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 Abu Dhabi University

Roads as Tools for (Dis)connecting Cities and Neighbourhoods: a socio-spatial study of Abu Dhabi

Principal Investigators
Alexandra Gomes, LSE 
Dr Apostolos Kyriazis, Abu Dhabi University

In collaboration with Sana'a University 

Rebuilding Rural Life and Rain-fed Agriculture in Yemen: Documentation and Policy Change 

Principal Investigators
Dr Martha Mundy, LSE
Dr Adel Washali, Sana'a University 

In collaboration with the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK)

Lebanon Unsettled 

Principal Investigators
Dr Deen Sharp, LSE
Dr May Farhat, USEK 

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In collaboration with Canadian University Dubai 

Incentivising Acceptability of Climate Change Mitigation Measures in the GCC

Principal Investigators
Dr Susana Mourato, LSE
Dr Davide Contu, Canadian University Dubai 

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 University 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 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

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

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

In collaboration with The American University in Cairo and AMERM,

Preventing Statelessness among Migrants and Refugees in North Africa

Principal Investigators
Dr Bronwen Manby, LSE, Dr Usha Natarajan, AUC, Mohamed Khachani and Malika Benradi, AMERM

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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