The Friends of Birzeit University 40th Anniversary programme


The Psychosocial Health of Palestinian Youth: Occupation & Resistance


Professor Rita Giacaman, Birzeit University

Chair: Professor Ann Phoenix, UCL


6.30pm, 21st November 2018

Room W3.01, Institute of Education (UCL)

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In her lecture, leading scholar and practitioner in the field of Palestinian public health, Professor Rita Giacaman explores the findings of recent research undertaken by the Institute of Community and Public Health into the psychosocial health of Palestinian youth living under occupation. Part of a broader investigation into youth in the MENA region, the project offers a regional comparative insight into the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion for young Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Reflecting on the research outcomes, Professor Giacaman engages with questions of psychosocial research methodology in the context of military occupation and how research can support positive responses to structural repression.

Professor Rita Giacaman is Director of the Institute of Community and Public Health (ICPH) at Birzeit University in occupied Palestine, which she founded. During her four decades of scholarship, she has become one of the leading authorities on Palestinian psychosocial wellbeing and public health. Her influential engagement as a researcher and practitioner in the Palestinian social action movement has led to the development of the Palestinian primary health care model. Since 2000, Professor Giacaman has focussed on understanding the impact of chronic war-like conditions and excessive exposure to violence on the health and well-being of Palestinians, especially their psychosocial health under occupation; and ways in which interventions can generate active resilience and resistance, especially among youth. She has published her research widely in international journals and scholarly publications.

Professor Ann Phoenix is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at UCL. She is a Fellow of both the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences. Her research interests are psychosocial, covering themes of motherhood, social identities, young people, racialisation and gender. Professor Phoenix's recent research projects have focussed on boys and masculinities, young people and consumption, and adult reconceptualisations of 'non-normative' childhoods' across northern Europe. Her latest publications is Phoenix, A. A., & Peltola, M. (2018), Gendered perspectives and intersectionality: 11-14-year-old boys and masculinities at school, Kasvatus.

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