Dr. Philip JM Leech is a lecturer in International Relations at Plymouth University where he teaches International Relations of the Middle East at graduate and undergraduate level. He completed his PhD, at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in December 2012. His thesis is entitled: “Mis-Stating Palestine: A critical analysis of Fayyadism and the Palestinian Authority’s agenda 2007-11” (Examined by Prof Tim Niblock and Dr Adam Hanieh, Supervised by Prof Ilan Pappe).
Before starting at Exeter, he graduated with a distinction from a Master of Arts programme at Lancaster University’s Richardson Institute for Peace Studies. His previous research work has been into the role of youth in resistance in the West Bank, which was published as a monograph in 2009. Dr. Leech recently been awarded an six-month visiting fellowship at the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) in Jerusalem, he was a research scholar at the CBRL Amman in 2011-12, a Kathryn Davis Fellow at Middlebury Arabic Summer School in 2009 and was awarded the University of Exeter’s Arab and Islamic Studies Studentship 2008-11.
He has published a number of papers including for the Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies (Doha Institute) in May 2012, the Council for British Research in the Levant Bulletin (2012) and the International Sociological Association (ISA) E-Bulletin (2009). Phil has also written a range of shorter articles for publications such as The Guardian’s Comment is Free, OpenDemocracy, e-International Relations and the Gulf States Newsletter. He is a co-chair and contributing editor for ThinkIR.