David Wilcox

David WilcoxInterpersonal Trust in Negotiations: A case study of Israeli-Palestinian Oslo Backchannel negotiations, December 1992 to September 1993

Supervisors: Professor Nicholas J Wheeler and Dr Asaf Siniver 

David is undertaking doctoral research into interpersonal trust in negotiations through examining the case study of the Oslo Backchannel negotiations between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) between December 1992 and September 1993. The research aims to expand existing literature on the concept of trust within International Relations and understanding of interpersonal trust within negotiations involving low-level ministers and representatives of national government and liberation organizations. 


David previously studied History and Politics at degree level at the University of Sheffield where he became increasingly interested in international politics and history and particular elements relating to the causes of war and inter-state conflicts, ethnic and intra-state conflict, terrorism and conflict transformation. After taking two years out to pursue his passion for music and undertaking formal musical education, David returned to study his Masters at the University of Birmingham in International Relations, to continue his interests from his undergraduate degree. Having attended the Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation training programme conduct by the Institute of Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham in March 2017, David became interested in the concept of trust and its role in conflict transformation, which formed the basis of his MA dissertation and now his PhD research.


  • MA International Relations, University of Birmingham (2016-2017)
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Popular Music, University of West London (2013-2015)
  • BA History and Politics, University of Sheffield (2010-2013)

Research interests

  • The Concept of Trust
  • Trust in International Relations
  • Track I and Track II Diplomacy
  • The Oslo Peace Process
  • Arab-Israeli Relations
  • Israeli-Palestinian Relations 


Contact details:

Email: Dxw668@student.bham.ac.uk