American Univesity of Beirut

“Critical Approaches to Development in the MENA Region'' Initiative
  • The “Critical Approaches to Development in the MENA Region'' Initiative is a project housed at the D​epartment of​ Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies​​ at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​This initiative aims to address questions of development in the MENA region from a critical perspective that centers social and environmental justice. For this end, a series of op-eds and webinars will bring together a number of leading scholars from the region (and beyond) to  tackle the main questions of development in today’s world, with a special focus on the MENA. 

    In addition, the initiative will launch the Beirut Institute in Development Studies, a two-week workshop to take place at AUB on a yearly basis, bringing together early-career scholars and leading scholars in the field to foster research networks and create spaces for discussions and collaborations.   

    Finally, this initiative aims to eventually introduce a new Diploma in Development Studies at AUB. This one-year diploma will offer a variety of disciplinary and thematic approaches to development-related issues from a critical perspective rooted in the Global South. The diploma will train students in the following topics:
    1. Globalization, Inequality and Development
    2. Labor, Migration and Development 
    3. Humanitarianism, Forced Migration and Development
    4. Gender and Development 
    5. Health, Environment and Development 
    The diploma launch date is not yet finalized, but follow us on (insert our social media handles) or visit this webpage for updates.







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