Dr. Brigitte Piquard is an anthropologist; Reader in Humanitarianism and Conflict at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. She has conducted field researches mainly in Asia and the Middle East. Since 2005, she has been working in the OPT, particularly on spatial occupation and resilience. She is the head of the Building Sumud Project (BSP), an action research project aiming at monitoring interactions between social and environmental impacts of the occupation and symbolic violence. It highlights the potential of architectural and social intervention towards conflict transformation. (www.buildingsumud.org). She is also the initiator of the Observatory of Symbolic Violence launched for the moment in Colombia and in Palestine.