Ras Beirut Well-Being Survey


The Ras Beirut Well-Being Survey presents the first systematic portrait of the neighborhood in forty years. 

In 2009, the Neighborhood Initiative and a research team* from across AUB began planning a household survey to address questions that many residents themselves had:  what kinds of households live in Ras Beirut now?  What are their living conditions like?  What are the main threats to health?  And what are the sources of well-being?

To address these and other questions, a random sample of 674 households was interviewed in Ras Beirut and Ain Mreisseh in 2009 and 2010.  The survey asked a wide range of questions about household structure; age, marital status and nationality; housing arrangements including housing tenure; income and household wealth; religiosity; education; health status, unhealthy practices; and quality of life.  In October 2011, the results of the survey were displayed in three different public squares in the neighborhood over 3 consecutive days.  See photos and media coverage below.

A monograph, The Profile of a Neighborhood: Health and Well-Being in Ras Beirut will be published by AUB Press in Arabic and English in Summer 2016.  Click here to look through the database on this study.

The research team

Afamia Kaddour (Faculty of Health Sciences and PhD Candidate, University of Geneva)
Cynthia Myntti (Professor of Public Health Practice, Faculty of Health Sciences and Project Leader, the Neighborhood Initiative)
Nisreen Salti (Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Sawsan Abdulrahim (Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences)
Livia Wick (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences)
Huda Zurayk (Former Dean and Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences)