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Bobst Center-American University of Beirut Collaborative Initiative

The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) are pleased to have launched a four year collaborative initiative with the generous support of the Bobst Foundation, focusing on projects designed to promote studies relating to the Middle East in order to advance the cause of peace, mutual understanding and justice.

This unique collaboration seeks to leverage both institutions’ intellectual capital and mutual interests in order to raise awareness about the politics of transformation in MENA. This year’s theme will focus on social justice. The Bobst Center and IFI propose to study the manifold  challenges  that confront  Arab  societies  as  they  attempt   to  regain  (or  attain)  social   justice  and  move  their countries  along  a comprehensive economic and democratic  reform trajectory.

Future projects supported by this collaborative initiative will include interdisciplinary annual workshops, conferences and research support for scholars addressing these issues.

Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut

Upcoming event: Social Science Experimental Development Workshop, February 23 & 24, 2018, on the campus of the American University of Beirut.

This workshop is organized by Amaney Jamal (Princeton University) and Nisreen Salti (American University of Beirut). Members of the AUB Social Science faculty and graduate student body are invited to participate in the workshop by submitting a proposal for research that involves experimental design or could potentially benefit from experimental methods.

The Experimental Development Workshop gives AUB social science junior Assistant Professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students an overview of different experimental approaches employed in social science research. These approaches include field experiments, lab experiments and survey experiments. The workshop will also provide the opportunity for participants to present their research designs and work in progress and receive personal feedback from scholars in the field. These scholars will also present their own work and experiences conducting experimental research.

Proposals of research projects should not exceed 5 pages in length, including a statement of the motivation behind the research question, a brief literature review, and a description of the empirical strategy and data requirements. Proposals that are still exploratory but that can benefit from feedback on design can be exploratory will also be considered. The deadline for submission is November 10, 2017 at 5:00pm Beirut time. Responses to submissions and a tentative schedule of the workshop will be emailed by mid-December. This workshop is not open to those outside of the AUB academic community.

A syllabus will be circulated in advance.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Experimental Designs
  • Conjoint and vignettes
  • Incentives and Cash payments
  • Internal vs external validity
  • Random Control Trials
  • Quasi and Natural Experimental Designs


Information about past conferences:

Social Justice in the Arab World Since 2010: Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies

 After the Uprisings: The Arab World in Freefall, Fragmentation or Reconfiguration?

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Speakers and sponsors of the AUB-Princeton-POMEPS conference “After the Uprisings: the Arab World in Freefall, Fragmentation or Reconfiguration?”