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    Conflict transformation, nonviolence resistance, peacebuilding, Israel and Palestine, gun crime violence, cultural heritage

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    1989 …2024

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    Dr. Marwan Darweish is a  Associate Professor joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in 2009. He is former Course Director of the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of Post Graduate Certificate Course in Conflict Resolution Skill from 2010-2016.

    His current research focuses on cultural heritage peace processes, conflict transformation and nonviolence resistance. Dr. Darweish carries extensive experience across the Middle East region and has a special interest in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. He worked for over 30 years for social political change in Palestine and Israel. He recently led a team of researchers to implement a research project on the nonviolent movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the role of Israeli and international peace and solidarity movement, funded by the EU. He has considerable international experience in leading training courses in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and in undertaking consultancies for several international and local organisations in the Middle East and Africa. His is the co-author of (2015) Popular Protest in Palestine: The History and Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance, London, Pluto Press.

    Research Enriched Learning (REL):  I lead the REL at CTPSR and across the university to embed research within teaching and learning in order to enhance student learning, raise the profile of CTPSR and  work with Faculties and Schools to provide opportunities for CTPSR colleagues and PGR students to teach in their research fields and contribute to design of innovative research-inspired courses; Lead CTPSR colleagues to undertake initiatives and activities to increase undergraduate and Masters students’ engagement with and understanding of research.

    Lead Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC): Chair and lead EDIC to support policies, processes and practical action by members of CTPSR to drive progressive change towards equality, diversity and inclusion for all members of its community. We aim to build on Bronze Athena Swan Award about gender equality.  

    Prior to his current position, Dr Darweish worked as:


    Senior Peace and Conflict Advisor- Director of the Middle East programme and Director of consultancy programme.

    Responding to Conflict (RTC) –International peace, conflict and development organisation.


    1/9/2001 –1/12/2008

    Director of Peace Education Programme in Palestinian and Israeli high schools

    Israel/Palestine Centre for Research and Information (IPCRI)- Jerusalem Israel/Palestine

    1/6/1996 –1/8/2001

    Director of Israeli Studies Department

    Centre for Palestine Research and Studies, Nablus Palestine

    5/1995 –5/1999

    Area of Expertise:


     Cultural heritage, unarmed resistance, “hidden resistance” in Palestine. Conflict transformation and peacebuilding, mediation, negotiation,  conflict analyses training in English, Arabic and Hebrew. Worked in the Middle East and internationally; Africa and South Asia, with special expertise in Palestine and Israel.

    Research Interests

    Nonviolence; Peacebuilding; Popular protest; Conflict Transformation

    Vision Statement

    I am deeply concerned about the growing violent response to social, political and economic injustices in the world and the lack of constructive peaceful interventions. I believe that active nonviolence civil resistance and conflict transformation is the key to transform structural and direct violent conflict and address social injustice and change the imbalance of power relation between the conflicting parties. My research aims to develop practices and knowledge to enhance successful peaceful resistance in partnership with local and international movements and to inform policy makers.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Peace Studies , Doctorate

    Award Date: 1 Nov 1994

    Peace Studies , MA, Citizenship verses nationality , University of Bradford

    1 Sept 198810 Dec 1989

    Award Date: 10 Dec 1989


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