Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe
Honorary Research Fellow
I gained my BA (Hons) from Cambridge University in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and my MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in Development Studies. My PhD research at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, Exeter University, examined Palestinian women’s different types of formal and informal political activism in peacemaking and resistance after the Oslo Accords. It formed the basis of my forthcoming monograph "How Women do Politics: Peacebuilding, Resistance and Survival in Palestine" which won the 2012 National Women's Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.
My research interests broadly cover three main fields:
- Women and Gender in the Middle East (particularly women’s informal political activism)
- The Palestine Question (particularly Palestinian women, Palestinian refugees, Palestinian cultural production and the Naqab Bedouins)
- Gender and Politics (particularly gendered approaches to war, peace, security, violence, conflict resolution and resistance)
My current funded research projects are:
- Palestinian Refugees' Strategies of Conflict Resolution: Reconciling Citizenship Rights and Return
This is a joint research project with Dr Ruba Salih (SOAS). It is funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation.
- Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women's Oral Histories in the Naqab
This project is funded by an AHRC Early Career Fellowship.
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I am currently on research leave until the end of the 2014/15 academic year.