Research Interests

International Politics, Conflict Resolution, Development and Civil Society, MENA, and Peacebuilding

Biography

Dr Ibrahim Natil has published many works, including six books, taught at different academic institutions and worked for many civil society and international organisations. He is a professor (Ass) of International Relations and Diplomacy at Joaan Bin Jasim Academy. He is a Research Fellow at the Institute of International Conflict Resolution and Re-construction (IICRR) at Dublin City University, the Co-convenor of NGOs in Development Study Group, DSA-UK and the founder of Society Voice Foundation. He has invited a guest and visiting lecturer to a number of universities and has acted as an external examiner at a number of well know universities as Glasgow Caledonian (2021), Durham University (2020) and Bradford University (2018/2021). He also managed more than 60 community projects in the field of human rights, community peacebuilding and women and youth empowerment since 1997.

Contact Details

Books

  • Natil, I. (2022) New Leadership of Civil Society: Community Development and Engagement. Routledge, Oxford and New York. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003288145
  • Natil, I. (2021) Youth Civic Engagement and Local Peacebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa: Prospects and Challenges for Community Development. Routledge, Oxford and New York. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003183747 
  • Natil, I. (2021) Conflict, Civil society and Women’s empowerment: Insights from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Emerald Publishing https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conflict-Civil-Society-Womens-Empowerment/dp/1800710615  
  • Natil, I., Sai, Y. and Malila, V. (2020) Barriers to effective Civil Society Organisations: Political, Social and Funding Shifts. Routledge, Oxford and New York  https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003053040
  • Natil, I., Pieroban, C. and Tauber, L. (2019) The Power of Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa: Peacebuilding, Change and Development  https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429265006  
  • Natil, I.  (2015) ‘Hamas Transformation: Opportunities and Challenges’, Cambridge Scholars publishing, http://www.cambridgescholars.com/hamas-transformation 

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

  • Natil, I. (2022) Exploring New Concepts and Practices of Civil Society Organisations’ Leadership in New Leadership of Civil Society: Community Development and Engagement. Routledge, Oxford and New York. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003288145
  • Natil, I. (2021) Introducing challenges to youth civic engagement and local peacebuilding in Youth Civic Engagement and Local Peacebuilding in the Middle East and North Africa. Routledge, Oxford and New York.  https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003183747
  • Natil, I. (2020) Women’s Community Peacebuilding in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT). In: Richmond O., Visoka G. (Ed.) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11795-5_47-1
  • Natil, I and Abuzanouna, B. (2020) Palestinian media between partisanship and propaganda Routledge Handbook on Arab Media, 275-285
  • Natil, I. (2020) Introducing barriers to effective civil society organisations in Natil, I., Sai, Y. and Malila, V. (2020) Barriers to effective Civil Society Organisations: Political, Social and Funding Shifts. Routledge, Oxford and New York https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003053040
  • Natil, I. (2019) The power of civil society: Young leaders’ engagement in non-violent actions In Natil, I., Pieroban, C. and Tauber, L. The Power of Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa: Peacebuilding, Change and Development https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429265006
  • Natil, I.  (2018) “Palestine : dynamiques citoyennes sous l’occupation”, État des luttes – Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord, Collection ‘Alternatives Sud’, Paris/Louvain-la-Neuve, Syllepse/CETRI, décembre 2018 (French version) https://www.cetri.be/Palestine-dynamiques-citoyennes 
  • Natil, I.  (2017) Civil state in the post Arab Spring Countries: Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, inthe Arab Spring, Civil Society and Innovative Activism”, (Ed.)  Cenap Çakmak, Palgrave Macmillan Publishers Ltd https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-57177-9_10
  • Natil, I. (2016) “Turkey’s Foreign Policy Challenges in the Syrian Crisis.” Irish Studies in International Affairs, 2016, pp. 1–10 www.jstor.org/stable/10.3318/isia.2016.27.8.
  • Natil, I. (2016), the Challenges and Opportunities of Donor-Driven Aid to Youth Refugees in Palestine, Journal of Peace building and Development https://doi.org/10.1080%2F15423166.2016.1197791 
  • Natil, I.  (2014) A shifting Political Landscape: NGOs Civic Activism and Response in the Gaza Strip, 1967–2014, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 9:3, 82-87 https://doi.org/10.1080%2F15423166.2014.983369
  • Natil, I. (2013), Turkey’s Human Security Agenda in the Gaza Strip’, Human Security in Turkey Challenges for 21 Century, ed. Alpaslan Ozerdem and Fusun Ozerdem (London and New York: Routledge Press, p 198-211https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203584309
  • Ongoing Research Projects
    Public Diplomacy, Security, Foreign Aid and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
  • Civil Society Shifts, Challenges and Responses to COVID-19

Selected Awards/Honours 
Awarded 49 grants from 20 well-known international donors including some from the European Union, MEPI, MBI Al Jaber Foundation and The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) to lead various range of community peacebuilding, women’s empowerment and human rights programmes and projects since 2003. These grants included field various researches, surveys and public polls on peacebuilding, human rights, women
empowerment, civil society and youth civic engagement.

Awarded the best overall paper, “International NGOs: Women’s Engagement in Community Peacebuilding and Development” Development Studies Association, Ireland (2017).

Blog posts

Writer/ Contributor to Australia Independent https://independentaustralia.net/profile-on/ibrahim-natil,481

Selected Conferences 

  • 2021 ‘Unsettling Development’, Learning from unprecedented times: NGOs and CSOs through the COVID-19 pandemic, Development Studies Association, UK.
  • 2021 Royal Irish Academy. Presented ‘COVID-19 and Civil Society Organisations’ Shifts and Challenges: Libya, Lebanon and Palestine?
  • 2020 ‘Exploring Civil Society Leadership’, Development Studies Association, UK.
  • 2019 Political Science Association, Ireland: Presented “Civil society challenges in Libya: peacebuilding, state-building and humanitarian assistance”.
  • 2019: Development Studies Association, UK. Presented “Shifting political landscape: unstable NGOs”. 
  • 2018: School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin. Presented “EU Aid and women’s empowerment”. 
  • 2018: Development Studies Association, UK. Manchester University. Presented ‘Civic activism, participatory engagement and community peacebuilding’.
  • 2018: Centre for Peace, Social Cohesion and Trust, Coventry University. Presented ‘Women’s engagement in non-violence resistance’.

Leading Academic Panels

  • 2022 Challenges to Justice and Equity in a post-Pandemic Context: civil society responses,Development Studies Association, UK.
  • 2021  Learning from unprecedented times: NGOs and CSOs through the COVID-19 pandemic,Development Studies Association, UK.
  • 2020  ‘Exploring Civil Society Leadership’, Development Studies Association, UK,
  • 2019 ‘Shifting Political Landscape’, Development Studies Association, UK, the Open University. 
  • 2019 ‘The complexity of political landscape: power of civil society’ Political Science Association Ireland, Maynooth University.  
  • 2017 ‘Youth Movements in the Middle East: Mobilization, Ideologies and State Building’, International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), University of Jena.
  • 2014 ‘Turkey and the Arab Spring’ International Congress of the German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO), University of Cologne.
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