RELIEF: Refugees, Education, Learning, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship for the Future

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: UCL Institute for Global Prosperity

Abstract

The RELIEF Centre will research pathways to achieving inclusive growth in the context of mass displacement and movement of people around the world. Achieving inclusive growth involves looking beyond monetary indicators and GDP, and towards multidimensional notions of prosperity that reflect people's quality of life and well-being. There is growing evidence that inequality is harmful to individuals and societies, and that both social and economic inclusion contribute to sustainable gains in prosperity. Prosperity is consistently eroded by poor educational opportunities, poor health, poor social cohesion, and poor employment prospects. But what does it take to achieve inclusive growth of prosperity in today's world, where 63.5 million people are forcibly displaced according to the UNHCR? Given the magnitude of displacement across the globe, it is no longer enough to see movement as an anomaly. The geopolitics of war, climate change and social inequality mean that this is now the 'new normal' for people, whether they are 'hosts' or 'movers'. In response to this, the RELIEF Centre will mount an interdisciplinary social science project that will speed up the globally critical sustainability transitions required to improve the quality of people's lives. The core will be a programme of research, education and civic engagement that develops a vision of future prosperity for Lebanon - the country with the largest number of refugees per capita in the world today - but with findings and outputs that will be applicable to other countries throughout the world. The Centre's research programme comprises the following four research themes (R1 to R4), addressing key aspects of inclusive growth for prosperity and social cohesion:

R1 Post Conflict Cities will examine how Syrian refugees and their host Lebanese communities that can collectively participate in the design of more resilient and better quality living environments in contexts of resource constraint in Lebanon. This theme will also explore mechanisms for public engagement in the reconstruction of cities in Syria if/when Syrian refugees decide to return.

R2 Creating Value will identify existing collective goods for communities (of both hosts and refugees) in Lebanon, as well as the most efficacious forms of investment in communities to address their needs. This strand will consequently develop a model to assess the value of successful community-driven projects for enhancing and delivering collective goods in terms of both job creation and well-being.

R3 Future Education will mobilise new technologies to deliver affordable education to refugees and hosts in Lebanon, as well as generate data for the three other research themes. The RELIEF Centre will develop a curriculum of massive open online courses (MOOCs) aiming to provide people with the skills and capacities for managing conflict, improving environments and well-being, and creating opportunities for flourishing. MOOCs will include surveys at the outset, and at regular intervals throughout the course, on the specific needs of refugees and hosts. This data will then be used to improve them, as well as help address the other themes' objectives.

R4 Prosperity Gains and Inclusive Growth will examine what prosperity and inclusive means for refugees and hosts, how they view their prospects for a better life, and their role in making gains in prosperity. R4 will produce a conceptual framework and methodology for understanding what drives prosperity gains, as well as develop mechanisms and methods for refugees and hosts to monitor prosperity gains or deficits in their communities and cities.

Planned Impact

The RELIEF Centre focuses on one of the world's pressing challenges: how to build a prosperous and inclusive future for communities affected by mass displacement. It aims to have both conceptual and policy impact by reframing debates surrounding the future development of sustainable cities, the education and capacity-building of refugees, the use of new educational technologies to deliver education to people on the move, and the indicators and metrics which communities, NGOs, academics and governments use to assess wellbeing and prosperity. In so doing, it will inform the development of policy, practice and service provision on international, national and local levels.
Beneficiaries and target audiences of this project include members of refugee and hosting communities in Lebanon, municipal authorities, governmental ministries, NGOs, Lebanese universities, international and regional agencies, aid donors, and educational, health, welfare, and technology providers. The demand for research outputs of recent, relevant projects carried out by the RELIEF project team is such that we now have an established network of key practitioners, policy-makers and academics who are committed to critically exploring future education and urban development in contexts of protracted displacement including, in particular, in Lebanon.
The RELIEF Centre's strategy for engagement with target audiences is to directly engage stakeholders, including representatives of key international development and humanitarian organisations such as UNHCR, UNDP, Islamic Relief, Save the Children and OXFAM, as well as relevant Lebanese Governmental Ministries and interested Governmental Ministries across the MENA region and Europe.
Methods for communication and engagement include publishing a series of multi-lingual (Arabic, English, French) Policy Briefs to be launched at Policy Roundtables, held once annually in both Lebanon and London. This will allow the findings and recommendations arising from the Lebanon case study to be disseminated directly to key stakeholders. The Roundtables will provide a space for mutual learning amongst members of refugee and host communities, local and national organisations, national ministerial staff, regional humanitarian actors and international agencies active there.
The findings and policy recommendations will also be disseminated to non-academic audiences via a multilingual (Arabic, French and Spanish) issue of Forced Migration Review, which is the leading open-access practitioner and policy-focused publication on displacement issues, with a readership of over 20,000. On the local level, the policy-relevant findings will be disseminated through informal lessons-learned workshops.
A series of podcasts, press releases and multimedia outputs (including blog posts, BBC radio programmes, and online articles) will be published and distributed throughout the course of the project, providing overviews of the research findings in English, French and Arabic. These activities and outputs will contribute to increasing public awareness of innovative ways of responding to protracted displacement, debates regarding the roles of municipal authorities, businesses, local communities and civil society, and the importance of recognising the agency of refugees and local communities affected by conflict and displacement.
In addition to working with UCL's Media Relations Office to offer radio, newspaper and TV interviews, the Centre will build upon existing media contacts to ensure a broad dissemination of research findings to audiences across the Middle East and the UK. In particular, we will author and co-other accessible blog postings, press releases, BBC radio programmes (i.e., BBC3, BBC World Service, BBC Media Action) throughout all stages of the project. We will also continue contributing to newspapers such as The Guardian, The Washington Post and Al-Jazeera, and to online platforms such as The Conversation, IRIN, and Open Democracy.
 
Title Aleppo: Canon Lens 18-300mm 
Description Aleppo: Canon Lens 18-300mm is a poem by Dr Fouad M. Fouad created for the UK Launch of the RELIEF Centre on Tuesday 24th April 2018. Dr Fouad M. Fouad read this poem at the UK Launch event in Arabic, with English translation alongside by Norbert Hirschhorn, a retired physician and former Visiting Lecturer of the American University of Beirut, and poet. Dr Fouad M. Fouad is a co-investigator of the RELIEF Centre theme, The Vital City. As well as being a Doctor, Assistant Research Professor at the Faculty of Helath Sciences, and Co-Director of the Refugee Health Program, Global Health Initiative (GHI), American University of Beirut, he is a poet. He is Syrian and was born in Aleppo in 1961. In 1980, Fouad was one of a group of younger Syrian writers to participate in the formation of the Aleppo University Conference, a group that made a novel contribution to modern poetry in Syria and the Arab region. He has published a number of collections of poetry: Taghut al-Kalaam (The Idol of Speech, 1990), Matruk Janiban (Left Aside, 1998), Qal Baydaba (Baydaba Said, 2004) and Ajza' al-Hayawan (TheParts of the Animal, 2010). Aleppo: Canon Lens 18-300mm is a dedication to his birthplace, Aleppo. As a creative output of the RELIEF Centre, it sought to listen to, and draw our links more closely with, the experiences of Syrian communities. In doing so, it provided an alternative medium through which different audiences could imagine and learn from those who have been affected by recent events in Syria. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The creation of Aleppo: Canon Lens 18-300mm helped to establish poetry as a significant artistic form for the RELIEF Centre Cultural Committee. Dr Fouad M. Fouad was appointed to lead the RELIEF Centre Cultural Committee following the performance of this poem. This poem has also inspired the development of a poetry anthology about Prosperity in the Middle East which is currently in development with UCL Press. This anthology will include about 30 poems, with half being in Arabic and half in English. For this, we are focussing on poems which respond to this provocation, from those living in, or with ties to, Lebanon who have been affected by mass displacement and have reflections on prosperity within this context. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/poetry
 
Title Beirut Soundscape 
Description Beirut Soundscape is a work commissioned by the RELIEF Centre and created in 2018 by Beirut-based sound recordists Tania Kammoun and Elias Chikhani. A soundscape is a sound, or sounds, that arise(s) from an immersive environment. This work was commissioned for the UK Launch of the RELIEF Centre at the British Museum on Tuesday 24th April 2018, to an audience of around 140 guests including the Ambassador of Lebanon to the UK, President and Provost of UCL Professor Michael Arthur, the President of the American University of Beirut, and the CEO of the ESRC. It was one of the first works to be created as part of the RELIEF Centre's Cultural Committee portfolio. It was played in the lecture theatre throughout the course of the day of the UK Launch, to provide guests with an experience of life in Beirut. Tania and Elias describe Beirut Soundscape as a:"'mini soundwalk' through the city of Beirut recorded at different times of the day in different locations. Each sound shows you the energy that the city goes through every day of the week; sounds that reflect the old Beirut with the remains of its fruit trees, the connection between neighbours making each neighbourhood a small village, not to forget traffic jams, loud noises, construction and random music that spread through the city as it wakes up. The track finishes by the sea - an important place because it is somehow an escape from concrete buildings to openness." 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Beirut Soundscape inspired the development of a collaborative cultural commission using sound in late 2018 called Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut, between the RELIEF Centre, Institute for Global Prosperity UCL, Recomposing the City, Theatrum Mundi and Optophono. Currently in development, this project invites artists and scholars from Lebanon and the UK to create works that sound out the spatial traces of memories, cultures, and bodies ingrained into the physical fabric of their cities. These will be presented as part of a digital collection online, and will culminate in two performances in Beirut (April 2019) and London (May 2019). This project is also the Institute for Global Prosperity's submission to the Bartlett 100 centenary events programme. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/beirut-soundscape
 
Title Ghazal for the newest refugees in Lebanon 
Description 'Ghazal for the newest refugees in Lebanon' is a poem by Cameron Holleran, the Institute for Global Prosperity Poet-in-Residence. It was performed as part of the UK Launch of the RELIEF Centre at the British Museum on Tuesday 24th April 2018. The poem was written in English within the constraints of an Arabic form known as a ghazal - originally an Arabic verse form dealing with loss and romantic love, consisting of syntactically and grammatically complete couplets and intricate rhyme scheme. It was inspired by a ghazal written by June Jordan entitled 'Apologies to All the People in Lebanon'. This poem explored the name of the RELIEF Centre, and the different understandings and meanings of 'relief' within the context of adversity. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The performance of this poem marked the first time that Cameron had performed as the Institute for Global Prosperity's Poet-in-Residence. Following this, Cameron was asked to perform a poem as part of the RELIEF Centre's Cultural Committee event later in the year as part of the UCL Festival of Culture: 'Representing Refuge: The Role of the Arts in Mass Displacement' on 7th June 2018. There, Cameron delivered an interactive poetry performance from the audience midway through the event - a planned pause of creative disruption that encouraged the audience to take part in the conversation around the event. Cameron is also collaborating with Dr Fouad M. Fouad of the RELIEF Centre in the production of the poetry anthology about Prosperity in the Middle East. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/poetry
 
Title Photography exhibition of 'Beirut streetscapes' at the British Museum as part of the RELIEF Centre UK opening 
Description Photography exhibition of 'Beirut streetscapes' at the British Museum as part of the RELIEF Centre UK opening. 
Type Of Art Image 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Offering the visitors of RELIEF Centre UK opening photographic images of contemporary Beirut. 
 
Title Two poems created by Cameron Holleran, Institute for Global Prosperity Poet-in-Residence for the RELIEF Centre Representing Refuge event 
Description Cameron Holleran (Poet-in-Residence at the Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL) composed No Dogs Part One and We are mostly bark, commissioned especially for an event run by the RELIEF Centre for the UCL Festival of Culture 2018, Representing Refuge: The Role of the Arts in Mass Displacement. In keeping with themes the event explored, these poems are inspired by themes of forced movement, representation, and cultural understanding. Cameron performed these poems as an interactive poetry performance, midway through the event. Cameron delivered them without introduction, from the audience. Below, they describe the inspiration behind these poems and the choice to deliver them in this way: "In surprising the audience by performing unannounced, I hoped to get them to feel a sense of unease and to embody the tensions that I address in the poems. I am the sudden arrival. The unexpected guest, demanding attention. I want my audience to re-evaluate their role as an audience, they have to move (and possibly inconvenience themselves) to see me, I've not put myself in a place where everyone can see or hear me because art doesn't need to be convenient." 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Following this event we were approached by the UCL "It's All Academic" fundraising campaign to rerun the event as part of the It's All Academic Festival 2018 - a huge cross-UCL free day of fun that invites people of all ages to go behind the scenes at UCL, get hands on with research, debate with students and staff, and explore the university's hidden corners and history. The organisers of this festival noted that our Representing Refuge event, and particularly Cameron's poetry performance, were "very well received" within the UCL Festival of Culture 2018 programme. Although we were unable to take part in this event due to pre-existing commitments, it is testament to the interest and creativity sparked by Cameron's thought-provoking poem. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/poetry-content
 
Description Over the past months, the RELIEF team has been working on the ground and with partners in Lebanon, which has resulted in identifying the areas and localities that host concentrated numbers of refugees and displaced communities. The areas of research identified provide an array of urban scales and conditions, to enable the team to better understand how refugees and displaced communities behave and adapt in different environments within one host country as well as identifying the different infrastructural challenges that emerge in those different areas and scales. Community groups and partners have been identified in each area, while there is potential for the groups and partners to grow in the future.

After conducting socio-spatial mapping exercises inside the identified areas - informed by collected data from our partners including UN partners and local NGOs in Lebanon - we were able to construct a research narrative for both field-based and academic-based activities. These narratives are the guiding principles from which detailed research plans for the upcoming months are being designed, each addressing specific inquiries.

It is clear from our findings so far that the issues of shelter inhabitation and infrastructure sharing become acute and problematic when hosted within a vulnerable geography like that of Lebanon. Therefore, creative, innovative and sometimes radical methods of research and intervention are needed to be able to address complex issues such as space and infrastructure. These innovative methods we identified, combining research inquiries and interventions as part of the inquiry process, have gained true interest from the local communities and our partners. This is very much due to the fact that our proposed methods involve the local community from the start of the research, and further engages the larger community in spatial interventions in their respective areas. Another key finding is therefore, the willingness of the local communities to engage in genuine and long-term research as it ensures that the relationships we forge with the communities will become sustainable and, further, that we are able to co-design and co-produce new knowledge and space that can help mitigate the displacement effects on both the displaced and host communities. Time invested in the research and sites has emerged as paramount for both better, and more accurate research data, as well as, for trust-building with the communities involved.

In the past months, the RELIEF team has also developed a first iteration of a prosperity model for Lebanon that will act as the basis for RELIEF's context-specific Lebanon Prosperity Index. The model is based on feedback collected through a series of activities including a literature review, interviews with local residents, and workshops with academics, members of NGOs, and citizen scientists. The prosperity model includes 18 subdomains and 41 indicators based on what local stakeholders said are the issues that matter to them. This model will be used as the basis for a household survey on prosperity in the Hamra area of Beirut (carried out in collaboration with UN Habitat), which will provide data for developing the prosperity index. Further household surveys will also be carried out in other neighbourhoods and cities during the duration of the project. This research follows the bottom-up approach of citizen science the Institute for Global Prosperity has been successfully carrying out in London, which includes research training and participation of local members of the community. On these lines, the Future Education team have developed a massive open online course (MOOC) to train citizen scientists that will both feed from these activities and be used in further sessions of training.

In parallel, the Future Education team have carried out several co-design workshops to investigate the viability of MOOCs for teacher professional development and training in Lebanon. These have involved teachers as well as local NGOs, government and academics involved with the official accreditation programmes in the country. Participants positively embraced the idea of MOOCs as a flexible, adaptable, contemporary approach that would facilitate the sharing of ideas. The barriers to MOOCs were identified as stable internet access, participants' time and skills, and, importantly, the language of instruction being English (with a clear demand for Arabic language MOOCs). Participants also indicated areas of importance like psychological and social support, creative teaching, dealing with challenges and action research.
Exploitation Route The findings thus far will inform each individual team and the RELIEF Centre project at large, to best identify the areas where most vulnerable socio-spatial conditions exist. This is in addition to identifying the best potential sites for interventions that could yield the best impact for the local community.

Also, the data and knowledge produced thus far, and the data that will be produced in the future, serve as a crucial and needed base for academics and students everywhere interested or already working in Refugee Studies. It has become clear from our work on the ground so far that there is a real gap in academic circles of "spatial data" directly from the sites of refuge, which leads to academics more often than none to resort to fragmented data collection lacking a solid narrative. We aim to bridge this gap through our work and findings.

Regarding the Prosperity Index, data collection will take place all through the duration of the RELIEF CENTRE in a number of cities across Lebanon. The aim of the Index is to provide precise data about locally relevant issues that can be used by NGOs, local government and other stakeholders for more effective governance and local intervention. The data collection and construction of the index within each neighbourhood is carried out in collaboration with local stakeholders in order to ensure that the index addresses their needs for data. The Lebanon Prosperity Index is about prosperity in the Lebanese context of displacement as a whole but, within this broader framework, it recognizes the diversity of contexts within Lebanon and it tries to remain sensitive to this diversity. For this reason, as the data collection for the Index is carried out for different cities, the Index as a whole will become richer and more accurate in capturing the different issues across the country. This will make the index a useful tool for NGOs and governments that focus on local as well as national-level initiatives.

As previously mentioned, the data gathered through engagement with local stakeholders has also been used - and will continue to be used - to co-create MOOCs, of which two of them have already been developed and one of them is already being run. Participants supplied their desired curriculum topics for each, which we have implemented based on our expertise and previous experience. The workshops also identified areas of community practice for us to film and feature in the MOOCs, which we followed up afterwards. Throughout the development of the Community-Based Research MOOC, we provided video summaries of the course as it developed for feedback from workshop participants in Arabic and English, and developed two courses, one in Arabic on Edraak and one in English on FutureLearn. We have also held further workshops with key stakeholders to co-design our forthcoming teacher professional development MOOC (Educators for Change) and these have shaped our curriculum and learning design, and provided a means to embed the MOOC into multiple teacher training routes with pathways to certification.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Creative Economy,Education,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description Cities and Infrastructure Programme
Amount £299,682 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 01/2019
 
Description Connected Curriculum
Amount £3,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description Global Engagement Funds
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Grand Challenges - Migration & Displacement - The insights of displaced Syrian youth in Lebanon: A creative, informed representation
Amount £4,900 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 07/2019
 
Description UBEL DTP Knowledge Exchange Fund
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 09/2021
 
Description UBEL DTP Overseas Fieldwork Fund
Amount £1,840 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 08/2018
 
Description UCL Grand Challenges 2017-18 mega-theme Adolescent Lives
Amount £9,917 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 07/2018
 
Description UCL Knowledge Exchange
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description UCL Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Title Community-Based Research: Getting Started 
Description The MOOC is designed for professionals and researchers working in communities in challenging contexts, especially with migrant and refugee populations and their host communities. The course runs for 3 weeks, covering the aims, methods, and practicalities of carrying out community-based research, especially with disadvantaged communities, providing a total of 12-15 hours of study, and is planned to run 2-3 times per year. It is free and open to all on both platforms. The English version makes full use of the social learning functionality in the FutureLearn platform, and the translation into the Arabic version emulates all the same functionality as far as possible within the Edraak version. This is the first time a course has run simultaneously in two languages, on two platforms. The course is designed to engage researchers and professionals in a range of discipline areas in exchanging and debating the methods of CBR and the particular sensitivities that must be addressed, especially in communities that are disadvantaged, vulnerable, or living with extreme stress or trauma. The two versions enable us to compare two very different demographic groups - one from the wider global English-speaking digital world, and the other from Arabic speakers in the MENA region. The aim is to research the extent to which the co-design approach to development and adaptation of the course enables these communities of practice to develop into community knowledge-building communities, and what features have most impact on its sustainability in the longer run. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Over 3,000 participants have engaged actively with at least one activity within the course over its first run on the two platforms. Impact will be assessed via platform data, surveys, analysis of contributions in discussions and the assignment, and selected interviews. This is the first instance in the world of a course being developed in collaboration with professionals in two countries, and running simultaneously on two platforms in two languages, with educators working across the two languages, and uniting the two groups in a synchronous webinar as part of the course activity. The evaluation will use platform data and surveys to analyse the comparison between the two groups, and the effectiveness of this model for supporting community based research for professionals in universities, NGOs and international development organisations. 
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/programs/blended-learning-essentials
 
Title The Blended Learning Essentials program of MOOCs 
Description The BLE program consists of four courses, covering methods and applications of blended learning, running three times per year, and providing a total of 12 weeks of study in total. The courses are designed to make full use of the social learning functionality in the FutureLearn platform, to engage teaching professionals in exchanging and debating new approaches to the use of technology in different contexts of blended learning. These courses generate extensive participant data, both quantitative and qualitative, from the platform activities and from surveys and selected interviews. This is now being analysed within the RELIEF project to inform the design and running of the new MOOCs, and to prepare for their sustainability after project funding. The analysis of how well the different pedagogical methods work for teachers in the context of this MOOC forms the basis for the design of the new TPD courses within the RELIEF project. The design templates have been adapted to the co-design process being used more extensively in RELIEF, beginning with a sequence of practical workshops with teachers and educators from the intended audience, i.e. professionals working with refugees in Lebanon, and from NGOs in the MENA region. We base the evaluation and research methods for investigation on Wenger et al's (2011) 'value creation methodology. The platform data is then used to provide evidence of the following cycles of value creation: ? Immediate value: enrolments, pre- and post-course surveys, evidence of engagement and social interaction in the comments and other contributions, post-course interviews; ? Potential value: evaluations of own learning in post-course surveys, evidence of learning in comments, evidence of valuing downloadable learning resources and resource links in comments and post-course surveys; numbers of downloads; peer reviews (reports of learning from doing the assignment and performing a review as well as the assignment itself); ? Applied value: evidence of application from contributions in collaborative activities, e.g. to external tools like Padlet, Tricider, Googledocs; etc; peer review (content of assignment of an applied task and evidence of application of learning through conducting reviews as a principled critique); ? Realised value: surveys sent after MOOC completion; participants' own evaluations of effects on practice in blogs or social media or presentations at practitioner conferences); demonstrating the use of new tools and techniques by monitoring participants' behaviour (for example, if the MOOC was embedded in another course); ? Reframed value: observations of behaviours that build on course activity e.g. participants becoming a voluntary moderator, or a mentor, promoting the MOOCs, skills learnt or online/blended learning within their organisation, or achieving institution-wide policy changes to make the MOOC mandatory. The work has been reported in new publications now under review. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Over 27,000 participants have engaged actively with at least one activity within the courses over 5 runs of the first two, and 3 runs of the final two courses. 
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/blended-learning-getting-started
 
Title Lebanon prosperity model (first iteration/prototype) 
Description RELIEF has developed a unique approach to the context-specific study of prosperity in the Lebanese context. The model - which is currently in its first iteration - includes a series of indicators that correspond to the specific issues and challenges relevant to Lebanon. This model will serve as the basis of a Lebanon Prosperity Index which will enable academics, NGOs and policymakers to measure levels of prosperity in neighbourhoods throughout the country. Further iterations of the model will ensure that it is progressively more sensitive to diversity of contexts within Lebanon. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The model for prosperity in Lebanon will enable stakeholders to measure quality of life and generate evidence in ways that corresponds to people's local experiences. This novel approach to measuring prosperity will generate fine-grained data that will maximize the impact of local investment for development and improved quality of life. 
 
Description Building teacher community knowledge of blended learning 
Organisation Beijing Normal University
Country China 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Design and support for the development and evaluation methodology for a research-based online course teachers' professional development
Collaborator Contribution Co-development of the course, support for the promotion, translation and delivery of the course and data collection instruments, co-analysis of data and publications. Funding of travel and accommodation for visits to Beijing. Funding of my academic time for the project.
Impact A 5-week online course for teacher professional development, with an audience of Chinese schoolteachers. The academics involved are from Education and Education Technology
Start Year 2017
 
Description CatalyticAction RELIEF Consultancy 
Organisation CatalyticAction
PI Contribution Beyond the consultancy fee paid by the project, CatalyticAction (CA) have been engaging in the discussions and workshops happening across the different Research themes, which enriches their knowledge about the context of Lebanon that is important for their actions and strategies. There is a mutual sharing of knowledge and experience that helps support both the work of CA and RELIEF. CA are also getting the chance to engage the different participants about their work, which supports the work of the charity on the longer term.
Collaborator Contribution CatalyticAction (CA) is offering research assistance to the R1 team of the RELIEF Centre. CA is working remotely and, when necessary, in Lebanon to work in close collaboration with the PI and co-Is of R1. CA has been working closely with the R1 Lebanon team, more specifically with Professor Howayda Al-Harithy from AUB. CA has been supporting the objectives of the RELIEF Case For Support (CFS). CA has been sharing their experience on the field as a charity that has worked in Lebanon for several years. CA has been supporting the R1 co-Is to develop new relationships with relevant stakeholders, local networks and other agencies working in Lebanon.
Impact CA coordinated, organised and ran the RELIEF Workshop "The Vital City" in January 2018. CA are working on producing a report for the R1 team that presents their sites of enquiries and baseline of the R1 research work.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mentoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy (MENTEP) 
Organisation EUN Partnership AISBL
Country Belgium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Being a member of the Scientific Committee of MENTEP, which has the aim of reviewing and advising, collegially or individually depending on the issues at stake, the approach, components and outcomes of the policy experimentation before their implementation/finalisation, the Expert being in charge more particularly of all aspects related to the technology-enhanced teaching competence and develop model related to it (competence definition, implementation and development, etc.).
Collaborator Contribution Development, evaluation and delivery of the Technology Enhanced Teaching Self Assessment Tool, and its translation to the language of all 12 partner countries. Management of the project.
Impact Development of the TET-SAT tool, and related resource links Design and delivery of the MENTEP MOOC; Invitation to present a report on the outcomes of the course in relation to the evaluation of the tool and the project overall, at the final conference
Start Year 2015
 
Description RELIEF - UN Habitat collaboration 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Country Global 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution RELIEF is collaborating with UN Habitat in Lebanon to jointly develop a "neighbourhood profile" for the Hamra neighbourhood in Beirut. RELIEF is leading on the recruitment and training of researchers and the data collection process for the profile, which will include interviews and a household survey. We have also developed the conceptual framework and justification for carrying out a profile of Hamra, showing that it will make a unique contribution to understanding inequality, vulnerability and displacement in Lebanon.
Collaborator Contribution UN Habitat's contribution is primarily in supporting RELIEF with the methods and process of developing a neighbourhood profile. They have outlined the boundaries of the fieldsite following conversation with local officials, and they are contributing to the development of the household survey questionnaire in order to ensure that it is comparable with other surveys that they have carried out elsewhere in Lebanon.
Impact A number of outputs are expected within the next 12 months. These include quantitative and qualitative data sets, as well as a joint publication of a neighbourhood profile report for Hamra.
Start Year 2018
 
Description RELIEF and AUB Neighbourhood Initiative 
Organisation American University of Beirut
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The RELIEF Centre has established a strategic partnership with the American University of Beirut's Neighbourhood Initiative (NI). The Centre will share its expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, and lead on the design and implementation of a well-being survey in specific areas of Beirut in order to further the NI's agenda for researching and improving the quality of people's neighbourhoods.
Collaborator Contribution The AUB Neighbourhood Initiative will contribute with the findings of its previous and ongoing research, as well as its expertise of working in the context of Beirut. Its experienced staff and partners will provide guidance in updating and replicating its 2011 wellbeing survey, and they will also work with the RELIEF Centre in establishing community-led initiatives for addressing local challenges to wellbeing.
Impact The partnership was established in January 2018 and we are currently working on the planning of outcomes and outputs.
Start Year 2018
 
Description RELIEF collaboration with UNHCR 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Department United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Country Switzerland 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution - Providing UNHCR mentors ( volunteer teachers working with Syrian refugee students) with access to the training materials linked to the MOOC initiatives developed as part of the RELIEF initiative freely, with potential discussion to follow around certification of these, or similar courses. They (the mentors) will also have the possibility to apply to attend the the face-to-face component of the blended learning model for the teacher professional development course which will take place in the summer 2019.
Collaborator Contribution - UNHCR staff will contribute to production of MOOCs as part of the RELIEF initiative through participation in consultation workshops to design and devise the content of the teacher professional development MOOC. 500 UNHCR mentors ( teachers of both English and French language) will enroll in the teacher professional development MOOC.
Impact UNHCR education department staff have taken part in the development of RELIEF's teacher professional development MOOC through workshops and other activities. The MOOC will have its first run in early summer.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Report on Learning@Scale: How digital technology enhances equity, quality and efficiency in the global south. 
Organisation Education University of Hong Kong
Department Hong Kong Institute of Education
Country Hong Kong 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Produced a 5000 word white paper on 'Learning@Scale in the Global South'. Led a symposium on 'Learning@Scale in the Global South' to the n mEducation Alliance Symposium, Washington DC, 06 October 2017
Collaborator Contribution Some support for literature survey Management of the project
Impact Produced a 5000 word white paper on 'Learning@Scale in the Global South'. Led a symposium on 'Learning@Scale in the Global South' to the n mEducation Alliance Symposium, Washington DC, 06 October 2017. This generated a Coalition of international organisations and agencies, including UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, Brookings Institution and ~30 others for a meeting on 'Teacher Professional Development at Scale' in Hong Kong, Jan 2018 to determine the forward policy.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Education in Conflict and Emergencies Seminar Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This seminar series is organised as part of scholarly activities within the Centre for Education and International Development at UCL Institute of Education under the research theme Education, Conflict and Peacebuilding. They are convened by RELIEF Centre co-I, Dr. Tejendra Pherali, and cover topics related to the RELIEF Centre's Future Education research theme.

Previous seminars have focused on the challenges of teaching in Syria, refugee access to higher education and the use of tech in education in crisis situations among others.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/education-conflict-emergencies/about/201819-seminars/
 
Description "TPD@Scale: A 'local inclusion' model for education without infrastructure", Diana Laurillard & Eileen Kennedy at Education Alliance Symposium, Washington DC. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To demonstrate the 'local inclusion' model for TPD at scale in development contexts.
Consulted further on USAID initiative and development of further plans for the TPD@Scale Coalition https://tpdatscalecoalition.org (the website is currently being redeveloped).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description '"A new approach to crisis": how robots are throwing Syrian refugees a lifeline' article published in The Guardian by journalist Kate Hodal featuring the RELIEF Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In June 2018 Communications and Impact Officer, Annelise Andersen, organised a press trip for Kate Hodal, journalist at The Guardian, to visit our research sites in Lebanon and MAPS (Multi-Aid Programs), a charity we have worked with based in the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon. We were contacted by Kate who was interested in our work within RELIEF particularly in education, and subsequently organised a four-day visit across our fieldwork sites, with some of our researchers and key stakeholders, including the Neighbourhood Initiative (an initiative we are working with closely based inside the American University of Beirut), CatalyticAction (a charity based in Lebanon) and MAPS.

We gave Kate a guided tour of as much of our research sites as possible in Bar Elias and Hamra, Beirut, setting up interviews for her with our researchers and citizen scientists along the way. On return to the UK, Kate Hodal also conducted interviews with our Principal Investigator, Professor Henrietta Moore. Kate wrote the article '"A new approach to crisis": how robots are throwing Syrian refugees a lifeline', following her experiences with us in Lebanon. The article was published on Thursday 9th August 2018 in the Global Education section of The Guardian. It focuses on ideas of prosperity and education in Lebanon, citing our work at the RELIEF Centre and quoting Professor Moore directly.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/aug/09/new-approach-to-crisis-robots-throwing-sy...
 
Description 'Blended and online learning: Changing the pedagogical landscape' Diana Laurillard at EADTU Conference, University of Aarhus 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To demonstrate value and outcomes of the use of MOOCs in blended learning for professionals to use within their communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Digital technologies for learning', Diana Laurillard at Council for Science and Technology Scoping Workshop at the Dept for Business, Energy, Innovation and Science, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To influence policy on the use of digital technology for learning in the wider skills sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'How will teachers cultivate the core competences for a digital world?' Diana Laurillard at INEI Conference on Cultivating Core Competences in a Changing Technological Society, Beijing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To propose a new type of programme for TPD, on the large scale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Learning in a world with AI and digital technology', Diana Laurillard at Royal Society and Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy, Expert workshop, Royal Society, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To influence policy on the use of digital technology for learning in the wider skills sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'New models for developing teachers' competence online', Diana Laurillard at EMINENT Conference, Lisbon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To demonstrate new model of TPD on the large scale.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'On the move' - a long story about the work of the RELIEF Centre written for the Bartlett Annual Review 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Bartlett Review is a publication produced annually by the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment which features stories from the departments and institutes within the Bartlett, of which the Institute for Global Prosperity is one. Following our invitation for submission to the Bartlett Annual Review in 2017, we were invited to write a long story for the Bartlett Annual Review 2018, linking the work of the RELIEF Centre with notions of prosperity, and the work of the Institute for Global Prosperity. The long story explained the RELIEF Centre's ambitions to define prosperity in the age of mass displacement, with a particular angle towards the work of the Future Education Research Theme. Communications and Impact Officer, Annelise Andersen, organised interviews for the journalist from the Bartlett Annual Review with key researchers from the Future Education team, including co-investigators Professor Diana Laurillard, Dr Tejendra Pherali, principal investigator Professor Henrietta Moore and Dr Fadi Alhalabi, director of our charity partner Multi-Aid Programs International (MAPS). The piece featured direct quotes from these individuals and was printed in physical and digital copies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/about-us/bartlett-review/bartlett-review-2018/long-stories/move
 
Description 'Prosperity on the move' - an essay written by, and about, RELIEF for the Bartlett Annual Review 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Bartlett Annual Review is a publication produced annually by the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. It features outstanding stories from departments and institutes within the Bartlett, of which the Institute for Global Prosperity is one.

Researchers from the RELIEF Centre based at the Institute for Global Prosperity were invited to submit an essay for the 2017 edition of the Bartlett Annual Review, and submitted a piece entitled 'Prosperity on the move', co-written by Dr Nikolay Mintchev - Post Doctoral Researcher at the RELIEF Centre. The essay presents a new vision of prosperity for our modern day world in response to the global challenge of mass displacement. It explains the context of mass displacement on a global scale, and introduces the work of the RELIEF Centre and its objectives. Following the submission of this essay, we were invited to contribute a longer piece for the Bartlett Annual Review 2018 - 'On the move'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/about-us/bartlett-review-2017/essays/prosperity-move
 
Description 'The Future of Learning: human and digital networks', Diana Laurillard - Expert contribution to the Human Transformation workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To influence research funding opportunities on the use of digital technology for learning across all education sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'The place of prosperity in protracted refugee crises', article written about the RELIEF Centre for the ESRC blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In June 2018, the RELIEF Centre was contacted by the editor of the ESRC blog, and was asked to write an entry about RELIEF's work as part of Refugee Week 2018. We were invited to write about the current situation of mass displacement in Lebanon and the planned activities and impact of RELIEF with reference to this. Annelise Andersen wrote a blog post entitled "The place of prosperity in protracted refugee crises', which was published on 19th June 2018. This blog post situated the work of RELIEF within the context of protracted refugee crises as ongoing and increasing events happening on a global scale. It provided, in lay terms, the context within which the RELIEF Centre developed as a project, and made explicit the common links between the objectives of RELIEF and ESRC GCRF. It also provided insight into our existing and future plans within the Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blog.esrc.ac.uk/2018/06/19/the-place-of-prosperity-in-protracted-refugee-crises/
 
Description Blended Learning workshop Beirut, Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Diana Laurillard and Eileen Kennedy (R3) were invited to hold a blended learning workshop for academics from Lebanese University (LU) and Lebanese American University (LAU) at LAU on 13th September 2018. The event also broke new ground by enabling the sharing of resources and ideas across two public/private universities, something that had not happened previously. Follow up actions included increased interest in blended learning, a request for more workshops, and a visiting academic placement request from a participant (Dr Samar Zeitoun).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CEID Annual Conference 2018 - Higher Education and International Development Programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr. Mai Abu Moghli and Dr. Tejendra Pherali presented a paper entitled: Tertiary Education for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Overcoming the challenges through
collaboration at the CEID Annual Conference 2018 - a conference hosted by the Centre for Education and International Development (UCL Institute of Education). This conference brings together academics and policymakers to present cutting-edge research in the field, discuss key issues and debate the role of higher education in sustainable development.

The conference addressed a number of themes such as: The role of higher education in the Sustainable Development Goals; Expanding access to quality higher education in the context of resource constraints; Research gaps and priority areas for research investment; and Impact of existing interventions and the role of external development agencies.
The conference allow space for the presentation of original research papers, developmental workshops, and an open forum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/events/2018/jun/ceid-annual-conference-2018-higher-education-and-internati...
 
Description CGHE Seminar 102: A MOOC Value Creation Methodology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar given at UCL Institute of Education by:
Eileen Kennedy, UCL Institute of Education
Diana Laurillard, UCL Institute of Education

Seminar topic:
Initial excitement about MOOCs was largely based on their capacity to recruit 10s of 1000s of participants. The MOOC platforms enabled massive cohorts of participants from outside of the university to engage with university teaching and research and the engagement could be tracked by the platforms themselves. However, it quickly became clear that MOOC participants differed markedly from the profile and patterns of engagement that characterise typical undergraduate students, and measures such as course completion, which might be meaningful for the evaluation of undergraduate courses, were less so in the context of MOOCs. To evaluate the success of a MOOC we need a new way to track the value that participants gain from taking part. Existing evaluation methods tend to focus on quantitative analysis of analytics from the platform, but these measures tell us little about the perceived value to participants. Moreover, since many MOOC participants are professionals, such as teachers or healthcare workers, and are undertaking continual professional development in MOOCs, we also need to track how they use their learning to impact the lives of others, such as students or patients, or in their own professional development activities, which can present challenges for evaluation.

In this presentation Eileen Kennedy and Diana Laurillard will consider a mixed method approach that carefully examines different sources of evidence to show different types of value created on a MOOC. They present a MOOC value creation framework that can be used with the full range of professional development courses, to give a more rounded evaluation of the impact of MOOC initiatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.researchcghe.org/events/cghe-seminar/a-mooc-value-creation-methodology/
 
Description CGHE Seminar 85: Investigating the transformative potential of MOOCs for professional development on the large scale 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar given by Eileen Kennedy, UCL Institute of Education and Diana Laurillard, UCL Institute of Education at UCL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.researchcghe.org/events/cghe-seminar/investigating-the-transformative-potential-of-moocs...
 
Description Community Researcher MOOC Co-Design workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Future Education team (Diana Laurillard, Maha Shuyab, Eileen Kennedy and Mai Abu Moghli) held a research workshop at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon on 20th February 2018 to initiate the co-design process of the Community Researcher/Citizen Science MOOC with local stakeholders including NGOs and faculty from LAU and community researchers. We made decisions about the content and approach of the MOOC and initiated follow up action for filming case studies for the MOOC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/consultations-on-mooc-codesigns
 
Description Community Researcher MOOC workshop at No Lost Generation EdTech Summit, Amman, Jordan 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Diana Laurillard and Eileen Kennedy (Future Education team) held a workshop as part of the NLG EdTech Summit held in Jordan 21-22 February 2018 to involve further stakeholders from across the MENA in the co-design of the Community Researcher RELIEF MOOC. Representatives from EdTech businesses and NGOs indicated that they would like to make links between our projects and remain involved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nlgedtech.com/agenda/
 
Description DPU summerLab 2018 in Bar Elias 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The RELIEF Centre sponsored 3 students to take part in 2018's summerLab, organised by UCL's Development Planning Unit (DPU) and led by RELIEF co-I Prof. Camillo Boano.

The DPU summerLab took place in Bar Elias and looked at the current public facilities in its central neighbourhood of Bar Elias, with a specific focus on public spaces, their material realities and the use that multiple groups make of them. We seeked to reflect on the complexity of the relationships between different groups and, in so doing, pursue a wider reflection on the host-refugee relationship - very relevant in the current national and international debate. The investigation started from a series of public spaces in Beirut where participants met the workshop facilitators. The group then moved to Bar Elias, where there were three days of on-site investigation, interviews and meetings with local organisations and municipality. Participants designed interventions that were considered to foster community cohesion in Bar Elias.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/dpu-summer-lab-bar-elias
 
Description Discussion of a new 'Office for Research in Education' -Diana Laurillard 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact To influence policy on the approach to digital technology in education in general, and in particular, to the use of MOOCs for open online collaboration for teachers and education researchers and professionals, in support of the potential new 'Office for Research in Education'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Educators for Change: Teacher Professional Development in the context of mass displacement London workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Future Education team invited key stakeholders in the Future Education MOOC project from Lebanon representing private and public university teacher training (Lebanese American University, Lebanese University) for public and private sector schools, NGOs, UNRWA, the government (CERD, MEHE) to a 3 day workshop in London. The workshop facilitated the MOOC co-design process, enabling participants to design the curriculum, pedagogy, technology-based learning design and blended learning strategies. The event led to the formation of a group of committed contributors to the MOOC, facilitating filming location video with teachers in Lebanese public, private and NGO sectors for the MOOC, embedding the MOOC in participants' existing courses, and ongoing engagement of participants in blended learning. A request for a follow up workshop in Beirut on blended learning followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/newsandmedia?offset=1537530961532
 
Description Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon: Innovation on the Move: Entrepreneurship and Mass Displacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Innovation on the Move was a collaborative event that took place at Wayra in London on 26 April 2018, co-organised by the RELIEF Centre and Fast Forward 2030. Speakers included:
- Tamara Giltsoff - Head of Innovation at DFID
- Jad Abi Esber - Strategy and Operations at Google, previously Partnerships at YouTube
- Lama Zaher - COO at UK Lebanon Tech Hub
- Ali Makhzoum - Founder and CEO of LifeLab BioDesign, a Lebanon-based Agritech company that designs and builds automated vertical hydroponic farms

With the audience, our speakers explored the role that entrepreneurship can play in building prosperous societies within the context of mass displacement. We had around 70 attendees for this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/fast-forward-2030-lebanon
 
Description Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon: Roundtable Beirut Digital District 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 16 March 2018 the RELIEF Centre organised a "Fast Forward 2030" roundtable networking event at Beirut Digital District. This inaugural Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon event saw networks, accelerators, and start-ups including UK Lebanon Tech Hub, Rural Entrepreneurs Lebanons, CEWAS Middle East, INJAZ Lebanon, Berytech Lebanon, SwitchMed, Eduware Qitabi, Kamkalima, Little Engineer, YallaBus, Chair Effect, Lifelab, and representatives from the American University of Beirut come together and discuss the landscape of social entrepreneurship in Lebanon.

We discussed: the role of entrepreneurship and business in achieving the SDGs and the particular challenges Lebanon faces with respect to this; the main obstacles to building a business with high environmental and social impact in Lebanon; and experiences of creating value in Lebanon.

There were around 30 people in attendance at this event. Participants fed back that they thoroughly enjoyed attending the event and would be interested in becoming involved with Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon in future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/fast-forward-2030-lebanon
 
Description Global Migration Conversation in Beirut 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The event was a chance to take stock of and learn from research on migration emerging from Lebanon and the Middle East and to consider the region's contribution to the global debate on migration and displacement. As participants drawn from academia, policy making, NGOs, law and the arts, participants were invited to reflect on concrete examples of what constitute good migration research, meaningful impact and equitable collaborations. We were interested in the process of research as well as its outcomes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Guest lecture at ELTE University's Faculty of Cultural Anthropology (Hungary) as part of an Erasmus course, lecture on research methodologies and approaches for conducting participatory field research and a brief introduction to urban anthropology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I gave an extensive guest lecture on research methodologies and approaches for conducting participatory field research, including the discussion of my experiences, unexpected practical challenges around these types of methods. Furthermore, a brief overall introduction to urban anthropology and its approaches, since the student audience does not have such lecture in their curriculum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Guest lectures at Budapest University of Technology and Economics Faculty of Urban Design and Architecture (Hungary) on participatory urban design, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A number of guest lectures on the concepts of ecosystem services, nature-based solutions, participatory urban design and how these notions can be incorporated in the planning and development of our built environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description HOPES-Madad Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The director of the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) Dr. Maha Shuayb and Dr. Mai Abu Moghli presented at the national stakeholders dialogue HOPES-Madad Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI)funded by the European Union in Lebanon about the teacher professional development MOOC and the blended learning approach and how the project creates opportunities for refugee teachers and teachers working in contexts of mass displacement to access diverse forms of education and to use digital tools for education effectively. They discussed the idea of bringing the innovation to scale through Co-design digital education innovations (MOOCs) and blended learning support for teachers, schools, NGOs and local Universities.

*In February 2018, R3 team and our partner CLS applied for the HOPES funding to cover the face-to-face component of the Teacher Professional Development in Lebanon. The project aims to provide professional development opportunities for individuals working in educational settings in Lebanon, which accommodates refugees, children and young people from disadvantaged and marginalised backgrounds. More specifically, the project comprises of a blended learning teacher professional development (TPD) programme, which combines learning via MOOCs and face-to-face participation. Those who attend the face-to-face component of the course will be able to gain a certificate of completion from the Centre for Education Program (CEP) at LAU and UCL. The TPD aims at building educators' capacity to improve the quality of learning offered to Syrian refugees in morning and afternoon public school shifts as well as non-formal educational programs offered by (I)NGOs. It also aims to benefit public school teachers working with disadvantaged/marginalised Lebanese children in public schools. The project will also support scholarships, the delivery of the course and accreditation of the face-to-face component of the TPD at LAU. In September CLS was informed by HOPES that they were awarded the amount of € 59,995 to cover the proposed project activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interview by Hungarian Forbes Magazine 'For sustainable cities we need more mad geniuses and enthusiastic civilians' article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact I was interviewed by the Hungaria forbes magazine to discuss my background and current research activities in their 'The good life' section under urbanism and future cities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://forbes.hu/a-jo-elet/puskas-niki-urbanisztika-jovo/
 
Description Lebanon launch RELIEF International Advisory Board meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The RELIEF public launch event in Lebanon was followed by two days of closed meetings, including a day-long meeting with the International Advisory Board. This meeting was the first of its kind, and helped the RELIEF team to shape their initial research questions and to map out the kind of support that could be offered to them by the Board. These insights played a major role in the Discovery meetings, in which the research theme teams discussed and presented their initial research questions and plans to the rest of the RELIEF team. Concrete action points and deadlines were established for the next 6 months, across the research themes, including a restructuration of the research teams following IAB's advice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Measures for Scaling-up Innovative Ventures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The RELIEF Lebanon launch was wrapped up with a stakeholder roundtable, involving UK and Lebanese entrepreneurs, convened by Prof. Jamie MacIntosh. This stakeholder roundtable was intended to directly engage the business and enterprise community in Lebanon with the work of RELIEF, and to map out where value could be added to existing initiatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Meeting with Centre for Educational Research and Development, Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Future Education team (Diana Laurillard, Maha Shuyab, Eileen Kennedy, Mai Abu Moghli) met with representatives from Center for Educational Research and Development (CERD) (Lebanese national organization charged with modernization and development of education) to discuss collaborative research on teacher professional development in Lebanon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Hilda El Khoury, Director Counselling and Guidance, Lebanese Republic Ministry of Education and Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Future Education team (Diana Laurillard, Maha Shuyab, Eileen Kennedy, Mai Abu Moghli) met with Hilda El Khoury to discuss the prospect of collaborating on approaches to Teacher Professional Development in Lebanon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with LAU education faculty 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Future Education team (Diana Laurillard, Maha Shuyab, Eileen Kennedy, Mai Abu Moghli) met with the LAU education faculty to discuss embedding a MOOC co-designed by the RELIEF Centre within their existing Teachers' Diploma course and Teacher Professional Development offerings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Prof. Dr. Ahmad Jammal, Republic of Lebanon, General Director Ministry of Education and Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Future Education team (Diana Laurillard, Maha Shuyab, Mai Abu Moghli and Eileen Kennedy) along with the administrative and communication team (Rachel Saliba, Annalise Anderson) met with the General Director of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to discuss certification of Teachers' Diploma courses based partly on MOOCs co-designed by the RELIEF Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Moocs can still bring higher education to those who really need it 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Diana Laurillard and Eileen Kennedy wrote a blog post for THES blog on Moocs can still bring higher education to those who really need it, based on their CGHE working paper in which they argue that online learning could significantly widen access to higher education, leading to interest and discussion on social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/moocs-can-still-bring-higher-education-those-who-really-ne...
 
Description Moving from 'burden sharing' to inclusive prosperity: A RELIEF workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The RELIEF team convened a one-day workshop at the American University of Beirut on April 11, 2017. The workshop was co-convened and co-chaired by Dr. Nasser Yassin (Co-I on R1) and Dr. Nikolay Mintchev (PDRA on R4). In addition, a number of other members of the Centre were present at the event and contributed to its discussions. These included Hannah Sender (acting Communications Officer of the RELIEF Centre), Dr. Camillo Boano (Co-I on R1), Prof. Fouad Fouad (Co-I on R2), Dr. Maha Shuayb (Co-I on R3), Dr. Andrea Rigon (named collaborator) and Prof. Mona Harb (member of the International Advisory Board). Also present were representatives of numerous local and international organization including UNHCR, Oxfam, Catalytic Action, Public Works, Muslim Aid and Global Learning. The workshop was organized around the core themes of the RELIEF Centre: hospitality and host-refugee relations in Lebanon, inclusive growth and prosperity, and education in the Lebanese context of mass displacement. As a result of this event, the RELIEF team consolidated its connections with academics and NGO's and it also engaged in preliminary consultation with stakeholders about the specific issues that need to be addressed with regard to the Centre's core themes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/11-april-2017-moving-from-burden-sharing-to-inclusive-prosperity-a-rel...
 
Description Participatory Approaches to MOOC Co-Design in Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Paper presented at CEID annual conference Higher Education and International Development, UCL IOE, 19 June 2018 "Participatory Approaches to MOOC Co-Design in Lebanon" (with Diana Laurillard).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/events/2018/jun/ceid-annual-conference-2018-higher-education-and-internati...
 
Description Presenting the RELIEF Centre approach to public engagement at the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement annual conference, #Engage2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Communications and Impact Officer, Annelise Andersen, was invited to present the RELIEF Centre's public engagement strategy and activity as part of the UK's National Centre for Co-ordinating Public Engagement (NCCPE) annual conference, #Engage2018 on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Annelise was invited to host a table as part of the "Quality Engagement" mini-plenary, which formed part of the Inspirational Practice Workshops at #Engage2018. Presenting to a table of international delegates from five different countries, and feeding back to a room of 120 delegates, Annelise gave a talk about how the RELIEF Centre constructed and was managing its public engagement strategy - drawing upon examples from the RELIEF Centre launches, creation of its logo and website and overall design profile. This was followed by Annelise facilitating a wider conversation with fellow delegates about creating and enacting creative, inclusive and flexible public engagement strategies for research projects with international partners.

The purpose of this mini plenary was to help consult on a set of principles of engagement being developed by the NCCPE. Delegates were asked to consider which, if any, of the principles were used in the public engagement work of the RELIEF Centre. RELIEF approaches public engagement as conversation rather than dissemination, as dialogue rather than one-way communication. Given this ethos, we have adapted a flexible, collaborative and integrated public engagement strategy. With this in mind, the conversation around Annelise's table at the #Engage2018 mini plenary focused on NCCPE Principles 2 and 3. Annelise led a conversation with her international delegates around the challenges and opportunities that come from considering what public engagement means in different countries and in different educational contexts. She led a discussion about the communities that already exist that provide an environment for learning about public engagement practice in cross-country environments, and explored the possibility of pursuing more professional networks to help develop this area of work further.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/newsandmedia?offset=1544092694608
 
Description Prosperity Index technical workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A group of academics, NGOs, and professional practitioners attended and engaged in discussion about the concept of prosperity, the methods through which it can be measured and the ways in which it can be applied to the context of Lebanon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Prosperity Index workshop - key concepts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop engaged an audience of academics, professional practitioners and people working in media to discuss key issues related to the concept of prosperity and its application to the Lebanese context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RELIEF Centre Launch at American University of Beirut 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The RELIEF Centre Beirut launch included a public event at the American University of Beirut. Professor Henrietta Moore delivered a keynote lecture on prosperity in Lebanon, which was followed by presentations and a discussion panel with Lebanese and UK academics. The event was attended by academics, representatives of NGOs, journalists, postgraduate and undergraduate students, and philanthropic donors among other people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/prosperity-and-inclusive-growth-in-lebanon-what-is-it-and-how-do-we-ac...
 
Description RELIEF Centre Launch at the Grand Serail, Beirut 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In October 2017, the RELIEF Centre officially launched in Beirut. The launch included an event at the Lebanese Prime Minister's residence, The Grand Serail. The event included speeches by the president of the American University of Beirut, the Chairman of the Centre for Lebanese Studies, the British Ambassador to Lebanon, and the Vice-Provost (Research) for UCL. The event was attended by a number of Lebanese dignitaries and members of government and Parliament, and it received coverage in the Lebanese national media, thus reaching a wide public audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/reliefcentrelaunch
 
Description RELIEF Centre Lebanon launch press release 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The official launch of the RELIEF Centre took place between 2nd and 6th of October 2017. The main launch event was at the Grand Serail - the headquarters of the Prime Minister of Lebanon. Partner institutes, the Centre for Lebanese Studies and the Issam Fares Institute at AUB, were also present. For this event, we wrote a press release containing information about the RELIEF Centre, its aims and outcomes, and of the launch specifically. This press release was picked up by our partners' communications departments, Centre for Lebanese Studies (http://www.lebanesestudies.com/launch-of-relief-centre/), and the American University of Beirut (https://www.aub.edu.lb/fhs/news/Pages/aub_reliefcentre.aspx). The following media outlets also featured pieces about our launch:

The Daily Star Lebanon (http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2017/Oct-03/421287-center-seeks-to-assist-the-displaced.ashx). The Daily Star is a pan-Middle East English language newspaper edited in Beirut. It has a large online readership mainly from Lebanon, the US, Canada, European Union and Australia. It had a circulation of 29,940 copies of the paper (as of 2011).

An-Nahar (https://en.annahar.com/article/677860-the-relief-center-a-better-quality-of-life). An-Nahar is a leading Arabic-language daily newspaper published in Lebanon. In 2012, the Lebanese Ministry of Information stated that An-Nahar has a circulation of 45,000 copies.

myScience UK (https://www.myscience.org.uk/wire/ucl_launches_programme_of_research_and_education_in_lebanon-2017-UCL). myScience UK gives an overview of science, research, universities, R&D companies and research centres in the UK. It provides practical information on employment, funding and daily life as well as scientific news and the science job portal.

In addition, the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity published a feature on the Official launch of the RELIEF Centre on its website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/news/2017/oct/official-launch-relief-centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2017/Oct-03/421287-center-seeks-to-assist-the-displace...
 
Description RELIEF Centre joint workshop with Chatham House: "Transitions to Renewable Energy and Sustainable Prosperity in Lebanon: A People-Centred Approach to Equitable Energy Supply" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The RELIEF Centre and Chatham House organised a joint, one-day workshop entitled "Transitions to Renewable Energy for Sustainable Prosperity in Lebanon" on 25 January 2019 at Chatham House, London. This workshop, and the conversations out of it, drew connections between the RELIEF Centre's Inclusive Growth and Vital Cities themes, and the Moving Energy Initiative - an international partnership including Chatham House that began in 2015 to promote sustainable energy delivery in situations of forced displacement. The workshop consisted of a series of themed sessions, beginning with 5-10 minute presentations from speakers and then a roundtable discussion around the following:

Session 1: The Current State of Energy Supply and Access
Session 2: Energy Equity, Justice and the Provision of Modern Energy Services to Vulnerable Populations
Session 3: Integrating Renewable Energy Technology: lessons learned from good practice exemplars of decentralised generation micro-scale renewable energy in the MENA region
Session 4: Financing the Renewable Energy Transition and Finding Business Alternatives and Community Renewables to Accelerate a Green Energy Transition and Equitable Energy Supply
Session 5: A people-centred prosperous future

It brought together strategic planners, scholars, and energy practitioners from Lebanon and the UK to discuss how we can build a research agenda around people-centred approaches to equitable energy supply. We asked:

1. What are the different community needs in specific contexts and settings in Lebanon? This question called for a deep engagement with people's aspirations while understanding the structural constraints that shape such aspirations.
2. Do we have the appropriate information to address future energy needs and development? There is a chronic lack of data about energy use and demand in Lebanon, for those in rural areas but also for the urban poor living in rapidly urbanising areas and in informal settlements especially.
3. What is the match between government policies for equitable energy supply and the needs of different communities such as the displaced or the urban poor who reside in informal settlements in rural and urban contexts? What other scale of intervention e.g. at the municipal level, or the neighbourhood level are effective when political decentralisation/fragmentation exist?

This was a closed event with speakers including HE Mr Rami Mortada, Ambassador of Lebanon to the UK, Ms Glada Lahn (Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House), Dr Carole Nakhle (CEO of Crystol Energy), Dr Dana Abi Ghanem (Research Associate, Lecturer in Climate Change, University of Manchester), Professor Nick Tyler (Co-investigator of the RELIEF Centre), Ms Ariane Brunel (Principal Banker, Power and Energy Utilities, EBRD), Mr Antony Froggatt (Acting Director of Research, EER, Chatham House) and Dr Mostefa Ouki (Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies). We also invited and hosted a number of speakers from Lebanon, including: Roula Majdalani (Director, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, UN ESCWA), Pierre El Khoury (General Director and President of the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation), Dr Nadim Farajalla (Program Director, Climate Change and the Environment Program, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, AUB), Mr Nader Hajj Shehadeh (Founder and MD, OTB Consult), Dr Hassan Harajli (Project Manager CEDRO/UNDP), Ms Rosemary Romanos (Founder, SunRay Energy), Dr Ali Ahmad (Director, Energy, Policy, and Security in the Middle East, AUB), and Ms Jessica Obeid (Academy Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House).

Principal Investigator, Professor Henrietta Moore, wrote an internal background paper ahead of this workshop titled 'Renewable Energy Transition: opportunities for a prosperous future for Lebanon'. Speakers were also invited to contribute papers ahead of their presentations, out of which we received five papers.

A summary report is being written and will be circulated as one output to this event. We are currently in discussion with those who attended, to organise a follow-up event in Lebanon. We received excellent feedback for the management of this event; participants were particularly pleased with the diversity of people in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description RELIEF Workshop: The Vital City 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In January 2018, the RELIEF Centre held a two-day workshop entitled "The Vital City" at the American University of Beirut. The workshop discussed a series of issues related to governance, public service provision, and displacement in Lebanon. Presenters and attendees included academics from the UK and Lebanon, policymakers from a number of local governments in Lebanon, and representatives of NGOs. The workshop helped define the research questions, strengthened the relationship between the RELIEF Centre and governance and NGOs working in Lebanon, and it also established ground for further collaboration in addressing the challenges faced by Lebanese cities and their residents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/the-vital-city-time-and-space-in-the-unpacking-of-displacements-crisis...
 
Description Teacher Professional Development (Educators for Change) MOOC Co-Design workshop - London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The R3 team conducted a three-day workshop that took place at UCL between August 8th-10th. This workshop aimed to finalise the teacher professional development (TPD) MOOC curriculum framework and content. In this workshop we had 12 participants from Lebanon who are representatives of NGOs, academic institutions UN agencies and the Ministry of Education. Following the workshop, the R3 team used the ideas and comments collected during the workshop to modify the MOOC design and content.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teacher Professional Development MOOC Co-Design workshop, Anjar, Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Future Education team (Diana Laurillard, Tejendra Pherali, Maha Shuyab, Mai Abu Moghli, Eileen Kennedy) held a research workshop on Saturday 24th February 2018 to continue to consult local stakeholders on the process of co-designing a Teacher Professional Development MOOC to train teachers in Lebanon to teach vulnerable children affected by conflict. The workshop was held at the Sonbola Centre, Anjar, Lebanon and was well attended by volunteer Syrian teachers from the surrounding NGOs focused on educating refugee children, along with teachers and teacher educators from Lebanese state schools. The workshop gathered feedback and suggestions for the curriculum and approach of the MOOC and established an approach to follow up the workshop with continued engagement including offers of locations for filming case studies to be used in the MOOC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/consultations-on-mooc-codesigns
 
Description Teacher Professional Development MOOC Co-Design workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In February 2018 the R3 team ran a consultation workshop in Al Biqaa for Lebanese and Syrian teachers and NGOs, hosted by Sonbola. There were 33 attendees from Sonbola, UNRWA, Huroof Centre, Women Now, Jusoor, Basamat for development, Damma, Sawa, and MAPS. The consultation output, both discussion and online, were recorded in the visit report. During these period the team also held initial discussions about the project with representatives from MEHE, CERD and LAU, who expressed enthusiasm and support for the project. These meetings and consultations aimed to identify gaps in teacher professional development provision and identify the needs for teachers working in the context of Lebanon with refugee children and with vulnerable Lebanese students. The findings fed into the design and content of the teacher professional development MOOC.
Building on the February 2018 workshop, between 29 April and 6 May 2018, the R3 team also conducted a series of workshops, focus groups and interviews with stakeholders in Lebanon (Beirut and Al Biqaa). The team conducted two workshops in Al Biqaa with Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian teachers those workshops were hosted by Jusoor and took place in the Jusoor schools. Additionally, the team conducted one focus group with Lebanese teachers who work with Syrian students during the second-shift schools; interviews with 10 NGO and academic institutions representatives as well as the head teacher and two teachers at Bar Elias school. These workshops and interviews also contributed to the design and content of the teacher professional development MOOC and are art of the co-design approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/consultations-on-mooc-codesigns
 
Description The RELIEF Centre Cultural Committee organises 'Representing Refuge: The Role of the Arts in Mass Displacement' as part of UCL Festival of Culture 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On Thursday 7th June 2018, the RELIEF Centre Cultural Committee organised 'Representing Refuge: The Role of the Arts in Mass Displacement', as part of the UCL Festival of Culture 2018. The event aimed to prompt a conversation around media and humanitarian representations of refuge and displacement, and explore how artistic expressions can open up new avenues of self-representation, research and advocacy. The arts and academic worlds were represented through presentations, poetry, documentary filmmaking and public engagement. We heard from Fouad M. Fouad (Co-investigator at the RELIEF Centre, Syrian doctor and poet), Cameron Holleran (Poet-in-Residence at the Institute for Global Prosperity, UCL), Sophia and Georgia Scott (Directors of the film Lost in Lebanon), and Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Head of Public Engagement at the RELIEF Centre, Reader in Human Geography, co-Director of the Migration Research Unit, PI of the AHRC-ESRC funded Refugee Hosts project, and Coordinator of UCL's Refuge in a Moving World).

Guided by Dr Hanna Baumann, Research Associate at the RELIEF Centre, the speakers were invited to present, and reflect upon, their experiences of using the arts with communities affected by mass displacement. Cameron Holleran delivered an interactive poetry performance from the audience midway through the event - a planned pause of creative disruption that encouraged the audience to take part in the conversation.

The discussion showed that the arts have many places and purposes in communities affected by mass displacement. Art matters - as a form of communication, advocacy, and self-expression. It can also lead to something entirely new and unpredictable. While there is great possibility in this, there is also risk - the risk of power asymmetries, of ethics, of misrepresentation. This event made clear, and help reinforce our belief within the RELIEF Centre, that inclusion is very important in the arts and in research, particularly within international projects. We believe that the arts can be an effective way of bridging gaps in understanding between groups and facilitating encounters, as long as they are used ethically. This event helped to shape the objectives of the RELIEF Centre Cultural Committee - to find and create opportunities in the arts that have the capacity to impact both our research and public engagement programmes directly. It also helped us to expand and strengthen our networks within the cultural and arts sphere.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/newsandmedia?offset=1529679405883
 
Description The RELIEF Centre film series (September - December 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact We ran a RELIEF Centre film series during the winter term of 2018 (October to December), at UCL. We screened one film per month to audiences within UCL (hiring space within UCL), with a link to Lebanon. This includes filmmakers of Lebanese origin and films focussing on topics particular to Lebanon. The purpose of the series was to build up an audience of those interested in films about Lebanon (or Lebanese films) by holding three smaller-scale events - one per month per term. By doing this, we were able to find and develop a group of around 30 interested individuals. We added them to the RELIEF newsletter in order to contact them about future film events, and to notify them about other events/opportunities/activities with RELIEF. This activity was done with a view to eventually expanding this film series to a wider audience within UCL, and within our partner universities, the American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University. Having a sense of the audience demographic for this film series will help inform our marketing in the second term. It also gave us traction to engage other communities with our film series, and to engage filmmakers to, for example, come and give introductions and special talks about their work.

The films screened were as follows:

Tuesday 30th October 2018: The Lebanon I Dream Of... (2009) by Pierre Dawalibi
30 people in attendance

Wednesday 28th November 2018: We Made Every Living Thing from Water (2015) by Paul Cochrane and Dr Karim Eid-Sabbagh

Tuesday 11th December 2018: About a War (2018) by Daniele Rugo, Abi Weaver and Dr Dana Abi Ghanem. For this event, we invited producers Daniele Rugo and Abi Weaver to give an introduction to the film in person and deliver a Q&A with the audience. This was very well received.

Through this event series we met Dr Dana Abi Ghanem, a Research Associate and Lecturer in Climate Change at the University of Manchester. Dr Abi Ghanem's research interests intersect with those of RELIEF, and include energy and society, particularly new technology design and development, consumption and everyday life, and energy, cities and conflict. After making contact with Dr Abi Ghanem we invited her to present a paper at our RELIEF Centre joint event with Chatham House in January 2019 on "Transitions to Renewable Energy and Sustainable Prosperity in Lebanon: A People-Centred Approach to Equitable Energy Supply".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Two presentations during Bread & Net Conference session on GDPR, Policy and Data Security in the Middle East 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The first session of this conference focused on GDPR and its global impact, in which Dr Ala'a Shehabi, RELIEF's Data Manager, presented the impact on academia and new data management system guidelines. This was a popular session attended by over 50 people.

The purpose of a further session was to discuss the importance of consent, data protection and data security in the Middle East. Alongside RELIEF's Data Manager was a representative from Twitter. 60 people attended, and discussion was focused on data rights and the data responsibility of global tech firms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.breadandnet.org/home.html
 
Description UBEL DTP Research Blog - Participatory Placemaking in Budapest 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Disseminate my fieldwork experience for fellow DTP students to encourage them to pursue similar activities if relevant to their research, inform future research applicants on possible activities supported by my academic institution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/category/research-blog/
 
Description UCL's first Arabic MOOC will bring education opportunities to refugees in Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact A blog post on UCL's first MOOC in Arabic on IOE London Blog
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ioelondonblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/21/ucls-first-arabic-mooc-will-bring-education-opportuni...
 
Description UK launch event series for the RELIEF Centre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The full programme of the UK Launch of the RELIEF Centre took place between Monday 23rd and Thursday 26th April 2018. It consisted of four days, each with different purpose including: a Discovery Day, during which staff members and partners of the RELIEF Centre from UCL, American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University came together to discuss upcoming work plans for each research theme, management, reporting, evaluations and logic frameworks; the public-facing launch of RELIEF in the UK; a day convening the RELIEF Centre International Advisory Board who discussed the work of each research theme; and a workshop on "Innovation on the Move" that focussed on bringing Lebanese and British colleagues together to discuss the education and entrepreneurial landscape of Lebanon.

Tuesday 24th July - Public Launch: The public launch took place in the British Museum on Tuesday 24th April and was attended by around 200 guests, including the Lebanese Ambassador to the UK, the Presidents of UCL, AUB and LAU, and the CEO of the ESRC. Planning and coordination of this event involved:

- inviting over 300 individuals from different sectors of the UK and Lebanese society
- detailed planning, evidenced in the production of a GANTT chart with over 250 separate activities
- a team of 30 staff responsible for the launch
- communicating with a large number of guests from diverse backgrounds (the guest list included numerous academics from within and beyond UCL, politicians and civil servants from the UK and Lebanon, key representatives from international agencies (e.g. UN Habitat), charities (e.g. Multi-Aid Programs) and social enterprise (e.g. CatalyticAction), as well as artists, filmmakers and poets
- RELIEF team members participation spanning three universities (UCL, AUB, LAU) at the Provost-level, and the multiple departments within each university
- Promoting the event effectively across multiple media platforms (IGP and RELIEF websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - evidence of this includes over 1170 people watching the launch via a Facebook livestream, almost 18,000 impressions on Twitter, 57.1% of extra unique visits and 115% extra page views on the RELIEF centre website).
- A cultural programme featuring a performance from London-based Syrian-Oud player Rihab Azar, "Beirut Soundscape", a curated audio experience taking you on a journey through the different areas of Beirut, recorded in the city by sound recordist Tania Kammoun and Elias Chikhani, and two poetry recitals from poet and RELIEF Co-investigator Dr Fouad M. Fouad and the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity poet-in-residence, Cameron Holleran

The day finished with a networking reception at the Lebanese Embassy in London, hosted by the Lebanese Ambassador, with distinguished guests from the UK Launch of RELIEF.

Thursday 26th July - Innovation on the Move
Innovation on the Move was a workshop made up of two parts organised at Wayra, a Startup Accelerator space based in Central London, that focused on the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in building a prosperous future for societies impacted by mass displacement. The first part of the workshop was led by Research Theme 3 - Future Education - and discussed Future Education in the Context of Mass Displacement. This event provided a chance to explore the role entrepreneurship can play in achieving the appropriate education and learning opportunities for communities impacted by mass displacement. It was hosted by Professor Diana Laurillard - Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the UCL Institute of Education and Co-Investigator of RELIEF. EdTech companies from Lebanon and the UK came together to discuss if and how EdTech can meet future education needs in the context of mass displacement. We then had a collective discussion exploring the major challenges for education and technology in the context of mass displacement, and how we can respond to these challenges.

The second part of Innovation on the Move was co-organised by the RELIEF Centre and Fast Forward 2030. Fast Forward 2030 is a network and collaborative platform for businesses aiming to incorporate the Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, organised by the Institute for Global Prosperity at UCL. The event focused to greater extent on the role entrepreneurs can play in improving the standard of living for those affected by mass displacement. Guest speakers included: Tamara Giltsoff (Head of Innovation at DFID), Jad Abi Esber (Strategy and Operations at Google), Lama Zaher (COO at UK Lebanon Tech Hub) and Ali Makhzoum (Founder and CEO of LifeLab BioDesign), a Lebanon-based Agritech company that designs and builds automated vertical hydroponic farms). The event began with a panel discussion and concluded with networking and drinks.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/events/2018/apr/uk-launch-relief-centre-tuesday-24th-april-2018-0...
 
Description Using a blended learning approach in teacher professional development and community researcher training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The RELIEF Centre convened a two-day workshop hosted by the Centre for Lebanese Studies (Beirut) in August 2017, which centered around the Future Education research theme. It was co-hosted by Dr. Maha Shuayb (co-I on R3), Prof. Diana Laurillard (co-I on R3), Dr. Nikolay Mintchev (PDRA on R4) and Hannah Sender (acting Communications Officer of the RELIEF Centre), all of whom chaired discussion sessions. The workshop explored two intended applications for these new learning technologies: community research training for researchers and institutions, and teacher development. Day 1 of the workshop focused on the needs, challenges and opportunities for developing a citizen science approach to research in Lebanon. Citizen science plays a key role in our data collection and impact strategy and the work of this workshop is an essential piece for advancing all of the Centre's programmes. Day 2 explored the ways in which the MOOC platform can be used to address current needs for teacher training in Lebanon, understanding what challenges they face and the access they have (or lack) to technology. Both days were concluded with a collaborative design exercise, wherein participants co-designed their ideal learning programme, using MOOCs and/or blended learning. The outcome of this workshop is currently being used to develop the first MOOC of the RELIEF Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/relief-publishes-second-report-on-the-potential-of-blended-learning
 
Description What impact is edtech having on pedagogy? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Interview for an article on What impact is edtech having on pedagogy? by Keri Beckingham in Education and Technology magazine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://edtechnology.co.uk/Article/what-impact-is-edtech-having-on-pedagogy/
 
Description Why should HE be able to make Learning@Scale feasible through technology? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact To propose a new type of programme for professional development, on the large scale, showing how through these participants it is possible to impact disadvantaged learners and communities across the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop with Syrian teachers to discuss CPD requirements 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As part of the RELIEF project strand on education, the workshop engaged with teachers from Syria working with refugee children in Lebanon . The workshop sparked wide ranging discussions on the educational and support needs for refugee children and the consequent continuing professional development needs of teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017