With a multidisciplinary foundation of AUB faculty members and regional affiliates, the Program on Youth in the Arab World acts as a meeting point, catalyst and central repository for Arab-international research and policy on Arab youth. By working regularly with researchers, public policy officials, and relevant institutions in the private sector, civil society, and the international community, we aim to:
- Maintain a comprehensive database of all research projects and researchers, as well as civil society organizations and other active groups that offer critical insights into young people’s conditions, attitudes and behaviors;
- Identify the most urgent research gaps and undertake new research, data collection and publishing;
- Bring together researchers from all sectors to analyze research findings and identify key experiences and lessons learned, through conferences, lectures and workshops;
- Provide a regular mechanism for researchers, young people, civil society organizations, international organizations and public policy officials to meet and exchange ideas on pressing challenges, new opportunities, and most relevant policy solutions.
We recognize “youth” as a transition from childhood to adulthood that can be sudden and abrupt, or protracted and unpredictable, depending on the social, economic and cultural context. We define youth demographically as a cohort between the ages of 15 and 29. For these reasons, we are primarily interested in understanding:
- How the transition from childhood to adulthood is experienced and constructed in non-Western contexts, with a particular focus on youth within the family context;
- How youth are defined and represented from above, by both adults and powerful institutions alike, and from below, by young people themselves;
- Why and how youth participate in the current political and social transformations across the Arab World;
- The different frameworks and approaches used in the study of youth well-being in the Arab world.
We encourage new research, analysis and writing on how “youth” create alternative spaces and forms of participation, mobilization and autonomy. We want to know what identities and values youth endorse and how they express them through social media, popular culture, political protest, migration, entrepreneurship, religion, ethnicity, conflict and other means.
Sara Bittar Program Coordinator