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.
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