The Regulation of Palestinian Everyday Life
The project is a 2-year interdisciplinary research and development engagement in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE. The project focuses on the multi-layered regulatory frameworks and new systems of governance that were introduced to manage the everyday life of Palestinians in the past 2-3 decades. Palestinians are caught within and subjected to multiple regulatory frameworks and various normative rules enacted by a variety of national and external actors and institutions. These frameworks include: Palestinian national laws, regulations and institutions; the Israeli system of occupation and its rules, regulations, measures of enforcement and institutions of domination; a wide range of national and international non-governmental organisations and their systems of operation; and the normative rules and processes of international political, legal and donor organisations. The research examines the way Palestinians are influenced and transformed by these complex regulatory and normative systems, and the ways Palestinians in their everyday life perceive, negotiate, manipulate and resist these frameworks. The project aims to engage faculty and students from both institutions in joint research, teaching exchanges, methodological training and knowledge sharing; and it seeks to develop a sustainable partnership to the benefit of both Birzeit University and LSE.
Consultation meetings with relevant stakeholders Fieldwork training for Masters students Piloting interviews’ structure Field work Lectures and seminars Joint research seminars and teaching events Research training workshops Public and academic events at LSE & BZU Masters Video conferenced lectures and seminars Briefings on findings Journal articles for academic publications Research seminars for staff and students at LSE /BZU
The research design will integrate an impact-based approach such that feedback from external actors regarding interim findings recursively inform the research design and vice versa. The project is intended to make a range of impacts related to three areas: the developmental engagement between BZU and LSE, and sustaining this engagement; impact and dissemination with academics through seminars, events and publications; and public engagement and policy-related research, including briefings. Through both academic and public engagement, the project seeks to inform existing frameworks for human rights protection.