Dr. Marwan Darweish


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.


Principal lecturer in Peace Studies, MA Course Director and tutor at the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies

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Dr. Marwan Darweish is a Principal Lecturer who joined the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University in 2009. He is the Course Director of the MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of Post Graduate Certificate Course in Conflict Resolution Skills.

His current research focuses on 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.

Prior to his current position, Dr Darweish worked as Senior Peace and Advisor, with Responding To Conflict (RTC), an international organisation based in the UK, previously he lived and worked in Jerusalem.



Darweish, M., and Rigby, A. (2015) Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance. London: Pluto Press.

Darweish, M., and Rank, R. (eds.) (2012) Peacebuilding and Reconciliation, Contemporary Challenges and Themes. London: Pluto Press.

Darweish. M. (ed.) (2011) Handbook on Nonviolence. London: War Resistance International. (Arabic)

Darweish. M, and Rigby, A. (1995) The Palestinians in Israel: Nationalism versus citizenship. London: Redwood.

Journal Articles:

Darweish, M. (2014) ‘The Palestinian Israeli Conflict in the shadow of the Arab Revolutions’. Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security 3 (2), 154-172.

Darweish, M., and Rank, C. (eds.) (2011) 'Peacebuilding and Reconciliation' [special issue] Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security 1, (2).

Darweish, M. (2006) 'The Impact of the Palestinian National Authority on the Arabs in Israel'. Journal of Palestine Studies 2 (28). (Arabic language version)

Darweish, M. (1989) The Intifada: Social Change’. Race and Class 31 (2), 47-61.

Chapter in books:

Darweish, M. (2012) ‘Olive Trees: Livelihoods and Resistance’. in Sustainable Agriculture in Post-Conflict Environments. Ed. by Özerdem, A., and Roberts, A. London: Ashgate.

Darweish, M. (2010) Human Rights and the Imbalance of Power: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’. in Human Rights and Conflict Transformation, Dialogue Series. Ed. by Dudouet, V., and Schmelzlem, B. Germany: Berghof Conflict Research Centre.


  • Nonviolence movement in Occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt) and the role of international and Israeli solidarity groups. The project provided knowledge and analysis of the nonviolent popular resistance movement in the oPt and its applicability to the EU Partnership for Peace programme which support Palestinian and Israeli NGOs. The research examined the role and significance of unarmed civil resistance in Palestine and addressed the role of Israeli and international solidarity such as the BDS campaign. It continued to examine the everyday or hidden resistance of the Palestinians in Israel under military rule during the period of 1948-66. As a result of the consultancy a book was published about Popular Protest in Palestine (Darweish and Rigby). We continued to work as consultants with the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committees and NOVACT (Spain) to enhance local and international cooperation, coordination and joint struggle to empower Palestinian Popular protest.
  • MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies at Arab American University Jenin (AAUJ) Palestine.This is Partnership with the AAUJ and CU were established in 2012 to develop and implement an MA in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, the first in Middle East. The first cohort started in 2013/14 with 17 students. Academics from both institutions designed, developed and implemented the programme. This year the first cohort will be graduated and the programme will be expanded to Ramallah Campus and 30 new students will enrol.
  • Access To Land. Facilitated workshop with Palestinians and Israeli NGOs on theory of change and access to land.
  • Conflict Transformation. Two weeks training course on Conflict transformation and peacebuilding for youth leaders from the West Bank, Palestine. The training included a follow up and mentoring to intervene in their local community and address wider political and social issues.
  • Country Conflict Analysis; Palestine and Israel. The aim was to conduct a strategic planning and conflict analysis with the AFSC staff and meet with AFSC partners and potential partners and recommend new areas of work.
  • Conflict resolution and management in South Sudan. The purpose of the Military Integration Assistance Programme (MIAP) is to build confidence and manage conflict effectively within the Joint Integrated Force (JIF) Chain of Command and across the Joint Integrated Units (JIU) through training on media, good governance, mentoring, facilitation and Conflict Transformation training in support of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
  • Country conflict Analysis and evaluation of development programme. Analysis and evaluation of Peace and Conflict Potential in Yemen. Yemeni and German governments agreed to carry out a study on ‘Conflict Prevention through Development Co-operation’ in two of the remote and least developed governorates. The study analysed the conflicts between the tribes, tribes and government, political and regional conflicts. The consultancy included a Portfolio analysis of the German Development Cooperation and its impact on conflict. The study included strategic and sectorial recommendations, role of civil society and good governance.
  • Peacebuilding strategies in Sudan. Advanced course for trainers in conflict transformation and peacebuilding strategies in Sudan to enhance capacity of local trainers and NGO staff in Sudan who already have experience of conflict analysis tools and strategies to address conflict situations and peace-building strategies.