Position: Research Fellow
Department: Cambridge Judge Business School (Center for Business Research (CBR))
Keywords: Conflict-affected area, Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), Sociology of Higher Education (HE), Political Economy of Health, soft power & Symbolic violence
I am a ‘multi-potentialite’ academic and researcher who enjoys the challenge of being constantly a beginner. I see the world as a creative puzzle, whose parts are interrelated and ever-shifting. This makes me passionate about exploring life with an interdisciplinary perspective. Working in-between academic zones gained me a capacity for ’synergy’, ‘rapid learning’ and ‘adaptability’.
I am currently investigating the impact of conflict on higher education and health in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I have triangulated my working experiences between teaching, training, lecturing, coordination, leadership, management and research. I also enjoy a wide range of skills and interdisciplinary interests, which I bring creatively to any work that I do. Most importantly, I take seriously my continuing personal and professional development, and have the will and passion to learn and contribute and create an impact with all that I have learnt.
My research interests are focused on investigating soft power, or what Pierre Bourdieu names as, ‘symbolic violence’, in its complex interaction with conflict and how both impact individuals, societies, and their various institutions in fragile contexts. So far, I have looked, in-depth, at this topic in relation to two sectors in Palestine: higher education, and health. I hope to unveil the nature of the ‘butterfly’ effect which soft power has in influencing the different levels of decision-making at times and contexts of uncertainty.
Both of my MSc (Oxford), and PhD (Cambridge) were sociological studies which focused on higher education in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip. I also worked with the Cambridge Faculty of Education on a project that explored Syrian higher education pre and post 2011 through interviews with Syrians in Turkey. Currently, I am working at the University of Cambridge as a Research Fellow on the Research for Health in Conflict (R4HC-MENA) project. I am involved in the Political Economy of Health workstream which works to investigate the impact of conflict in health in Lebanon, Jordan, OPT, and Turkey. My research focuses particularly on the Gaza Strip (watch a short animation film). For more details, see my personal website.
Get in touch: mj409 [at] cam.ac.uk