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Dr Karen Abi-Ezzi

PositionLecturer/MA Director
LocationPemberton P1.07
DepartmentPeace Studies and International Development
Feedback HoursMondays from 11:00-13:00 and Fridays 14:00-16:00
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 23 5238

Research Interests (key words only)

Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Lebanon, social constructionism and discourse analysis, theories of conflict resolution

PhD Supervision

PHD supervision: Two students of mine who successfully completed their Phds and passed their vivas in 2013 focused on the Arab League as a regional security organisation and on the politics of water in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I am currently supervising a student looking at how and why two communities resisted violence during the Yugoslav conflict 1991-5.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

I have just developed a new MA programme which focuses exclusively on the Middle East which will start running from September 2015 entitled Middle East Politics and Security Studies. This new regional programme is underpinned by 2 core modules, ‘Framing the Modern Middle East’ and ‘The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Dynamics and Impact’. I also teach on a level one module, ‘Political Systems, Theories and Ideologies’ and a level 2 module ‘Responding to Conflict: Approaches, Ethics, Experience’.

Administrative Responsibilities

MA Director since 2009. I am a member of the Peace Studies Management Team, the Peace Studies Programme Revision Task Group and the Peace Studies Bursaries Committee.


Karen Abi-Ezzi returned to Peace Studies to work full-time in the summer of 2013 after an extended period of absence (maternity leave 2011-2013). She resumed her role as Director of the MA programme which she has held since 2009 and continues to lecture on theories of mediation and conflict resolution - and particularly on new areas for research uncovered by the application of social constructionism and discourse analysis to the study of processes of mediation; Middle East politics including the Arab Spring, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Lebanese politics and the role NGOs have played in processes of national reconciliation, democracy and processes of democratisation, multiculturalism, political theories and ideologies and on research methods.

Locally, she has been a regular speaker at the Inter-Cultural Leadership School organised to promote greater understanding between young people in leadership positions from different ethnic backgrounds working in and around Bradford and is also invited regularly by community groups in and around Bradford to talk about various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the last year, two of her postgraduate students were awarded Phds; one looked at the politics of water between Israel and the Palestinians and the other looked at the role of the Arab League and why it has failed as a Regional Security Organisation.

Study History

I completed an MA in International Relations at the University of Kent and a Phd also at the University of Kent.

Professional History

I worked for the BBC World Service and also for an NGO in London before moving to Lebanon to work on a research project in 2001. I joined Peace Studies in 2002.

Professional Activities

Research Areas current research interests include exploring how the web can be used as a conflict resolution/management tool and new areas opened up for peace research yielded by an inter-disciplinary study of linkages between fear, empathy and compassion.


Recent publications include two chapters in edited books, ‘Lebanon: Confessionalism, Institution Building and the Challenges of Securing Peace’ in Beyond Settlement: Making Peace Last after Civil Conflict edited by V.E. Shields and N.D.J Baldwin, (Madison, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2008) and ‘Music as a Discourse of Resistance: The Case of Gilad Atzmon’ in Music and Conflict Transformation edited by O. Urbain, (London, I.B. Tauris, 2008). Dr. Abi-Ezzi is currently working on a book, provisionally entitled 'Peacemaking Strategies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a Re-evaluation' which will be published by Routledge (forthcoming 2015).

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