Dr Abdalhadi Alijla is a Palestinian social and political scientist and science advocate. Abdalhadi is the author of Trust in Divided Societies by Bloomsbury Academics and I.B. Tauris UK and co-editor of Rebel Governance in the Middle East. He is the 2021 International Political Science Association Global South Award and a co-founder of Palestine Young Academy in 2020. He is an Associate Researcher and the Regional Manager of Varieties of Democracy Institute (Gothenburg University) for Gulf countries. He was a Post-doctoral fellow at the Orient Institute in Beirut (OIB).