Dr. Brendan Ciaran Browne

Dr. Brendan Ciaran Browne

Assistant Professor, School of Religion



Dr Brendan Ciarán Browne is an interdisciplinary scholar with an LL.B, LL.M (Law & Human Rights) and PhD in Sociology, from Queen's University Belfast. He has held academic positions at Queen's University Belfast, and Al Quds (Bard) University, Palestine, where he taught modules on International Humanitarian Law, and Transitional Justice. He currently has 3 published books: 'Experiences in Researching Conflict & Violence: Fieldwork Interrupted' (Ed. with Althea Maria-Rivas), 'Refugees and Forced Displacement in Northern Ireland's Troubles: Untold Journeys' (with Dr Niall Gilmartin) and 'Transitional (in)Justice & Enforcing the Peace on Palestine' (Nominated for the Middle East Monitor, Palestine Book Award, 2023). His research has also been published in top-ranking peer-reviewed journals, including: Third World Quarterly, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Capital & Class & the International Journal of Qualitative Methods. He is a regular commentator in the print media with op-eds in The Irish Times, The Globe Post, the New statesman, and The Conversation. In addition, he has engaged in a variety of alternative modes of disseminating research findings, including by way of art installation (Burn/T Out - https://www.northernslant.com/northern-lens-burn-t-out-crimes-against-social-cohesion/) and a documentary film entitled 'We shall Remain' (as part of the following project: https://palestine-bedouin.qub.ac.uk/). He has been awarded significant research funding from a range of bodies, including: the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF), the Wellcome Trust, and a research development grant from the Arts Humanities Research Council (Grant No: AH/T007540/1, total value c€700,000) for a project entitled: 'Palestinian Bedouin at risk of forced displacement: IHL vulnerabilities, ICC possibilities'. He has been twice nominated for the prestigious Provost's Teaching Award, winning the accolade in 2019. In 2018 he was nominated (and subsequently shortlisted) for the Trinity Civic Engagement Award for his work in strengthening links between Trinity College Dublin and the Palestinian Human Rights NGO, Al Quds University Human Rights Clinic. In addition, he was nominated in 2023 for the Trinity Excellence in Research Supervision award. In 2023, his excellence in research and scholarship, which focuses on issues relating to settler colonialism, transitional justice, liberal peacebuilding and forcible displacement in the context of Palestine and the North of Ireland, was recognised by College and he was awarded Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin (FTCD). Dr Browne is open to receiving PhD applications from students broadly interested in the research areas listed above and would welcome those with a disciplinary background in Law, Sociology, Politics, International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, and Anthropology.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Choreographed Segregation: Irish Republican Commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising in 'Post-Conflict' Belfast, 30, (1), 2016, p101 - 121Journal Article, 2016, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Commemoration in Conflict: Comparing the generation of solidarity at the 1916 Easter Rising Commemorations in Belfast Northern Ireland and the 1948 Nakba Commemorations in Ramallah, Palestine', 4, (2), 2013, p143 - 163Journal Article, 2013, URL
  • Transitional Justice: the Case of Palestine in, editor(s)Luke Moffett, Cheryl Lawther, Dov Jacobs , The International Handbook on Transitional Justice, Elgar, 2017, pp488 - 507, [Brendan Ciarán Browne]Book Chapter, 2017, DOI , URL
  • 'Attempting to 'write' the wrongs: keeping diaries and the benefits of continuous reflective practice when conducting conflict research' in, editor(s)Altea Maria-Rivas & Brendan Ciarán Browne , Experiences in Researching Conflict and Violence: Fieldwork Interrupted , Policy Press, 2018, pp187 - 205, [Brendan Ciarán Browne]Book Chapter, 2018, DOI , URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Visualising Conflict in Palestine', Imagine Belfast Festival , 2016, -Exhibition, 2016
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , 'Got Trust? Accessing respondents in the Middle East: A personal reflection on the issues faced when attempting to conduct research in the conflicted and divided society of Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Enquire Conference, Nottingham, July 2010Conference Paper
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Navigating Risk: The impact of the Northern Ireland Conflict on Children and Young People, 20 Years After the Ceasefires, Queen's University Belfast, 20th September 2013Conference Paper
  • Cummings, M. E., Shirlow, P., Browne, B., Dwyer, C., Merrilees, C. E., Taylor, L., Growing up on an Interface: Findings and Implications for the Social Needs, Mental Health and Lifetime Opportunities of Belfast Youth, Northern Ireland Office for the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, March, 2016Report, 2016, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Covering commemoration in conflict: images from the West Bank, Urban Conflicts: Ethno- National Divisions, States and Cities Conference, Queen's University Belfast, May 2011, 2011Poster, 2011
  • Rivas, Althea. Maria., & Brendan Ciarán Browne. (Eds). , Experiences in Researching Conflict & Violence: Fieldwork Interrupted, Policy Press, 2018Book, 2018, DOI , URL
  • Browne, B.C., McBride, R.-S., Politically sensitive encounters: Ethnography, access, and the benefits of "Hanging Out", Qualitative Sociology Review, 11, (1), 2015, p34-48Journal Article, 2015, URL
  • Brendan Browne, Clare Dwyer, Navigating Risk: Understanding the Impact of the Conflict on Children and Young People in Northern Ireland, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 37, (9), 2014, p792--805Journal Article, 2014, URL
  • Browne, B., Moffett, L., Finding your feet in the field: Critical reflections of early career researchers on field research in transitional societies, Journal of Human Rights Practice, 6, (2), 2014, p223 - 237Journal Article, 2014, URL
  • Browne, B.C., Recording the personal: The benefits in maintaining research diaries for documenting the emotional and practical challenges of fieldwork in unfamiliar settings, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 12, (1), 2013, p420 - 435Journal Article, 2013, URL
  • Introduction in, editor(s)Rivas, A. M. & Browne, B. C. , Experiences with Violent Research and Researching Violence, Policy Press, 2018, pp1 - 13, [Rivas, A. M. & Browne, B. C.]Book Chapter, 2018, URL
  • Brendan Ciaran Browne, A Window into the Occupation, Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival , Duncairn Gardens, 8th December 2016Invited Talk
  • Browne, B. C. & Asprooth-Jackson, C. , From 1969 to 2016: Relocating historical narratives of displacement during the "troubles" through the European migrant crisis., Capital & Class, 2019, p23 - 38Journal Article, 2019, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Response paper' to; Rubinstein, R. A., Lane, S. D., Mojeed, L., Sanchez, S., Catania, E., Jennings-Bey, T., Arnett Haygood, E., & Mitchell, E. (2018) "Blood in the Rust Belt: Mourning and memorialization in the context of community violence", American Anthropology, 2018, p447 - 448Review Article, 2018, URL
  • Emma Keelan & Brendan Ciarán Browne, Resilience: Friend or Foe?, Clinical Medicine, 2018, p350 - 351Journal Article, 2018, URL
  • Gilmartin, N. & Browne, Brendan Ciarán , Refugees and Forced Displacement in Northern Ireland's Troubles: Untold Journeys, 1st, Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2022, 1 - 232 ppBook, 2022
  • Emma Keelan & Brendan Ciarán Browne, Problematising Resilience: Development Practice and the Case of Palestine, Development in Practice, 30, (4), 2020, p459 - 471Journal Article, 2020, URL
  • Conflict Fieldwork in, editor(s)Oliver Richmond and Gëzim Visoka , The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020, [Brendan Ciarán Browne]Book Chapter, 2020, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Teaching Palestine-Recognising and Responding to the Dangers of Online Learning, 2020, -Miscellaneous, 2020, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Disrupting settler-colonialism or enforcing the liberal peace? Transitional (in)justice in Palestine-Israel, Journal of Holy Land & Palestine Studies, 2021Journal Article, 2021, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Elaine Bradley, Promoting Northern Ireland's peacebuilding experience in Palestine-Israel: normalising the status quo, Third World Quarterly, 2021Journal Article, 2021, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne & Munir Nuseibah , The Bedouin communities of Eastern Jerusalem: the new locus of power in the post-Oslo battle for Palestine?, Socio-Legal Studies Association, Cardiff (online), 29 March - 1st April, 2021Conference Paper, 2021
  • Ahmad Amara, Brendan Ciarán Browne, Triestino Mariniello, Munir Nuseibah, Alice Panepinto, Tamara Tamimi, The Bedouin communities of Eastern Jerusalem: A new locus of power in the post-Oslo battle for Palestine?, Confluences Méditerranée, 2021Journal Article, 2021
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Transitional (in)Justice: Enforcing the Peace on Palestine, Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, Palgrave MacMillan, 2023, 1 - 110ppBook, 2023
  • (Mis)using Legal Pluralism in the Occupied Palestinian Territory to Advance Dispossession of Palestinians: Israeli Policies against Palestinian Bedouins in the Eastern Jerusalem Periphery in, editor(s)Noorhaidi Hasan and Irene Schneider , In International Law between Translation and Pluralism: Examples from Germany, Palestine and Indonesia, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2022, pp253 - 273, [Tamimi, T., Amara, A., Risheq, O., Nuseibah, M., Panepinto, A., Browne, B. C., and Mariniello, T.]Book Chapter, 2022
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Reclaiming truth recovery against the backdrop of ongoing Zionist settler colonialism in Palestine, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 2023Journal Article, 2023
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Reading Irish Solidarity with Palestine through Ireland"s "Unfinished Revolution", Journal of Palestine Studies, 2024, p1 - 12Journal Article, 2024
  • A Panepinto, B Abu Zuluf, A Amara, B C Browne, M Nuseibah, T Mariniello, Ending Impunity for International Law Violations: Palestinian Bedouins and the Risk of Forced Displacement, Hart Bloomsbury, 2024Book, 2024
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Commemoration in Conflict: The Palestinian Nakba, a Chronicle of Factionalism, Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant, 2013Conference Paper
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Belfast's walls are physical reminders of an imperfect peace (The Conversation), 2013, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Robinson's threat to 'run' highlights fragility of Northern Ireland's peace process (The Conversation), 2014, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Northern Ireland's stellar exam results mask underlying gap between rich and poor (The Conversation), 2014, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Education under occupation: Everyday disruption at a Palestinian university (The Conversation), 2015, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Euro 2016 is helping to bridge sectarian divides in Northern Ireland (The Conversation), 2016, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Most vulnerable need to be helped, not threatened (Belfast Telegraph), 2013, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Belfast's peace walls: physical reminders of three decades of violence (Ireland's Big Issue), 2013, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Divided we stand even when the cause is noble (Belfast Telegraph), 2012, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Commemoration in conflict: chronicling and comparing the 1948 Palestinian Nakba and 1916 Irish Easter Rising remembrance events, Kenyon Institute, East Jerusalem, 14th May , 2013, Dr Mandy TurnerInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Exotic encounters? Ethnography across disciplinary borders, Queen's University Belfast, 15th October, 2013, School of History and AnthropologyInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Commemorations and Construction in Transitional Belfast, Theatre of War Symposium, Abbey Theatre Dublin, 23rd January, 2015Invited Talk, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Education under occupation: Reflections from Al Quds University, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, 20th November, 2015Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Childhood trauma and well being: reflections from Palestine, Treating the Trauma of the Troubles, Queen's University Belfast, 24th November 2015Conference Paper
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Education under occupation: Reflections from Al Quds University, Academics for Palestine , Trinity College Dublin, 10th March, 2016Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , 'Commemoration in conflict: Images from the West Bank', Queen's University Belfast, 2013, -Exhibition
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Undergraduate Peer Mentoring at Queen's University Belfast: A Qualitative Review, Queen's University BelfastReport
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Transitional Justice: the (complex) case of Palestine, Conflict Research Society, Trinity College Dublin, 7-9th SeptemberConference Paper
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Education under Occupation: Reflections from Al Quds', Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Lecture Series, Town House Hotel, Naas, 7/11/2016, Irish Palestinian Solidarity CampaignInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne & Emma Keelan, Everyday trauma: the Case of Palestine, School of Medicine, Queen's University Belfast, 21st November, 2016, Dr Ciaran MulhollandInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , 'Response to Israel's settlement expansion programme', https://sputniknews.com/radio_world_in_focus/, 2017, -Broadcast
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, From intractability to an "incomplete" peace: lessons from the north of Ireland, Arab American University Ramallah, 24th May , 2017, Prof. Dr Dalal IriqatInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Martin McGuinness and the power of political symbolism (The Conversation), 2017, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Israel as an apartheid state', Radio Sputnik, 2017, -Broadcast
  • CoFama, UU, TCD, Lessons from the Northern Ireland Peace Process, 8th May 2017, Belfast/DublinMeetings /Conferences Organised
  • Brendan Ciaran Browne, 'Hamas & Fatah reconciliation in Palestine', Radio Sputnik, 2017, -Broadcast
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , 'Brexit and the impact on Ireland', 2017, -Broadcast
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Brexit: never underestimate the political potency of symbolism in Northern Ireland (The Conversation), 2017, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne , Brexit deal breaks deadlock - experts react (The Conversation), 2017, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Segregacion Coreografiada La Conmemoracion del Levantamiento de Pascua de 1916 en Belfast 'Post- Conflicto' in, editor(s)Eliggi, M. G., & Obert, G. , Argentina E Irlanda 1816 y 1916: Actores, Acciones Y Conmemoraciones, La Pampa - Argentina, pp35 - 56, [Brendan Ciarán Browne]Book Chapter
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Burnt Out: Forgotten Victims of the Conflict in the North of Ireland', 4th April 2018Oral Presentation
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Stop telling Palestinians to be 'resilient' - the rest of the world has failed them (The Conversation), 2018, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, The Gaza shootings show that a two-state solution is out of reach (The Newstatesman), 2018, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Expert analysis on the escalation in Palestine', Enca News, South Africa, 2018, -Broadcast, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Argentina vs Israel cancellation highlights the power of politics in sport (Politics-Means-Politics), 2018, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Palestinians deserve better than fraudulent narratives (The Irish Times), 2018, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Cyber Security & Big Data in Conflict Settings', DSAI , 27th June, 2018Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'The 'World Cup Effect' and Israel's Continued Assault on Gaza' (The Globepost), 2018, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Lessons from the Northern Ireland Conflict', Concern Workshop on Irish Responses in and to Conflict, UCD, 21st June , 2018Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Beyond Exportability - From Northern Ireland to Israel/Palestine (Discover Society), 2018, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Weaponising Language & Settler Colonialism in the North of Ireland, 2018, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Resilience must not be used to plug gaping holes in Palestinian aid, 2018, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Dealing With Northern Ireland's Troubled Past is More Than a Day in Court, 2018, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Burnt Out: Forgotten Victims of the Northern Ireland Conflict', Al Quds Public Library, Old City, Jerusalem, 27th November, 2018Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Beyond Exportability: the limits of the Northern Ireland Peace Process in the context of Palestine', Al Quds University, 28th November, 2018Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, The Troubles: tens of thousands of people were violently displaced in Northern Ireland, 2019, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne & Casey Asprooth- Jackson, ''Burnt Out'', Artsetera, 2019, -Visual art production, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne & Casey Asprooth- Jackson, ''Burn/t Out': Dealing with Historical Displacement in Contemporary Belfast, ISRF Bulletin, 19, 2019, p15 - 22Journal Article, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, À Belfast, les murs ne tomberont pas de sitôt, 2019, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Whilst 18 Israelis are treated for anxiety, 22 Palestinians are taken to the mortuary, 2019, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Palestinians will never be convinced a deal with Israel is worth making if annexation is packaged as peace, 2020, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Expert radio broadcast on the 'Deal of the Century' from a Palestine perspective, 2020, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Human Shields: A History of People in the Line of Fire, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, 20, (1), 2021, p106 - 116Review Article, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Scope with Waqar Rizvi | Violence in Northern Ireland | Episode 389 | Indus News, 2021, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Elaine Bradley, Brendan Ciarán Browne, Israel's state violence is being shielded by plastic 'peace-building', 2021, -Miscellaneous, URL
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Settler Colonialism in Sheikh Jarrah, Sheikh Jarrah - Jerusalem: Annexation and Ethnic Cleansing, O. P. Jindal Global University, 23/06/2021, 2021, O. P. Jindal university Human Rights SocietyInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Peacebuilding or Pacification: from Northern Ireland to Palestine, University of Cambridge, 30th June, 2021Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Exposing Colonial Peace-Building from Palestine to Ireland, Exposing Colonial Peace-Building from Palestine to Ireland, Ramallah, Palestine (via Zoom), 20/10/21, 2021, Al ShabakaInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Response paper to 'Apartheid South Africa! Apartheid Israel?' book launch, Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival , 9/11/2021, 2021, Kairos IrelandInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh a fatal sign of Israel's control, 2022, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Peacebuilding or pacification? from the North of Ireland to Palestine' , Birzeit University, Palestine, 24th May, 2022Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'TRT World, expert interview: 20 years on from the construction of the illegal separation wall in Palestine', TRT World, 2022, -Broadcast
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Forced Displacement & the Troubles During the North of Ireland, University of Rochester, New York State, 16th March 2023, 2023, University of Rochester/Free the People RochesterInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Niall Gilmartin, Refugees and Forced Displacement in Northern Ireland's Troubles: Untold Journeys, QUB School of Sociology Seminar Series, Queen's University Belfast, 20/04/2023, 2023, QUBInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Transitional (in)Justice & Enforcing the Peace on Palestine, Race, Justice & International Law, Maynooth University, 21/04/2023, 2023, TWAIL International Law GroupInvited Talk
  • Collage Productions, 'We Will Remain', Ramallah, Palestine, 2023, -Film production
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Considering transnational solidarity: from the North of Ireland to Palestine, Palestine and Beyond: Struggles, Spillovers and Silences, London South Bank University, 7th June, 2023, School of Law and Social Sciences (LSBU)Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'Burn/t Out: Interview with Dad', Trinity Arts & Humanities Research Festival, Trinity College Dublin, Long Room Hub, 27/09/2023, 2023, Trinity Long Room HubInvited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Israeli military announces air, land, sea bombardment of Gaza, 2023, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Israel cuts off electricity and water, blocks entrance of food and fuel into Gaza, 2023, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Israel orders the evacuation of 1.1M residents from northern Gaza, 2023, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, UN: Israel"s Gaza evacuation order could be an international crime, 2023, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Justice in Palestine & Transnational Solidarity, Afikra Conversations with Mikey Muhana, 2023Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Connecting over carrots from Belfast to Rafah, 2024, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Living & Working in Palestine, Cape Town, 15/02/2024, 2024Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Transitional (in)Justice & Enforcing the Peace on Palestine, University of Cape Town, Department of Politics, 20/02/2024, 2024Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, The Bedouin Communities at Risk of Forced Displacement, University of Cape Town, 21/02/2024, 2024Invited Talk
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, 'We Will Remain', 2024, -Miscellaneous
  • Brendan Ciaran Browne, What's going on in Palestine?, The Molloy Twins Podcast, Dublin, 7th May, 2024Invited Talk, URL

Research Expertise

  • Title
    Palestinian Bedouin at risk of forced displacement: Creative communication
    This project, funded by the AHRC Follow-on Funding (FoF) for Impact and Engagement Scheme / Highlight Notice for the UN International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development, builds on existing research on the humanitarian vulnerabilities of the Palestinian Bedouin at risk of forced displacement in the Jerusalem periphery. The project develops a collaboration between the academic team and a Palestinian media production company subcontracted to produce creative content addressing SDG 16 (peace and justice) and creates voluntary opportunities for content cocreation with members of the Bedouin community. The non-academic users targeted in this project are worldwide global digital audiences who access creative visual content online, and human rights festivals (digital and physical), to become informed of human rights and international law issues in Palestine. This proposal builds on the AHRC-FCDO-funded project 'Palestinian Bedouin at risk of forced displacement: IHL vulnerabilities, ICC possibilities' (Ref AH/T007540/1) ('the parent project') running between 1 September 2020 and 31 August 2022, with a no-cost extension granted until 31 January 2023. The core aim of this follow-on project is to complement the existing suite of academic and policy-facing activities underway in the 'parent project', with a third pathway: creative media content targeting general audiences worldwide through digital means
    Funding Agency
    Arts & Humanities Research Council/FCDO
    Date From
    January 2022
    Date To
    September 2023
  • Title
    Problematising Resilience: Risk, Resistance and Palestinian Youth 'coping' Under Occupation
    Sitting at the intersection between STEM and a range of social science disciplines, (including sociology, politics and anthropology), this research funded by the Wellcome Trust, critiques understandings of 'Resilience' and 'Risk' from a Palestinian youth perspective. Those growing up in Palestine must transition from adolescence to adulthood whilst negotiating the everyday difficulties associated with an entrenched and expanding apparatus of occupation. By moving beyond the favoured quantitative analysis of 'resilience', the work seeks to gain a deeper and more critical understanding of the usefulness of the terminology, 'risk', 'resilience' and 'resistance' from the perspective of Palestinian youth. Availing of firsthand qualitative research with Palestinian youth as active research participants, the work will shed light on strategies of 'coping' that are often sanitised in more rigid quantitative research frameworks.
    Funding Agency
    Wellcome Trust
    Date From
    4th May 2018
  • Title
    Palestinian Bedouin at risk of forced displacement: IHL vulnerabilities, ICC possibilities
    Against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian setting and the protracted occupation of Palestine, the Bedouin community of the West Bank face unique humanitarian vulnerabilities, including the risk of (repeated) forced displacement, considered a violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as well as of International Criminal Law (ICL) and human rights (IHRL). So far, there has been a general reluctance in the international community to establish responsibility under international law and address these violations as drivers of humanitarian risk for the Bedouin. However, in 2018 the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor's Annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities - Situation in Palestine included in their analysis demolitions and evictions in "Bedouin and other herder communities present in and around the so-called E1 area" on its list of alleged potential war crimes. The current ICC focus on demolitions and forced displacement in E1, and the subsequent call for individuals and groups to send information on the alleged crimes, offers a crucial opportunity for Bedouin communities to engage with the ICC.This project is a direct response to the ICC invitation. For researchers and civil society organisations working with the Bedouin on issues around forced displacement, this is a watershed moment, which offers the chance to contribute to the ICC preliminary examination activities, with a view to seeking accountability for past IHL violations and improving future humanitarian protection outcomes for these communities at risk. Building on the experienced, international, interdisciplinary team's previous work, the project will achieve these aims through a combination of desk-based research, fieldwork and community-based activities (including human rights workshops and advocacy capacity building for Bedouin women, teens and children).
    Funding Agency
    Arts Humanities Research Council (UK)
    Date From
    Jan 2021
    Date To
    Jan 2023
  • Title
    The 'Forgotten Victims': Violent Displacement in the Northern Ireland Conflict
    The conflict in and around Northern Ireland spanned a period of 30 years (1968 - 1998) and claimed the lives of over 3,500 people across the sectarian divide. The impact of the conflict was far reaching with some suggesting that almost 1 in 3 people were affected indirectly. Since the onset of a peace process, one that remains unfinished, issues pertaining to the legacy of the conflict and how best to address the needs of victims and survivors, have dominated academic and practitioner discourse. Despite much by way of blue sky thinking, there has been an inability to implement a programme that addresses the diverse needs of those who were impacted. Within the myriad options for dealing with the past there is little to no mention of those who were violently displaced as a result of the onset of the conflict itself. In fact, the issue is almost completely absent from scholarly analysis of the 'troubles'. This project, ongoing since 2016, seeks to recover the narratives of these forgotten victims who were displaced, giving them a platform in the debates around dealing with Northern Ireland's past. It is a direct response to existing academic projects that overlook this aspect of victimhood in favour of more procedural based, fiscal responses to conflict transformation. Through a mix of creative methodologies (including semi-structured interviews, artistic representations of displacement, and documentary film) the research engages with both those who were victims and those who were victim makers, when it comes to better understanding the longterm impact of violent displacement.
    Funding Agency
    ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups (ISF4)
    Date From
    30th December 2017
  • Title
    Beyond Sumud: Palestinian Resilience in the face of forced Displacement in the Old City of Jerusalem
    'Sumud' relates to the Palestinian concept of being 'connected' to the land, and as such resilience and connection to the land is one and the same concept. In the ever increasing conflict climate of Occupied Jerusalem, the Palestinian need to display 'resilience' or 'sumud' is more pertinent than ever, particularly in light of the ongoing impact of forced displacement of Jerusalem's Old City Palestinian residents. Jerusalem's Palestinian residents face an unprecedented attack on their physical presence in the Old City. A complex mix of expanding illegal Israeli settlement activity alongside the rigorous application of the Israeli legal system, has resulted in the forced displacement of many Palestinian residents of the Old City. As such, their need to display 'resilience' or 'sumud' in the face of such adversity is increasingly becoming evident. The primary method of enquiry in this research project will be semi-structured interviews with Old City Jerusalem Palestinian residents - those living at the sharp edge of the conflict and who display everyday resilience in the face of ongoing displacement.
    Funding Agency
    Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund
    Date From
    May 2019
  • Title
    Risk, Resilience & Resistance: Palestinian Youth Under Occupation
    As a term with interdisciplinary appeal, 'resilience' has found prominence in the fields of ecology, sociology, and psychology (Manyena, 2006; Zhou et. al., 2009). Theoretically speaking, the commonly understood notion of resilience; being positive in the face of adversity (Fleming & Ledogar, 2008) reflects the latin lineage of the term, and the notion of 'bouncing back'. In the field of conflict management, an area dominated by 'shocks, vulnerability and risk' (Evans & Reid, 2013; Béné et. al., 2012: 8), resilience has been used to describe those who are seemingly capable of managing to cope with the scourges of sustained conflict. In Palestine, a growing number of vulnerable and 'at risk' youth are attempting to navigate uncertain transitions; from adolescent dependency to adult autonomy, against the backdrop of an entrenched conflict. Their capacity for doing so is often heralded by international NGOs and foreign observers as reflective of their 'resilience'. Such a labelling is not un-problematic in that it masks the deep seeded physical and emotional impact of consistent exposure to such violence. This project problematises the concept of 'resilience' when analysing youth transitions in conflict zones from a social sciences perspective and turns a critical eye to the entrenched conflict in Palestine.
    Funding Agency
    Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund
    Date From
    30th April 2018

Social Justice, Law & Human rights, Creative & performing arts, Other Humanities, Sociology and Social Work, Political Science,


  • Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund (Max award) 24/1/2019
  • Palestinian AHRC/FCDO Grant 'Bedouin at risk of forced displacement: Creative communication' (Grant No: AH/W006782/1, c€175,376.52) October, 2021
  • Department of Employment and Learning, (DEL), Ph.D. Scholarship (£39,750, 2009) 2009- 2012
  • TCD Civic Engagement Award (Shortlisted) 2017/18
  • TCD Visual & Performing Arts Fund 12/3/2019
  • FAHSS Visiting Professors Fund (Max award) 6th February 2018
  • AHRC-DFID Collaborative Humanitarian Protection Research Programme (Grant No: AH/T007540/1,c€500,000) February, 2020
  • TRISS Short Courses & Workshops Programme (Max Award) 15th January 2018
  • Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2023
  • ISSF Wellcome Trust Seed Funding 22nd March 2018
  • TCD Vice Provosts Teaching Award Scheme (Nominated) 2017/18
  • Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund (Max award) 29 January 2018
  • ISRF Flexible Grants for Small Groups (ISF4) (Max Award) 30 December 2017
  • Trinity Excellence in Research Supervision (Nominated) 2022
  • Middle East Monitor, Palestine Book Award (Nominated) 2023
  • The Sir Robert Hart Fund, Queen's University Belfast (Max Award) 2011
  • TCD Vice Provosts Teaching Award Scheme (Awarded) 2018/19
  • Small travel grant, British Academy, Council for British Research in the Levant (Max Award) 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Peace and Collaborative Development Network
  • Fellow at the Trinity Centre for Resistance Studies
  • Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL)
  • Conflict Research Society
  • Fellow at Centre for Post-Conflict Justice
  • Academics for Palestine (Steering committee member) Present
  • Peer Reviewer for Journal: American Anthropology
  • Peer reviewer for journal: Irish Political Studies
  • Peer Reviewer: Settler Colonial Studies June
  • Peer Reviewer, Millennium: Journal of International Studies
  • External Examiner, Thesis, Al Quds University June, 2020
  • Book Manuscript Reviewer: California University Press. 'Human Shields: A History of People in the Line of Fire' 2020
  • External Examiner, PhD, University of Exeter (Supervisor: Prof. Ilan Pappe) 15th May 2019
  • Academic Consultant, Kairos Ireland 2021
  • Peer Reviewer, Ethnic & Migration Studies
  • External Examiner, PhD Thesis, University of Exeter (Supervisor: Prof Ilan Pappe) February, 25th 2020
  • External Examiner, University of Exeter, MA (by Research) 30/11/2021
  • Book Manuscript Peer Reviewer: Liverpool University Press Post-Millennial Palestine: Literature, Memory, Resistance edited by Rachel Gregory Fox and Ahmad Qabaha
  • Advisory Board Member, Caribbean Law Review 2nd Feb