AUB was competitively awarded a substantial five-year grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) from November 2021 to establish a research chair in Forced Displacement. This award was in response to IDRC's call for proposals to establish two chairs in universities in the Middle East region and two in East Africa. AUB and Université Saint Joseph (USJ) were the two universities selected for the Middle East region. IDRC is now also opening the call to other low-and-middle-income regions (see similar calls for S/SE Asia and S/Central America) and expects to support 12 chairs across the Global South eventually. A main objective is to link the work of these chairs, and to create an environment where knowledge about forced displacement originates from the Global South, which hosts the largest burden of forced displacement globally.
The candidate who assumes the chair position will be leading a program of activities that includes teaching, research, community outreach and policy engagement. They would be expected to work across the university and with research chairs/programs at USJ and other universities hosting the chairs around the world. The grant includes research, travel and other funds for faculty members, researchers and students from AUB to become involved in the program of activities over the 5-year period as well as for community and policy engagement. It is expected that the program will lay the basis for exploring the potential of a cross-faculty degree in forced displacement at AUB.