values of responsibility and autonomy. In recent years, supported by numerous grants and fellowships, she has explored the source of these values through pioneering studies of sexuality, violence, and space, traditional and social media, including reality television and Facebook. She sees digital tracking and trading as one of the major ways in which inequality is being forged.
Alongside her world-leading intellectual contributions, Beverley has been a major change-maker and transformative leader. She has been director of women’s studies and head of two of the UK’s leading sociology departments, at the University of Manchester, and Goldsmiths, University of London, and transformed Britain’s oldest sociology journal, The Sociological Review, into an independent foundation devoted to supporting early career researchers and opening up critical social science.
Rana Zincir Celal
Contact: 020 7106 1138, R.Zincir-Celal@lse.ac.uk
Rana Zincir Celal is the Deputy Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme. She was previously Senior Program Manager at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, where she worked with Columbia University faculty to design and implement collaborative programmes in Turkey. In Cyprus, she was involved in establishing the Home for Cooperation, producing art exhibitions on contested histories, developing educational materials on enforced disappearance with The Elders and the International Center for Transitional Justice, and advocating for a gender perspective in the peace process. Between 2005 and 2009, she served as Vice-President of Programs for tge Chrest Foundation, leading its grantmaking in Turkey.
She also launched programmes on social justice philanthropy and cultural cooperation with the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey, Anadolu Kültür and the Christensen Fund. Before relocating to Turkey in 2002, Rana was based with the Ford Foundation’s Economic Development Program in New York as a Program Associate.
Rana is currently a trustee of Greenpeace International, a board member of Greenpeace Mediterranean, advisor to the European Cultural Foundation’s Connected Action for the Commons Program, a member of the Greek Turkish Forum and Anadolu Kültür’s Executive Committee. She has also served on the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award Jury and the Hrant Dink Foundation International Human Rights Award Committee. She holds degrees from Columbia University (BA, Political Science) and the London School of Economics (MSc, Development Studies).
Ebru Ilhan is the Programme Manager, covering wide range of responsibilities across the programme, including the development of the Atlantic Senior Fellows community.
Since 2015, Ebru has been supporting global corporate and non profit clients with their thought leadership, research and strategic communications needs at Kite Global Advisors. Previously, she was a sustainability reporter and strategist at one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates, the Eczacibasi Group. In this role, she wrote the Group’s annual sustainability report, and coordinated energy and water efficiency, health and safety and human/labour rights projects across the Group’s forty-two companies. Before moving into the private sector, Ebru held project management, programme management and fundraising roles at civil society organisations and think tanks in Turkey, USA and UK. She completed a PhD at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London on Islam, business interests and democratic institution building. She has published in English and Turkish on a range of social and political issues, including democratisation, gender equality, education, new media and social justice.
Prior to joining the LSE, Katie worked for the fellowship programme at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Theology from Durham University, and a master's degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University.
Programme and Events associate
Contact: 020 7106 1136
As Programme and Events Associate, Verity works across the programme on projects, improving systems and supporting events.
Prior to joining LSE, Verity worked in the charity sector in London and Scotland, specialising in strategy and performance planning, as well as advocacy and communications. She completed an MSc in Childhood Studies at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on young people's rights and formation of identity in public places. Verity volunteered as a youth mentor for 10 years, and currently practices as a Counsellor for Childline. Alongside working with the AFSEE team, she also works as a Safe Contact for LSE, providing confidential support to students who experience sexual violence or harassment.
communications and Events OFFICER
Contact: 020 7106 1109
Karen most recently worked in research communications at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics, following ten years as Books Editor at Times Higher Education magazine. She attended Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific and the University of Toronto, where she completed a BA (Hons) in English literature. She has worked as a print and broadcast journalist, and in the music industry.