Since 2003 the department has been home to the ‘Jerusalem Old City Initiative’.
The main aim of the Initiative is to develop creative options for governance and management of the Jerusalem Old City that could be used in preparation for a negotiated settlement between Israelis and Palestinians.
The website for the Jerusalem Old City Initiative can be found at
The Initiative has a partnership with NGOs and a number of leading academics and international civil society specialists.
Currently entering its fifth year, the Initiative has brought together Israelis, Palestinians, and others to work on key issues, host workshops, and produce reports on a range of subjects that will hopefully provide a blueprint for peace. The Initiative has been supported by over $1 million in research funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). The Initiative has already employed several students in research positions both during and after their degree. It also has research position(s) available for MA students.
For information on available research positions/awards, please see our scholarships and awards.