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Palestine Studies at Exeter – Mick Dumper

Three main areas: Jerusalem, Palestinian Refugees and Diplomacy. Not all are current.

1) Jerusalem


  • Conflict and Cities and the Contested State. A £3.1million 5 year project funded by Economic and Social Research Council in cooperation with Queen’s University Belfast and Cambridge University. The project is a comparative and interdisciplinary study of relationship between city-level and national level conflicts in Belfast and Jerusalem.  Dumper is co-coordinating research in Jerusalem and supervising the fieldwork of a Research Fellow (5 years) and a Research Assistant. Further details on
  • Jerusalem Old City Initiative. Coordinated by the University of Windsor, Dumper has advised, contributed and authored commissioned papers examining the feasibility of a Special Regime for the Old City of Jerusalem. Specific focus was on the religious aspects and the management of the Holy Places. Involved some Track 2 meetings with Israeli and Palestinian community leaders and policy-makers.  Dumper did not agree with all the recommendations of the Final Report.
  • Toledo International Centre for Peace (CITpax).  In a project supported by the Church of Norway on how an inter-religious council can be established and strengthened in order to improve the possibility of finding solutions for the Arab-Israeli conflict,  Dumper wrote a paper entitled "An Inter-religious Council for Jerusalem".  The paper also examines the links between such a council and special arrangements for the Old City of Jerusalem , 
  • Ad hoc advisory work and briefings with government bodies and NGOs. FCO briefings on situation in Jerusalem.

Staff involved:

  • Craig Larkin, Razan Makhlouf
  • Honorary Research Fellows:   Dr Amneh Badran, Head of Department, Politics Department, al-Quds University
  •                                                        Ray Dolphin, Director of Research, Jerusalem UN-OCHA.


  • MA in Jerusalem and the Arab-Israeli conflict (not current)
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office Training workshop on “Negotiating Jerusalem”.
  • MA module in Conflict Management and Conflict Resolution which includes simulated negotiations exercise on Jerusalem.


Doctoral Supervision:

  • Darren Fisher, Israeli Jerusalem Municipality.
  • Shaher Awawdeh, OIC and Jerusalem
  • Simone Ricca, The Jewish Quarter of the Old City,
  • Sufyan Abu Zayda, Jerusalem in Zionist thought.

Select Publications

  • “A False Dichotomy? The Binationalism Debate and the future of Divided Jerusalem”, International Affairs. 87, 3 (May, 2011)
  • An Inter-Religious Council for Jerusalem, Toledo International Center for Peace (CiTPax) Discussion Document, (April, 2011)
  • Jerusalem: The Cost of Failure. Chatham House Briefing Paper. London, Chatham House: The Royal Institute of International Affairs, February 2010(
  • ‘Jerusalem’. In D. Newman, D. and J. Peters (eds.) Routledge Handbook of the Arab-Israeli Conflict. London, Routledge (forthcoming November 2010). ISBN: 978-0-415-77862-6.
  • ‘Constructive Ambiguities? Jerusalem, International Law and the Peace process’. In S. Akram, M. Dumper, M. Lynk and I. Scobbie (eds.) International Law and the Peace Process. (London, Routledge 2010). ISBN: 978-0-415-57323-8.
  • With C. Larkin (2009) ‘UNESCO and Jerusalem: Constraints, Challenges and Opportunities.’ Jerusalem Quarterly, vol. 39: 16-28 ( ISSN: 1565-2254.
  • THE POLITICS OF SACRED SPACE: THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM AND THE MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT, 1967-2000 (Boulder: Lynne Rienner,  2001) ix +185pp, 4 maps, 8 tables.
  • THE POLITICS OF JERUSALEM SINCE 1967 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1997) 365pp, 15 maps, 12 tables



2) Palestinian Refugees


  • Palestinian Displaced Persons in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Refugee Task Force of the European Union’s Office of the Special Envoy for the Middle East Process. Dumper headed team of 5 researchers and wrote report.
  • Comparative Studies of the Palestinian Refugee Situation: Transferring best practice. Funded by Department for International Development, UK and International Research and Development Center, Ottawa.  Workshops, conferences and dissemination meetings in Ramallah, Amman, Damascus and Beirut.
  • Protracted Refugee Situations: Political, Human Rights and Security Implications. UN University project. Dumper contributed on lessons learned from the Palestinian case
  • Impact of Iraqi refugees in Levant on Palestinian refugee protection and provision. Application pending to ESRC for £1m 3 year project. Dumper to lead team of researchers from region, Oxford University and SOAS, London.
  • Unto the 4th Generation: Refugee entitlement and the passing of time.  Application pending to the Leverhulme Trust, £1.5m 5 year project. Dumper to lead 3 teams examining the rights of indigenous peoples and the notion of obsolescence in international law, international practice (UNHCR) and impact on Palestinian case. Professor Hollis of City University to coordinate Palestinian case.

Staff Involved:

Honorary Research Fellows: Terry Rempel, Aida Es-Said

C) Teaching.

Undergraduate module: The Global Refugee Crisis
Doctoral supervision:

  • Perla Issa, The Politics of Refugee Representation in the camps of Lebanon
  • Terry Rempel: Refugee Participation in peace agreements, a comparative study.
  • Pinar Celebi: International Refugee Regime: The compliance and non-compliance of states.
  • Shahira Samy: Reparations for Palestinians: A Comparative study
  • Awad Mansour: Orientalism, Total War and the Production of Settler
  • Colonial Existence
  • Maha Samaan: Israeli settlements and their potential uses for Palestinian refugees
  • Aida Es-Said: Landownership in Mandate Palestine

Select Publications

  • “Future Prospects for the Palestinian Refugees”, Refugee Survey Quarterly 2009 28: 561-587
  • “Palestinian Refugees” in Loescher, Milner, Newman and Troeller (Eds) PROTRACTED REFUGEE SITUATIONS:POLITICAL, HUMAN RIGHTS AND SECURITY IMPLICATIONS (United Nations University Press, New York, 2008)
  • “Palestinian Refugees in comparative perspectives” in Benvenisti, E., and Hanafi, S. (Eds.) THE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE ISSUE (Heidelberg: Max Planck Institute, 2006)
  •  “The Return of Palestinian Refugees and Displaced Persons: The evolution of a European Union policy on the Middle East Peace Process” in Brynen, R. and Rifai, R. (Eds.) THE ABSORPTION OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES, (London: I.B. Tauris, 2006)

3) Diplomacy


  • International Law and the Middle East conflict. Funded by International Development Research Center, Ottawa and SOAS. Dumper convened International conference and coordinated dissemination.
  • Involvement in Track 2 discussions sponsored by FCO, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Olaf Palme Institute, and other bodies.

Select Publications

  • S. Akram, M. Dumper, M. Lynk and I. Scobbie (eds.) International Law and the Middle East conflict. ( London, Routledge, 2010). ISBN: 978-0-415-57323-8.