John Holland-McCowan

John Holland-McCowan is a resident IRIS Fellow from October 2018 – December 2018. He is currently pursuing his PhD at King’s College London’s Department of War Studies. He also serves as a Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. His PhD... Read More

Camilla Insom

Camilla Insom is an IRIS research fellow for the period from September 2018 to September 2019. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies at “L’Orientale” University of Naples. She is also a member of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan of... Read More

Mohammed Hussein

Mohammed Hussein joined IRIS as a nonresident fellow in July 2018. He is researcher and journalist based in Iraqi Kurdistan who holds a Master's of Science in Specialized Economic Analysis: Economics of Public Policy from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He has covered ISIS in Iraq (2014-2017) for Foreign... Read More

Zmkan Ali

Zmkan Ali Saleem is an academic and researcher based in Iraqi Kurdistan. He holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds/UK and teaches in the College of Political Science at the University of Sulaimani. His research examined the domestic determinants of Iran and Turkey’s regional... Read More

Nicola Degli Esposti

Nicola Degli Esposti joined IRIS as a fellow in July 2018. He is currently pursuing his PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research project investigates the development of the Kurdish national movement in historical and sociological perspective with a focus on the... Read More

Fazel Hawramy

Fazel Hawramy is an investigative journalist/researcher based in Iraqi Kurdistan. He holds an MSc in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He covered the war with the Islamic State in northern Iraq from 2014 until 2017 for the Guardian, Al-Monitor... Read More

Renad Mansour

Dr. Renad Mansour joined IRIS as a nonresident fellow in February 2018. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, where his research explores dilemmas posed by state-building in Iraq. Prior to joining Chatham House and IRIS, he was an El-Erian... Read More

Isadora Gotts

Isadora Gotts joined IRIS as a fellow in July 2018, where she is focusing on the role of armed groups in local economic dynamics and how they may affect economic recovery in Ninewa. Prior to joining IRIS, she was a researcher at the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Beirut, Lebanon. There... Read More

Kristina Bogos

Kristina Bogos is a researcher and writer focusing on human rights and migration in the Middle East. Prior to joining IRIS, Kristina worked as a consultant for various international NGOs on human rights in the region. She has conducted fieldwork in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, and her writing... Read More

Kerem Ussakli

Kerem Ussakli will be an IRIS Research fellow from January 2018 to June 2019. He is also a doctoral student at the Department of Anthropology at Stanford University. Kerem’s doctoral dissertation project, funded by the National Science Foundation and The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, looks at everyday trust relationships... Read More