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Dr Anwar Jaber

Dr Anwar  Jaber

Dr Anwar Jaber (BEng, MPhil, PhD)

- PhD Dissertation Title:

The Paradox of Ramallah: An Investigation into Palestine’s Political and National Architecture and Urban Topography Since 1995

- PhD Supervisor: Professor Wendy Pullan

-PhD Submitted in December 2019, successfully defended in April 2020


Anwar Jaber completed her Ph.D. in Architecture at the University of Cambridge in 2020. Anwar obtained her bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine and holds an MPhil degree in Architecture and Urban Studies from the University of Cambridge (2014). Her Ph.D. research focuses on the current spatial developments of the Palestinian city of Ramallah under the Palestinian state-building project. She practiced as an architect and urban planner in Jerusalem where she focused on issues related to urban development within the Palestinian context.

Research Interests

Power and architecture | Politics and capital cities urbanism | Urban conflicts and nationalism | Memory and cities | Divided cities and borders | Socio-politics of cities | Palestine/Israel and the Middle East | Arab cities and urbanism  


2015 – 2020    PhD in Architecture, University of Cambridge

2014 – 2015    MPhil, Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge

2008 – 2013    Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, Birzeit University, Palestine


Selected academic service:

  • Supervisor for the BA Tripos (ARB/RIBA Part I) courses 'Islamic Architecture' and 'Divided Cities' at the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (2015-2017)
  • Lead-organiser for a conference entitled "Spatial Articulations of Collective Identities in the Context of Middle Eastern Cities",  which was awarded full funding from the School of Arts and Humanities, Department of Architecture and Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. My role included included leading a team of two other researchers to formulate the idea, apply for various funding bodies, prepare a call for abstracts, select speakers and prepare all conference logistics. (September 2016)
  • Jury member for the final examination of the course 'Field Research in Local Palestinian Architecture', Department of Architectural Engineering, Birzeit University (August 2016)

Invited Talks:

  • "National Identity Under Conflict: An Insight from Palestine", in INTBAU World Congress, Royal Society of Arts, London (November 2018)
  • "Ramallah the Paradoxical: National Dimensions in Architecture", in PhD Symposium, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (November 2018)

Conference Papers and Presentations:

  • "Paradoxical Ramallah: Urban and National Dimensions of Ramallah's Official Architecture", in a conference entitled: 'New Approaches to Studying the Middle East', the annual conference of BRISMES- the British Society for Middle Eastern Study, King's College, London (June 2018)
  • 'Locating the Mukata'a: The Role of Government's Architecture in the Development of Ramallah', Places of Amnesia Conference, University of Cambridge (April 2016)
  • 'The Spatial Development of the Palestinian City of Ramallah Under Occupation', Cambridge Graduate-led Urban Research Conference, Cambridge City Seminar, University of Cambridge (June 2015)
  • 'The Religious Transformations of the Western Wall in Jerusalem' The Dynamic of Religious Interaction Conference, University of Cambridge (April 2014)


  • (2019) Churchill College Hardship Grant, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2018) Lundgren Award, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2016–2018) Faculty Fieldwork Funding, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2016–2018) Churchill College Travel Grant, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2015–2019) Cambridge Trust Scholarship for Doctoral Studies, fully funded, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2013–2014) Said Foundation - Churchill College Palestinian Scholarship, fully funded, University of Cambridge, UK
  • (2012) DAAD- fully funded Summer School, University of Dortmund, Germany
  • (2012) UNESCO Fellowship - Emergency Aid for Palestinian People, Paris, France
  • (2012) Z.A Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Leadership, Birzeit University, Palestine
  • (2009 & 2011) United Palestinian Appeal for Academic Excellence, Birzeit University, Palestine
  • (2009) MEPI Student Leaders, Exchange program funded by the US Department of State, Georgetown University, Washington D.C

Key Publications

Jaber, A. (2018). Creating margins at the centre: Israeli bypass roads in the Palestinian Beit Hanina neighbourhood, East Jerusalem. Accord Insight 4: Borderlands and Peace-building A view from the margins. Conciliation Resources. (4), pp (12-13). 

Jaber, A. Butmeh, W & Hamada, M. (2014). Towards a Better Ecotourism The Deir Qidees Ecolodge in Palestine. This Week in Palestine. Issue 192. pp. (45-48)