Research themes

The RELIEF Centre's programme of research and civic engagement is guided by four research questions:

  1. What does inclusive growth and sustainable prosperity look like in the context of large-scale movement of people?
  2. How can we improve the quality of life for all in urban environments in Lebanon?
  3. How do we drive innovation and measure value creation in the context of Lebanon?
  4. How can the research and knowledge transfer capabilities of universities be reconfigured to develop innovative responses to these challenges?

Research Themes

Liveable Cities

Liveable Cities will explore how refugee and host communities can work together to build public goods and services and design more resilient and better quality living environments. This theme also takes into consideration the reconstruction of cities if/when displaced people return to their countries of origin.

The Research Leads are:

Creating Value

Image: Dominic Chaver, World Bank

Image: Dominic Chaver, World Bank

Creating Value will explore the following questions:

  • What are the collective goods for communities impacted by mass displacement that enable people to expand their capabilities to flourish? 
  • How can we recognise and use skills embedded in communities for further value creation?
  • What role can external investment play in enabling this?

The Research Leads are:

Future Education

Future Education works on supplying the appropriate education and learning opportunities for communities impacted by mass displacement.  It aims to develop a collaborative platform for the RELIEF team, to train citizen scientists in research skills, and to generate crowd-sourced data for the other research themes.

The Research Leads are:

Prosperity Gains and Inclusive Growth

Image: CatalyticAction charity n. 1169604

Image: CatalyticAction charity n. 1169604

Prosperity Gains explores how to translate economic growth into broader prosperity in the context of displacement, examine what prosperity means for refugees and hosts, and develop tools and frameworks for people to monitor their prosperity gains or deficits in their community.

The Research Lead is: