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Caitlin Procter

Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow, CCDP
Spoken languages
English, French, Italian, Arabic
Areas of expertise
  • Forced displacement
  • Youth livelihoods
  • Humanitarianism
  • Ethics of qualitative research
  • Post-conflict regulation & social cohesion
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Middle East and North Africa


Caitlin Procter is a political anthropologist who conducts research on youth, conflict and forced
displacement at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP). As a Marie
Skłodowsk Curie Research Fellow at the CCDP, her current research explores the reintegration
of children and youth from Islamic State in Northeast Syria and in Tunisia. In Syria, she also
works in partnership with Save the Children and Impact CSRD, developing capacity among
national research teams to undertake participatory research with women and children on

Caitlin also has expertise in Palestine. She received her DPhil from the University of Oxford in
International Development 2019, and her book based on her doctoral research – an
ethnography of the political practices of refugee youth in East Jerusalem, titled Beyond the
State – is currently under review with Cambridge University Press. As a Post-Doctoral Visiting
Fellow at the Centre of Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University in 2019 and as a Max
Weber Post-Doctoral Fellow at the EUI in 2020, she conducted research on youth and coerced
migration from Gaza, where she conducted over a year of fieldwork.

Caitlin has taught qualitative research methods and ethics at postgraduate level at the EUI, and
is co-founder of The New Ethnographer, a project designed to improve ethnographic research
methods training. She is co-editor of the textbook Inclusive Ethnography: Making fieldwork
safer, healthier and more ethical, published by SAGE (2024).
Caitlin has extensive experience as a consultant and advisor to UNRWA, UNHCR, UNICEF,
Save the Children, the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and to European diplomatic missions
in Jerusalem.

Selected publications 

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters

Procter, C., Hart, J., Al-Rozzi, M., and Pontalti, K. 2023. ‘Conceptualising and Challenging Child Neglect in Humanitarian Action:   Protecting Displaced Children in Jordan and Palestine’. Child Abuse and Neglect (publication 2023 forthcoming)  

Procter, C. 2023. ‘”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.

Procter, C. 2022.’Refugee Status, Permanent Residency and Citizenship:  the re-making of categories among Palestinian youth in East Jerusalem. Journal of Refugee Studies 36:1 (65-83) 

Procter, C. 2022. ‘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. 

Procter, C. 2021. ‘Co-ordinated mobility: disrupting narratives of convergence in the irregular migration of youth from the Gaza Strip. Public Anthropologist 3:1 (93-110).

Procter, C. ‘Coerced migration: mobility under siege in the Gaza Strip’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (under review)

Procter, C., Spector, B., and Freed, M. ‘Field of Screams revisited: contending with trauma in ethnographic fieldwork’. Teaching Anthropology (under review)

King-Savic, S. and Procter, C. ‘The opportunities of irregularity: a new framework for conducting ethical research among irregular migrant communities’. Qualitative Research (Under review) 

Policy and practice relevant reports and briefs

Hart, J., Procter, C., Al-Rozzi, M. 2022. ‘Neglect and Protection of Refugee Children: a report on research in Jordan and the Gaza Strip, Palestine’. Bath: University of Bath.

Hart, J., Procter, C., Al-Rozzi, M et al. 2021. ‘COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip : Community Perspectives on the Pandemic’. London: ELRHA.

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

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

Procter, C. and Liew, Z. 2020. ‘Child focused recovery from armed conflict: towards a new approach’. London: Save the Children UK. 

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.