We support our fellows as they work to build a fairer world

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Rana Zincir Celal


Contact: 020 7106 1138

Rana Zincir Celal is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme. She has spent the past 20 years as an advocate for social change through engagements in academia, philanthropy, arts and culture, and peace-building and citizen diplomacy. Before joining the London School of Economics in 2018, she was based at Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul, where she worked with Columbia University faculty in developing collaborative programmes in Turkey. As Vice-President of Programmes, she designed and led the grantmaking strategy of the Chrest Foundation, steering resources to champions of social change in Turkey.

While based in Cyprus, she was instrumental 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. 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 worked with the Ford Foundation’s Economic Development Program in New York and with Domini Social Investments.

Rana is currently a trustee of Greenpeace International and a board member of Greenpeace Mediterranean. She has served as a member of the Greek Turkish Forum and as an advisor to the European Cultural Foundation’s Connected Action for the Commons Program, and she has contributed to Anadolu Kültür’s Executive Committee. She has also served on the European Cultural Foundation’s Princess Margriet Award for Culture Jury and the Hrant Dink Foundation International Human Rights Award Committee. She holds degrees from Columbia University (BA, Political Science and Economics) and the London School of Economics (MSc, Development Studies), and is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and CUNY’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society Emerging Leaders Fellowship.

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Dr Armine Ishkanian

associate professor and academic lead

Contact: 020 7955 7354

Armine Ishkanian is Associate Professor and Academic Lead for the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme. Her research examines the relationship between civil society, democracy, development and social transformation. She has examined how civil society organisations and social movements engage in policy processes and transformative politics in countries including Armenia, Egypt, Greece, Russia, Turkey and the UK. 

Armine is currently working on three projects. The first examines the politics of intersectionality and anti-austerity activism in the UK and explores how activists’ subjectivities and experiences of intersecting inequalities (such as class, disability, race and sexuality) shape the ways they organise and mobilise. The project also looks at the relationship between the internal dynamics of movements and external mobilisation. Her second project examines civil society responses to contemporary migration in Greece, focusing on solidarity movements and exploring how solidarity volunteers challenge traditional humanitarian practices and create alternative forms of action. Her third project, which she is now developing, will examine the relationship between right-wing populism and collective action. Specifically, the project will seek to explain the emergence and policy impact of counter-movements such as the transnational anti-gender movement. 

Her research has been published in journals including Critical Social Policy, Democratization, Europe Asia Studies, Journal of Civil Society, Journal of International Development, Social Politics, Sociological Review and Voluntas. She is the author of Democracy Building and Civil Society in Post-Soviet Armenia (2008) and co-editor, with Simon Szreter, of The Big Society Debate: A New Agenda for Social Welfare? (2012). In 2016 she received the Best Article Award from the International Society for Third Sector Research for her article “Surreptitious Symbiosis: Engagement Between Activists and NGOs” (published in Voluntas and co-authored with Marlies Glasius). 

Armine is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Armenian Diaspora Survey and one of the co-editors of openDemocracy’s openMovements section, which publishes critical and empirically based articles on social movements and new expressions of social and cultural transformations. Through her research she also engages with foundations as a means of disseminating research findings and creating platforms for multi-stakeholder discussions. She has received research and knowledge exchange funding from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Heinrich Boell Stiftung and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

She welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students seeking to work on topics in her areas of interest. 

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Dr Sara Camacho Felix

assistant professorial lecturer


Sara Camacho Felix is Assistant Professorial Lecturer for the Atlantic Fellows in Social and Economic Equity programme. She is a practitioner-researcher whose praxis focuses on equitable and reflexive pedagogies in higher education. Sara is also a member of LSE’s Decolonising Collective, and she is dedicated to reframing LSE education through a decolonising lens to better understand the assumptions made about university study, identity and equity. 

While working at LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre in 2018-19, Sara wrote LSE’s Inclusive Education Action Plan.  This initiative aims to reduce and eliminate black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) attainment gaps through LSE-wide structural change. She previously worked at LSE LIFE as a learning developer, where she supported master’s students throughout the dissertation process. 

Sara completed a doctorate in the sociology of education at the University of Sussex’s Centre for Higher Education and Equity Research. In her dissertation, she drew on critical race theory and postcolonial feminism to argue that critical thinking needs to move from being objective to radically subjective, where it is re-embodied to counter the false objectivity of neoliberal thinking. 

Prior to joining LSE, Sara spent over 11 years teaching in higher education at institutions in the UK, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Poland. Her work with students has always focused on reflexivity, criticality, and the development of praxis for a higher education system dedicated to creating more equitable societies.

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Asmaa Akhtar

Programme Manager (global engagement and impact)

Contact: 020 7849 4982

Asmaa previously worked in LSE’s School of Public Policy, where she was the Communications, Events and Alumni Engagement Officer. She supported their three postgraduate programmes focusing on public administration and public policy. Prior to joining LSE in 2015, Asmaa worked at an educational research company which examined both national and international educational systems.   

Asmaa completed her undergraduate degree in European Politics and her MSc in Ethnicity, Migration and Policy. She is excited to work for AFSEE and with the wider Atlantic Institute community.  

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Katie Boulton


Contact: 020 7849 4612

As Programme Manager, Katie manages the Fellowship experience for current and incoming Fellows. From overseeing the recruitment and selection process, to the development, design, and implementation of the learning journey, Katie ensures the fellowship experience is meaningful, dynamic, and vibrant. Specialising in strategy, innovation, and implementation, Katie is excited to come to work everyday and be part of a community of change makers working towards greater social and economic equity.

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.


Meliz Ahmet


Contact: 020 7955 7356

Meliz provides senior administrative support to the AFSEE Executive Director, the III Director and the broader team.  Prior to joining the LSE, Meliz worked at the Open Reason think tank, providing EA support to the Rt Hon Sir Nick Clegg. She has also been a parliamentary assistant to several MPs and has worked in various roles within the charity sector. Meliz completed her Masters in Democratisation at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Karen Shook

communications 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.

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Michelle Coates

programme ASSISTANT

Contact: M.Coates@lse.ac.uk

Michelle has provided administrative support to a number of managers and professional service staff since joining LSE in 2015. From Faculty Affairs Coordinator in the Department of Management to her most recent role as Senior Administrator for the Exams and Course Selection team in the Student Services Centre, she has been responsible for coordinating workshops and staff development activities, managing the preparation of exam materials and overseeing office logistics and overseas examinations. Prior to joining LSE, she worked as an Apprenticeship Team Co-ordinator for the College of North West London.

Michelle has spent several years volunteering on youth projects both in the UK and abroad, helping to empower girls and young women through the delivery of workshops and outreach programmes. She is looking forward to further developing her knowledge of the AFSEE programme and to working with the team.

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Professor Beverley Skeggs



Bev Skeggs is Academic Adviser to the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme and leads the Global Economies of Care research theme at the International Inequalities Institute. She is based at Lancaster University, where she is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology.

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.