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Professor Michael Dumper

Research Interests

The Arab-Israeli conflict, Permanent Status Issues in the Middle East Peace Process especially refugees and Jerusalem, future options for Palestinian refugees, divided cities in the Middle East, the politics of Jerusalem, the archaeology, conservation and politics in urban Middle East, holy cities and holy places in the Middle East, Muslim institutions, particularly the waqf system, cities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Podcast of presentation Challenges Facing UNRWA in and Uncertain Future, at the Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem, 30th August, 2016.   View here.

Press Release on presentation entitled UNRWA in 2030 convened by Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights on Wednesday 1st September, 2016 in Bethlehem.

New project:
Power, Piety and People: The Politics of Holy Cities in the 21st Century
This is a 3-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.  See website for more details and ongoing research:

Recently completed projects
Completed in March 2016: Study for the UK’s Department of International Development, entitled Challenges Facing UNRWA in an Uncertain Future. This is an overview of the main international and regional shifts and how they will impact the international donor community’s support for the UN agency responsible for the protection of Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. Read more.

Completed project:
Conflict in Cities and the Contested State: Everyday Life and the Possibilities for Transformation in Belfast, Jerusalem and Other Divided Cities

Research Supervision

The Arab-Israeli conflict,
Permanent Status Issues in the Middle East Peace Process especially refugees and Jerusalem,
EU and the Middle East,
Future options for Palestinian refugees,
The politics of Jerusalem,
The archaeology, conservation and politics in urban Middle East,
Holy cities and holy places in the Middle East,
Muslim institutions, particularly the waqf system,
Divided cities in the Middle East