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 Theme 1 - The Vital City
The Vital City explores how host and refugee 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.
Research Theme 2 - Creating Value
This research strand develops new models for assessing the value of successful community-driven projects in terms of job creation, health and well-being, and capacity for innovation. It also develops data metrics to provide robust evidence for policy interventions directed towards improvement of the public realm in Lebanese cities. The programme works closely with Lebanese universities to develop new ways in which higher education institutions can generate value through community-based initiatives.
Research Theme 3 - Future Education
Future Education works on co-designing the appropriate education and learning opportunities for communities impacted by mass displacement. It aims to develop a collaborative online platform for the RELIEF team, to train citizen scientists in research skills, engage communities in collaborative blended learning, and generate crowd-sourced data for the other research themes.
Research Theme 4 - Prosperity Gains and Inclusive Growth
Prosperity Gains explores how to translate economic growth into broader prosperity in the context of displacement, examines what prosperity means for hosts and refugees in Lebanon, and develop tools and frameworks for people to monitor the prosperity and quality of life in their community.