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Nigel was born in Birmingham, England. Following four years in Cairo, he arrived at Massey in 2004. Since then, Nigel has made regular return visits to the Middle East and Palestine in particular; he considers himself very fortunate to get paid for pursuing, and talking about, his interests.
Nigel looks forward to the day when Palestine assumes its rightful place on the world stage as an independent state for a free people, and Aston Villa FC return to the summit of English football.
Nigel's was awarded a Special Commendation in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Awards for 2013, received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence in 2011 and was voted Massey University Students' Association Lecturer of the Year in 2009.
Nigel's research focuses on Palestinian institutions. Funded by a grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand, he is currently researching Israeli population management understood through the concept of ‘biopolitics’, plus the institutional responses of the Palestinian Authority. Nigel's work has been published in peer-reviewed outlets including the Middle East Journal, Geopolitics, Social Theory and Practice and translated for the Arabic journal Omran. His book, The politics of the Palestinian Authority: from Oslo to al-Aqsa, is published by Routledge; a follow-up volume, Palestine: Evolution toward statehood, is scheduled for publication in 2015.
Nigel's research interests are focused on Palestinian institutions, Israel and the wider Middle East and North Africa.
In 2010 he was awarded a Marsden Fund Fast-Start grant for a three-year project entitled "Race, Place and Biopolitics: Zionism, Palestine and Population Management in the Twenty-First Century". For this project, empirical work on Palestinian institutions informs analysis of Israeli biopolitical practices and their extension to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Nigel's research interests include:
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Comparative Government and Politics (160603): Political Science (160600): Studies In Human Society (160000)
Palestinian politics, Palestine Liberation Organization, Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Israeli occupation, biopolitics, Middle Eastern politics, Arab world
Project Title: Race, place and biopolitics: Zionism, Palestine and population management in the twenty-first century
Date Range: 2011 - 2014
Funding Body: Marsden Fund - Fast Start
Project Title: Biopolitics, Zionism and Israel
Date Range: 2009 - 2010
Funding Body: Massey University
Nigel's undergraduate teaching is framed by the Conceptual toolkit project, an initiative developed with teaching consultant Scott Symonds. The project places an emphasis on equiping students with concepts understood as tools for engineering political analysis. A short demonstration of the project received the award for best Pecha Kucha presentation at the annual conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education (ascilite), held at Te Papa, Wellington, in 2012.
Nigel supervises graduate projects on a range of topics, typically in Middle Eastern and Palestinian politics:
Current - Joo Han Lee
A comparative analysis of the foreign policy discourse of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States of America regarding the Syrian civil war
Current - Orphee Mickalad
Project on the politics of Palestine in international law
2014 - Pippa Barnes
The chaning face of Palestinian leadership: the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement
2012 - Jane Young
Otherwise occupied: an analysis of the causes and consequences of Zionist carceral practice
2012 - Amy Thomson
A principal-agent analysis of Iran-Palestine relations
2012 - Nadia Yousef
An explanation of the behaviour of the Egyptian military in the anti-Mubarak uprising of 2011
2010 - Tom Yang Yu
A comparative analysis of demographic growth in China and Egypt: people, policies and prospects
2009 - Katherine Lyons
The EU: an international agent in Palestine?
2014 - Connor Duffy
Aid effectiveness in Palestine: reviewing the public health system
2013 - Nadia Jones
Palestinian refugees in the Syrian civil war
2011 - Jane Young
Palestinian diplomacy and the UN: an assessment of the quest for statehood
2010 - Amy Thomson
An analysis of the causes and consequences of the post-election political protest in the Islamic Republic of Iran
2010 - Nadia Yousef
Egypt as a third party mediator in the Israel/Palestine conflict
2007 - Katherine Lyons
Fireworks in Palestine: the brief rise and rapid fall of the Palestinian unity government