I completed my doctoral studies in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter, analysing the formation and sustenance of identity in the Palestinian community in Jordan.
Subsequently, I conducted research on expressions of gender and political activism in the Arabic blogosphere during a Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Durham.
I also held the Al Tajir lectureship in post-war recovery studies at the University of York, where I engaged in research exploring the role of art and culture in social change in Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt.
Lastly, I am the author of Palestinians in Jordan: The Politics of Identity (2012), co-editor of Post-Conflict Memorialization Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies (2021), and my articles and chapters have focused on gender, identity and activism in West Asia and North Africa.
I am currently the Postgraduate Research and Taught Postgraduate Officer for the Department of Sociology.
Between 2015-2021, I was the School of Social Sciences Athena SWAN co-lead (2016-) and Equality and Diversity Officer.
Luisa's research interests are located in Palestine-Israel, Jordan, and Tunisia, and encompass:
- Memory and mourning practices
- Trauma and post-war recovery
- Refugees and migration
- Diasporic identities and exile
- Religious practices and social change
- Artistic representations of resistance
For further details on published papers, visit here.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Sociology.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Completed PhD students:
Dr Najla Alakri, (2018 - 2023) Religion and Women's Agency in the Middle East: The Case of Bahraini, Shia Women (primary supervisor with Dr Marta Trzebiatowska)
Dr Emanuela Buscemi, (2019) Reforming narratives: Kuwaiti women's cultural engagement and political subjectivity in the post-Arab Spring (second supervisor with Dr Marta Trzebiatowska)
Dr Nicholas Norman Adams, (2019) A case for multiple dominant cultures of masculinity: exploring the link between oilmen's masculinities, and safety and risk-taking practices on a remote North Sea oilfield drilling platform (second supervisor with Professor John Nagle)
Current PhD students:
Shailini Vinod, (2021- ) ‘That Shade of Brown’: A Sociological and Socio-literary Exploration of Migrant Representations in Literature and Concepts of ‘Britishness’ (second supervisor with Mr Alan Warner)
Funding and Grants
Research Grant, 2016, 'Missing Memorials and Absent Bodies: Negotiating Post-conflict Trauma and Memorialisation'. Awarded by the Leverhulme/British Academy, Febuary 2016.
Research Grant, 2015-2016, 'The Political and Cultural Identity of the Libyan Community in Malta.' Awarded by The Society for Libyan Studies. February, 2015.
Research Fellowship at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, ‘Comparative Discourses of Memory and Trauma in Palestinian and Israeli Art.’ Awarded by The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme, September 2014-August 2015.
Research Grant 2013-2014, ‘Comparative Discourses of Memory and Trauma in Palestinian and Israeli Art.’ Awarded by The Carnegie Trust. University of Aberdeen. June, 2014.
Research Grant 2012-2013, ‘Divine Intervention: The Role of Christian Evangelical Proselytism in the Palestine-Israel Conflict.’ Awarded by The Carnegie Trust. University of Aberdeen. June, 2013.
- Postgraduate, 3 stage, September start
Gendered Approaches to Conflict and Societies [SO4074]
Sex, Gender, and Violence: Critical Approaches [SO5519]
Dissertation in Sociology [SO5904]
Studying Social Life I: The Embodied Self [SO2006]
Sociology of the Everyday II: Global Issues in the 21st Century [SO2509]
Thinking Sociologically [SO3066]
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Utopian cartography and political imagination in Palestine-IsraelContributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
A Tapestry of Edgelands: Defining Carceral Edgeland(s) in Masafer Yatta (Firing Zone 918)Sociology LensContributions to Journals: Articles
Navigating Trust and Distrust in the Refugee Community in MaltaJournal of International Migration and Integration , vol. 23, pp. 61–83Contributions to Journals: Articles
Music, testimony, and emotional engagement in alternative memorial ceremonies in Palestine-IsraelLocalising Memory in Transitional Justice: The Dynamics and Informal Practices of Memorialisation After Mass Violence and Dictatorship. Rauschenbach, M., Viebach, J., Parmentier, S. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, pp. 234, 261 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Afterword: Mourning, Memorialising, and Absence in the Covid-19 EraPost-Conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies. Otele, O., Gandolfo, L., Galai, Y. (eds.). 1 edition. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 241-252, 11 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Introduction: Absence and Trauma in Post-Conflict MemorialisationPost-Conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies. Otele, O., Gandolfo, L., Galai, Y. (eds.). 1 edition. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-13, 13 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Post-conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent BodiesPalgrave Macmillan, Cham. 261 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Reading Absence, Gender, and the Land(scape) in Palestinian ArtPost-conflict Memorialization: Missing Memorials, Absent Bodies. Gandolfo, L., Otele, O., Galai, Y. (eds.). 1 edition. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 75-100, 26 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Transgenerational Displacement among Palestinians and Palestinian Refugees from Syria in JordanRefugee Crises, 1945–2000: Political and Societal Responses in International Comparison. Lässig, S., Jansen, J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, pp. 104-124, 20 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Ruins, Resistance, and Pluritemporality in Palestine-IsraelTime and Temporality in Transitional and Post-Conflict Societies. Mueller-Hirth, N., Rios Oyola, S. (eds.). RoutledgeChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters