2019 Postgraduate Travel Grant Recipients

We’re delighted to share news of the 2019 CBRL Travel Grants that have been awarded to three PhD candidates.

Since 2016, changes and restrictions to CBRL’s core British Academy funding mean that this cannot be used towards postgraduate projects. Instead, CBRL continues this important part of its activity thanks to the generosity of our members and friends. By supporting young researchers in their fieldwork, CBRL hopes to develop the next generation of scholars working in the Levant.

Once again this year we received a large number of fascinating project proposals of a very high standard which led to great discussions amongst our research committee when they met at the end of March. Proposed fieldwork covered the wide spread of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, covering the full geographical range of the Levant.

CBRL would like to thank all the friends and members whose generous donations have made it possible to support this important activity.                                        

Mazen Iwaisi – PhD in International Studies, Queen’s University Belfast

Landscape archaeology as politicised space in Palestine

“The on-going conflict in the case of Israel-Palestine plays a substantial role in shaping the conditions, space and time in which archaeological knowledge is produced and used. By taking an interdisciplinary approach using archaeology and politics, the argument I seek to explore has two threads: (i) The contestation in the disciplines’ production of knowledge, which has been challenged and criticised. (ii) The absence of a theoretical critique of an explicit archaeo-political approach. My thesis proposes an innovative method that combines source material with primary research focused upon ethnographic enquiry. With the support of this CBRL travel grant, I will be able to conduct one-to-one semi-structured interviews that will fill knowledge gaps, particularly as the collection of data in a conflict-affected region does not guarantee an easy and far-reaching access to required sources.”


CBRL Professor Sam Lieu Travel Grant 2019

Christos Papadopoulos – PhD at the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity St David

A biological distance analysis of Cyprus population from Chalcolithic to Bronze Age: A non-metric dental                                                             traits approach

“The purpose of my travel to Cyprus is to study and record the dental remains from samples ranging from the Chalcolithic until the end of the Bronze Age. The collection of these data regarding the presence/absence of dental morphological traits will be used and tested statistically to address the question of continuity between the Cypriot populations. Dental approach in biodistance studies in Cyprus has only been applied once in the past and advanced statistical methodology has never been used before. My research aims to examine biological continuity of the Cypriot population using dental data and the most recent statistical tests that provide an alternative and thus far unique approach to studying Cyprus’s prehistory.”


Carly Krakow – PhD in the department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

The role of international law for protecting the human rights of people impacted by environmental crimes in contexts of statelessness, displacement, and armed                                                               conflict (provisional title)

“My PhD thesis develops a new analytical framework to examine challenges faced by some of the world’s most legally neglected populations with attention to international law’s (in)ability to act as a guarantor of human rights with respect to restrictions on water access, and environmental issues, including lack of legal redress for exposure to air and soil pollution during armed conflict. I approach my research through the perspectives of both international justice and political philosophy. I examine Palestine/Israel, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. Through follow-up interviews with UNRWA officials, Palestinian Water Authority officials, and NGO representatives, as well as ethnographic interviews with civilians, this fieldwork contributes to an essential portion of my thesis that addresses gaps in international law for protecting refugees and displaced people impacted by lack of water access. Lack of access to water is a problem affecting tens of thousands of Palestinians in the West Bank with only survival-levels of water access, and 75% of Gaza residents who lack daily water access. This CBRL grant is essential for helping me make an original contribution to international law, demonstrating how law must evolve to protect some of the world’s most legally neglected populations regarding water and environmental rights, an issue overwhelmingly impacting residents of the Levant.”

CBRL’s grant call for travel grants opens in November and awards the following March each year. If you would like to make a donation to support the field-work of future travel grant recipients, please do so here.

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