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Zena Agha

Zena Agha

Project title

Colonial Cartography in Palestine-Israel and the Decolonising Potential of Counter-Maps


Research Cluster

Power, Space and Politics

Project description

My research examines the geographical imaginaries of mapping in Palestine-Israel. It explores how Palestinians have been excluded from maps of their own land from the British Mandate to today and the decolonial potential of counter-mapping. By using archival and ethnographic research, my work seeks to address current gaps in knowledge at the intersection of critical cartography, colonialism and decolonisation in Palestine-Israel.

I'm interested in the colonial cartography of Palestine-Israel beyond academia and have examined it through policy research, film and poetry. I received my bachelor’s degree from Warwick University and was awarded the Kennedy Scholarship to complete my Masters in Middle East Studies at Harvard University.


Middle East Institute – April 2021. Key environmental challenges facing the Middle East. 

Foreign Policy – August 2020. ‘Israel Can’t Hide Evidence of Its Occupation Anymore’. 

Progressive International – May 2020. ‘Climate Apartheid in Palestine’. 

The New York Times – February 2020. ‘The Palestinian Authority is a Sinking Ship’. 

Al-Shabaka – January 2020. ‘Maps, Technology, and Decolonial Spatial Practices in Palestine’. 

Al-Shabaka – July 2019. ‘The US Law Restricting Satellite Imagery of Palestine-Israel’. 

The Atlantic Council – June 2019. ‘Israel’s Problematic Role in Perpetuating Water Insecurity for Palestine’. 

Al-Shabaka – March 2019. ‘Climate Change, the Occupation, and a Vulnerable Palestine’ 

Al-Shabaka – March 2019. ‘Climate Change and the Palestinian Authority’. 

Foreign Affairs – November 2018. ‘What’s Driving Israeli Claims to the Golan Heights?’. 

Academic Qualifications, Organisational Membership and Acheivements

M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (Kennedy Scholar) (USA)
B.A., History and Politics, Warwick University, (UK)
Erasmus year, Sciences Po, Paris (France)

Former US Policy fellow at Al-Shabaka; the Palestinian Policy Network
Non-resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute, Washington DC


You can find out more about Zena and her research via LinkedIn or via her website