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Dr Karen Abi-Ezzi

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Social Sciences
(Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences)
Telephone +441274 235238


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.


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


Year Module code Title Subject
PES7064-BTheories and Practices of Conflict Resolution
PES6019-BPolitics of International Crisis Response
PES5018-BAnalysing Contemporary Conflict

Professional activities

  • ¬†University of Kent - MA
  • ¬†University of Kent - PhD
  • BBC World Service -
  • NGO -
  • Programme & Module Management: Peace Studies Management Team
  • Research Group Leadership: Peace Studies Programme Revision Task Group
  • Other: Peace Studies Bursaries Committee
  • Research: Peace research yielded by an inter-disciplinary study of linkages between fear, empathy and compassion.
  • Research: Exploring how the web can be used as a conflict resolution/management tool


TitleMusic and Conflict Transformation (2015)
AuthorsKaren Abi-Ezzi
JournalMusic and Conflict Transformation
PublisherI.B. Tauris
TitleBeyond Settlement: Making Peace Last after Civil Conflict (2008)
AuthorsKaren Abi-Ezzi
JournalBeyond Settlement: Making Peace Last after Civil Conflict
PublisherFairleigh Dickinson University Press
Other typeBook Review
TitlePeace Processes: A Sociological Approach (2010)
AuthorsKaren Abi-Ezzi
PublisherTimes Higher Education
Other typeBook Review
TitleInside Lebanon: a journey to a shattered land with Noam Chomsky and Carol Chomsky. Edited by Assaf Khoury (2008)
AuthorsKaren Abi-Ezzi
PublisherBlackwell Publishing/Royal Institute of International Affairs
Other typeArticle
TitleA Strategy Against Hezbollah that has backfired badly (2006)
AuthorsKaren Abi-Ezzi
Other typeNewspaper Articles
TitleA Victor who must still win over his people (2005)
AuthorsKaren Abi-Ezzi
PublisherYorkshire Post
Other typeNewspaper Articles
TitleWhat Turned Four Young Men into Pitiless Killers? (2005)
AuthorsKaren Abi-Ezzi
PublisherYorkshire Post
Other typeNewspaper Articles
TitlePalestine at the Crossroads (2004)
AuthorsKaren Abi-Ezzi
PublisherYorkshire Post