Staff Profile


Dr Juman Simaan

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Allied and Public Health Professions

Campus: Medway

Tel: 01227 924402

Profile summary

Dr Juman Simaan is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy. He practised occupational therapy in hospitals, community settings, schools and colleges.

Juman has a PhD in Health and Social Care; an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling; a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy (BOT); He is a HEA fellow and holds a PGCLT HE.

Juman's main practice experience was in working with children and young people in schools and in the community. He is interested in emerging roles for occupational therapists beyond health and social care settings and services. Juman is passionate about applying ‘occupational justice’ ideas and praxis in working with disadvantaged communities, such as people seeking refuge and communities living under adverse socio-political conditions, such as military occupation and colonisation.

Juman's academic interest is in occupational science - a field of study that investigates humans' daily lives and activities, their interactions with their environments and how this influences individuals and communities' health and wellbeing. In particular Juman is interested in the notion and praxis of 'occupational justice'. His theoretical, research and educational endeavours are mainly focused on exploring how global, historical and socio-political factors can enable or limit people's access to opportunities to purposeful and meaningful activities of daily living. Juman is concerned with how we can learn from groups struggling to access those opportunities about their own perceptions of daily living, health and wellbeing. This work is needed to make occupational therapy and occupational science more relevant to today's increasingly interconnected world.

Research and knowledge exchange

Juman’s PhD research was on olive growing as a daily activity under military occupation in Palestine.  The research aimed to explore how the daily lives of olive growing communities are influenced by the military occupation's policies and practices relating to control of land, trees and human communities. The research aimed to study the means that these communities have adopted to enable them to maintain this ancient way of life, with potential implications for education, research and practice.

Teaching and subject expertise

Juman teaches on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme. He leads a 3rd year module on the topic of ‘Reflective Practice'. Juman’s other teaching interests in the programme are: Occupational Science, 'occupational justice', forced migration and childhood and families.

Juman contributes to the MSc in Sociology at CCCU, and the MSc in Occupational Therapy at Brunel University - London.

External activities

Juman is part of the editorial team of the Journal of Occupational Science.

Below is a selection of Juman's publications. To see a full list of Juman's pulications, please visit:, or

Publications and research outputs

Phd Thesis:

Simaan, J. (2018) Olive growing in Palestine: an everyday form of resistance. (Ph.D. thesis). Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK.

Peer reviewed papers:

Simaan, J. (2020). Decolonising occupational science education through learning activities based on a study from the Global South. Journal of Occupational Science. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2020.1780937.

Simaan, J. (2017). Olive growing in Palestine: A decolonial ethnographic study of collective daily-forms-of-resistance. Journal of Occupational Science. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2017.1378119.


Laliberte Rudman, D., Simaan, J. & Nayar, S. (2020). Special issue: Illuminating occupations at the heart of social problems. Journal of Occupational Science. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2020.1783990

Simaan, J. & Nayar, S. (2019). WFOT Special Issue. Journal of Occupational Science. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2019.1620620.

Book reviews:

Simaan, J. (2020). Research, political engagement and dispossession: Indigenous, peasant and urban poor activisms in the Americas and Asia. Journal of Occupational Science. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2020.1765452.

Simaan, J. (2020). Decolonizing ethnography: Undocumented immigrants and new directions in social science. Journal of Occupational Science. DOI: 10.1080/14427591.2019.1694431.

 For all of Simaan's publications visit:, or


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