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Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab

Research Interests

My research work is related to Palestine and the Palestine-Israel conflict. My research interests include social psychology and conflict resolution, intergroup Reconciliation and identity and citizenship. My research was based on first-hand experience and original data collection. My areas of research includes Palestinian women and youth.

My PhD thesis analyzes obstacles and difficulties that impede communication between Palestinians and Israelis. I explored the role People-to-People program as part of Oslo II agreement to encourage cooperation and contact as an effort to change attitudes, eradicate misconceptions and negative stereotypes among conflicting groups.

I evaluated the roles and agendas of the parties involved in the program and shed a light the asymmetry between Palestinians and Israelis that led to the failure of the program. I analyzed the discrepancy between the Palestinian and Israeli participants in such projects within the wider political situation and conflict. I discussed the international donor’s role in the joint projects. I showed that how the program minimized the conflict into attitudes and attitude change, ignoring facts on the ground related to the Israeli occupation and its practices against Palestinians.

Research Supervision

Supervised two MA students, MA program in Arab Contemporary Studies, Birzeit University, Palestine. MA theses entitled:
1. “Quota System and its impact on the Political Participation of Arab Women.” Completed, June 2011
2. `“Identity and Citizenship of Jerusalem: Women between Reality and Obstacles.” Completed May 2013