Elia Zureik is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. In 2008, he received Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Research, and in 2005 he held the UNESCO Chair in applied education at Sharjah Women's College in the United Arab Emirates. His research deals with two areas: the Middle East and surveillance studies. With regard to the Middle East, he published the following books: The Palestinians in Israel: A Study of Internal Colonialism (1979) and Palestinian Refugees and the Peace Process (1996). He is the co-editor of Reinterpreting the Historical Record. The Uses of Palestinian Refugee Archives for Social Science and Policy Analysis (2001), Sociology of the Palestinians (1980), and International Public Opinion and the Palestine Question (1981). His articles appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Third World Quarterly, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Global Dialogue, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, Social Justice, Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of Palestine Studies, Arab Studies Quarterly, and Dissent, among others.
Dr. Zureik is the author of many reports on Palestinian refugees which include the use of the Internet in Palestine (2005), UNRWA Family Archives (2010), Public Opinion and the Refugee Issue (1997), and others. He was a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Refugee Working Group under the Oslo peace process.
As well, Professor Zureik researched the impact of computers on society. He is the co-editor of Computers, Surveillance and Privacy (1996), Global Surveillance and Policing. Borders, Security and Identity (2005), Surveillance, Privacy and the Globalization of Personal Data: International Comparisons (2010), and Surveillance and Control in Israel/Palestine: Population, Territory and Power (2010). His articles on information technology appeared in Studies in Political Economy, Industrial Relations, Telecommunications Policy, Communications of the ACM, and Computers and Society, among others.