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Durham University

Families and Cities

Research Team and Advisory Group

Research Team

  • Dareen Sayyad
    Dareen Sayyad has a BA in English Translation from Bethlehem University and a MA in Gender and Development from Birzeit University. Her previous research has examined the role of social norms in the practice of the Palestinian judiciary, and their impact on the status of women, as well as the empowerment of Palestinian women in the national and Islamic movements.
  • Reema Shabeatah
    Reema Shabeatah has a BA in Business Administration from Birzeit University and a MA in Gender and Development, also from Birzeit University. Her previous research has focused on local government, planning and gender. She has worked at the Palestine Authority Ministry of Local Government since 2000.

    Research Advisory Group

    • Dr Rema Hammami
      Rema Hammami is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Birzeit University, Palestine, where she has been a faculty member in the Institute of Women’s Studies since 1995. Her work covers a wide array of issues in the Palestinian context, including gender, nationalism and armed conflict; NGOs, politics and civil society; and everyday geographies of spatial control and resistance. Recent publications include Who Answers to Gazan Women?: A Study in Economic Rights and Security (UN Women, New York 2012) and “Qalandiya: Jerusalem’s Tora Bora and the Frontiers of Global Inequality” Jerusalem Quarterly, Spring 2010. Dr. Hammami is a contributing editor to Middle East ReportsDevelopment and ChangeFeminist Review and The Arab Studies Journal. She was appointed as the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity for 2005-2006 at the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague.

    • Dr Islah Jad
      Islah Jad is Associate Professor of Gender and Development and the Director of the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University. She helped to establish the Women’s Affair Centre in Gaza and Nablus, Les Amies du Francis, the Child Corner project in el-Bireh, and the WATC (Women’s Affairs Technical Committee). Her research and teaching examine gender politics in the Middle East. In 2005, she carried out a Gender Consultancy for the United Nations Development Programme and was a co-author of the United Nation’s Arab Human Development Report. Other recent publications include 'The Politics of Group Weddings in Palestine: Political and Gender Tensions' (2009, Journal of Middle East Women's Studies) and 'The Conundrums of Post-Oslo Palestine: Gendering Palestinian Citizenship' (2010, Feminist Theory).

    • Yazan Khalili
      Yazan Khalili lives and works in and out of Palestine. He is an architect, visual artist, and many other things.

    • Kareem Rabie
      Kareem Rabie is a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department of the City University of New York Graduate Center, USA. His current research examines the present push towards privatisation in the housing market, and the contemporary state-building project in the West Bank through an ethnography of Rawabi, the largest development project in the West Bank to date. He has recently written about the Occupy movement for the Antipode blog, and guest edited an issue of the journal Settler Colonial Studies on settler colonialism in Palestine.

    • Professor Lynn Staeheli
      Lynn Staeheli is Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography, Durham University, UK. She has published widely on a range of issues including gender and youth, public space, democracy and citizenship. She has recently been awarded a grant from the European Commission to examine youth experiences of citizenship in divided societies. This research will examine the meaning and experience of citizenship for youth in countries that have been divided by conflict and violence, primarily South Africa, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Lebanon.

    • Dr Lisa Taraki
      Lisa Taraki is Associate Professor of Sociology and former Dean of Graduate 
      Studies at Birzeit University, Palestine. Her research focuses on the social history of Ramallah. Her recent publications relating to Ramallah include an edited book, Living Palestine (2006, Syracuse University Press and Institute for Palestine Studies, 2010 Arabic version), a contribution to Small Places and Big Issues: Three Palestinian Neighbourhoods under Occupation (2011, Institute of Palestine Studies, in Arabic), and scholarly articles in the Journal of Palestine Studies and Social Text. She is currently writing a social history of Ramallah to mark the city's recent centenary. She is also a co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), and a member of the General Assembly of Al-Haq, a non-governmental human rights organisation based in Ramallah.