2018 Workshop on Economic Vulnerability in the Arab World concludes at Humphrey School

Sixteen Arab scholars convened for two weeks at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public  
Affairs as part of a two-year Fellowship on Economic Vulnerability in the Arab World administered by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York through their Supporting Arab Region Social Science Innovation and Policy Development initiative.

The sixteen scholars in the project are working closely with senior scholars and project co-leads Professor Ragui Assaad of the Humphrey School and Assistant Professor Caroline Krafft of Saint Catherine University, and with Professor Djavad Salehi-Isfahani of Virginia Tech and Associate Professor Mohamed Ali-Marouani of University of Paris 1-- Pantheon Sorbonne.

Project participants are:
  • Samar Abdelmageed, British University in Egypt
  • Nesma Ali, Paris-Est University
  • Sameera Awawda, Aix-Marseille University
  • Maye Ehab, University of Bamberg
  • Fouzia Ejjanoui, MIMAP Research Center, Rabat, Morocco
  • Cyrine Hannafi, Aix-Marseille School of Economics
  • Imane Helmy, German University in Cairo
  • Amal Jmaii, University of Tunis el Manar
  • Reham Rizk Kamel, British University in Egypt
  • Moundir Lassassi, Centre de Recherche en Economie Appliquée pour le Développement, Algeria
  • Ebaidalla Mahjoub Ebaidalla, Faculty of Economic & Social Studies, University of Khartoum
  • Nelly El-Mallakh, University of Strasbourg
  • Maha Manai, University of Lausanne, Department of Economics
  • Khaled Nasri, University of Tunis El-Manar,
  • Ali Souag, University of Mostaganem
  • Shaimaa Yassin, University of Lausanne
Fellowship participants proposed an independent research topic leading to a publishable research paper relating to the project themes. The summer 2018 two-week summer training workshop held at the Humphrey School in Minneapolis was designed to provide a platform for launching these research projects. The four senior scholars mentioned above participated in the workshop as teachers and mentors. They led sessions offering expert insights and advice on investigating important research questions and exploring these topics using the growing data infrastructure available through the Economic Research Forum (ERF, http://erf.org.eg/).

Following the 2018 summer workshop, participating Fellows will receive yearlong support and mentoring through monthly check-ins, peer review and feedback among members in the group. Fellows will be invited to a mid-year three-day workshop in winter 2018/2019 in either Southern Europe or North Africa, where they will present their work and receive feedback and advice on moving forward. It will also serve as an opportunity for Fellows to build connections and check in with mentors in-person.

The final event in the Fellowship program will be a 2019 summer workshop at the UMN. Fellows will present their research and receive feedback on their work and support in communicating the policy relevance of their studies. The teaching sessions in the 2019 workshop will emphasize communication styles and skills required for addressing academic, policy and general public audiences. Fellows will also receive professional copy-editing support for ESL participants in need of language support. By the end of the second summer workshop, Fellows will have research papers ready for working-paper publication and journal submission.
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