UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


Funding secured for Lebanon projects

24 January 2020

IGP has secured funding from the British Academy, Leverhulme and BBSRC for three projects in Lebanon.


Professor Henrietta Moore (PI), Dr Nikolay Mintchev (both UCL Institute for Global Prosperity), Professor Nick Tyler, (UCL Department of Civil, Environemental &Geomatic Engineering) and Professor Howayda Al-Harithy, Dr Nadim Farajalla and Dr Elizabeth Saleh (all American University of Beirut) have been awarded £299,939 from the British Academy’s Urban Infrastructures of Well-Being Programme, supported under the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Developing Infrastructural Solutions for Lebanon’s Challenges of Mass Displacement

The project aims to develop evidence-based pathways to improved infrastructural provision in the Lebanese context of displacement and informality. The project brings together engineers, social scientists, and Lebanese entrepreneurs to collect neighbourhood-level quantitative and qualitative data on infrastructure and wellbeing, and to work with communities to co-design small-scale solutions to infrastructural challenges. The project team will identify context-specific infrastructural challenges, as well as existing formal and informal solutions, as the basis for developing new engineering designs for more inclusive and efficient services.

Supporting Macroeconomic Stability and Prosperity in an Age of Mass Displacement

Professor Henrietta Moore (PI), Dr Ala’a Shehabi (both UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) and Professor Michelle Baddeley (UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney) have received a Leverhulme research grant worth £250,012. The project is a study of decision-making processes related to livelihood strategies and prosperity in the context of mass displacement and informal labour markets in Lebanon. Within the particular humanitarian context of Lebanon, the study will also provide insights into the rise of atypical work arrangements globally and the changing nature of rural and urban livelihoods in an effort to develop new policy frameworks for understanding pathways towards increasing prosperity and quality of life under conditions of mass displacement.

A Citizen Assembly Pilot on Energy Transition in Lebanon

Professor Henrietta Moore (PI) and Dr Ala’a Shehabi (both UCL Institute for Global Prosperity) have been granted £20,000 from the BBSRC (Research Grant, UKRI Public Engagement). The project aims to run a pilot research and engagement initiative in the form of a citizen assembly focusing on energy transition in the locality of Hamra in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. This presents an opportunity for the public to use the knowledge and energy data gathered by The RELIEF Centre researchers at a critical moment where new energy reforms in the country are being negotiated.


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