Caitlin Procter

Caitlin Procter is a part-time Professor in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute, and an Associate of the Migration Policy Centre. Her primary research focus is on the impact of protracted conflict and displacement on youth who engage in irregular migration in the Middle East. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in occupied Palestine, as well as in Lebanon and Jordan. At EUI, Caitlin teaches qualitative research methods and ethics, as well as facilitating workshops on fieldwork.
Caitlin earned her PhD (DPhil) in International Development at the University of Oxford in 2019 and was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the EUI from 2019-2020. She has held Visiting Fellowships at Harvard University and the University of Birzeit in occupied Palestine. Caitlin has previously taught at the Universities of Oxford, LSE and SOAS. She is also the co-founder of The New Ethnographer, a research project designed to improve ethnographic research training.
Committed to strengthening links between academia and the humanitarian sector, Caitlin works extensively as a consultant and advisor to UNRWA, UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and to European diplomatic missions and the EU Representative Office in Jerusalem. Her research on Gaza has also received media attention, including reports on RFI, NPR and NOS.
Caitlin’s first book, on the politics of mobility among Palestinian refugee youth in East Jerusalem is currently under review, and she is preparing a second manuscript on coerced migration and human smuggling in Gaza. Her research is also being published in International Migration Review and Public Anthropologist.
Office hours by appointment, Tuesdays 2-4pm

Books and special issues of academic journals

Procter, C. Claiming the State: Everyday politics in East Jerusalem. Currently under review, Cambridge University Press, Middle East Government and Politics series

Procter, C. and Spector, B. (eds.) The New Ethnographer: challenges in contemporary fieldwork. Currently under review, SAGE



Procter, C. ‘Co-ordinated mobility: disrupting narratives of convergence in the irregular migration of youth from the Gaza Strip. Public Anthropologist (forthcoming)

Procter, C. ‘The politics of dignity: the roles of young women in Gaza’s Great March of Return’.  Middle East Critique, (forthcoming)

Procter, C. “Escaping blockade: coerced migration from Gaza to Europe”. International Migration Review (forthcoming)

Procter, C. ‘A new matrix of displacement: protecting permanent residency status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem’. Journal of Palestine Studies (forthcoming)

Book chapters

Procter, C. ‘In search of protection: Irregular mobility among Palestinian youth in Gaza’. In Achilli, L(ed) Global Human Smuggling: Creativity, Control and Complexity in Unauthorized Mobility, John Hopkins University Press, 2020. 

Procter, C. ‘”In Gaza there is no tomorrow”: youth participation in Gaza’s Great March of Return”. In Bocco, R. and Said, I. De-colonising the Question of Palestine, IHEID Geneva, 2020.

Procter, C. and Spector, B. ‘Towards a compassionate turn in Ethnography’ in Weiss, N., and Green, L., Violence, Conflict and Fieldwork, University of Arizona Press, 2021 (forthcoming).


Research and Policy Reports

Alrozzi, M., Procter, C. and Torsein, C. ‘Detention of children engaged in armed struggle in East Jerusalem: safeguarding child rights’. 2020. East Jerusalem: UNICEF.

Procter, C. ‘Improving living conditions in the Palestinian gatherings in Lebanon: towards more comprehensive and sustainable solutions. 2020. Beirut: The Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies and UNDP.

Abdulkhaliq, N., Bitar, K. and Procter, C. ‘Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon: Protection and Livelihoods’. 2020. Amman: UNRWA.

Procter, C. and Liew, Z. ‘Child focused recovery from armed conflict: towards a new approach’. London: Save the Children UK.

Procter, C. and Butti, E. 2018. ‘Engaging hard-to-reach adolescents in qualitative research’. UNICEF Innocenti Office of Research. Research Methods Series. 2018. New York: UNICEF.

Hanley, T., Procter, C. and Ogwang, K. 2018. ‘Sexual and Gender Based Violence in protracted displacement: prevention and response among Syrian refugees in Lebanon’. Geneva: UNHCR.

Garlick, M., Guild, E., Procter, C. and Salmons, M. 2015. ‘Building on a foundation: Refugee Status Determination Transition Processes in Kenya’. Geneva: UNHCR.


Blog posts and online articles

‘Coerced innovation: Gaza makes its own tools to fight against COVID-19’. Open Democracy. 16.04.2020

‘When Palestinians tell you Israeli Apartheid is real, listen: Palestinian responses to Peace to Prosperity’. Middle East Directions, EUI. 15.02.2020

‘The future of Jerusalem: Trump’s Peace Plan (2)’. Middle East Directions, EUI. 10.02.2020

‘The “Problem” of Gaza: Trump’s Peace Plan (1)’. Middle East Directions, EUI. 05.02.2020

‘A return to targeted assassinations in Gaza’. Middle East Directions, EUI. 12.11.2019