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 2011 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

Bridging the Micro–Macro Divide in Approaches to the Middle East

Principal Investigators
Dr Aula Hariri, LSE
Dr Yuting Wang, American University of Sharjah

In collaboration with Zayed University and the United Arab Emirates University

Explaining the Middle Eastern Health Inequality Paradox

Principal Investigators
Dr Joan Costa-i-Font, LSE
Dr Aristeidis Samitas, Zayed University

In collaboration with Birzeit University and Al Marsad, Arab Human Rights Centre in Golan Heights

Mapping Memories of Resistance: The Untold Story of the Occupation of the Golan Heights

Principal Investigators
Dr Michael Mason, LSE
Dr Munir Fakher Eldin, Birzeit University

In collaboration with Birzeit University

Re-Conceptualising Health in Wars and Conflicts: A New Focus on Deprivation and Suffering

Principal Investigators
Dr Tiziana Leone, LSE
Professor Rita Giacaman, Birzeit University

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 Coordinator, at



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