Research Interests

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


Dr Ibrahim Natil is a research fellow at the Institute of International Conflict Resolution & Reconstruction (IICRR), Dublin City University (DCU) and teaching politics at CTYI at DCU. He is the Co-cove nor of NGOs in Development Study Group, DSA-UK, and winner of Robert Chamber Best Overall Paper, selected by DSA Ireland (2017). He has invited a guest and visiting lecturer to a number of universities and has acted as an external examiner at Durham University (2020) and Bradford University (2018/2021). He is the book author: Conflict, Civil Society, and Women’s Empowerment (2021) and Hamas Transformation Opportunities and Challenges (2015). He is the leading editor of books: Barriers to effective Civil Society Organisations: Political, Social and Funding Shifts (Routledge, 2020) and the Power of Civil Society in the Middle East and North Africa: Peacebuilding, Change and Development (Routledge, 2019). He also writes to Independent Australia. He also authored and published several articles and book chapters on a wide range of conflict resolution, peace-building, human security, NGOs, revolutionary movements and political violence. He worked for many CSOs and international NGOs and the founding director of the Society Voice Foundation (2002-2010). He managed more than 60 community projects in the field of human rights, community peacebuilding and women and youth empowerment since 1997.

Contact Details


Robert Chamber Award

Awarded the best overall paper on my paper “International NGOs: Women’s Engagement in Community Peacebuilding and Development” by DSA Ireland. 

Selected Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

  • 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
  • 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) 
  • 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
  • Natil, I. (2016) “Turkey’s Foreign Policy Challenges in the Syrian Crisis.” Irish Studies in International Affairs, 2016, pp. 1–10
  • Natil, I. (2016), the Challenges and Opportunities of Donor-Driven Aid to Youth Refugees in Palestine, Journal of Peace building and Development 
  • 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
  • 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 198-211

Blog posts

Writer/ Contributor to Australia Independent,481

Selected Awards/Honours 

  • 2003-2020  Awarded 45 grants from 20 well-known international donors including some from the European Union, MEP, 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.
  • 2018  Awarded the best overall paper, “International NGOs: Women’s Engagement in Community Peacebuilding and Development” Development Studies Association, Ireland. 

Selected Conferences 

  • 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

  • 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.