LSE Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme

supported by the Emirates Foundation

Through agreement with the Emirates Foundation, the MEC established a funding programme in 2010 to support academic collaboration and knowledge transfer between LSE and Arab universities. The projects involve collaborative research or academic capacity building. The programme supports a minimum of four collaborative projects per year over ten years. At least two awards per year are made to projects involving collaborations with UAE universities.

Aims of the Programme

  • To strengthen academic collaboration and knowledge transfer between LSE and Arab universities;
  • To promote high calibre research by scholars at LSE and Arab universities;
  • To support academic excellence at Arab universities.

Ongoing Projects

In collaboration with the American University of Sharjah

Export Composition and Economic Growth in the UAE

Principal Investigators
Dr Athanasia Kalaitzi, LSE
Dr Samer Kherfi, AUS

In collaboration with Birzeit University

Neoliberal Visions: Exploring Gendered Adverts and Identities in the Palestinian West Bank 

Principal Investigators
Dr Polly Withers, LSE
Dr Rema Hammami, Birzeit University

In collaboration with the American Univeristy in Cairo 

Can Social Protection Empower Women? Patriarchy, Economic Agency and Redistribution Policies in Egypt

Principal Investigators
Dr Naila Kabeer, LSE
Dr Hania Sholkamy, AUC 

In collaboration with NYU Abu Dhabi and the UAE University

Global Identity in an Uncertain World: A Study of Social Attitudes at an International UAE University

Principal Investigators
Dr Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington, LSE; Dr PJ Henry, NYU Abu Dhabi; Dr Christian Haerpfer, UAEU

In collaboration with the American University in Cairo and Association Marocaine d’Etudes & de Recherches sur les Migrations

Preventing Statelessness among Migrants in North Africa

Principal Investigators
Dr Bronwen Manby, LSE
Dr Usha Natarajan, AUC

In collaboration with Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government

Palestinian Attitude Change in Response to Conflict in the Palestinian Territories

Principal Investigators
Dr Ben Groom, LSE
Dr Guy Burton, MBRSG

In collaboration with Sana'a University and UNESCWA

Shedding Light on Yemen's Forgotten Crisis: A Nationally Representative Survey

Principal Investigators
Dr Valeria Cetorelli, LSE
Dr Antelak Almutawakel, Sana'a University

Textile production in Morocco
In collaboration with the American University in Cairo

Egypt's and Morocco's GVC Integration in a Changing Global Economy

Principal Investigators
Dr Shamel Azmeh, LSE
Dr Abeer Elshennawy, AUC

IDP Camp in Kurdistan, Iraq
In collaboration with the American University of Dubai

Complexity of Humanitarian Response to Internal Displacement in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Principal Investigators
Dr Zeynep Kaya, LSE
Dr Deniz Gokalp, AUD

Ms Marvel
In collaboration with United Arab Emirates University

(Re)imagining Young Muslim Women? Comparing Public Responses to Ms Marvel in non-Muslim and Muslim Societies

Principal Investigators
Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece, LSE
Dr Badreya Al-Jenaibi, UAEU


Past Projects

Read about our past collaboration projects, as well as other past MEC projects.

For more information about the Programme, please contact Sandra Sfeir, Projects Manager, at



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