Title: Perceptions of climate change and water management in Palestine

Period: October – November 2014

Language: Report in English; daily conversations in Dutch

Background - Project

The UT is involved in a project to guarantee a safe water supply for agriculture in Palestine. Global warming (climate change) is expected to have a significant impact on the conditions affecting agriculture, including a rise in temperature and a reduction in precipitation. These developments threaten water security, and they have severe impacts on agriculture and food security in Palestine. This UT-project consists of several studies.

Background – Specific study

One of the studies focuses on the perceptions and attitudes of farmers and policy makers in Palestine in relation to risks of climate change and the cultivation of rain-fed crops. The data will be collected by a combination of in-depth interviews and a structured questionnaire. In view of the characteristics of the farmer population in Palestine, the questionnaires will need to be filled out in face-to-face meetings with an interviewer. All face-to-face interviews and meetings will be conducted by Palestinian interviewers, who will also be responsible for the translation of the questions.

Description of the aim and tasks of the internship

The aim of the internship would be twofold:

•to gather background information on the relevant dimensions of the perception of climate change among farmers and

•to design and develop the interviews and the questionnaires for the study.

There is a vast literature on perceptions of climate change. One of the tasks of the intern would be to summarise the literature that is relevant. Leading questions are:

•what is known about the perception of climate change and rain-fed agriculture among farmers, preferably in developing countries?

•what are the relevant dimensions from the perspective of farmers?

•how have these dimensions been measured in other studies?

The second task of the intern would be to design the questions for the interviews and the structured questionnaire. The questions in the available instruments that turned up in the review of the literature are a good point to start. Given the specific circumstances in Palestine, these questions will probably need to be adapted and supplemented by questions on issues that tap into the specific situation of farmers in Palestine.

Extending the internship into a full master thesis might be possible.


This internship is intended for students who have started their master track PCRS after August 2014. Are you interested in this internship? Please send a short motivation (max. 200 words) to the theme coordinator Sven Zebel (s.zebel@utwente.nl). For any questions concerning this internship, you can turn to him as well.