RAPP studies the effectiveness of think tanks and research policy institutes in influencing public policy in the region. It aims to establish a permanent network of self-financed think tanks and research centers across the Middle East that are better able to impact public policy in their respective countries.
The Policy and Governance in Palestinian Refugee Camps program, the first of its kind and co-managed by AUB's Center for Behavioural Science, integrates and coordinates the considerable body of research that currently exists, using its conclusions to enrich policy-making for the various authorities and parties concerned.
Launched in February 2008, this program boasts 35 AUB multi-disciplinary faculty members, whose research and publications encompass a wealth of climate change and environmental issues.
With a foundation of 30 faculty members at AUB, the Research and Policy Forum on Youth in the Arab World acts as a meeting point, catalyst and central repository for Arab-international research and policy on Arab youth.
The Department of Architecture and Design (ArD) and the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut have recently established a long-term, collaborative, multi-disciplinary research consortium positioned at the intersection of design, art, public policy and political economy to expand knowledge of urbanism in the Arab world.