Silvia Hassouna BA (University of Milan-Bicocca), MA (Maastricht University), PhD (Aberystwyth University)

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Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Silvia Hassouna is Associate Lecturer in Human Geography in the department of Geography and Earth Sciences of Aberystwyth University. Her research interests lie within the study of national identity, heritage, histories of the nation-state, political imaginations and possible futures. 

Silvia's PhD research was funded by an AberDoc Scholarship and examines different representational strategies developed by Palestinian cultural practitioners, i.e. curators, artists, museum directors, tour guides and stakeholders, as part of a shift in national narratives that has occurred since the 1990s. The project identifies museums as key sites of emerging identity configurations within shifting structures of colonialism and development. The thesis is based on ethnographic research conducted between 2018 and 2019 with curators, artists, tour guides, museum directors, staff and volunteers working at newly opened museums in the urban centres of Bethlehem and Ramallah. It provides an empirical and interpretative account of the current proliferation of cultural initiatives within Palestinian civil society, which neither identify with popular culture nor with official discourses of memorialisation.

Silvia holds a master's degree in Globalisation and Development Studies from Maastricht University, the Netherlands; as part of the degree, she developed a research focus on civil society organisations in contested borders and conflict areas and conducted her fieldwork in Jerusalem.

She obtained her undergraduate degree in Intercultural Communication from University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy.


Research interests

Hassouna, S. (2017). Book Review: When Humans Become Migrants, Antropologia Rivista Semestrale, Vol 4(1).

Hassouna, S. (2016). Spaces for Dialogue in a Segregated Landscape, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 34(1), 57-82, doi: 10.1002/crq.

Corno, F., Lal, R., & Hassouna, S. (2016). Building bridges: Enabling intercultural competences within double degree programs. Turkish Online Journal Of Educational Technology, 2016, 398-405.

Hassouna, S. (2015). An Assessment of Dialogue-Based Initiatives in Light of the Anti-Normalization Criticisms and Mobility Restrictions, Young Voices from Jerusalem, Palestine-Israel Journal, 21(2), pp. 52-59.

Additional information

Grants and Awards

  • 2021 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). Achieved through the Teaching for Postgraduates Aberystwyth University programme (TPAU 2020/2021)

  • 2017-2020 AberDoc Doctoral Scholarship, Aberystwyth University.

  • 2019 Frederick Soddy Postgraduate Award, Royal Geographical Society with IBG

  • 2018 BRISMES bursary.

  • 2018 WISERD Civil Society Research Centre Support Grant.

  • 2016 Research Grant “Intercultural Learning in Higher Education”, Sociology Department, University of Milan-Bicocca.


Living with Global Change (GS11000)

Researching People and Place (GS20510)

Place and Identity (GS14220)

Climate Change: impacts, perceptions, adaptations (GS10810)

Key Concepts in Geography (GGM3120).