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 Acoustic Cities: London & Beirut 
Description As a result of the Acoustic Cities collaboration, RELIEF Centre partners Optophono produced an edition in the format of a box with introductory cards, plus the digital media of the artworks. Some of the artworks were preexistent, curated and reformatted for this edition, while others were expressly made for this edition. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The artworks served as the centerpiece for the showcase events as well as engagement tools with the public and part of the legacy of the RELIEF Centre. 
URL https://www.optophono.com/acousticcitieslondonbeirut
 
Title Al Sobh 
Description Music and the arts played a major part in the RELIEF conference in the form of a designed conversation session dedicated to the role of music and the arts in garnering research, as well as, art pieces as a medium for expression and representation in times of crisis. Art and music tend to become main outlets of communicating the conflictual feelings, thoughts and worries of suffering and oppressed communities, as it offers an alternative language to ones commonly censored. In addition, during the global pandemic's enforced physical distancing, music was featured as the new language connecting us across balconies, streets, and geographies. These forms of social connectivity and mental well-being went beyond music, and involved all forms of the arts. To illustrate the particular importance of the arts academically and socially in crisis, a conversation session on music and the arts was designed to reflect on music and the arts not only as mediums of production, but more importantly, as modes of understanding and communication that connect people through the other senses and beyond the physical. The art pieces ranging from poems, songs and theatrical performances, were designed by the artists as a response to the conference concept, while directly linking it to the conditions on the ground, both on an individual and communal level. It was encouraged to reflect on the effects the crisis has had on the environment; physical and psychological. This piece is an original musical composition by musician and RELIEF Centre's collaborator, Youmna Saba. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact It is worthy to remind ourselves of the agency of the arts; as a tool to understand and communicate, as a tool to conduct research through, and as a tool to translate our research in artistic languages to reach larger audiences. More importantly, the active engagement of the local community which has been our partner since the inception of this project, and who is suffering from an acute lack of employment, services and traditional forms of prosperity, provided a genuine opportunity for community members to directly participate in academic output. This provided for a great impact on the confidence and wellbeing of the community members and their sense of productivity, whereby they took part in research as real partners and not mere subjects of observation, especially during the pandemic. The long adopted "co-creation" approach our research employs, allowed the local community members to own and voice their stories, identify needs, and suggest ways in which to intervene. The knowledge created for this conference, and the feedback collected will directly feed into RELIEF's own narrative as we continuously contextualize our inquiries and data in accordance with these changes. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/arts-prosperity-and-crisis
 
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 Imagine: Voices from Lebanon 
Description Refugee Week is a festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees through a programme of arts, cultural and educational events alongside media and creative campaigns. This year the theme is 'Imagine'. The RELIEF Centre's entry in the festival was a virtual exhibition "Imagine: Voices from Lebanon" exploring imagination, how imagination is different when you are a refugee? How is it different when you are a refugee living through both displacement and a pandemic? These are the kinds of inquiries we set out to explore with our refugee partners. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The team asked community members from the Burj el Barajneh camp in Beirut and Bar Elias in the Zahlé District to reflect on the following questions: What does imagination mean to you? Do you imagine? What is your personal imagination of the future? What is (a collective) community imagination for you? What is collective human (global) imagination for you? These questions and the answers provided add depth and extra layers of knowledge to the research carried out by the Centre and enhance the integration of community members within our work. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/refugee-week2020
 
Title Life Stories from Bar Elias 
Description The RELIEF Centre in partnership with CatalyticAction presented 'Life Stories from Bar Elias', highlighting the relationship between refugees, host communities, and the city. Directed by Fabio Petronilli, produced by CatalyticAction and funded by the RELIEF Centre, 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact This video is part of a research collaboration between the RELIEF centre and CatalyticAction and is a visual representation of the work done in Bar Elias as well as a point of engagement and reflection both for the research team and the communities. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/life-stories-from-bar-elias
 
Title Our Brains Are Our Weapons 
Description Music and the arts played a major part in the RELIEF conference in the form of a designed conversation session dedicated to the role of music and the arts in garnering research, as well as, art pieces as a medium for expression and representation in times of crisis. Art and music tend to become main outlets of communicating the conflictual feelings, thoughts and worries of suffering and oppressed communities, as it offers an alternative language to ones commonly censored. In addition, during the global pandemic's enforced physical distancing, music was featured as the new language connecting us across balconies, streets, and geographies. These forms of social connectivity and mental well-being went beyond music, and involved all forms of the arts. To illustrate the particular importance of the arts academically and socially in crisis, a conversation session on music and the arts was designed to reflect on music and the arts not only as mediums of production, but more importantly, as modes of understanding and communication that connect people through the other senses and beyond the physical. The art pieces ranging from poems, songs and theatrical performances, were designed by the artists as a response to the conference concept, while directly linking it to the conditions on the ground, both on an individual and communal level. It was encouraged to reflect on the effects the crisis has had on the environment; physical and psychological. This piece is a poem written and performed by Ahmad Abdel Rahman Mousa, a Palestinian refugee residing in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact It is worthy to remind ourselves of the agency of the arts; as a tool to understand and communicate, as a tool to conduct research through, and as a tool to translate our research in artistic languages to reach larger audiences. More importantly, the active engagement of the local community which has been our partner since the inception of this project, and who is suffering from an acute lack of employment, services and traditional forms of prosperity, provided a genuine opportunity for community members to directly participate in academic output. This provided for a great impact on the confidence and wellbeing of the community members and their sense of productivity, whereby they took part in research as real partners and not mere subjects of observation, especially during the pandemic. The long adopted "co-creation" approach our research employs, allowed the local community members to own and voice their stories, identify needs, and suggest ways in which to intervene. The knowledge created for this conference, and the feedback collected will directly feed into RELIEF's own narrative as we continuously contextualize our inquiries and data in accordance with these changes. 
URL https://vimeo.com/528750896
 
Title Participation in the Exhibition - Vital Lebanon: Capacities of people, Capacities of cities 
Description The Malawan Game video filmed and produced by Christy Samaha was screened throughout the exhibition. This film was made as part of the PhD fieldwork in Beirut, as one of the tangible outputs. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2022 
Impact Not measured yet. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/events/vital-lebanon-capacities-of-people-capacities-of-cities
 
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 Spiracle 
Description Music and the arts played a major part in the RELIEF conference in the form of a designed conversation session dedicated to the role of music and the arts in garnering research, as well as, art pieces as a medium for expression and representation in times of crisis. Art and music tend to become main outlets of communicating the conflictual feelings, thoughts and worries of suffering and oppressed communities, as it offers an alternative language to ones commonly censored. In addition, during the global pandemic's enforced physical distancing, music was featured as the new language connecting us across balconies, streets, and geographies. These forms of social connectivity and mental well-being went beyond music, and involved all forms of the arts. To illustrate the particular importance of the arts academically and socially in crisis, a conversation session on music and the arts was designed to reflect on music and the arts not only as mediums of production, but more importantly, as modes of understanding and communication that connect people through the other senses and beyond the physical. The art pieces ranging from poems, songs and theatrical performances, were designed by the artists as a response to the conference concept, while directly linking it to the conditions on the ground, both on an individual and communal level. It was encouraged to reflect on the effects the crisis has had on the environment; physical and psychological. This is a theatrical performance piece demonstrating the suffocating effects (physical and mental) the Lebanese crisis has had on individual community members. The provocative piece was designed to immerse the viewer, utilizing empathy and imagination, in a paralyzing state which the Lebanese people say they are currently living. Designed and performed by Dima Mabsout, Rami Chahine and Mauricio Yazbeck. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact It is worthy to remind ourselves of the agency of the arts; as a tool to understand and communicate, as a tool to conduct research through, and as a tool to translate our research in artistic languages to reach larger audiences. More importantly, the active engagement of the local community which has been our partner since the inception of this project, and who is suffering from an acute lack of employment, services and traditional forms of prosperity, provided a genuine opportunity for community members to directly participate in academic output. This provided for a great impact on the confidence and wellbeing of the community members and their sense of productivity, whereby they took part in research as real partners and not mere subjects of observation, especially during the pandemic. The long adopted "co-creation" approach our research employs, allowed the local community members to own and voice their stories, identify needs, and suggest ways in which to intervene. The knowledge created for this conference, and the feedback collected will directly feed into RELIEF's own narrative as we continuously contextualize our inquiries and data in accordance with these changes. 
URL https://vimeo.com/528745612
 
Title Tawari2. 
Description Artistic contribution to a digital anthology that has 2 parts: a curated selection of my own photographs and a piece of creative writing. 
Type Of Art Artwork 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Thought provocation, food for thought, change of perspective, offering inspiration on how 'bad situations' are also opportunities - to change, amongst other things. Providing meaningful insights to a wider audience including members of the public on Lebanon. 
URL https://urbanmiscellanea.com/
 
Title The Powerful Human 
Description Music and the arts played a major part in the RELIEF conference in the form of a designed conversation session dedicated to the role of music and the arts in garnering research, as well as, art pieces as a medium for expression and representation in times of crisis. Art and music tend to become main outlets of communicating the conflictual feelings, thoughts and worries of suffering and oppressed communities, as it offers an alternative language to ones commonly censored. In addition, during the global pandemic's enforced physical distancing, music was featured as the new language connecting us across balconies, streets, and geographies. These forms of social connectivity and mental well-being went beyond music, and involved all forms of the arts. To illustrate the particular importance of the arts academically and socially in crisis, a conversation session on music and the arts was designed to reflect on music and the arts not only as mediums of production, but more importantly, as modes of understanding and communication that connect people through the other senses and beyond the physical. The art pieces ranging from poems, songs and theatrical performances, were designed by the artists as a response to the conference concept, while directly linking it to the conditions on the ground, both on an individual and communal level. It was encouraged to reflect on the effects the crisis has had on the environment; physical and psychological. This piece is a collaboration song by Palestinian and Syrian refugees, written and performed by Ahmad Abdel Rahman Mousa (Oud), Malek Abou Arab (Vocals), Khlaed Ahmad Mousa (Derbake). 
Type Of Art Composition/Score 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact It is worthy to remind ourselves of the agency of the arts; as a tool to understand and communicate, as a tool to conduct research through, and as a tool to translate our research in artistic languages to reach larger audiences. More importantly, the active engagement of the local community which has been our partner since the inception of this project, and who is suffering from an acute lack of employment, services and traditional forms of prosperity, provided a genuine opportunity for community members to directly participate in academic output. This provided for a great impact on the confidence and wellbeing of the community members and their sense of productivity, whereby they took part in research as real partners and not mere subjects of observation, especially during the pandemic. The long adopted "co-creation" approach our research employs, allowed the local community members to own and voice their stories, identify needs, and suggest ways in which to intervene. The knowledge created for this conference, and the feedback collected will directly feed into RELIEF's own narrative as we continuously contextualize our inquiries and data in accordance with these changes. 
URL https://vimeo.com/528750182
 
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 The purpose of the RELIEF Centre (RELIEF I) in the last 5 years has been to pioneer a radical approach to building capabilities for social transformation in one of the most challenging environments of mass displacement in the world. We have delivered a synergetic programme of work that has brought citizens, communities and stakeholder networks into a co-design and knowledge transfer process for a greener, more inclusive, digital, resilient and sustainable Lebanon. RELIEF's work focuses on long-term strategies by developing research tools and capabilities for sustained and sustainable pathways to prosperity, underpinned by improvements in public services, education and innovative forms of knowledge sharing. This has been made possible through the development of new theoretical and conceptual tools allied to a series of interventions and policy initiatives. The findings are described in detail throughout Research Fish and in our series of publications, but we highlight 5 here.

1. Prosperity Index (PI)

The RELIEF team's Prosperity Index methodology is grounded in sustained partnerships with citizen scientists, local communities, FF2030, civil society organisations and municipal authorities. These partnerships are embedded in the co-design of prosperity models, locally-led inquiries into context-specific understandings of prosperity for different locations in Lebanon, and the steps that need to be taken to enhance capacities, drive future social and economic transformation, and improve quality of life for residents in the sites of inquiry.

The first rollout of the process of collaborative research design, data collection, and data analysis for the Prosperity Index took place in Beirut in 2019, and was done in partnership with UN Habitat Lebanon and the AUB Neighbourhood Initiative who provided support with methodology, training and facilities. A subsequent iteration followed in Tripoli in 2020, and following the Beirut Port Explosion of 2020, the prosperity index methodology was adapted again in Mar Mikhael, Beirut. This has permitted comparisons across locations and time periods leading to improved robustness in the findings. Data collection consisted of surveys, interviews and focus groups: building surveys > 1260; infrastructural surveys > 620; household surveys >1780; key interviews >110; focus groups 16 >; and enterprise surveys >600. The field surveys involve a population count by residential unit stratified by nationality, gender and age, as well as assessments of building conditions, open spaces, and basic urban services (water and sanitation, solid waste management, electricity and mobility, health services). Additional data collection in Beirut and Tripoli was carried out in 2021 to map formal and informal labour practices, including a prosperity household survey subset and a set of discrete choice experiments to establish people's job preferences and livelihood choices.

In both Beirut and Tripoli, research revealed that communities face a range of challenges that are much more severe than previously thought: massive inequalities in income, housing and education; widespread deficits in energy, water, and housing infrastructure; a large number of struggling small businesses; a nearly total lack of green public spaces and an alarmingly high rate of children leaving school early, especially among Syrians. The data has been used to develop a PI for Lebanon. The RELIEF Centre is the first detailed research into quality of life and the challenges for sustainable prosperity in Lebanon. RELIEF II will further analyse the prosperity data, engage citizens and embed the PI into policy initiatives.

2. The Vital City

RELIEF I has developed a new conceptual framework for urban livelihoods and public service delivery (The Vital City) that has underpinned research, interventions and evaluation in both cities and refugee camps in Lebanon, and has also been applied pre and post blast to housing, reconstruction and the intersections between health and wellbeing. Research has demonstrated that productivity gains in social innovation and social solidarity are a prerequisite for creation of economic value, inclusive growth and improvements in quality of life. For example, research on livelihoods has examined how Syrian refugees integrate into networked 'entrepreneurial systems' that allow them to create economic opportunities for both themselves and their host communities, while revitalising local urban spaces at the same time (Yassine and Harithy 2021). While research in Burj el Barajneh has demonstrated that failures in sociality and social solidarity are at the root of failure of public services to support livelihood opportunities and wellbeing for residents in the camp. These insights have informed the theoretical elaboration and conceptual formalisation of a redefined notion of prosperity (Moore et al, 2020; Moore and Mintchev, 2021) which has been developed by PI Moore in collaboration with ESRC-funded Rebuilding MacroEconomics project to develop a new framework for creating place-based value called the LOOT framework (Moore et al, 2020).

3. Citizen Scientists (CS)

We have developed and rolled out new approaches to citizen-led research, data analysis, MOOC development, and intervention design convening research teams of citizen scientists (CS) in four sites in Beirut (two sites), Tripoli and Bar Elias. CS are members of the public with diverse personal and professional trajectories who are trained in research and participate in all phases of the research. The RELIEF Work has pioneered the use of co-design with citizens in the MENA region, developing and enhanced set of citizen-led research methodologies backed up by bespoke training programmes. Citizen-led approaches have been at the core of new mechanisms for measuring prosperity and co-designing interventions (Jallad and Mintchev 2019, Jallad et al. 2021, Mintchev et al. 2019, Shourbaji 2020), as well producing educational materials for a wider global audience. RELIEF has trained >80 CS and worked with them to co-design solutions to challenges in their communities. The experience of running CS teams in different sites throughout Lebanon - with all of the notable successes and challenges that the team has faced in the process - has produced novel understandings of the possibilities and limits of citizen-led research, the need for specific support structures and training to engage members of the public as social researchers, and the importance of working with communities from the outset of research projects in order to increase user engagement on data and interventions for positive impact. These findings have been used to produce a series of recommendation for social researchers working with participatory methods in order to build the capacity of the communities where the research takes place (Jallad et al. 2021).

4. Interventions

The RELIEF team has developed 7 co-designed urban interventions in cities and refugee camps in Lebanon: 3 interventions in Hamra, Beirut, and 1 in Burj el Barajneh, in addition to 1 intervention in Bar Elias (supported by additional funding obtained by British Academy) and 2 interventions in Tripoli (supported by additional funding by the British Academy and UCL Global Engagement Fund). A further intervention is planned for Karantina, Beirut (supported by additional funding from a UCL GCRF grant). The co-design, processes and outcomes of the different interventions - many of which have been supported by research grants acquired to expand the intellectual work and impact of RELIEF (see Research Fish section 'Further Funding') - include the creation of more liveable urban spaces, support for educational provision for children out of school, a platform to improve visibility of small businesses, improved disability access in public areas, the construction of a communal electricity cell, and improved green spaces and food security through urban agriculture. RELIEF I has pioneered the use of interventions that envisage impact as a combination of research (which identifies relevant issues), co-design (in order to embed the intervention in local social contexts), and evaluation (which monitors the use and performance of the intervention over time). This has led to the development and testing of a new model of the relationship between research, methods, and impact. This new model, in turn, constitutes a major original finding about what works for building citizen-led pathways to prosperity in a context where political and economic crisis has put the onus on citizens to self-organise and take initiative in addressing the problems they face.

5. Future Learning

Research across RELIEF identified teachers' needs for Teacher Professional Development (TPD) in contexts of mass displacement such as: differentiated classrooms for language, ability, and ages; psycho-social support; advanced use of technology to design lessons, interactive and inclusive pedagogies, content, and methodology. In response we have co-designed with partners and stakeholders of a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and created a 5-stage Theory of Change (ToC) that outlined how we planned to achieve change through our co-designed MOOC model. The five stages are as follows:

1. Engagement with key local stakeholders to establish local needs, working on how to design an impactful intervention.
2. Development of the intervention through locally-based and online workshops using online collaboration tools.
3. Extending the impact by taking the intervention online using a MOOC platform to inform and orchestrate online sharing, testing, and customization of the intervention.
4. Embedding the intervention in local contexts to take new practices into a second-order spread of innovation.
5. Sustaining the continuation and upgrading of the intervention with alumni of the course and new local partners.

Co-design and collaboration were central to both the methodology and the pedagogy employed in the MOOCs, extending the research to the many teachers who participated in the MOOC and exchanged their knowledge of teaching with others. In the course of the research, we redefined the concept of a 'MOOC' from its traditional formulation as a Massive Open Online Course, to become a Massive Open Online Collaboration. Through this co-design approach we created 4 English language and 5 Arabic language, large-scale online courses for teachers, educators, researchers and community activists on two platforms, Edraak (Arabic) and FutureLearn (English) Community Based Research (3 runs); Transforming Education in Challenging Environments (4 runs), and Sustainable Energy Access for Communities (1 run), on both FutureLearn and Edraak platforms; Teaching Online, in April 2020 (2 runs) and Towards Better Education: Lessons Learned from Corona (1 run) on Edraak platform only and Blended and Online Learning Design in Jan 2021 (5 runs) on Futurelearn only. All achieving massive scale engagement of >90,000 enrolments.

We researched the added value of embedding a MOOC in a campus course and found that the physical presence of the educators in the f2f component accelerated the learning process and provided an opportunity to clarify theoretical concepts and develop a better understanding of digital tools. Examples of the contributions teachers make to new knowledge about online learning are: adaptations of existing learning designs for a range of subject, level and location contexts, peer review of new learning designs focused on teachers' priorities; alumni of courses acting as Mentors in later runs.

We have achieved the first three stages in the ToC and made good progress towards 'realised' and 'reframing' value. Our findings show that scaling up TPD via MOOCs is feasible, even in conditions of mass displacement, given that the six courses have achieved international impact with 92,900 total enrolments, half of whom will be active learners at any one time.

Our findings to date show that we have been able to evidence all 5 stages of the ToC through the MOOCs that we have created. During our research, we have consistently focused on the potential of co-design and large-scale collaborative learning to provide a participatory, embedded, bottom-up, rapid response to education and training needs in the context of conflicts and emergencies.
Exploitation Route RELIEF's work on redesigning prosperity delivers on a novel theoretical and conceptual model for global reach that is already being rolled out for deployed and reiteration by the IGP in Kenya, Tanzania, Cuba and the UK.

The outcomes of the prosperity index data are intended to support the work of various academic and non-academic stakeholders to advance research, policy, and urban interventions in Lebanon and elsewhere Findings from the PI for Lebanon have already been deployed by the IGP in work in Kenya, Tanzania and the UK. In addition, some of the findings from the prosperity indices have either been published already (e.g. RELIEF Centre and UN Habitat 2020) or are currently prepared to be published as reports openly available to the public. The findings are intended for use by academics, NGOs, members of the public, and governance stakeholders in order to design place-based initiatives in Lebanon and the wider MENA region, as well as to hold government stakeholders to account with respect to local performance on indicators for quality of life. Beyond this, however, the data will also be used to run analytics and place-based data modelling to ascertain how context specific provision of public services (electricity, water, waste management) in Beirut and Tripoli can be improved through job-creation policies that maximise prosperity gains and secure livelihoods for hosts and refugees. The RELIEF work on next-generation public services has already been incorporated by the IGP into frameworks for developing secure livelihoods for post-Covid levelling-up in the UK.

The future education team has created two online tools to support other researchers to take forward and adapt our co-design research methodology, as well as a tool to enable researchers to use the evaluation framework employed to measure impact of the MOOCs, the Value Creation Framework. The Theory of Change is also shared as an adaptable tool which includes descriptions of activity at each of the stages of change, and examples of impacts to evidence each stage. These tools are open source and freely available to all. In addition, all MOOCs produced in RELIEF I have global enrolment, and take up in other contexts of mass displacement is planned for 2021/22, and has already had noted impact in Myanmar and Jordan.

The "field-based" methodology we utilise in some of our camp geographies will be of great interest for new researchers, and researchers interested in conducting long-term research in refugee settings. The data and knowledge produced thus far, and the data that will be produced in the future, serves 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 in the Vital City. Additionally, research into sociality and socialization in the camp is mainly studied from anthropological and sociological discourses, thus, the production of spatial data on the issue of socialization in the camp will be a new form of study and knowledge.

RELIEF I has already been successful in attracting additional funding to support the PI, next-generation pubic services in the context of mass displacement, on-line learning contexts of mass displacement, the energy transformation for Lebanon, and informal labour market dynamics. Future transferability of concepts, models, interventions, knowledge innovations and policy outcomes are described through Research Fish and in the RELIEF II proposal.
Sectors Agriculture

Food and Drink

Communities and Social Services/Policy

Construction

Creative Economy

Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

Education

Energy

Environment

Healthcare

Government

Democracy and Justice

Culture

Heritage

Museums and Collections

Retail

URL https://www.relief-centre.org/
 
Description The promise of the original proposal was that the RELIEF Centre would demonstrate the importance of education and public services in developing capacities and capabilities for transformation towards improvements in quality of life and sustainable pathways to prosperity for Lebanon. We have delivered on this promise through redesigning the role of universities in shaping the complex multi-stakeholder knowledge ecologies that drive change. We provide evidence throughout Research Fish of how we have achieved this, but provide here a summary of 5 key areas of societal impact: 1.Citizen Scientists (CS): CS are members of the public resident in the areas where research is carried out. They play a key role in all RELIEF activities, including the co-design of research frameworks and questions, data collection, data analysis, presentation and publication of findings and resulting interventions. Since its inception, the Centre has trained >80 CS providing employment and strengthening the capacities of individuals and communities to manage social and economic transformation. Co-design with CS has been implemented across all workstreams providing the backbone of the knowledge co-production which we have used to drive changes in education, public service delivery, business and liveable cities. 2. Interventions: In our work on public services and cities we have deployed multistakeholder collaborations that support all aspects of our work through inception to implementation of small-scale interventions that are themselves both outcome and process, providing data and experimental evaluation opportunities. Citizen science-led research and intervention project was first piloted by RELIEF in Bar Elias in 2018 in collaboration with one of our civil society partners CatalyticAction. The outcome was a series of interventions which were implemented in the town centre: renovation of a dilapidated park area, the building of public seating/playground on the main street, and a number of smaller interventions such as shading in open spaces that heat up in the summer and street ramps for parents with prams (see Baumann 2019, Dabaj et al. 2020, Mintchev et al. 2019). Evaluation of these interventions led to the development of a distinctive methodology employed across the research teams. A second round of interventions was developed by RELIEF's citizen science team in Beirut based on issues CS identified in the research data on prosperity: the lack of green space, the educational deficit of vulnerable youth, and the pressure that small businesses face in the community. Beginning in October 2019, these ideas were refined through workshops with RELIEF staff, FF2030 and other collaborators. Three interventions resulted: ? The Goods of Our City: an intervention for greening rooftops with edible crops, started at Zico House, located on the edge of Hamra and with plans to expand throughout the neighbourhood in the following two years. ? Wirash, Hamra: an online platform aiming to map and promote the visibility of workshops and small businesses in order to raise awareness about them and to make them more competitive in relation to bigger and established corporate businesses. ? Jouwan Community Center: an online school that aims to teach English, Arabic and Maths to out-of-school children in Ras Beirut. The collaborative knowledge sharing and the building of specific ecologies of collaboration provides a tried and tested model of moving from theoretical modelling and research data in the prosperity model to actual interventions in local communities to demonstrate the validity of the impact of improvements in public service provision across sectarian and citizen/refugee divides. Intervention design and implementation is also underway in Mina, Tripol. At the moment the following interventions are in preparation: ? Microbial Fuel Cell System: an experimental system that produces electricity from biological materials, and will enable users to charge phones and power LED lights. The system will be implemented at the Lebanese University in Tripoli. ? Wirash, Mina: an expansion and adaptation of the Wirash project for workshops and small businesses in Mina, Tripoli. 3. Co-designed MOOCS All 4 English language and 5 Arabic language MOOCs achieved massive-scale engagement >90K globally: Community Based Research (6,000 enrolments); Transforming Education in Challenging Environments (25,000 enrolments), and Sustainable Energy Access for Communities (3000 enrolments); Teaching Online (46,000 enrolments); Blended and Online Learning Design (12,000 enrolments). Towards Better Education: Lessons Learned from Corona (launched 7th July 2021, 1159 enrolments so far). These courses achieved different kinds of non-academic-researcher impact: • capacity building impact in MENA and across the world, through the development of online and blended learning design/MOOC specialists at LU, LAU-CLS, LAU (CIL Faculty Fellows) and the participants of the MOOC who developed skills in online learning design relevant to their local practice. • conceptual impact by reframing teachers' debates around the potential of online learning, redefining the MOOC as a Massive Open Online Collaboration and creating and testing a successful Theory of Change for scaling up co-designed, sustainable, collaborative, online professional development through MOOCs. • societal impact through our NGO collaborators in their shift from individual teaching to community or family learning, policy impact via officials at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Lebanon, now also conducting their own training of teachers in and through online methods; changed the learning design orientation of the Arabic Edraak platform to incorporate social and collaborative learning into the platform, adopted across all their MOOCs, with >2m learners. The demographic data from the course platforms show that the courses have reached 159 countries, including 98 LMICs. The Future Education team has also collaborated with partners at the Centre for Lebanese Studies on a project to identify the best mid- and long-term approaches to education under complex crisis conditions in Lebanon, with additional funding from the Open Society Foundation. The team used the earlier Community Based Research: Getting Started MOOC to train 14 teachers to carry out action research in their schools and online to generate data to inform plans for the future. Findings show teachers need help with: protection of privacy and cyber security; online assessments; collaboration between teachers and parents; and interactive and social learning pedagogies. These findings will form the basis of the co-design of a further MOOC. The MOOCs have also achieved impact in LMIC countries beyond Lebanon that are experiencing conflict and crisis. The Transforming Education in Challenging Environment is now running for the fourth time particularly dedicated to the education community in Myanmar which is experiencing enormous hardship due to closure of schools and universities after the repressive military coup happened in February this year. In the current run, 284 teachers and learners from Myanmar have joined the course. The newly formed Virtual Federal University in Myanmar is planning to adapt and augment the MOOC with local case studies and our next steps will include supporting educational communities working in challenging environments to adapt the MOOCs to their needs. 4. Energy Transformation for Lebanon Energy related findings from the Hamra Prosperity Index survey were used as part of Citizens' Assembly (CA) on electricity in Hamra, the first of its kind in the MENA region. During the CA residents in Hamra were presented with key findings on energy, together with potential engineering solutions to deliberate and co-design a path to affordable and equitable electricity for the neighbourhood (see https://www.relief-centre.org/citizen-assembly). The findings from the CA were published (see https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10129878/) and are currently being used by the Energy Community of Pracice (ECoP) to inform energy policy for Lebanon and for developing engineering solutions for the country's transition to sustainable energy. The findings and resources from the Citizens' Assembly were then used by the RELIEF education team to design a massive open online course (MOOC) entitled Sustainable Energy Access for Communities (in English and Arabic) in collaboration with the UCL Engineering for International Development Research Centre. The MOOC also utilised findings from our research on the spaces in Burj el Barajneh camp through a video addressing the "local responses to renewable energy" in the camp, while showcasing examples from the field, on individual and neighbourhood scales; the ways in which the refugee community has designed and responded to this acute infrastructural problem. Our findings on the nature of social interaction and the spaces in which they take place in Burj el Barajneh has informed the design approach, form and materiality of the spatial interventions which we will co-build with the local community between July and October 2021. The spatial interventions - focused on the elements of socialization, sociality and greenery, and mitigating the threat of dense electrical wires hanging in public pathways - will bring together researchers, artists and community members to engage in participatory design work. Finally, the interventions will address the experience of inhabiting the camp during a pandemic to provide new reflections and insights about what kinds of lives residents want to live, and what matters to them as individuals and as a community. 5. The Impact of Covid and the Beirut blast We also launched a reporting line through our community housing tool Housing Monitor with RELIEF collaborators Public Works. The tool is used by residents from various marginalized social groups to report on housing vulnerabilities and eviction threats. In response, Public Works Studio provides individualized legal and social support, mobilizes tenants around shared grievances, and identifies any trends in housing injustices, to then advocate reform. In doing so, it employs evidence-based research to support city dwellers in claiming their housing rights, while recognizing that housing is more than a shelter, as it is deeply rooted in social, economic and neighbourhood-based networks. The housing monitor makes housing more accessible to communities who are at risk of eviction due to multiple reasons (inability to pay rent due to COVID-19, landlord abuse etc.), as interventions have deterred evictions and negotiated better housing security for those who have reported any housing vulnerability. The tool tackles social inequity in Beirut by shifting power away from developers and landlords, into the hands of tenants (and dwellers in general) who are often overlooked, marginalised and abused. In addition to serving Lebanese citizens, this project has represented and provided services to refugees and migrants, the latter of whom are systematically overlooked by the country's political elite and often the international and local NGO sector. Between October 2020 and May 2021, affected individuals were from 15 different countries, with most beneficiaries being from Ethiopia (84), closely followed by Syria (45) and Sudan (23).[1] Between January and May 2021 alone, 36 of the reporters were single mothers, all from migrant and refugee communities, while 142 reporters were under 18. Lebanese tenant reports account for just under on-in-ten (9%) of total cases assessed, while the remaining (91%) represents non-Lebanese communities. The five key areas of societal impact are underpinned by a series of capabilities that the RELIEF Centre has helped to create, support and enhance throughout its existence: partnerships with a diverse range stakeholders, theories and concepts, methodologies for citizen-led research, data sets, and new funding streams. These established capabilities - although they are forms of impact in their own right - have enabled the RELIEF team to co-create outputs that directly address some of Lebanon's most pressing needs. In the second phase of RELIEF, the team will continue to develop and build on these underlying capabilities in order to maximise future impact in Lebanon, as well as to turn Lebanon into a world-leading hub for citizen-led research and action for pathways to prosperity.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Energy,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Cultural

Societal

Economic

Policy & public services

 
Description Action Research through the 'Distance Education Modalities in Compounded Crisis: The Case of Lebanon' project
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact fourteen Lebanese and Syrian teachers in formal and informal schools across Lebanon attended two workshops on methodologies to conducting action research in schools. The workshops included ethical issues, language, various teaching and learning spaces and how to use research for learning, advocacy and policy change. The teachers created a community of practice and since September 2020 they have been co-producing education material for learners who have limited access and resources. They have also conducted action research in their schools and teaching spaces, based on this research they have co-designed a MOOC that will be launched in July 2021 and will be available to all Arabic speaking educators globally. The MOOC covers four main topics: 1. technology and pedagogy 2. Learners with special needs 3. Assessment for Learning 5. Collaboration between teachers and parents
 
Description Citizen Social Science and Post-graduate Curriculum Development
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact RELIEF's methodology of developing citizen science-led urban interventions was integrated into the Institute for Global Prosperity's MSs in Prosperity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship as part of the programme's "Connected Innovation" module. MSc students were asked to study the process of developing interventions, as well as the design of the interventions. They were subsequently connected with RELIEF Citizen scientists in order to work together towards pathways of developing and expanding the intervention projects through a series of reseach-based recommendations. The aim was to provide mutual training and capacity building for both students and citizen scientists and to expand the future impact of the interventions.
 
Description Citizen Social Scientist Training
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The RELIEF Centre has trained cohorts of citizen social scientists in a number of research sites across Lebanon - Hamra (Beirut), Mar Mikhael (Beirut), Bar Elias, and Mina (Tripoli). Citizen Social Scientists are members of the public who are recruited into the research team and trained in research methods and ethics. They are integrated into all phases of the research project from research design to data collection, data analysis, presentation and publication of findings, and design and implementation of interventions. The RELIEF Centre uses citizen social science as a mechanism of capacity building, enhancing democratic participation in local decision making processes, and embedding the findings of the research into communities in the sites of inquiry from the outset of the project, thereby maximising their future impact.
 
Description Elected Community Advisor at Makesense
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact In 2019, across the 7 locations Makesense operates, a total of over 100,000 citizens were engaged by Makesense, working with over 200 institutional partners, supporting and financing over 3,200 local projects. The makesense community allows citizens to contribute to the UN's Sustainable development goals and make an impact by mobilizing people and raising awareness, using design-thinking methods and collective intelligence to accelerate the impact of social entrepreneurs, creating social business solutions, and collaborating with all stakeholders to make a considerable impact. Makesense design personalized and innovative programs to guide social entrepreneurs in their path. Developed cutting-edge methods to support entrepreneurs at different stages (from ideation to acceleration) through workshops, trainings, community support, bootcamps, online resources, collective intelligence, design thinking, as well as financial support or legal advisory. At makesense, we believe the community is key and that's why we always make sure that social entrepreneurs are well connected to the ecosystem before we give them the right tools to thrive. Makesense help organisations to innovate and transform the way they operate in their ecosystem. From CSR to innovation, intrapreneurship, creativity workshops, collaboration between social entrepreneurs and big corporations, design thinking trainings, skill based volunteering, etc. We have supported several organisations in their path toward a more sustainable and responsible purpose. Together, we spark, catalyse and measure new social & environmental impacts inside and outside of the organisation. Makesense has designed various methodologies to help teams think out of the box. We break silos and empower people to transform and reinvent the organisation from inside. We have been working with several NGOs to identify solutions to their current issues.
URL https://lebanon.makesense.org/
 
Description Hamra Neighbourhood Profile Launch
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/hamra-neighbourhood-profile
 
Description Membership of Board of Trustees
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
Impact 36% graduates from the programme are accepted in tertiary education within 6 months 69% use the skills they learn within 6 weeks 95% would recommend the programme to other youth
URL https://mosaik.ngo/
 
Description Presentation to World Bank ESMAP's workshop"Achieving Sustainable, Low-Carbon Energy Transitions through Citizen and Gender Engagement"
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Review paper on 'The role of science and technology in improving outcomes for special needs learners', including evidence on use of MOOCs for teacher professional development
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
Impact The report has been sent to the Prime Minister's office by Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, to inform the further development of policy by the Dept for Education.
URL https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/9260...
 
Description Stakeholder Consultation : Assessing Vulnerabilities in Mar Mikhael: From Data to Action
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://twitter.com/relief_centre/status/1408344922822955008
 
Description Supporting research in the community through Community Based Research MOOC
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Community Based Research MOOC has been adopted by the Syrian refugee-led NGO MAPS (who was central to the co-design of the MOOC itself and has provided additional content for the second run) in its training of community based researchers within its organisation with a view to building a Refugee Research Network. Director of MAPS, Dr Fadi Al Halabi said "MAPs sees the MOOCs as the first step in a much longer training process: equipping refugees with the research skills required for engaged participation in the full research process will require additional hours and academic mentorship. We hope to continue our collaboration in participatory action research, particularly in building out a Refugee Research Network in which refugee youth can take an active role in designing and implementing research projects that have meaning to their lives'.
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/community-based-research/3
 
Description Teaching Online: Be Ready Now! MOOC Adopted by Jordan Ministry of Education online platform and Lebanese University
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The Teaching Online: Be Ready Now! MOOC has been adopted as one of the online courses recommended for teachers to develop distance education, technological and pedagogical skills by the Ministry of Education in Jordan on their online platform Teachers.gov.jo. In addition, the Lebanese University who co-designed the MOOC have embedded the course in their professional development of teachers.
URL https://teachers.gov.jo/
 
Description The Bartlett Community of Engagers Steering group member
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/research/impact-bartlett/bartlett-community-engagers
 
Description Urban Interventions by Citizen Social Scientist
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Since 2019, the RELIEF Centre's team of citizen social scientists in Hamra has worked closely with RELIEF staff and collaborators to design three urban interventions for improving quality of life in Hamra. The design of the interventions is a response to local challenges identified by the citizen scientists in the process of data collection and data analysis in Hamra. The development of interventions was supported by RELEF staff and collaborators who provided feedback and advice on the development of the ideas and proposals. The three interventions are: (1) an urban agriculture interventions which provides planters with vegetables for Hamra residents to improve both greening and food security; (2) an online platform and local advertising campaign to promote small businesses who are struggling to complete in the current economic crisis; and (3) an online educational programme aiming to help children out of school to return on a path to educational qualification. The process of co-designing interventions has led to impacts of capacity building for the citizen scientists involved in the project, and it has also led to intellectual contributions by developing and piloting a new approach to citizen social science methodology and the development of citizen-led solutions (see publication by Jallad, Mintchev, Pietrostefani, Daher and Moore, "Citizen Social Science and Pathways to Prosperity"). The interventions are currently in the implementation stage and their impact on the wider community's quality of life will be monitored once they are in use by the public.
URL https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=337698170868446
 
Description A Citizen Assembly Pilot On Energy Transition In Lebanon
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/T018747/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2019 
End 05/2020
 
Description A framework for an inclusive and just urban recovery for post-blast Beirut
Amount $950,000 (CAD)
Funding ID 109599 
Organisation International Development Research Centre 
Sector Public
Country Canada
Start 09/2020 
End 09/2023
 
Description Beacon Bursary
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2020 
End 07/2021
 
Description Cities and Infrastructure Programme
Amount £299,682 (GBP)
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
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 Connecting ecology of knowledges and voices at the margins for peace and equality
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/W009846/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 01/2024
 
Description Developing Infrastructural Solutions for Lebanon's Challenges of Mass Displacement
Amount £299,939 (GBP)
Funding ID UWB190164 
Organisation The British Academy 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2019 
End 11/2021
 
Description Distance Education Modalities in Compounded Crisis: The Case of Lebanon
Amount $70,000 (USD)
Organisation Open Society Foundations 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 08/2020 
End 09/2021
 
Description Early Career Fellows Program
Amount $32,000 (USD)
Organisation Arab Council for the Social Sciences 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country Lebanon
Start 12/2018 
End 12/2019
 
Description Energy Justice MENA
Amount £9,900 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 07/2022
 
Description Evaluating The Impact Of Group IPT In Lebanon And Kenya On Child Developmental Outcomes, Maternal Depression And The Mother-child Relationship
Amount £146,056 (GBP)
Funding ID NIHR200851 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2020 
End 01/2024
 
Description Global Engagement Fund
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 07/2021
 
Description Global Engagement Funds
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
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 HOPES
Amount € 59,995 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission 
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 08/2018 
End 09/2019
 
Description Imagining Futures through Un/Archived Pasts
Amount £1,989,743 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/T008199/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2024
 
Description Livelihoods Networks and Political Experience in Beirut, Lebanon (MENA Social Policy Network scheme)
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2022 
End 08/2023
 
Description Material Cultures of Refuge in Lebanon
Amount £134,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 2252720 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 09/2024
 
Description Rural Heritage Recovery and Post Conflict Development: The Case of Erbil's Rural Heritage
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description Supporting Macroeconomic Stability and Prosperity in an Age of Mass Displacement: Rethinking Jobs and Livelihoods
Amount £250,000 (GBP)
Organisation The Leverhulme Trust 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2021
 
Description The Bartlett Conference Travel Fund
Amount £750 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2022 
End 07/2022
 
Description The Bartlett Conference Travel Fund
Amount £750 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2022 
End 07/2022
 
Description The Bartlett External Training Fund
Amount £881 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 03/2020
 
Description The Digital University Africa
Amount £39,848 (GBP)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2021 
End 07/2021
 
Description UBEL DTP Knowledge Exchange Fund
Amount £4,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
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 UBEL-DTP Difficult Language Training Fund
Amount £2,840 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 08/2019
 
Description UCL GCRF Small Grants
Amount £97,578 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 06/2021
 
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 07/2017 
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 05/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description UKCRIC - Person Environment Activity Research Laboratory
Amount £5,000,000 (GBP)
Organisation University College London 
Department Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 03/2022
 
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/courses/community-based-research
 
Title Educators for Change Run 1 
Description The Arabic version of the Transforming Education in Challenging Environments MOOC ran on Edraak under the name Educators for Change, functioning as both an educational innovative intervention and a research tool to collect data from participants. The Arabic version of the MOOC engaged 7,981 participants from Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco, KSA, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen and elsewhere in the MENA region and beyond. This open collaborative online learning experience facilitated teachers and educators to share their experience and expertise in teaching vulnerable students in low resourced environments and helped enhance their practice with theories and methods including technology enhanced learning. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The collaborative learning design underpinning this MOOC has made it the 5th most engaging MOOC on the Edraak platform of all time. The collaborative learning design has enabled us to collect data through 13577 contributions to discussions and 3555 posts too Padlets. 
URL https://studio.edraak.org/course/course-v1:UCL+EFC101+2019_T3
 
Title Prosperity Index Adaptation and Consolidation for Lebanon 
Description The Prosperity Index data collection and analysis methodology was adapted and consolidated through various locations in Lebanon (Hamra, Beirut; Mina, Tripoli and Mar Mikhael, Beirut). This included the adaptation of the research method including both qualitative and qualitative elements: Qualitative: - Key Informant Interviews for health, education, governmental and business stakeholders. These interviews are used to collect in-depth information, including opinion from lay experts about the nature and dynamics of community life. - Focus Group Discussions conducted with Lebanese and non-Lebanese; female and male; youth and adult participants. Quantitative: - Field surveys including building and infrastructure surveys - Household surveys for a representative sample of the population The data is subsequently analysed through a mixed methods approach using text analysis, descriptive statistics and mapping. The RELIEF Centre is also currently consolidating the transformation of the data into an Index based on Structural Equation modelling. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Impacts resulting from the development of this research tool are multiple. The span from the adaptation of the developed research methodology by other research entities, to the use of results for the development of policy guidance and recommendations, to the further use of the data by our local partners to the formulation and implementation of local interventions based on the analysis. Further impact includes the training of local citizen scientists throughout the process and involvement in the analysis resulting in furrthering skills in local communities. 
 
Title Research tool to enhance and examine teachers' transformative education practice - Transformative Education in Challenging Environments Run 1 
Description Central to our Design Based Research strategy, we co-designed and ran a 4 week MOOC (Transforming Education in Challenging Environments) in July 2019. The MOOC functions as both an innovative education intervention and a research tool. The MOOC was co-designed with stakeholders in Lebanon and was created in two languages (Arabic and English) on two platforms (Edraak and FutureLearn). In its first run, the MOOC actively engaged 8,685 participants globally. The MOOC was designed as an online collaboration space where teachers in challenging contexts, such as those affected by mass displacement, could develop their teaching theoretically and practically. This also enabled participants to share back their own experiences and transformative education practices through discussions, peer reviews and interactive activities as well as through surveys embedded in MOOC steps. The MOOC will run multiple times during the project, collecting more data each time, and we will adapt the MOOC based on the data we receive. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact We have had massive scale engagement (8,685 participants), particularly on the Arabic language platform, Edraak (7,964 active participants). Teacher participants have contributed their best teaching ideas which will be collated into a resource to support teaching in the context of mass displacement. We will be able to contact teachers to follow up on the impact of the course on their practice. 
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/transforming-education
 
Title Research tool: Theory of Change for Large-scale professional development interventions template 
Description This is an editable template to support researchers to implement and adapt the Theory of Change that we have used to plan the co-designed collaborative online professional development interventions in the RELIEF project. It is licensed by creative commons for reuse and adaptation. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This has been recently published. 
URL https://liveuclac-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/sejjtke_ucl_ac_uk/EdiX-k5XAcZOmq-mBgxPSrsBC5fk-uR...
 
Title Value Creation Framework Tool 
Description This is a tool for researchers to adapt and use to identify datasets and impacts to evidence the 5 cycles of value creation in Wenger et. al.'s (2011) Value Creation Framework within online educational interventions such as MOOCs. It is licenced under a Creative Commons licence to provide open access to other researchers. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Recently published. 
URL https://liveuclac-my.sharepoint.com/:p:/g/personal/sejjtke_ucl_ac_uk/ETJ0SSzjbFJCgDKnY_Xf53wBSUYAAzk...
 
Title Bar Elias Vulnerability Data 
Description This dataset consists of a number of interviews about quality of life and vulnerability with the residents of the town of Bar Elias, Lebanon. The interviewees were randomly selected in public spaces in the town. The dataset includes the following: - 22 interviews about vulnerabilities experienced by long-term residents and refugees, especially as they relate to infrastructures - 15 interviews conducted by Citizen Social Scientists with long-term residents and refugees on infrastructural vulnerabilities - 25 short interviews about local needs that could be addressed through participatory spatial interventions. - 10 short on-site interviews following intervention implementation about impressions, expectations, hopes and concerns regarding the interventions 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data from this study was used to develop and implement/build a participatory spatial intervention in Bar Elias. The intervention designs were created to respond to the issues identified in the data, workshopped with local residents, and built in 2019. The outcomes include the renovation of a park, the development of a common seating area with a roof in a public space, and a series of smaller interventions such as sidewalk ramps for mothers with prams, street shading, and painting of public murals. 
URL https://seriouslydifferent.org/igp-stories/how-research-creates-more-inclusive-spaces-bar-elias-leba...
 
Title Community Based Research MOOC data 
Description Data collected via the Edraak and FutureLearn platforms for Community Based Research MOOC runs. This includes Edraak discussion data from steps 1.4, 4.1 and 4.4 (run 1) data, Edraak end of course survey (run 1) 578 responses, and FutureLearn end of course surveys (runs 1,2) 32 responses. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data from this MOOC, which was our first RELIEF MOOC informed our design of the MOOCs across the two platforms. The data showed us that we were able to create an equivalent social learning experience across both platforms, despite their different technical features, and that the MOOCs were effective in equipping participants with skills they plan to use in practice in their community based research projects. Our co-design NGO partners MAPS have subsequently embedded the MOOC in their training programme for community based researchers. The MOOC is also part of the training of RELIEF & IGP citizen scientists in Lebanon and London. 
 
Title Ethnographic observations of household surveys (n=25) 
Description Citizen scientists have collected ethnographic observations of household surveys in Hamra, Mina and Ras Beirut. The observations provide an account of the contextual factors that are not captured in survey data but which provide valuable insight into the attitude of the participants, the relationship between interviewer and respondent, the experience of the citizen scientists, and a range of other information that is conveyed during the encounter but is not recoded by the survey. The data set includes 25 observations in total: 5 in Hamra, 5 in Mina and 15 in Ras Beirut. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This technique, which has been developed by the RELIEF Centre since 2019 has led to a number of impacts as follows: (1) it has improved the research skills and engagement abilities of citizen scientists by teaching them about ethnographic encounters, how to manage them, and why they are important; (2) it has led to methodological innovations in which ethnography (traditionally conducted by trained anthropologists) is done by citizen scientists who are non-professional researchers working in their own communities; and (3) it has led to new insights about the experience of carrying out household surveys which provide new knowledge about what happens in the field and how field researchers negotiate the encounters with the people they survey in different ways. Some of the findings from this work can be found in publications by Jallad and Mintchev ("Too Close for Comfort") and Shourbaji, Jallad and Mintchev ("Ambivalent Lines"). 
 
Title Hamra 2019 Prosperity Index Data 
Description Qual: - Key Informant Interviews - Focus Groups Discussions - Ethnographies Quant: - Building (634) and infrastructure field surveys (300). The field surveys involve a population count by residential unit stratified by nationality, gender and age; assessments of building conditions and basic urban services (water and sanitation, solid waste management, electricity and mobility), as well as of open spaces. - Household PI survey (761) Enterprise survey (341) 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The data set resulted in the production of the Hamra Neighbourhood Profile and the development of three interventions based on the data analysis 
 
Title Hamra 2019 Qualitative data about quality of life 
Description Qualitative data about prosperity and quality of life was collected in 2018-2019. The data includes: Street interviews about prosperity and quality of life in the Hamra area (n=22) Key Informant Interviews (representatives of NGOs, Mokhtars (local administrative officials), representatives of religious institutions, and a representative of a locally prominent political party) (n=17) Semi-structured interviews with enterprise owners (n=19); officials from local schools (n=3); and officials from local health clinics (n=2) Focus Group Discussions with members of different demographic groups based on age, gender and nationality (n=9) An interview with the mayor of Beirut and an interview with a municipal engineer 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The dataset was used to inform the analysis, writing and publication of the Hamra Neighbourhood Profile (see Publications section), which provides comprehensive evidence about quality of life in the Hamra area of Beirut and will be used as the basis for future policy work and urban interventions. 
 
Title LAU Centre for Innovation Fellows workshop data (2019 & 2020) 
Description Two workshops were held with CIL Fellows at LAU to build capacity for online and blended learning. Datasets include focus group discussion from 2019 and evaluation survey (15 responses) from 2020. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data demonstrates the effectiveness of introducing colleagues in Lebanon social and collaborative online and blended learning. The Fellows who attended the workshops subsequently led LAU's response to the pandemic. 
 
Title Lebanon prosperity model and dataset 
Description RELIEF has developed a unique approach to the context-specific study of prosperity in the Lebanese context. The model - which has been adapted for Hamra in Beirut and Mina/Tripoli - 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. The model was developed through a series of interviews and, once developed, was followed up with a data collection programme that included 1. A population count of all residents in the area. 2. An infrastructure survey covering energy, water, drainage and public space infrastructure. 3. Key informant interviews with governance, NGO and religious stakeholders. 4. An enterprise survey mapping the businesses in the neighbourhood. 5. A series of focus groups with local residents about quality of life. 6. A household survey based on the Hamra prosperity model Parts of the data for Hamra have been published in the RELIEF Centre-UN Habitat "Hamra Neigbhourhood Profile", but additional data is available and can be obtained by the submission of a data request on the RELIEF website. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
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. The data has already been used by the RELIEF centizen science team to design three small-scale interventions to support local businesses, create infrastructures for urban agriculture, and address some of the educational challenges faced by children who have recently dropped out of school. 
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/hamra-prosperity-team
 
Title MOOC engagement workshop data February 2018 
Description Data collected from 2 workshops held in February 2018 with 57 participants who gave responses to questions about the extent to which a MOOC could offer a viable solution to training teachers and other professionals in Lebanon 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The insights from these workshops established the viability of the collaborative MOOC model that we have used within the Future Education research in Lebanon and informed the initial curriculum design of two MOOCs, Community Based Research and Transforming Education in Challenging Environments. The key stakeholders that were present at the workshops have co-designed the content for the MOOCs, including helping to identify locations and professionals to feature in the MOOC videos. These stakeholders have continued to work with the RELIEF team throughout the process of developing, running, embedding and sustaining the MOOCs 
 
Title Mar Mikhael 2021 Vulnerabilities Data 
Description Data from a Household survey of over 400 households in the Mar Mikhael neighbourhood in post-blast Beirut. This data-set focuses on questions of livelihoods, housing and mental health. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact A report on local vulnerabilities in post-blast Beirut is currently being finalised and will be distributed to local stakeholders. 
 
Title Mina (Tripoli) 2020 Prosperity Index Data 
Description Qual: Key Informant Interviews, Focus Groups Discussions, ethnographies Quant: Building (635) and infrastructure field surveys (322). Does not include open spaces like Hamra, othersie very similar. Household PI survey (1023) 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This dataset is currently being used to develop local interventions by RELIEF partner CatalyticAction 
 
Title Mina 2020 Qualitative data about quality of life 
Description Qualitative data about prosperity and quality of life was collected in 2018-2019. The data includes: Street interviews about prosperity and quality of life in the Mina area (n=16) Key Informant Interviews (representatives of NGOs, Mokhtars (local administrative officials), representatives of religious institutions, and a representative of a locally prominent political party) (n=7) Focus Group Discussions with members of different demographic groups based on age, gender and nationality (n=6) 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The dataset is currently used to inform the analysis and writing of Report about quality of life and pathways to sustainable prosperity in Mina. The report will provide evidence about existing challenges which will a valuable resource for future policy work and urban interventions for communities in the area. 
 
Title Ras Beirut and Mina (Tripoli) 2021 Leverhulme Data Set 
Description Ras Beirut 2021 Leverhulme Data Qual: Ethnographies Quant: Worker survey which covers a lot of PI data (650), Entreprise/Employer survey (300) Mina 2021 Leverhulme Data Quant: Worker survey which covers a lot of PI data (750), Entreprise/Employer survey (300) 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The worker survey for both locations is currently being analysed to develop a Discrete Choice Model for formal and informal labour choices in Lebanon. 
 
Title Teaching Online datasets 
Description Data collected via the Edraak platform for the Teaching Online: Be Ready Now! MOOC including impact survey (2589 responses) and follow up survey (518 responses). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data from this MOOC, which was co-designed and created in 4 weeks at the beginning of the pandemic, has demonstrated that we have followed through the Theory of Change from the initial 'engage' to the final 'sustain' stage. The data provides evidence that the scaled up online collaborative learning model and co-design approach of the RELIEF MOOCs is highly applicable to responding with speed in emergencies, such as pandemics. Our co-design partner, LU embedded the MOOC in their professional development courses for teachers in Lebanese schools, and Faculty at Lebanese University. 
 
Title Transforming Education MOOC data 
Description Data collected via the Edraak and FutureLearn platforms for the Educators for Change and Transforming Education MOOC runs. These include Transforming Education in Challenging Environments: Collaborative Learning (102 responses) and Impact Survey (87 responses), comments data from runs 1 & 2; Educators for Change Collaborative Learning (876 responses) & Impact Survey (620 responses); Blended Learning summer school pre- and post-surveys (24 and 21 responses); interviews with MOOC participants during and immediately after course (8); post-course (9 + 3 interviews with participants featured in an additional MOOC video step); blended learning participants (9). 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The data from this MOOC and subsequent interviews has provided evidence for our ToC and demonstrated the ways in which the 5 cycles of value creation were instantiated in the MOOC including the immediate value of social learning online and the added value of blended learning; the potential value of skills and understanding learnt during the course; the applied value of participants applying the concepts to their own context; realised value of making a difference to their own learners and the reframing value of taking the approach back to their own organisations. Our co-design partner LAU embedded the MOOC in a continuing professional development course, and our NGO partner Jusoor embedded the MOOC in their professional development for teachers. 
 
Description Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut 
Organisation Optophono
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Ms Annelise Andersen (Communications and Impact Officer at the RELIEF Centre) initially proposed the idea for Acoustic Cities: a collaboration inviting artists and scholars from Lebanon and the UK to create audio works that sound out the spatial traces of memories, cultures, and bodies ingrained into the physical fabric of their cities. This was as part of an events series at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL celebrating its 100th birthday, which raised the profile of RELIEF within the university. Annelise was then responsible for finding and creating the partnerships with John and Gascia, who had worked previously on projects with the urban landscape and sound in London and Beirut ("Optophono" and "Recomposing the City"). RELIEF provided project management, communications and events support, and curation to the events that took place in each respective location. Through UCL, it also provided space for the event in London and access to its audiences.
Collaborator Contribution John Bingham-Hall was responsible for contacting all Lebanon and UK-based artists who took place in this project. He then managed all relationships with artists throughout the commissioning process of their work, and in the logistics involved in their performance. John also helped in curating content for digital marketing related to the event. Gascia, who is the Director of music label Optophono, managed all the recordings and arrangement of the sound works created during this project. She arranged for these to be uploaded to custom-made boxes with information card packs and USBs included, created especially for this project. She managed the distribution of these boxes once created. Gascia also arranged the digital curation of these works on the Optophono website, so that they are accessible to audiences online.
Impact Two showcase events as well as a physical edition compiling digital artworks. Yes, this partnership brings together stakeholders from a range of different fields (including music, sound engineering, arts, urban environment) with different expertise: • Architecture/ Urban Design • Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and the Built Environment • Sound artists and engineers • Social Studies
Start Year 2018
 
Description Acoustic Cities: London and Beirut 
Organisation Theatrum Mundi
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Ms Annelise Andersen (Communications and Impact Officer at the RELIEF Centre) initially proposed the idea for Acoustic Cities: a collaboration inviting artists and scholars from Lebanon and the UK to create audio works that sound out the spatial traces of memories, cultures, and bodies ingrained into the physical fabric of their cities. This was as part of an events series at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL celebrating its 100th birthday, which raised the profile of RELIEF within the university. Annelise was then responsible for finding and creating the partnerships with John and Gascia, who had worked previously on projects with the urban landscape and sound in London and Beirut ("Optophono" and "Recomposing the City"). RELIEF provided project management, communications and events support, and curation to the events that took place in each respective location. Through UCL, it also provided space for the event in London and access to its audiences.
Collaborator Contribution John Bingham-Hall was responsible for contacting all Lebanon and UK-based artists who took place in this project. He then managed all relationships with artists throughout the commissioning process of their work, and in the logistics involved in their performance. John also helped in curating content for digital marketing related to the event. Gascia, who is the Director of music label Optophono, managed all the recordings and arrangement of the sound works created during this project. She arranged for these to be uploaded to custom-made boxes with information card packs and USBs included, created especially for this project. She managed the distribution of these boxes once created. Gascia also arranged the digital curation of these works on the Optophono website, so that they are accessible to audiences online.
Impact Two showcase events as well as a physical edition compiling digital artworks. Yes, this partnership brings together stakeholders from a range of different fields (including music, sound engineering, arts, urban environment) with different expertise: • Architecture/ Urban Design • Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and the Built Environment • Sound artists and engineers • Social Studies
Start Year 2018
 
Description CatalyticAction RELIEF Consultancy 
Organisation CatalyticAction
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
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. - Support by Prof Camillo Boano and Prof. Howayda Al-Harithy in the development and conceptualization of the project and its findings. - Financial support to the research and its dissemination. - Support in visibility and dissemination of the work through RELIEF online and offline channels (social media, blog, UCL-AUB symposium and its proceedings). - Opportunity to discuss findings and methodology with other RELIEF members and collaborators.
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. - Logistical support to conducting research activities with community members. - Logistical support to recruit local researchers in the sites of enquiries. - Conduct qualitative research on the ground. - Built environment experts, providing support to implement projects on the ground. - Participatory planning and design experts, providing support to work closely with community members. - Disseminating the work of the RELIEF centre through social media channels (Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter) - Publishing together with the research teams at the RELIEF Centre. - Drafting reports and blog posts. - Producing film documentaries. - Liaise with other related small research grants to enhance the work of the RELIEF centre.
Impact - 4 Short participatory films "Addressing Lebanon's 'double crisis': film in & as research" funded by the grand challenges fund on Migration and Displacement, in collaboration with a local film group Salam Ya Sham. - Jadaliyya Publication: "Recognising diversity in participatory urban interventions". - Film: Filming life stories from the field. - Professor Camillo Boano presented partially this work connected with other emergence of the work with other colleagues as part of two seminar series in Northumbria University and SOAS. CatalyticAction is a charity and design studio that works across multiple disciplines of: - Architecture - Urban planning - Participatory design - Participatory Planning - Arts and Film - Research in the built environment - Participatory Construction
Start Year 2018
 
Description Co-poductive partnership involving a neighbourhood's community in various activities 
Organisation Nation Station
Country Lebanon 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Developing grant proposals for projects in which they were invited to be a partner. Two such projects were developed and both were awarded with the grant applied for.
Collaborator Contribution Providing their community space/hub as the venue for projects, their embeddedness and data of the local neighbourhood to recruit participants for the projects. Collaboration in the development and execution of projects, material sourcing, logistics.
Impact Projects are still underway.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Collaboration with Lebanese University in Tripoli, Lebanon 
Organisation Lebanese University
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The RELIEF Centre and Lebanese University in Tripoli are collaborating on the development and construction of a microbial fuel cell project which is a sustainable and innovative source of electricity that can be used by members of the local community for minor, but vital, activities such as charging one's phone. The RELIEF Centre is funding the project through an additional grant obtained by the UCL Global Engagement Fund, and it is also leading on the design and construction of the intervention.
Collaborator Contribution The Lebanese University has committed to supporting this project and providing the space on its campus where the construction will take place.
Impact The expected output will be the construction of a microbial fuel cell.
Start Year 2022
 
Description Collaboration with United Nations University Centre for Policy Research 
Organisation UN University Centre for Policy Research
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Research partners from the Life Facing Deportation Project joined with UNU CPR to develop an international symposium on critical rights literacy. This explored the factors impacting access to rights for indigenous migrant communities in Mexico and Guatemala. It involved the participation and collaboration of a broad range of civil society organisations supporting indigenous migrant communities and laid the basis for ongoing collaboration and networking
Collaborator Contribution Partners brought together a broad range of civil society actors and organisations representing indigenous migrant communities in Mexico and Guatemala. The input of the views and perspectives of these communities provided crucial insights into the challenges faced by indigenous communities in accessing their rights to due process during their migration.
Impact A Blog - on the key issues of rights for indigenous migrant communities: https://cpr.unu.edu/publications/articles/rights-literacy-indigenous-migration.html A full report of proceedings and next steps (to be completed by end of March 2022 and will be posted on Life Facing Deportation project website: https://www.deporting-lives.co.uk/ Ongoing network of broad range of organisations and civil society actors focusing on the rights of indigenous populations Laid the basis for a further funding proposal for related research (currently underdevelopment) by the Life Facing Project team and partners
Start Year 2021
 
Description Designing 'Shared Time' in Burj el Barajneh Camp 
Organisation CatalyticAction
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Researchers' time and monetary contribution (£10k) to develop a participatory, community-based intervention, including design work and implementation.
Collaborator Contribution - Material facilitation. - Site observation & documentation (data collection and video documentation). - Support in community engagement. - Collaboration in the implementation.
Impact Three social thresholds were designed and built in the first site of intervention. The built intervention includes seating areas of various shapes and scales to accommodate various ages and gender, tree and plantation spaces, and lifting exposed electricity wires through a designed wood panel network. This concludes the Phase 1 exercise of this activity. Phase 2 is currently underway, whereby Dr Samar Maqusi is documenting change and feedback since the completion of phase 1 to inform the design of the last Phase 3.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Distance Education Modalities in Compounded Crisis: The Case of Lebanon 
Organisation Open Society Foundations
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Distance Education Modalities in Compounded Crisis: The Case of Lebanon project is a one year project funded by the Open Society Foundation and implemented by the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS) and the Education team of the RELIEF centre. The project aims to support educators by providing them with skills they need and build on their experiences to allow them to have better working conditions, obtain tools to deliver high quality education especially for marginalized students and produce knowledge that will be used to benefit teachers working in similar conditions globally. The CLS and the RELIEF education team worked closely with 14 educators in Lebanon (both Lebanese and Syrian) starting September 2020, on two main themes/outputs: 1. Action research training which includes data generation, data analysis and research ethics 2. Preparing for and co-creation of a Mass Open Online Collaborative (MOOC) that is based on the Action Research The team gave three workshops on action research in schools and informal education spaces, supported the 14 teachers in conducting the action research and analyzing the data and finally worked closely with the 14 educators to produce a 4 weeks MOOC based on the action research which will be launched in July 2020 on the Edraak platform in Arabic.
Collaborator Contribution The Open Society Foundation funded part of this project
Impact A 4 weeks MOOC under the title Towards a better education: lessons learn from COVID-19 Will be launched in July 2021 on the Edraak Platform (In Arabic)
Start Year 2020
 
Description Educational Research Forum: Developing a future agenda for educational research, British Academy/Royal Society, 26 Nov 2019 
Organisation The British Academy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Presentation on evidence about educational research focusing on new directions in cross-university collaboration on educational research, especially in relation to online futures for education.
Collaborator Contribution The other presenters contributed evidence and ideas in the same way, building to a collective understanding of the future of educational research as a whole.
Impact The British Academy/Royal Society report 'Harnessing Educational Research', url above/
Start Year 2019
 
Description Educational Research Forum: Developing a future agenda for educational research, British Academy/Royal Society, 26 Nov 2019 
Organisation The Royal Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Presentation on evidence about educational research focusing on new directions in cross-university collaboration on educational research, especially in relation to online futures for education.
Collaborator Contribution The other presenters contributed evidence and ideas in the same way, building to a collective understanding of the future of educational research as a whole.
Impact The British Academy/Royal Society report 'Harnessing Educational Research', url above/
Start Year 2019
 
Description Issam Fares Policy Institute - RELIEF Centre Citizen Assembly Pilot partnership 
Organisation American University of Beirut
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Consultancy fees to Marc Ayoub for leading expert panel, coordinating with other experts inside Lebanon, helping with media and giving a presentation.
Collaborator Contribution Presentation by Professor Nadim Farajallah to the Citizen Assembly
Impact Engineering Energy policy Public policy
Start Year 2019
 
Description MOOC in Arabic on Edraak: 'Teaching Online: Be Ready Now!', running continuously, a free and open online course, 
Organisation Lebanese University
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Researched, designed, developed, supported, and evaluated a 2-week, 8 hour course to support teachers in converting their classroom teaching to an online learning environment.
Collaborator Contribution Our partners at LU collaborated on all stages of the course and helped to promote it within Lebanon. The Edraak platform also contributed by promoting it across the MENA region
Impact The course attracted >47,000 enrolments to Dec 2020, from countries across the MENA region, many of them LICs. The Jordan Ministry of Education ran their own instance of the course for their teachers. Due to our collaboration with the Lebanese University over the last two years on a previous Edraak course, the academic staff have been learning about online learning and have understood its importance and value. The pandemic meant that many courses run by universities had to go online, and the University was well placed to do this. The course embeds the Learning Designer tool (ES/F042175/1) as a key element of the exercises in the course. The Lebanese University has been lobbying the Government to relax their refusal to recognise online degrees, and new legislation is now being considered by Parilament. These courses achieved capacity building impact in MENA and across the world, and conceptual impact by reframing the debates around the potential of online learning and MOOCs, especially at the Lebanese American University and Lebanese University, and our collaborating NGOs. We also changed the learning design orientation of Edraak (https://www.edraak.org) to incorporate social and collaborative learning into the platform now adopted across all their MOOCs, with >2m learners.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Promoting peace through education in conflict-affected regions of Thailand and Myanmar 
Organisation Chiang Mai University
Country Thailand 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We organized a two-day workshop in Chiang Mai University, Thailand to discuss how education can promote peace and reconciliation in politically contested regions of Thailand and Myanmar. Southern Thailand's Malay Muslims have long resisted assimilationist education policies to preserve their Islamic culture, identity and language whereas, ethnic armed organizations in Karen, Mon and Shan states of Myanmar have struggled for local autonomy in education. We brought together academics and civil society actors working on education in these contexts to discuss educational challenges faced by local communities, which will also create an opportunity for knowledge exchange.
Collaborator Contribution Chiang Mai University and Thinking Classroom Foundation were involved in bring together participants from refugee camps in the Thai-Myanmar borders. Chiang Mai University hosted the event and provided the venue in-kind for the workshop.
Impact The following two outputs are in preparation: Pherali et al (in preparation) Struggles of different ethnic education departments in providing learning opportunities in Myanmar Pherali et al (In preparation) Promoting peace and social justice in unstable multicultural settings: A case of Southern Thailand
Start Year 2022
 
Description Public engagement multiple collaboration for MOVE Beirut. part 2 
Organisation Nation Station
Country Lebanon 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Via the UCL Beacon Bursary for Public Engagement, £2,000 we donated them tatami mats which they are still using to this day to host yoga and other physical exercise activities, we brought and facilitated a series of muaythai-based exercise workshops for their neighbourhood and community 4x a week for the duration of 2 months free of charge, providing Covid-equipment (e.g. masks, sanitizers), snacks, water. Involving the partner in an academic research project housed at UCL. Contribution of expertise and knowledge-sharing with partner. PR and communications that benefitted the partner in getting them known for a wider audience. Contributing to their work of neighbourhood engagement with another programme which was significant in contributing to the neighbours' mental and physical wellbeing.
Collaborator Contribution Providing us with free of charge use of space to host the workshop sessions.
Impact - consecutive invitations to speak of this project, participate in teaching module at UCL based on these experiences (all listed individually under outputs) - achieved aims and impact on local people's physical and mental wellbeing - consecutive invitations to facilitate and replicate the program in different locations in Lebanon, not only in Beirut but also in Tripoli and the Beqaa valley.
Start Year 2021
 
Description RELIEF - UN Habitat collaboration 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Country United States 
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 has led on the recruitment and training of researchers and the data collection process for the profile. This has included training on carrying out interviews and household survey, as well as GIS mapping. 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. Currently RELIEF is planning a workshop with UN Habitat on citizen science and best practice for training and collaborating with field researchers.
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 This collaboration has led to a series of outputs. RELIEF has produced a number of data sets for Hamra, including population count, infrastructure survey, enterprise survey and household survey about prosperity and quality of life. We have also collected qualitative data in the form of Key Informant Interviews with local community leaders and Focus Group Discussions with Hamra residents. The RELIEF team is in the final stages of preparing the Hamra Neighbourhood Profile which we expect to be published in the Spring/Summer of 2020.
Start Year 2018
 
Description RELIEF Collaboration with Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon and affiliates 
Organisation Berytech
Country Lebanon 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon to include the collaborators' logos on relevant communications outputs, to invite them to be on the jury panel of the competition, to share the competition with the collaborators' networks
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators to share the call for application of the competition using their communications tools Collaborators to assign a person as a Jury member on the selection committee of the competition Collaborators to assign a mentor to one winner of the competition
Impact This collaboration allows an expansion of the network of social entrepreneurs in Lebanon, the region, and internationally. Parties will exchange knowledge, resources, and future opportunities. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary as it involves practitioners from different backgrounds and industries. The targeted fields are clean sectors.
Start Year 2019
 
Description RELIEF Collaboration with Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon and affiliates 
Organisation Compost Baladi
Country Lebanon 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon to include the collaborators' logos on relevant communications outputs, to invite them to be on the jury panel of the competition, to share the competition with the collaborators' networks
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators to share the call for application of the competition using their communications tools Collaborators to assign a person as a Jury member on the selection committee of the competition Collaborators to assign a mentor to one winner of the competition
Impact This collaboration allows an expansion of the network of social entrepreneurs in Lebanon, the region, and internationally. Parties will exchange knowledge, resources, and future opportunities. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary as it involves practitioners from different backgrounds and industries. The targeted fields are clean sectors.
Start Year 2019
 
Description RELIEF Collaboration with Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon and affiliates 
Organisation Difaf SAL
Country Lebanon 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon to include the collaborators' logos on relevant communications outputs, to invite them to be on the jury panel of the competition, to share the competition with the collaborators' networks
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators to share the call for application of the competition using their communications tools Collaborators to assign a person as a Jury member on the selection committee of the competition Collaborators to assign a mentor to one winner of the competition
Impact This collaboration allows an expansion of the network of social entrepreneurs in Lebanon, the region, and internationally. Parties will exchange knowledge, resources, and future opportunities. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary as it involves practitioners from different backgrounds and industries. The targeted fields are clean sectors.
Start Year 2019
 
Description RELIEF Collaboration with Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon and affiliates 
Organisation Live Love
Country Lebanon 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon to include the collaborators' logos on relevant communications outputs, to invite them to be on the jury panel of the competition, to share the competition with the collaborators' networks
Collaborator Contribution Collaborators to share the call for application of the competition using their communications tools Collaborators to assign a person as a Jury member on the selection committee of the competition Collaborators to assign a mentor to one winner of the competition
Impact This collaboration allows an expansion of the network of social entrepreneurs in Lebanon, the region, and internationally. Parties will exchange knowledge, resources, and future opportunities. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary as it involves practitioners from different backgrounds and industries. The targeted fields are clean sectors.
Start Year 2019
 
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 Beirut Urban Lab (American University of Beirut) 
Organisation American University of Beirut
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution RELIEF is collaborating with Beirut Urban Lab (American University of Beirut) in Lebanon as part of the project Assessing Vulnerabilities in Post-Blast Beirut. The RELIEF research team has led on the data collection and analysis of a household survey in Mar Mikhael (one of the areas most affected by the blast)
Collaborator Contribution Beirut Urban Lab has primarily supported RELIEF by providing novel research on the immediate effect of the blast. It has also shared the household survey questionnaire it ran in the affected neighbourhood of Karantina, in order for RELIEF to adapt the survey in Mar Mikhael for comparability purposes.
Impact Video overviewing the multidisciplinary project process. The project brings together urban economists, social scientists and urban designers to collect quantitative survey data, as well as community consultations data through focus groups and semi-structured interviews. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oeqdpa2eC5w
Start Year 2020
 
Description RELIEF collaboration with Jusoor 
Organisation Jusoor
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution - Contribution to capacity building/ building skills and sharing expertise through workshops - Providing Jusoor staff 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. - The Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) and associated colleagues in UCL Institute of Education (IOE) will seek the possibility of providing Jusoor students\staff with scholarships/ bursaries through the project to attend short professional development courses in London and Lebanon if possible.
Collaborator Contribution - Jusoor staff contributed to the production of MOOCs as part of the RELIEF initiative through participation in introductory videos and further course content videos/discussions/filming of examples of good practice. - Jusoor offer outreach/connections/introductions access to the community for UCL staff to conduct research directly.
Impact Jusoor have taken part in the development of RELIEF's teacher professional development MOOC through workshops and other activities. The MOOC had its first run in June 2019 and the second run is ongoing and started in February 2020
Start Year 2018
 
Description RELIEF collaboration with Land Food Initiative (American University of Beirut) 
Organisation American University of Beirut
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The RELIEF Centre provided guidance to the Land Food Initiative for them to set up a food security survey in the neighbourhood of Karantina affected by the blast. This involved guidance on the questionnaire, sampling strategy, fieldwork organisation and citizen scientist recruitment.
Collaborator Contribution The Land Food Initiative provided access to their GIS databases and survey123 as a data collection method.
Impact A revised food security survey that is ready to go to the field for data-collection.
Start Year 2020
 
Description RELIEF collaboration with The Lebanese University (LU) 
Organisation Lebanese University
Country Lebanon 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution - Contribution to capacity building/ building skills and sharing expertise through workshops - Providing LU academics and 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. - The Institute for Global Prosperity (IGP) and associated colleagues in UCL Institute of Education (IOE) will seek the possibility of providing the LU students\staff with scholarships/ bursaries through the project to attend short professional development courses in London if possible. - IGP and associated colleagues in IOE will provide critical feedback on educational practices at the LU, especially linked to online learning initiatives - IOE colleagues to act as informal 'peer reviewers' to add value to the LU educational programmes/practice - IOE colleagues to work with LU academics on joint publications when possible and support as peer reviewers.
Collaborator Contribution - LU colleagues contributed to the production of MOOCs as part of the RELIEF initiative through participation in introductory videos and further course content videos/discussions/filming of examples of good practice. - LU offer outreach/connections/introductions access to the community for UCL staff to conduct research directly. - LU students took part in the teacher professional development course as well as the face-to-face component of our blended learning model
Impact LU colleagues have taken part in the development of RELIEF's teacher professional development MOOC through workshops and other activities. The MOOC had its first run in June 2019 and the second run is on going, stated in February 2020. The duration of the MOOC is 4 weeks
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) also had the possibility to apply and attend the the face-to-face component of the blended learning model for the teacher professional development course which took place in June 2019.
Collaborator Contribution - UNHCR staff contributed to the 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 had its first run in June 2019 and its ongoing second run started in February 2020
Start Year 2018
 
Description RELIEF collaboration with the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS) 
Organisation Arab Council for the Social Sciences
Country Lebanon 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The RELIEF team established connections between the ACSS and the London International Development Centre Migration Leadership Team (LIDC-MLT). This discussion resulted in the organisation of a conference on migration in the MENA region that took place in Beirut and that was co-convened by the RELIEF Centre, LIDC and ACSS. The RELIEF team is now contributing their input for a report that will be published later this year.
Collaborator Contribution ACSS connected the RELIEF Centre and LIDC-MLT to their regional network as part of organising the aforementioned conference on migration in the MENA region that we co-convened. The ACSS is now contributing their input for a report that will be published later this year.
Impact Global Migration Conversation conference in Beirut and a report that will be published later this year.
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 Socio-economically vulnerable groups project with Public Works 
Organisation Public Works Studio
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Building on research conducted by Public Works studio, they developed a proposal to investigate urban vulnerabilities and displacement trajectories of identified social groups in neighbourhoods in Beirut. The RELIEF Centre funded and supported on the ground their research focused on female households and the elderly. - - Support by Prof Camillo Boano in the development and conceptualization of the project and its findings. - Financial support to the research and its dissemination. - Support in visibility and dissemination of the work through RELIEF online and offline channels (social media, blog, UCL-AUB symposium and its proceedings). - Opportunity to discuss findings and methodology with other RELIEF members and collaborators.
Collaborator Contribution - Background research done by Public Works. - Production of in-depth qualitative research including narrative-based and visual documentation (maps, diagrams, illustrations). - Design, adaptation and dissemination of the research through social media channels (short animations, illustrations) and the Housing Monitor (illustrated narrative long-reads). - Participation in conference and its proceedings. - Adapting findings for blog dissemination (DPU, RELIEF).
Impact Housing Monitor story 1 Illustrated narrative long-read of Em Yumna's eviction from Tareek Jdeede to a far suburb. Housing Monitor story 2 Illustrated narrative long-read of Em Hassan's eviction and her relocation within Tareek Jdeede. Housing Monitor story 3 Illustrated narrative long-read of Afrah and Myriam, two widows who share ownership of their dwelling with 12 other heirs. Comparative analysis paper "Making the City and its Suburbs Through Housing Vulnerabilities: A Close Up on Women and the Elderly in Beirut's Tareek el Jdeede". Submitted to the symposium "Vulnerability, Infrastructure, and Displacement: the role of public services in Lebanese spaces of migration." Social media content Story 1 https://www.instagram.com/p/BwHTJLKAluk/ https://www.instagram.com/p/BwOvlyPgpol/ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bv_cFMGAKL7/ https://www.facebook.com/publicworksstudio/videos/2234520596808806/ https://www.facebook.com/publicworksstudio/videos/507500016448315/ https://www.facebook.com/publicworksstudio/photos/a.1476000305769618/2127692613933714/?type=3&theater https://twitter.com/publicworks_lb Story 2 https://www.facebook.com/publicworksstudio/videos/375281836492206/ https://www.facebook.com/publicworksstudio/videos/360923811496086/ https://www.facebook.com/publicworksstudio/videos/734989650271352/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B1MD1D0JzlI/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B1bEeVCnf9C/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B1s-I9DHWyR/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B10jOK4nW7X/ https://twitter.com/publicworks_lb Story 3 https://www.instagram.com/p/B7RN-QhpD7b/ https://www.facebook.com/publicworksstudio/photos/rpp.863146070388381/2639857429383894/ https://twitter.com/publicworks_lb Forthcoming - Analysis paper of widows sharing inheritance in Tareek Jdeede (in progress). - Housing, inheritance and the current uprisings (in progress). - Two additional social media posts for story 3. - Compiled report of both analyses with accompanying maps and illustrations. Public Works Studio is a multi-disciplinary research and design studio. Disciplines involved in the project from within the studio were: - Architecture - Urban Planning - Urban sociology - Graphic design - Communication design - Illustration The research also entailed consultations with legal researchers and lawyers. The dissemination entailed collaboration with editorial designers, web developers and journalists.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Sustainable Energy Access for Communities MOOC collaboration 
Organisation Calthorpe Community Garden Limited
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have collaborated with MECS in developing the Energy Access: Sustainable Solutions for All MOOC.
Collaborator Contribution MECS have supplied video and expertise for the MOOC. Calthorpe Community Garden hosted a bio electricity installation which is the basis for a video and learning material in the MOOC, Calthorpe Community Garden will also host a webinar about the bio-electricity project which will be featured in the MOOC. Government of the Netherlands created a video which will feature in the MOOC.
Impact This is a multidisciplinary collaboration - education, art and engineering. The outputs of the collaboration are still in process but will be a MOOC on renewable technologies for energy access.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Sustainable Energy Access for Communities MOOC collaboration 
Organisation Government of the Netherlands
Country Netherlands 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have collaborated with MECS in developing the Energy Access: Sustainable Solutions for All MOOC.
Collaborator Contribution MECS have supplied video and expertise for the MOOC. Calthorpe Community Garden hosted a bio electricity installation which is the basis for a video and learning material in the MOOC, Calthorpe Community Garden will also host a webinar about the bio-electricity project which will be featured in the MOOC. Government of the Netherlands created a video which will feature in the MOOC.
Impact This is a multidisciplinary collaboration - education, art and engineering. The outputs of the collaboration are still in process but will be a MOOC on renewable technologies for energy access.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Understanding displacement through Sounding Embodied Spatial Behaviours: Informality & Memory - A Workshop Series 
Organisation French Institute for the Near East
Country Lebanon 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Logistical, and monetary to be requested in the second phase of this collaboration.
Collaborator Contribution Logistical, in addition to the partner offering to host the planned collaborative event.
Impact No outputs yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Title Community Based Research, an open online course for researchers, on the FutureLearn and Edraak platforms 
Description The course teaches participants the basics of community based research by examining the citizen science methodology used by the RELIEF Centre in Lebanon. They learn to construct their own research questions to find out community needs and how to meet them. They develop research skills to carry out local research projects sensitively and ethically, using case study examples from Lebanon to support their research development. The course runs for 3 weeks, and provides ~10 hours of study, including videos, exercises, quizzes, discussions and peer review activities. It has had >1000 participants on the two platforms, and is about to be re-run. Participants enrol from >150 countries. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The course has been used by universities and research groups, especially in Lebanon, to assist in the training of young researchers, such as masters students and citizen scientists. 
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/community-based-research/
 
Title MOOC for teachers in all sectors 'Blended and Online Learning Design' on FutureLearn 
Description This larger-scale online course brings to teachers in all sectors video exemplars and case studies, contributed by teachers from all sectors, illustrating ways of using blended and online learning within their courses. The online course employs the research-based tool developed at UCL Knowledge Lab, the Learning Designer, to enable teachers to adopt learning designs from others, which they can adapt, or create their own, receiving automated feedback on the nature of the learning experience they have designed. Teachers can share their design with others, for them to adopt and adapt. The course orchestrates two peer review activities where participants review each other's designs according to a give rubric. They may nominate their own or other's designs to be listed in the 'curated designs' section of the Learning Designer website. In this way, we begin to explore how well this community operates to develop collaborative community knowledge of how to teach online. This is a key focus of our CGHE2 research programme. Some 6,000 teachers are enrolled, from all sectors, and many countries. The course runs continuously for the first 6 months, prior to review. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact Some 8,900 teachers are enrolled, from all sectors, and many countries. By the end of its third run it received 71/84 (85%) 5-star reviews, many of them commenting on the value of the course and its tools and resources, for their work in developing online and blended learning. Registered participants can download all the resources in the course 
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/blended-and-online-learning-design
 
Title RELIEF Co-design Storyboard online template 
Description This is a tool developed using the Miro interactive whiteboard software. It is published by Miro as part of their Miroverse collection of templates freely available to users of Miro to use and adapt. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Interest from social media and workshop participants indicate this has been a useful tool for learning designers needing to move co-design workshops online during the pandemic. 
URL https://miro.com/miroverse/co-design-storyboard/
 
Title Sustainable Energy Access for Communities MOOC 
Description The Sustainable Energy Access for Communities MOOC is now available on demand for participants to learn and share experiences of community based solutions to energy crises. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact So far, 3432 people have enrolled on the MOOC (in either Arabic or English) with c. 50% actively engaging. Participants have shared examples from local communities around the world. 96% participants reported that the course either met or exceeded their expectations and learnt new knowledge and skills, 43% had applied what they learnt, and 83% had shared what they learnt with other people. 
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/sustainable-energy-access-for-communities/2
 
Title Teaching Online: Be Ready Now! 
Description The courses shows teachers how to plan for moving their classroom-based courses online, and use digital tools and resources to enable more active learning by their students. The course runs for 2 weeks and provides 10 hours of study as well as access to resources. Participants use videos, exercises, quizzes, discussions and peer review activities to share and exchange ideas and practices. The course runs on the Edraak platforms, in Arabic. It has attracted >46,000 participants, from across the MENA region. The course continues to run. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The idea for the course arose from our previous collaboration with the Lebanese University, They wanted to help teachers with the process of moving their teaching entirely online. Based on our previous collaboration (see the Transforming Education...) we were able to work together online during lockdown, and within one month we were able to develop the course as a response to the pandemic emergency when all schools were closed. The course was very well received. In the post course survey, for example, 94% of the respondents said that the course changed the way they and their colleagues think or make future planning methods for online learning. And already, soon after the course, 49% reported that their students had benefitted from what they acquired on the course. The Ministry of Education in Jordan endorsed the course and adopted it for reference within their website. 
URL https://courses.edraak.org/courses/course-v1:UCL_LU+TO101+T2_2020/course/
 
Title The Learning designer Browser section 'Blended and Online Learning Design': A library of learning designs, created for sharing by participants in a professional development MOOC for teachers in all sectors. 
Description Designers who make their designs public on the website always retain ownership of shared designs, but they are shared under the Creative Commons 4.0 (BY) license. For this course the participants are all teachers and educators in all sectors and subject areas, from countries across the world. The learning designs made available to all are developed by participants using the Learning Designer tool to design their own learning designs on the Designer screen. if the user chooses to make their design public, they can be collected within the category 'Submissions - Reviewed', all of which have been peer reviewed. As of March 2022 there are 72 such designs for this course, and a further 17 curated designs, i.e. reviewed by the Educators. If the user chooses to submit their design for review by the course Educators according to a stricter set of criteria, they can be included in the category 'Curated designs from the BOLD course'. As of 30 July 2021 there are 12 such designs for this course, with a further 6 awaiting approval. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact Participants report in discussions and reviews of the course that they have used their designs within their own teaching, with successful results. These reports are selected from those noted by the educators. The full analysis of all the data has not yet been completed. 
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/learning-designer/browser.php?uri=/Blended_and_Online_Learning_Design_FutureLe...
 
Title Transforming Education in Challenging Environments 
Description The courses shows how teachers can make a difference to children from challenging contexts. Participants discover how to transform learning spaces and educational practices, and share their teaching methods and real experiences of teaching in crises with other educators. The course runs for 5 weeks and provides 20 hours of study as well as access to resources. Participants use videos, exercises, quizzes, discussions and peer review activities to share and exchange ideas and practices. The course runs on both FutureLearn and Edraak platforms, in English and Arabic. It has attracted >3,000 participants, from >150 countries. The second run will begin in February 2021. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The course was embedded within courses for teachers at the Lebanese University and the Lebanese American University, enabling a blended version to be taught for their masters and teacher training students. The collaboration also enabled us to establish strong links with colleagues in both universities, which has changed those universities' approach to the use of online learning. The Ministry of Education and Higher Education were kept close to our developments, and began to run their own workshops for their master teachers on the use of MOOCs. We have also been invited to run a workshop for teacher development by the Assistant Provost for Education at the Lebanese American University, In 2020 we were invited to rerun this online for their advanced teachers. Out of this collaboration with Lebanese University we also developed and MOU between our universities, and were then able to collaborate in rapid response to the pandemic to create a new emergency course for teachers - see output Teaching Online: Be Ready Now! 
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/transforming-education
 
Description "Blended Learning in Teacher Education & Training", Thematic Seminar, implementing blended learning in teacher education & training - Findings from research and practice, EU Schoolnet Academy. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy gave a keynote presentation to EU Schoolsnet online thematic seminar on research on blended learning in teacher professional development, particularly in relation to delivering MOOCs in a blended context. The seminar drew a wide audience from across the EU who were involved with teacher training for school teachers. Participants reported their interest in following up the seminar by reading the committed report with a view to implementing the ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.europeanschoolnetacademy.eu/downloads/2020-12-01%202nd%20EUN%20Academy%20Thematic%20Semi...
 
Description "Collaborative Online Teacher Training Through MOOCs in the context of COVID-19". Teacher Training Amid COVID-19: Challenges, Resources and Aspirations for Culturally Diverse Classrooms, El Colegio de Sonora, Mexico. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy gave a presentation to an online seminar on Teacher Training Amid COVID-19 hosted by El Colegio de Sonora, Mexico drawing on research about using collaborative MOOCs to scale up teacher professional development in emergencies. Participants were drawn from across North America and were interested in applying the concept in for teachers in Mexico who were teaching non-Spanish speaking refugees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.facebook.com/NYSABE/photos/a.331611997014769/1716766048499350/?type=3
 
Description "Designing for learning with technology", GMIT Christmas Teaching and Learning Showcase, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy gave a keynote presentation to annual teaching and learning conference at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Eire on research on digital tools to support learning design during Covid-19 pandemic and after. The attendees were lecturers from diverse technical and humanities disciplines who reported intention to use the tools to help them design online learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://galwaymayoinstitute-my.sharepoint.com/personal/jessica_duffy_gmit_ie/_layouts/15/onedrive.as...
 
Description "Designing online assessment Creatively". Digital Assessments and their impact on Learners' achievements, Lebanese University, Lebanon. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy gave an invited presentation to an online conference in digital assessment co-organised by the Lebanese University. The audience was drawn from across the Middle East. Participants expressed interest in the ideas presented with a view to implementation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://cresh.ul.edu.lb/?p=2898
 
Description "Digital games for sustainability learning at scale: creative pedagogy with technology for a renewable energy MOOC". Presentation at APT Annual Conference, UCL. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy gave a presentation on developing choice based digital games to enable MOOC participants to practice with concepts with Ellie Bates (UCL) at the Academic Practice and Technology Annual Conference at UCL. Participants expressed an interest in implementing the ideas in their own online courses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://aptconference.org.uk/index.php/apt/apt2020/paper/viewPaper/1421
 
Description "Refugees and Urban Space" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Samar was invited by the Urban Studies department at Vassar College, to present her reserach in Lebanon to undergraduate students enrolled in the "Refugees and Urban Space" Samar'a talk was titled 'Reflections on spatial practices inside the Palestinian camp'. The talk focused on showcasing the ways in which the Palsestinian refugee camp in Lebanon evolved and urbanised over a protracted displacements, and the resulting urban and social conditions. The aim of the activity was to expose the students to the work of architects engaged in camps, and to show them the different ways in which camps urbanize.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
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 "Teaching Online: Be Ready Now! A Rapid Response MOOC Co-designed with and for teachers in Lebanon and the MENA region". Presentation at APT Annual Conference, UCL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy gave a presentation with Samar Zeitoun (Lebanese University) and Diana Laurillard (UCL) on evaluation research of a rapidly created MOOC co-designed with Lebanese University for teachers in the Middle East new to online teaching during the pandemic. Participants requested further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://aptconference.org.uk/index.php/apt/apt2020/paper/viewPaper/1422
 
Description "Teaching Online: Lessons Learnt and Future Prospects" RELIEF Centre blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy published a blog post on the RELIEF Centre blog about what we have learnt so far from the Teaching Online: Be Ready Now! MOOC with a view to publicising a webinar being held for current and future participants in the course. The blog helped to promote the webinar and increase attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/teaching-online-lessons-learned-and-future-prospects
 
Description "The Challenges and Opportunities of the Rapid Move to Online Teaching In Response to Covid-19". Presentation at APT Annual Conference, UCL. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy gave a presentation with Allison Littlejohn (UCL) on research on UCL staff experience of moving to home working and teaching online at the Academic Practice and Technology annual conference at UCL. Participants expressed interest in further information about the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://aptconference.org.uk/index.php/apt/apt2020/paper/viewPaper/1434
 
Description "UCL Move to Online Teaching and Homeworking (MOTH)" Presentation at the Open Education SIG webinar, "#COVID19 - we're all in it together - or are we?" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy presented research on UCL staff experience of moving to home working and teaching online with Allison Littlejohn and Jennifer Rode (UCL). Participants expressed interest in collaborating on future projects to pool resources on student and staff experience of digital learning and teaching during the pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://altc.alt.ac.uk/oesig/2020/07/28/covid19-were-all-in-this-together-or-are-we/#gref
 
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 'Imagining Futures through Un/Archived Pasts': Emerging Lessons from a Global Cross-disciplinary Collaboration 
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 Panel session within the 'Art in Peace and Reconciliation: A Transnational Perspective' conference. Professor Howayda Al-Harithy participated in the Day 3 panel that profiled lessons from the 'imagining futures' project, a global cross-disciplinary collaboration focused on Archives as negotiations about visions of the future examining whose story will continue to be told and how, and whose is silenced in moments of post-conflict, displacement and reconstruction. The project links expertise from
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.acu.ac.uk/acu-events/art-in-peace-and-reconciliation-a-transnational-perspective/
 
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 5 easy tricks for successful online teaching 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy wrote a blog post for IOE Blogs about how to teach online based on research on MOOCs for teachers new to online teaching. The blog post was one of the most read posts in 2020 with comments from readers who reported changed views and behaviours.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/2020/06/17/5-easy-tricks-for-successful-online-teaching/
 
Description A Key note : Promoting wellbeing through education in challenging environments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Key note address sharing approach to co-design of massive open online collaborations for teacher professional development in contexts of displacement /complex circumstances. Insights were shared from work in Lebanon and discussion of relevance to contexts within South East Asia and beyond (including Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan India and Rojava). Key note was attended by around 200 people including educational practitioners. The discussion generated a lot of interest in sharing approaches to collaborative TPD and how the approach may work in other similar contexts of displacement/ conflict.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.peacewithjustice.org/education-in-challenging-environments-promoting-peace-trust-and-sus...
 
Description A more collaborative learning design is transforming Arabic MOOCs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy and Mustafa Habib (Edraak) reported on the ways that the learning design approach developed through research in CGHE and RELIEF has transformed Arabic MOOC design on the Edraak platform. The high levels of engagement with the MOOCs produced using this approach has led to the Conversational Framework and learning design tools developed at UCL Knowledge Lab being adopted by all course designers at Edraak. The article provided links to the Educators for Change MOOC on Edraak and the Transforming Education in Challenging Environments course on FutureLearn so that readers could experience the approach first hand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ioelondonblog.wordpress.com/2020/02/20/a-more-collaborative-learning-design-is-transforming-...
 
Description AUB City Debates: International Conference on Urban Recovery at the Intersection between Displacement and Reconstruction 
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 Reconstruction and displacement have two independent scholarly trajectories that do not often intersect to enrich either discourse or challenge one another. While reconstruction is often confounded to the physical recovery of ruptured urban spaces, displacement emerges as a human-centered discourse. It encompasses the social and temporal dimensions of human migration towards safety and shelter and is not spatialized enough. While reconstruction has long been debated, its intersections with protracted and mass displacement call for more critical conversations. And while displacement has occupied a central focus in research across historical, urban, anthropological, geographical, and cultural studies, emerging threads call for more interdisciplinary reflections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.aub.edu.lb/msfea/news/Pages/citydebates2019.aspx
 
Description Acoustic Cities: London & Beirut 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The RELIEF Centre launched the aforementioned collaboration in two events, one at the Sursock Museum in Beirut, chaired by co-I Professor Howayda Al-Harithy, and one at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, chaired by the RELIEF Centre and partners. Both events showcased some of the works produced for the collaboration and were followed by Q&A sessions with the artists and researchers from the RELIEF Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.optophono.com/acousticcitieslondonbeirut
 
Description Addressing Lebanon's 'double crisis': film in & as research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project is funded by the grand challenges fund on Migration and Displacement, in collaboration with a local film group Salam Ya Sham. It builds on the work in Bar Elias of CatalyticAction with Relief centre. Citizen Scientists, trained by UCL and CatalyticAction the previous year, participated in a filming training workshop conducted by Salam Ya Sham with CatalyticAction. Citizen Scientists then chose to focus for their short documentaries on 3 key topics: 1. The Litani river pollution, 2. Solid waste and recycling, and 3. Housing impact. They created the film scenarios and filmed within their communities, researching these topics in more details. SYS edited and produced 4 short video documentaries, the 4th one was about the whole project process as a behind the scenes video.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://youtu.be/8wGLmfQZQiY
 
Description Al-Akhbar newspaper "Electricity threatens 4% of Hamra buildings" 
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 This was a thorough and long feature covering the data that our research team collected and presented at the citizen assembly
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.al-akhbar.com/Community/295718/%D8%AE%D8%B7%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%83%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%A8%D...
 
Description Alnahhar newspaper "Citizens Assembly on Electricity, the fog of corruption and wrong policies create darkness" 
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 News feature in one of Lebanon's leading daily newspapers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.annahar.com/arabic/section/134-%D8%AA%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D9%88%D8%AA%D8%AD%D...
 
Description An invited presentation on "Realising the potential of digital learning at scale" at Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth, Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy was invited to present her research on "Realising the potential of digital learning at scale: research approaches" at the Education Research Laboratory, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth (USJ) on 9 December 2022. The audience was composed of faculty and early career researchers studying for PhD in Education at USJ.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Arab Council for Social Sciences (ACSS) fifth conference, "Interrogating the Social Sciences in the Vortex of Crises: Waves of Discontent and Demands for Change" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ala'a Shehabi's panel proposal "Energy, governance, and corruption: Electricity in Lebanon and possibilities for reform and democratic participation" has been selected for inclusion in the ACSS's fifth conference to be held in Beirut on May 21-23, 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Arabic animation video entitled "What is a Citizen Assembly" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A citizen assembly is a new concept so we needed an explainer video that describes what a CA is, what is aims to do and a member's role. We decided an animation would be a good way to do this and to begin to promote the idea to the general public alongside posters. The video was also shared via Whatapp and on social media. We have been asked by an Iraqi NGO if they can use this video to promote the idea of citizen assemblies in Iraq by adapting it to their context.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/what-is-a-citizen-assembly
 
Description Arabic dedicated website for the citizen assembly on energy justice 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is the main website interface that the citizen assembly members used to access all the material for each session
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/ca-sessions-1
 
Description Article at the Landscape Journal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Last year the Landscape Institute declared a state of climate emergency to open up discussions and call for transformative responses from the professional community. They invited IGP PhD student Nikolett Puskas, who is undertaking fieldwork in Beirut, Lebanon, to write a piece in a special thematic issue of their journal. The issue explores 'the ground we stand on', which is often taken for granted, arguing that we need to seriously rethink our relationship with the soil, the way we use the ground, compost and fertiliser, and our overall human relationship with the landscape.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://issuu.com/landscape-institute/docs/landscape_journal_2020-1_-_12066__1_/18
 
Description Article in the UK's Landscape Journal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article in the LJ's 2021 first issue 'Food, landscape and land use'.
As we struggle to adapt our personal lives and professional behaviour to the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic and on the cusp of the departure of the UK from the EU, the topic of food merits detailed attention. How we grow it, where we grow it, how we transport it to our homes and the impact that this has on climate emergency are at the heart of our thinking about land, landscape and land use.
The article discuss the Beiruti context and introduces two urban agriculture related initiatives but also discusses the importance of soil and soil health and the relationship with human health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://issuu.com/landscape-institute/docs/12421_landscape_issue_1-2021_v8a_issuu/16
 
Description Assessing Vulnerabilities in Mar Mikhael (Post Beirut Blast) video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Reaching out to wider audiences (NGOs, CBOs and local residents about the research about changing landscapes of local vulnerability in Beirut post blast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oeqdpa2eC5w&t=60s
 
Description Blended Learning Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Maha Shuayb, Tejendra Pherali, Elaine Chase, Mai Abu Moghli, Diana Laurillard and Eileen Kennedy delivered sessions on a blended learning summer school organised around the Transforming Education in Challenging Environments MOOC we designed as part of the RELIEF Centre research, with participants drawn from teachers of refugee and other vulnerable children across the education landscape in Lebanon. We demonstrated content in the MOOC and led discussion to deepen participants' understanding. Feedback showed participants developed understanding and skills and were committed to implementing these in their practice as well as using the materials from the MOOC to train other teachers. Participants recorded some of their experiences in the video linked below. We will develop the design of the workshop as a model to implement in different contexts to facilitate participants' engagement in MOOCs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB4CoKMNnO14WWQMbwCtLKw
 
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 British Academy Smyposium: Discarding Infrastructures: Waste Politics in Lebanon and Beyond invited panel participant 
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 This panel is an invitation to think about the toxic and exclusionary politics associated with waste management in Lebanon and the region at large. If politics is broadly concerned with a struggle over value, what role does waste have in forging structures of inequality prevalent to our era of so-called late capitalism? Framed another way: how does the saliency of waste, which is manifested through narrative and different bodily encounters, generate what the anthropologist, P. Harvey (2018) has referred to as toxic vitality? To address this question of infrastructure, materiality and power, the panel intends to examine "the kinds of alliances people forge with things" (Fredericks 2018:9). To facilitate conversation that cuts across multi-dimensions of waste politics, the aim is to invite participants from different disciplines working on diverse facets of waste management. These themes can include but are not limited to the spatial, technological, labor, and sensorial components of waste infrastructures. By bringing together different perspectives and methodologies, the goal is to reflect in a more holistic way, upon the disparate experiences and differentiated accesses people living in Lebanon and beyond have to waste infrastructure.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description British Council Panel on Quality Online Learning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact My contribution was a presentation on 'The challenges of online learning: How do we address them?'. There was panel discussion and Q&A with the audience.
Difficult to know the outcomes, except for appreciative comments, but it led to an invitation to deliver a webinar for Contact North Canada.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
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 COVID-19 Diaries 
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 The COVID-19 Diaries are a series of short essays written by RELIEF's Citizen Scientists about the experience of living under the first COVID-19-related lockdown in the spring/summer of 2020. The diaries are reflections of how life has changes in three cities in Lebanon (Mina, Beirut, Bar Elias) and the different activities that people have focused on from spending time with their families and learning new hobbies, to volunteering to help the most vulnerable. The diaries also reflect on how people's anxieties and aspirations have changed as a result of the pandemic. They recognise that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic extends into all spheres of life - from personal health and wellbeing to livelihoods, social connections, political engagements, and cultural activities - and therefore allows us to produce new reflections and insights about what kinds of lives we want to live and what matters to us as individuals and as a community. The first round was published June 10th to July 14th.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/covid-diaries
 
Description Citizen Scientist Consultation - GCRF Vulnerabilities project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The vulnerabilities survey analysis was presented to citizen scientists who were then consulted about the findings and asked to give feedback.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Citizen Scientist workshop - Consultation and Launch GCRF Vulnerabilities Mar Mikhael 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 20 citizen scientists and team members attended a workshop where citizen scientists were consulted about the problems in their neighbourhood and the household survey they were going to run was reviewed as a team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Citizen Social Science for the Twenty-First Century's Challenges 
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 Citizen Social Scientists from the RELIEF Centre in Lebanon, as well as from IGP research site in London and Kenya participated in a workshop jointly organized by IGP and British Academy in order. Citizen science teams presented on their work and discussed research methods, engagement practices, and lessons learned from the field. The audience included academics and researchers from the British Academy's "Urban Infrastructures of Well-being" programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEAfD4Txiok
 
Description Collaborative Learning in MOOCs blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog post focusing on how collaborative learning opportunities are designed into RELIEF MOOCs. This is the third in a series of blog posts about how the RELIEF MOOCs are created. These posts are intended to inform MOOC learning design practice as well as demonstrate the RELIEF approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/collaborative-learning-in-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 Digital globalisation of knowledge and the impact on Higher Education in South Asia and the EU 
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 I had been interviewed for the British Council Report 'Digital Globalisation of Knowledge and the impact on Higher Education in South Asia and the EU', which was launched at this Going Global Conference, Berlin, May 2019. They invited me to be on the Panel to discuss the implications of the Report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.britishcouncil.org/going-global
 
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 Duologue: Sara C Motta and Nikolett Puskas: Threading space - dignity against and beyond hope at the Utopian Studies Association Conference. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We presented a duologue at the conference with Sara C Motta. It stimulated a number of follow-up discussions with various academic colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/utopianstudiessocietyconf22/
 
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 Education in Emergency 20 Years On: A Critical Reflection 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A webinar that aimed to reflect on the celebration of the emergence of the Education in Emergency (EiE) Sector globally. The webinar was chaired by dr. Mai Abu Moghli and the speakers included Dr. Maha Shuayb. Along with other speakers ( Prof. Mario Novellie and Prof. Cathrine Brun ) they discussed a number of key issues:
What was achieved by the EiE sector?
How does the EiE sector link to the filed of Education for refugees?
Where did it fail?
And who to prioritize in education and financing of education in emergencies?
The webinar was attended by over 90 people and is now available on multiple online platforms, such as the website of the centre for Lebanese Studies and their facebook page, as well as the PEER Learning Platform/ University of Sussex
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://lebanesestudies.com/events/education-in-emergency-20-years-on-a-critical-reflection/
 
Description Education in the Time of COVID-19 - RELIEF Centre: Teaching Online: Be Ready Now! 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Future Education team of the RELIEF Centre published a blog post on UCL Institute of Education's Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) blog on Education in the Time of COVID-19. The post focused on our rapidly co-designed and co-created MOOC to help teachers in the MENA region move online. The blog was shared on social media and promoted interest in signing up to the course.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/ceid/2020/06/16/relief_centre/
 
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 Eleven expert videos made for the citizen assembly on energy justice 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact These eleven videos with arabic and english subtitles were sent to the CA members to view at home before attending deliberation sessions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://vimeo.com/showcase/8148774
 
Description English website for the citizen assembly on energy justice 
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 This is the main interface used for the general public to follow the proceedings of the citizen assembly
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/citizen-assembly
 
Description Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon - SDG7 Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Following the Transitions to Renewable Energy workshop, we organised a Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon (FF2030LB) event also on energy and SDG7 (Clean and Affordable Energy for All) entitled: How Can Entrepreneurs Catalyse the Transition to Renewable Energy in Lebanon? This was a public, free evening event which took place at Berytech Mathaf - a partner of and former host for FF2030LB. By continuing the conversation around energy in Lebanon, with a particular focus on renewable energy, we were able to delve deeper into topics initially discussed during the workshop and share them with, and expand them out to, the Lebanese public. Five participants from the energy workshop, including colleagues from our co-organisers UN ESCWA, also attended this evening event, which helped us to solidify our partnership with them. Two board members were also invited to take part in the energy workshop as speakers.

FF2030LB is a network and collaborative platform for businesses in Lebanon that incorporate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into their business models, and use entrepreneurship to solve some of the country's biggest problems. With a board now in place, made up of members from across social entrepreneurship sectors in Lebanon, and coordinator this event was the first formally organised and led by the FF2030LB group. This will be the first in a series to promote the approach of FF2030LB to business, showing that with the right approach, entrepreneurs can build businesses that are vehicles towards a sustainable world.

The event was framed within a series of conferences and workshops on renewable energy that were taking place in September in Beirut, Lebanon. It aimed to highlight the entrepreneurial spirit within the field of renewable energy, and ask: what is the current state of renewable energy in Lebanon, and what is needed to encourage community driven-led interest and innovations to transition towards renewable energy in Lebanon? We were joined by guest speakers: Joumana Sayegh (Associate Director, LCEC, Georges Khoury, CrowdPowered, Wissam Daou, Dawtec, and Professor Diana Laurillard, UCL). The event showcased practical knowledge from experts in the field and entrepreneurs' experience, and considered what would be part of an alternative energy system. This also provided further opportunity for Professor Laurillard and the Future Education team to present and interrogate the RELIEF Centre plans for an Energy MOOC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon- Flash Forward Social Entrepreneurship Competition 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Lebanon is passing through hardship. We at Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon want to empower emerging startups, socially conscious businesses, and non-governmental organisations in Lebanon to best implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Therefore we created Flash Forward, a competition dedicated to pushing the boundaries of progress and developing emerging businesses to align with the shared values and objectives that enable society to address SDGs through introducing innovative, sustainable, and effective social enterprises.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) or Social Businesses (SBs) that address social, economic, and environmental problems in Lebanon, will come together through a platform where challenges will be addressed through entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives.
Flash Forward is a platform that creates synergies with stakeholders. We aim to help enterprises develop scalable and transposable solutions for Lebanon. Our approach brings about new capacities for CSOs and SB to include socioeconomic neural mindset in their activities and be more self-sustainable.

The promotion of sustainable entrepreneurship supports turning problems into opportunities at the socioeconomic level while offering new access to employment, especially for youth, vulnerable, and disenfranchised communities. The sub-granting scheme that we've developed will support implementing the solutions and piloting products and services with high growth potential.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://fastforward2030.com/flashforward
 
Description Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon- Podcasts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presently, Lebanon faces the most difficult challenges in addressing governance, financial viability, social justice, basic human rights and environmental degradation. Thus addressing these challenges and opening space for solutions and plans to reach measurable goals for a greater quality of life constitutes a valuable mission.

On the Fast Forward Podcast, host and board member Joana Jurdi will talk to entrepreneurs, experts and scientists from Lebanon and around the world about how their work contributes to sustainable development goals and discuss the best ways to go forth to better the future of Lebanon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://fastforward2030.com/fast-forward-podcast
 
Description Fast Forward 2030 Lebanon- SDG educational program for schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact At Fast Forward 2030 network, we were approached through our network by a teacher who was looking to challenge her students to engage in social and environmental issues, know more about the challenges we face at a global level and create projects that will allow her students' applications for colleges to be distinguished. We introduced what sustainable development goals are, how they serve people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. But how will they be engaged in the purpose for which the goals are meant to serve? Hence we decided to animate our workshop by integrating discussion sessions and making sustainable development goals interactive by inviting reflection and personal answers:"what are the world's most prominent challenges?" allowing the students themselves to pinpoint what are the issues the world is so eager to solve. Students were then assigned in groups to create their projects tackling the challenges identified and global goals. The projects were evaluated by the board members, who gave feedback to each group. The students were presented with the opportunity to take their projects further and develop them practically.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL http://fastforward2030.com/sustainable-development-goals-educational-program
 
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 Feminist panel: Kinship across borders: Feminist collaborative writing-dancing across time and space at ISA Annual Convention, Nashville, 2022 
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 Feminist collaboration across time and space.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.isanet.org/Conferences/ISA2022
 
Description Filming Life stories from the field of RELIEF Centre 
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 An important aspect of the RELIEF Centre's work, is that the teams work on the ground with the community members to understand their daily lives, needs, challenges and aspirations. This film series tells some of the life stories of people from the field, giving insights of the research conducted by the RELIEF Centre and engaging the audience to want to learn more and get in touch with the RELIEF Centre. The pilot one will showcase Bar Elias, the next one will move to Beirut.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 interviewee for the Future Trends Forum webinar series at Georgetown University 
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 My books have been used by the Georgetown University team to guide their academic development practices.
The interview focused on the ways in which HE will change in the near future, and on how my work would guide future trends towards greater use of blended and online learning, and for the nature of HE.
The audience of 120 academics from N America and Canada, and a few other countries, were invited to ask questions, most of them very challenging.
The aim was to increase the sophistication of the debates around digital futures in HE.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://shindig.com/login/event/laurillard
 
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 Hamra Citizen Science workshop (December 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is a follow -up to the first collaborative workshop with researchers and citizen scientists about the possible interventions that can address issues identified in the Prosperity Index Data for Hamra, Beirut.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hamra Citizen Science workshop (October 2019) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A collaborative workshop with RELIEF Centre researchers and citizen scientists about the possible interventions that can address issues identified in the Prosperity Index Data for Hamra, Beirut.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hamra Neighborhood Profile Focus Groups 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In addition to the household survey data collection, the team convened eight focus group discussions with Hamra residents. Focus groups were carried out with the following groups of people in line with UN Habitat's Neighbourhood Profile data collection plan: male adult Lebanese, female adult Lebanese, Male Adult non-Lebanese, Female Adult non-Lebanese, Youth Lebanese (male and female), Youth Non-Lebanese (male and female), Elderly people (Lebanese and non-Lebanese), in house (domestic) workers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hamra Neighborhood Profile Household Survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The RELIEF Centre team has completed a household survey on prosperity for the Hamra neighborhood of Beirut. The survey's questions were designed on the basis of earlier data collection activities about quality of life in Hamra: two rounds of interviews with residents, two academic and NGO workshops about local challenges, two workshops with citizen scientists on the meaning of prosperity. The questions of the survey reflect the multiple issues that matter for quality of life in the area according to Hamra residents and stakeholders, and thus reflect locally embedded experiences and conceptions of prosperity.

The household surveys were carried out by RELIEF's team of citizen scientists who were trained, supervised and supported by RELIEF research staff. Citizen scientists participated in a day-long training workshop on the ethics and practicalities of conducting the survey, and they were offered subsequent support in the field to ensure that that their work meets the highest standard of data collection and ethics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Hamra Neighbourhood Profile launch 
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 event was the official public launch of RELIEF Centre-UN Habitat publication of the Hamra Neighbourhood Profile.

The Hamra NP, offers original spatialized data and analysis, generated within an area-based framework, and synthesized to respond to the evidence-based needs of the community, sector specialists, and multisector practitioners. The profile covers multiple sectors and issues, including context; governance; population; safety and security; health; education; child protection; youth; local economy and livelihoods; buildings; water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH); electricity; and access and open spaces. Data collection for the Hamra profile took place between January and October 2019, followed by data analysis and validation phase between October 2019 and May 2020.

The event presented the process of the research and the findings of the profile. It also included presentations from three groups of Hamra citizen scientists on the proposals of the urban interventions that they developed in the context of the fieldwork. The event concluded with a panel discussing the importance of the research and its future uses. The data will be used for evidence-based policy recommendations for local stakeholders, as well as for maximising the impact of future initiatives for better public services and quality of life.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/events/hamra-neighbourhood-profile-launch
 
Description Housing, displacement and the elderly: intersectional spatial narratives from Tareek el Jdeede, Beirut 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Methodologically, the research develops housing narratives and spatial stories that, situated within a larger research, are narrated as the crossing point between the impact of market-driven urban development on housing rights in the context of Lebanon, and the strategies, opportunities, expectations and disappointments of elderly women in mitigating evictions, displacement and the social security of their families. Housing stories and diagrams were investigated with design research and drawings that were published on The Housing Monitor, an interactive online platform for consolidating research, building advocacy and proposing alternatives to advance the right to housing in Lebanon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/dpublog/2019/06/26/housing-displacement-and-the-elderly-intersectional-spati...
 
Description Iinvited talk on 'The RELIEF Centre: A co-design approach to research on teacher professional development in the MENA region', for the Bulbul Project Conference. The Bulbul project is based in the University of Newcastle, and is collaborating with the RELIEF Centre. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The Bulbul project and the RELIEF Centre are cognate projects, where the Future Education theme of the latter can offer specific ways for the Bulbul project to make its work more widely known through our teacher professional development courses run on MOOC platforms in both English and Arabic. the Bulbul project offers us some interesting case studies on the teaching of languages in challenging cultural contexts, and one case study of this type, now used in one of our courses, was used to illustrate the synergy between the two projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Inclusive by Design: Putting people at the heart of placemaking 
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 Panel discussion co-organised by Vida Imobiliaria and RICS discussing inclusivity and human-centered urban design. The engaged audience included practicioners and members of local authorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://vidaimobiliaria.com/multimedia/placemaking-espacos-publicos-voltados-pessoas/
 
Description Infographics (in arabic) of main findings of El Mina (Tripoli) PI work 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The team created infographics in arabic of the main findings of the Prosperity Index research in El Mina. These were distributed via social media channels (twitter, facebook, instagram) to inform participants and local stakeholders about the findings and the availability of data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/infographics
 
Description Inforgraphics of Mar Mikhael vulnerabilities research for wider audiences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The team created infographics in arabic of the main findings of the Vulernabilties research in Mar Mikhael. These were distributed via social media channels (twitter, facebook, instagram) to inform participants and local stakeholders about the findings and the availability of data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.facebook.com/TheRELIEFCentre/photos/a.322214908218581/1358323711274357/
 
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 Invited conference presentation at European Distance and E-Learning Network on Enhancing the Human Experience of Learning with Technology: New challenges for research into digital, open, distance & networked education 
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 Brought interest to the Teacher Academy website, which was using some of our research and my expert input to their Pedagogy Advisory Board on the design of the TPD courses being trialled and investigated.
The reach is to >50,000 teachers across the EU registered on 31 courses .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy.htm
 
Description Invited keynote on 'How MOOCs support learning and teaching in higher education', for Resource sharing for MOOCs and Global Higher Education Cooperation conference, Tsinghua University and UNESCO IITE. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk was followed by Q&A and the chance to hear audience members show how they had understood and wanted to work with the approach described. Organisers were very pleased with the audience feedback.
Here is the url https://mooc.global/gmc/third-sub-forum-of-global-mooc-conference-focuses-on-resource-sharing/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited lecture on 'Developing a more Inclusive Future for Higher Education Post Covid-19', for Blended Learning Conference 2020, Inside Government. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact There were questions from the audience, and a lot of discussion about changing to a new way of enabling HE to be more inclusive through use of technology. This led to further invitations to do the same talk elsewhere.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited panel discussion on 'How do we design effective onine professional development?' for Shaping the Future of Learning conference at Online Educa Berlin. 
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 panel was international and had different perspectives but all had been working together on an EU-funded development of a MOOC for teacher professional development, run on the EUN platform. The different members of the panel reported on different aspects of the research based on the course presentation.
This is the valid url https://oeb.global/
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited panel discussion on 'How do we design online teacher professional development in an impactful way?' for Implementing impactful & scalable online teacher professional development' webinar, EUN School Education Gateway 
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 panel was the course team who developed an online teacher professional development course on the Education Gateway platform, for teachers across the EU. We reported on different aspects of the design, development and research resulting from the presentations of the course. It elicited a lot of discussion, and has now been accepted as a research paper for the European Journal of Education.
This is the valid url https://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/teacher_academy/webinars/online-teacher-development.htm
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited panel member QS Reimagine Education conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy was a panel member for a discussion about the future of online learning at the QS Reimagine Education conference (5-9th December 2021) created around the report on online learning during the pandemic "The Age of Online Learning: Best Practice in the Evaluation of Online Education". An international audience asked questions and requested more information including a link to the report.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.reimagine-education.com/
 
Description Invited panel on 'Harness the power of digital learning', for Integrated Systems Europe Roundtable 
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 panel members were each asked challenging questions relating to their expertise, with audience discussion confined mainly to Chat, which elicited a lot of interest in my contention that we should 'trust the teachers' to innovate in edtech.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.iseurope.org/content-hub/digital-learning/
 
Description Invited panel speaker at the Contemporary Architecture Center's (Budapest) monthly series 'Trust your architect!' in the Sustainable Architecture edition. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presented about my background and current research activities like the other invited panel members, followed by a roundtable discussion on sustainable architecture and urban design.

The whole event is actually available on YouTube.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9kTd5CFLm8
 
Description Invited policy talk: 'Supporting teachers in using blended and online learning design to address the challenges of learning recovery' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact invited talk for Westminster Education Forum on Priorities for Initial Teacher Education, Sept 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/conferences/westminster-education-forum
 
Description Invited presentation "A pedagogy of care for online teaching and learning", Lebanese University Faculty of Pedagogy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy was invited to share her research on a caring approach to digital learning with faculty and postgraduate students from Lebanese University's Faculty of Pedagogy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL http://luwebxx.ul.edu.lb/en/faculty-pedagogy-organizes-webinar-online-teaching-and-learning
 
Description Invited talk for AulaCon 2021 Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The invitation was to speak on a panel on 'the learning experience of 2030' to an audience online, based on our work on the CGHE project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://hopin.com/events/aulacon-2021
 
Description Invited talk for the GCRF Education Research Workshop, online, in collaboration with UNHCR 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presenters were all cross-country collaborators. UNHCR colleagues were interested to find out what educational research was being carried out in their region.
My talk was on 'Future Education', reporting on our research on the 'Teaching Online: Be ready Now' course, in collaboration with A/Prof Samar Zeitoun from the Lebanese University.
An important outcome was a new collaboration with another presenter, Dr Rana Dajani, Director Taghyeer Foundation, who will contribute to the new run of our course on Educators for Change, on FutureLearn and Edraak, where we will use her research as a case study of transformative education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Invited talk, Universal University, Moscow, February 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and Q&A to university leaders, on 'The interaction of learner centred design with educational technology', using our RELIEF courses and research as illustration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited webinar as part of a series on new forms of HE courses, to Belarus National Institute of Higher Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk was part of a series for university leaders and partners to explore 'Developing an international teaching innovation community'. It led to more recruits to our online courses for teachers in all sectors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited webinar for Harvard University webinar series on new forms of higher education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The aim was to introduce participants to the idea of running professional development programmes at scale: 'Designing Online Collaborative Professional Development at Scale'. It led to further involvement with Harvard's Education Department initiative on the '60-year curriculum' for lifelong learning. The presentation showed results from our work in CGHE and RELIEF centres
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited webinar for University of Kent webinar series on online learning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk on 'Teachers collaborating to improve online learning' was based on our research on professional development courses for teachers in all sectors, for RELIEF and CGHE
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited workshop "MOOCs, Blended and Online Learning: Combining Conventional and Digital Methods", Center for Innovative Learning Lebanese American University. 
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 Eileen Kennedy gave an online workshop with Diana Laurillard invited by the Center for Innovative Learning at Lebanese American University in June 2020. Participants reported changed approaches and intention to use the tools and techniques demonstrated, principally the Learning Designer tool.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://cil.lau.edu.lb/workshops/archive.php
 
Description Keynote for EDEN (E-Learning and Distance Education Network) annual conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk addressed 'A collaborative academic programme to improve higher and professional education', based on our CGHE research and development, and the Sustainable Energy course in RELIEF.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.eden-online.org/next-eden-conference-in-madrid-spain/
 
Description Keynote for Nordic Network for Adult Learning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The talk was on 'Online and Blended learning courses of high pedagogical quality for professionals and adult learners', drawing on our experience with the RELIEF courses, and related professional development courses. Advertised these courses and gained new recruits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Keynote for UNIESCO Mobile Learning Week on 'Beyond Distruption: Technology-Enabled Learning Futures', held online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact My talk was on 'Supporting university teachers for teaching online in UK, Lebanon and Jordan: A case study of impact', based on our Teaching Online course on Edraak, and the evaluation and research outcomes, structured in terms of our co-design Theory of Change. There was audience Q&A after the talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://en.unesco.org/mlw
 
Description Keynote: 'A collaborative academic programme to address the challenges of blended and online learning design' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote for Teaching with Technology Summit 2021, Mangosuthu University, SA, August 2021.
The conference was run online and attracted participants from across the world, mainly from African countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.mut.ac.za/tldc-hosts-teaching-with-technology-summit/
 
Description Keynote: 'Post-pandemic: The opportunities for education professionals and challenges for education leaders', keynote for International Conference for e-Learning, Ministry of Education, Malaysia, November 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 'Post-pandemic: The opportunities for education professionals and challenges for education leaders', keynote for International Conference for e-Learning, Ministry of Education, Malaysia, November 2021
Discussion of policy implications
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Landscape Institute, Landscape Journal - Autumn 2021: Knowledge transfer in the era of climate emergency. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Recommendations and reflections on 'teaching net zero' and 'the classroom of the future' ahead of COP26.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://issuu.com/landscape-institute/docs/li_journal_4_cop_edition/16?fbclid=IwAR3cbxmqyss50k8abhuc...
 
Description Landscape Institute, Landscape Journal - Winter 2021: Dirt! 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dirt is about the ground we stand on, from an ecological and landscape planning point of view.

More than half of the Lebanese population now lives in poverty as a result of multiple crises. Food security and land use are more relevant than ever.

We are living in a moment where a globally shared collective memory is being created by COVID-19, but it is important to emphasize the even larger on-going crisis: the climate emergency. These two major challenges have an immediate impact on our daily lives. However, the situation is further exacerbated in some corners of the world. One such place is Lebanon, which is facing extraordinarily tough times. In addition to these two challenges, there is an ongoing economic crisis, topped off by the Beirut blast of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate on 4th August 2020. The port and the grain silos were destroyed, resulting in the loss of approximately 15,000 tonnes of grain. In this gloomy context, we can still find seeds of hope and inspiration in Lebanon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://issuu.com/landscape-institute/docs/12421_landscape_issue_1-2021_v8a_issuu/16?fbclid=IwAR0B98...
 
Description Launch of Building and Infrastructure Field Surveys in Al Mina, Tripoli 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact After multiple remote meetings and workshops between the team and citizen scientists during the lockdown months (March to June), a first in-person workshop was held on Saturday, July 11th. In the workshop, our Al-Mina Citizen Scientists trained on the methods and practice of Building and Infrastructure field surveys - a key part of the Prosperity Index work in Lebanon. They also received safety and ethics training.

This part of the fieldwork will contribute to evaluating key infrastructural conditions in Mina including conditions of buildings and roads and access to water and electricity. The evaluation of the latter is especially urgent given Lebanon's worsening energy crisis where many residents only have a few hours of electricity a day.

Citizen Scientists are also currently carrying out key informant interviews with relevant non-governmental, religious and educational stakeholders in Mina.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/relief-begin-field-surveys-in-al-mina-tripoli
 
Description Launch of Mina Prosperity Index project and Citizen Science traning programme 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The RELIEF Centre is developing co-designed Prosperity Indices for different neighbourhoods in Lebanon. Following the Prosperity Index (PI) research in Hamra, Beirut, the RELIEF Prosperity Team has now moved to the North of Lebanon to launch a new Prosperity Index for the city of Al Mina, Tripoli. In collaboration with charity CatalyticAction, this city has been chosen for its residents' diversity, many of whom are part of vulnerable groups. Two local researchers joined our PI Mina team following an open call. The project was first launched by contacting relevant stakeholders who have worked in the city, such as municipal board members, local organisations representatives and community groups. The first stakeholder workshop was held at the end of January. While field visits were done by the team and GIS maps were prepared, the PI Mina team recruited a group of Citizen Scientists who will be conducting the Prosperity Index Research. Sixteen citizen scientists were recruited at the beginning of March. With the updates from the COVID-19 situation, the citizen scientists initiation proceeded through several remote meetings that allowed the PI Mina team to introduce the details of the project and started engaging the citizen scientists with exercises relevant to the tasks they will be performing throughout their work on the research project.

Our work with Mina Citizen Scientists has continued despite the lokdowns. We have adapted our workshops into online sessions that include mapping, brainstorming and team-building exercises. It's been a challenge powering through internet and power cuts (infrastructural symptoms of government corruption), but it's been very rewarding to start the process with this exceptional group. We have launched a call for all our Citizen Scientists to write "Lockdown Diaries", and are awaiting their contributions. We are also discussing the various crises during our workshops. The recent riots in Tripoli have left some feeling insecure, frustrated and stressed, while others are charged with anger and a need to speak up against the injustice and impoverishment imposed on Tripoli and Mina by Lebanon's political class.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/launching-al-mina-prosperity-index-project-north-lebanon
 
Description Learning differently through video blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog post about how RELIEF Centre MOOC videos are created.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/learning-differently-through-videos-in-moocs
 
Description Learning to be a City: Emerging Practices for Housing the Displaced 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Debate with Camillo Boano and Joana Dabaj, in City Debates 2019 on the theme of "Urban Recovery at the Intersection between Displacement and Reconstruction," held at the American University of Beirut, April 1-3, 2019. Organized by Dr. Howayda Al-Harithy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Learning to be a city: The rubric of inhabitation and the emerging Practice of housing the displaced 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar for the Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies Seminar Series at SOAS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.soas.ac.uk/migrationdiaspora/seminarsevents/seminarseries/27nov2019-learning-to-be-a-cit...
 
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 Lecture at the Department of Landscape Architecture of Szegedi Tudomanyegyetem, Budapest 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact As part of the course's 'design workshops' module I was invited as a 'young urbanist' to talk about conducting interdisciplinary research activities and pursuing an unconventional career path. I shared research experiences from London, Budapest and Beirut and discussed how to formulate pathways into transformative approaches, seeking to redefine our urban environments, investigate collaborative approaches to their design and development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description MOOC workshop Lebanese University 
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 Eileen Kennedy, Mai Abu Moghli and Rym El Moussaoui held a workshop on designing collaborative open online courses at the Centre des Sciences du Langage et de la Communication at Lebanese University. The participants were faculty from Lebanese University who wanted to learn how to incorporate collaborative online learning into their teaching. The session ended with a practical learning design session. Many participants were interested in taking the ideas further including as part of a collaboration with the RELIEF Centre on the co-design of a MOOC for online teaching.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://cslc.univ-ul.com/958-2/
 
Description McGraw-Hill Higher Education Advisory Board 
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 McGraw-Hill has a digital transformation group that has appointed an Advisory Group for its work on developing a digital textbook platform, worldwide.
My role is to advise on the use and value of such platforms for both students and teachers, based on the extensive years of research on learning design, student learning, teaching as a design science, and large-scale digital platforms for education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022,2023,2024
URL https://www.mheducation.com/highered/home-guest.html
 
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 Member of the Kortext Academic Advisory Board 
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 Kortext is a company that runs a digital textbook platform in collaboration with publishers across the world. My role is to advise on how students learn and teachers teach, and to help the company respond to customer needs as well as technology opportunities, drawing on extensive research on the use and value of large scale teaching and learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022,2023,2024
URL https://www.kortext.com/about-kortext/
 
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 Mosaik Education Board 
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 Mosaik Education is an international charity that aims to empower a community of refugees to shape and lead programmes that improve access to university for students who are refugees.
My role is to advise on how to optimise online learning and ways of accessing university scholarship funding. The former role is based on many years of research in the field.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2021,2022,2023,2024
URL https://mosaik.ngo/
 
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 New Arab magazine "After the failure of the government - civil society seeks to solve the energy crisis" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The article covered the CA as a national news item so reached a large audience. We have received several emails from people interested in the project and who would like to participate in future CAs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.alaraby.co.uk/economy/%D8%A8%D8%B9%D8%AF-%D9%81%D8%B4%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%84%D8%...
 
Description Online Course Design for Innovative Learning Fellows 
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 A workshop to engage and test a MOOC learning design storyboard that we have developed as part of our research to support academics transition to scaled up online learning led by Eileen Kennedy and Diana Laurillard with 17 delegates from Lebanese American University, Beirut including: Dr. Barbar Akle (Assistant Provost, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department); Dr. Rula Diab (Assistant Provost, English Department); Dr. Rima Bahous (Chairperson of Education Department, Education Department); Dr. Roy Kanbar (Assistant Dean in the School of Pharmacy); Ms. Giselle Pempejian (Instructor, English Department); Dr. Samer Habre (Assistant Dean in School of Arts & Sciences, Mathematics department); Dr. Mazen Tabbara (Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Department)
Ms. Mona Shahine (Instructor, English Department); Dr. Myrian El Khoury Malhame (Assistant Professor of Psychology, Social Science Department); Dr. Jordan Srour (Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor of Operation Management, Management Department in School of Business); Dr. Abbas Tarhini (Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Information Technology Management in School of Business)Dr. Iman Osta (Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Education, Education Department); Dr. Christian Khalil (Faculty Fellow, Assistant Professor of Environmental Toxicology, Social Science Department); Dr. Ali Ammouri (Faculty Fellow, Practice Lecturer, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Department); Dr. Farid Jreidini (Faculty Fellow, Instructor, Architecture and Interior Design Department); Ms. Hala Sebaaly (Part Time Instructional Designer); Mr. Alex Joulhajian (Deputy Director of the Center for Innovative and Learning).
During the learning design activity participants worked in small groups to plan the blended/online part of a course redesign.
Impact points:
The workshop was very well received, and said to be one of the best they had done.
We have collected 5 draft designs, now transferred to the Learning Designer tool they had seen, and which they now intend to use to continue their planning of innovative blended courses at LAU.
The Center for Innovation and Learning requested copies of the materials and access to the UCL design tools we had demonstrated.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Online Workshop for the Lebanese American University on 'Online Course Design' 
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 workshop was commissioned following a f2f workshop we ran for LAU in 2019. Due to the pandemic it had to run online.
It used synchronous and asynchronous activities, presentations and discussions over the course of one day, totally 6 hours of learning altogether.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Oral and poster presentation at the World Biodiversity Forum 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Oral presentation at the session of 'Nature-based solutions for adapting and mitigating climate change', on 'The importance of nature-based solutions for people, the planet and prosperity'. Sharing some research experiences and findings from Budapest and Beirut, highlighting the importance of collaborative and enabling approaches as pathways to facilitate a deeper understanding of people on nature's impact on human mental and physical wellbeing, in creating a sense of ownership, utilizing local knowledge, and bringing together multiple stakeholders to exchange knowledge and work together. Furthermore, discussed the need for a holistic approach and open-ended design, noting that scientists and researchers should become more of facilitators in this transformative process of creating pathways to prosperity, in which nature-based solutions must play a fundamental role.
Poster summarizing PhD research approach and methodology, which was exhibited at the Forum throughout the week, drawing attention to the importance of participatory and collaborative approaches in research, and the power of play.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.worldbiodiversityforum.org/en
 
Description Panellist: 'What is the long-term impact of online learning?', invited panellist for THE Teaching Excellence Summit 
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 'What is the long-term impact of online learning?', invited panellist for THE Teaching Excellence Summit, hybrid conference, Nankai University, November 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.timeshighered-events.com/teaching-excellence-summit-2021
 
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 PhD presentation at The Bartlett PhD Research Projects 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A 15 minutes presentation on my PhD research 'Collaborative Infrastructures for Just, Ecological and Transformative Urban Design'. Sparked exciting discussion and further interest in the following Q&A session with academic colleagues and PhD peers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://phd2021.bartlettarchucl.com/
 
Description Presentation at the 26th International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact It was an oral presentation at the ISDRS Conference 2020 July "Sustainability in Transforming Societies" in section 9c Public Participation and Role of Stakeholders. The topic of the speech was 'Collaborative infrastructures for a transformative and prosperous future'. Discussing the importance of public participation, nature-based solutions and transformative approaches to designing urban public spaces.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.isdrsconference.org/
 
Description Presentation: Developing a Framework for Deeper Levels of Participation in Urban Nature Based Solutions at the Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation followed by a stimulating and constructive Q&A and follow-up conversations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://sites.google.com/view/fabos2022/home
 
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 Conference 2021 - Working Through Crisis: Innovations, Possibilities and Limitations of Research in a Volatile Lebanon 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lebanon is experiencing several intersecting crises: infrastructural incapacity, economic instability, a global health pandemic, a suspended refugee problem, and severe government corruption culminating in an explosion on 4th August at the Beirut port, from which the city still struggles to recover. Simultaneously, a series of social uprisings since October 2019 have sought to imagine possibilities of a different Lebanon. This virtual conference aimed to provide a forum for critical reflection on RELIEF's work, engagement with partners, lessons learnt and how to move forward.

Over 200 people attended the conference across the two days and live streams and videos from the sessions have received thousands of views combined. 57% of Attendees expressed interest in getting involved in future RELIEF Centre activities. Plan have been made for future related activities with RELIEF Local partners including RELIEF's final conference in 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/rcc2021
 
Description RELIEF Centre Conference on "Vital Prosperity" 
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 This activity is the RELIEF Centre's end-of-project conference, a day long event with five panels of speakers presenting on the following themes in the context of Lebanon: (1) infrastructure, (2) livelihood security, (3) education, (4) policy change for job creation, and (5) innovation and entrepreneurship. The panels are followed by a keynote address by Professor Suad Joseph (Distinguished Research Professor at University of California, Davis). The conference brings together speakers from across the works, including the UK, Lebanon, the United States and Denmark, and presents an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to engage in debate about contemporary issues and research, including the latest work of the RELIEF Centre.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
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 Film Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In October 2018, the RELIEF Centre commenced a series of film screenings on infrastructural issues in Lebanon. These were free of charge and open to all but held in the intimate setting of the Institute for Global Prosperity and attended by up to 40 students and members of the interested public. Each screening was followed by a Question & Answer session with the director(s), either in person or via Skype, depending on availability.

- 30 October 2018 - The Lebanon I Dream Of (dir. Pierre Dawalibi)
- 28 November 2018 - We made every living thing from water (dir. Paul Cochrane and Dr Karim Eid-Sabbagh)
- 11 December 2018 - About a War (dir. Daniele Rugo and Abi Weaver)
- 10 June 2019 - The Taste of Cement (dir. Ziad Kalthoum)
- 25 June 2019 - Powerless (dir. Cynthia Choucair)

In addition, on 3 December 2018, the RELIEF Centre moderated a panel discussion following the screening of 'The Taste of Cement' at the London Migration Film Festival.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/news/2018/dec/relief-film-screening-directors-qa-about-war
 
Description RELIEF Promo Video (November 2019) 
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 Promotional video for the work of the RELIEF Centre funded by UCL's Global Engagement Office as well as the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd90Ihyr4cg
 
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 RELIEF online co-design workshop blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy published a blog post on the RELIEF Centre blog detailing the methods used in an online co-design workshop with Lebanese American University, including a link to a free online co-design board that has been published to make it available for anyone to use. The blog post was shared on social media and received wide interest from online learning designers interested in using the methods shared.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/co-design-workshop
 
Description Realising the potential of MOOCs as a decentred process for collaborative professional development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Diana Laurillard and Eileen Kennedy presented a talk on "Realising the potential of MOOCs as a decentred process for collaborative professional development" (with Diana Laurillard) at the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) Annual Conference in May 25 2022.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.researchcghe.org/perch/resources/realising-the-potential-of-moocs-as-a-decentred-process...
 
Description Refugee Education during and beyond Covid-19 | LERRN-IDRC Webinar Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact On Thursday, November 19 2020, the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (LERRN) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) hosted their second webinar in the LERRN-IDRC webinar series to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on refugee education. Reflecting on a report authored by Dr. Mai Abu Moghli and Dr. Maha Shuayb; Dr. Abu Moghli and Dr. Elaine Chase emphasized the significant impact the pandemic has had on the education of refugees and other marginalized in Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. The combination of lockdowns, weak infrastructure, and gaps in distance learning limited support to teachers in public schools, Dr. Abu Moghli stressed, produced "a severe setback of access and quality of teaching and learning for most vulnerable children." Moreover, parents and teachers face particular challenges as they struggle to manage these new learning realities and the impact on students' social and psychological well-being.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0wRSAF5-4w
 
Description Refugees Forced to Flee - (Featuring Dear Habib animation) Exhibition Imperial War Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The animation 'Dear Habib' produced by the Becoming Adult Project was part of a major exhibition at the Imperial War Museum - Refugees Forced to Flee. The event was produced by the IWM in collaboration with UKRI-AHRC and UKRI-ESRC. Despite COVID-19 this is reaching wide audiences and will be open until 21 May 2021 . The exhibition has received high level media coverage from national newspapers (including The Guardian and The Telegraph) and other media outlets ..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/refugees-forced-to-flee
 
Description Refugees Hosting Other Refugees in Al-Ouzai, Lebanon: Endurance and Maintenance of Care at Work 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Debate with Camillo Boano, and Batoul Yassine in the symposium Infrastructures of Care: Spaces of Displacement and Refuge The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, February 1, 2019. Organized by Dr. Howayda Al-Harithy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Refugees and Public Services in Lebanon in Cities and Infrastructure: Emerging Impact 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk and Panel, Award Holder Seminar, British Academy, London, UK, January 21 2019. Organized by Dr. Howayda Al-Harithy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Refugees, Education and Identity: How Can Digital Technology Support Transformative Education? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy and Elaine Chase presented a paper on the Design-Based Research approach adopted by RELIEF Future Education research. They reported on the project to create a dual language (English/Arabic) Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) based on the experiences of teachers in Lebanon, but open to teachers across the MENA region and beyond. They showed how the MOOC foregrounded the use of technology to give voice to their learners, shifting practices away from transmitting knowledge to constructing opportunities for interaction, communication, and identity expression. They concluded with a discussion of what it takes to enhance the value of digital technology for supporting transformative education.
The co-designed, constructive approach that shifted perception of refugees was very well received. Participants of the session wanted to explore how to use the MOOCs in in different refugee contexts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://mideast.wisc.edu/event/international-conference-refugees-in-from-the-middle-east/
 
Description Run 2 of Community Based Research: Getting Started MOOC 
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 RELIEF launched the second run of Community Based Research: Getting Started with updated co-designed content from MAPS and the RELIEF Centre citizen science research. The MOOC ran on two platforms: Edraak and FutureLearn with 3000 enrolments across both platforms. Feedback from participants showed that the course exceeded expectations and they found the practical advice in videos showing research in action very helpful.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/community-based-research/3
 
Description Run 3 of Community Based Research: Getting Started 
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 The 3rd run of Community Based Research Getting Started was launched on 12th July in collaboration with MAPs NGO who are running a hybrid learning event around the MOOC to train community based researchers who are part of the refugee community that MAPs supports in Lebanon. The MOOC has currently enrolled 318 participants and will remain open for 3 months. Thereafter, the MOOC will be re-launched at intervals of 3 months in order to support MAPs to embed the MOOC in their community researcher training activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/community-based-research/4
 
Description Run 4 of Transforming Education in Challenging Environments 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The 4th run of Transforming Education in Challenging Environments began on 5th July 2021. This iteration of the MOOC was organised in collaboration with the Virtual Federal University of Myanmar to provide support for teachers in Myanmar in particular who are now teaching traumatised children and young people in very challenging environments. An online webinar marked the launch of the MOOC, where educators from the course (Tejendra Pherali, Elaine Chase, Eileen Kennedy) introduced the content an
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/transforming-education/4
 
Description Runs 2 and 3 of Transforming Education in Challenging Environments/Educators for Change MOOC 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The RELIEF Centre ran two further iterations of the Transforming Education in Challenging Environments in 2020 and 2021. The course was updated in run 2 with content from previous alumni who reported on ways the course changed their practice, and in run 3 with content from We Love Reading, an organisation that develops community members as reading ambassadors in the MENA region. Run 2 attracted 6727 enrolments and run 3 attracted 1660 participants so far. Feedback is consistently excellent reporting changed practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/transforming-education
 
Description Schooling for refugee children: how MOOCs support teachers in the world's most challenging situations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog post on the role of how MOOCs and new technologies can support education in challenging conditions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ioelondonblog.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/schooling-for-refugee-children-how-moocs-support-teac...
 
Description Sharing and building knowledge together: Transforming professional development for teachers (and other professionals) in challenging environments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy gave an invited presentation at FutureLearn Academic Meet Up held at UCL Knowledge Lab on 12th September 2019 showcasing co-design approach to developing the Transforming Education in Challenging Environments MOOC (RELIEF) and the MOOC Value Creation Framework for evaluating MOOCs (an approach developed in CGHE).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Social Science Research Network (SSRN) workshop for grantees of the Transregional Collaboratory on the Indian Ocean 
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 Ala'a Shehabi was invited to give a 2.5 hour workshop to the grantees of an SSRN funding program called the Transregional Collaboratory on the Indian Ocean. Ala'a Shehabi is on the planning committee of this program, and the workshop was about decolonised praxis in international research collaboration. She used the citizen assembly pilot as a case study in the workshop. Ala'a Shehabi was then invited on the selection committee for the next round of funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/view/transregional-collaborative-research-grants/
 
Description Staff experiences of the rapid move online: challenges and opportunities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy published a blog post about research on UCL staff experience of moving to home working and online teaching during the pandemic with Allison Littlejohn for Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) blog. The blog posted accompanied a presentation where participants requested further information about the research and methodology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://srheblog.com/2020/12/18/staff-experiences-of-the-rapid-move-online-challenges-and-opportunit...
 
Description Stakeholder Consultation - GCRF Vulnerabilities project 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A consultation was organised for more than 50 stakeholders (both in person and online) where research and activities that had occurred in post-blast Beirut were presented, and a discussion then took place around the difficulties of an NGO-led reconstruction effort and the difficulties of going from data to action.

Abstract:
The GCRF Project Assessing Vulnerabilities in Post-Blast Beirut has just completed a survey in Mar Mikhael of over 400 households. This survey comes as a medium-term assessment, six months after the blast, to shed some light on the changing landscape of local vulnerabilities following immediate efforts mobilised on the ground. By comparing the findings with data collected in Mar Mikhael in 2018, the research addresses the following key questions: How have local vulnerabilities changed from pre-crisis to post-explosion? What has the impact been on employment and housing? How have people dealt with losses and how has this affected their mental health and wellbeing? The RELIEF Centre and Catalytic Action invite you to a presentation of some of the research's key findings, as well as an overview of some of the solutions for urban recovery developed with our Citizen Scientists.
We will be joined by Nusaned, PublicWorks and Beirut Shifting Grounds who will also present some key findings that have emerged from their work in the Mar Mikhael neighbourhood, post blast. This workshop hopes to bring together researchers from diverse backgrounds, as well as NGOs, data scientists and community activists to discuss different assessments of vulnerabilities in the area. Although this session will be focused on Mar Mikhael, we hope actors working on diverse areas affected by the blast will also join in order to bring insights from different neighbourhoods. We hope to continue the conversation in future sessions considering the wider urban recovery effort.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Sustainable Energy Access for Communities 
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 Sustainable Energy Access for Communities MOOCs were launched simultaneously on two platforms (FutureLearn in English, and Edraak in Arabic) on 3rd May 2021. The MOOC was co-created with support from MECS (Modern Energy Cooking Services) and the Engineering for International Development Centre among others. There have been >3000 participants in combined enrolments across both platforms. The MOOCs have attracted international participants, including large groups from across the MENA region and Sub Saharan Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/sustainable-energy-access-for-communities/1
 
Description Talk: A framework to create collaborative infrastructures for more just, ecological and transformative urban design - Lessons from Beirut at the first Middle East Landscape Forum. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation followed by a lively Q&A and follow-up conversations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.aub.edu.lb/fafs/ldem/Pages/Middle-East-Landscape-Forum.aspx
 
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 Bartlett 'Imperfect by Design' event guest speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A Bartlett celebration of how we embrace the uncertain and imperfect to create meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Presentation on my existing public engagement projects and notably reflecting on MOVE Beirut, sharing experiences and imperfections to learn from.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.are.na/tadhg-caffrey/imperfect-by-design-a-bartlett-celebration-of-engagement
 
Description The Camp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Critical Dialogues on the camp as a space of hosting protracted displacements. This event, which took place between February and April 2019 was designed by Samar Maqusi, Camillo Boano, and Ricardo Marten Caceres. It was divided into 3 sessions, each addressing a vital element in the making of refugee camps; space, people and time. The dialogues were designed to host a diverse group of academics, artists, activists and community members who are interested in, or have themselves experienced displacement. Questions such as, what is a camp, and why do we build camps were interrogated. The notion of camp was also stretched beyond the humanitarian notion of camps, to include what we see today as detention and refugee processing camps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Ethics of Open Data 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Against the backdrop of MACAM's 2nd Biennale of Contemporary Art on the theme of Universal Data, which inspires visitors to interrogate our digital lives, the RELIEF Centre's Data Manager, Dr Ala'a Shehabi, convened members of the small but growing Beirut data community in a safe space to discuss growing ethical anxieties around the increasing emphasis on Open Data. This included artists, media practitioners, data scientists, and rights activists eager to discuss their own data collection and publishing practices across various data initiatives. Meetings such as this are important towards building a data ethics community, a space to interrogate practices and their consequences, and support and solidarity for each other.

We asked; What data should be 'open'? Who is it 'open' for? What known risks surrounding openness must be take into consideration, and what known unknowns should we prepare for?

Within our critical data studies community, people working on the following social initiatives attended this first meeting:
• Urban Lab: AUB's Beirut's Building Database
• UN Habitat - Neighbourhood data portal
• Eviction Monitor
• Rider's ride, basmaat
• Orient-Institut EU funded art project
• Mu7aal - SMEX
• Arab Image Foundation
• AUB NCC - portal on waste scenarios and solutions, Test the Water initiative
• DASKARA
• SHIM - Smell Hazard Identification Map
• UNCLOG
• Open Palestine Maps
• Artists participating in the Biennale on Universal Data
• Regenerate Lebanon
• Legal Agenda
• Privacy advocate
• KAFA - data app protecting women at risk of violence
• Pursuance Project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://seriouslydifferent.org/igp-stories/the-ethics-of-open-data
 
Description The Leibniz Research Alliance conference on Energy Futures - Emerging Pathways in an Uncertain World 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ala'a Shehabi presented the outcomes of the CAP on energy justice as part of a panel "Conflicts over Energy Futures and Common-sense Imaginations of the Good Life". The conference included keynotes from leading academics, Professor Sheila Jasanoff and Professor Benjamin Sovacool
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.leibniz-energiewende.de/konferenzen/2021-energy-futures-emerging-pathways-in-an-uncertai...
 
Description The Palestinian scale: reflections on socio-spatial practices inside the camp 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar discussing the evolution of the architectural scale inside the Palestinian camp, with a focus on Burj el Barajneh camp in Lebanon. Reflections on the social, economic and political agency the Palestinian architectural scale provides for its camp inhabitants, while illustrating those very modes of architectural practices --scale-making-- inside the camp.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.dist.polito.it/news/allegato/(idnews)/15878/(ord)/0/(idc)
 
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 The camp: researching violence, exclusion and temporariness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The camp is emerging at the crossroads of urban studies, architecture, geography, anthropology and humanitarian practice, reflecting both the spatialisation of biopolitics and the urbanization of emergency. Camp studies have expanded recently and have been codified merging humanitarian practice with various urban dimensions, putting knowledge, protocols in crisis.

This seminar series "The camp: researching violence, exclusion and temporariness" is intended to offer a reflection on the dispositif of the camp reflecting on the tensions between permanence and temporariness, exception and normalization, politicization and depoliticization. The below series of seminars are part of the Urban and Regional Development PhD program but open to everyone who wish to attend and contribute and are set out to initiate a collective and transdisciplinary discussion to engage in such specific site of enquiry, struggle and subjectivation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.dist.polito.it/news/allegato/(idnews)/15878/(ord)/1/(idc)
 
Description The camp: researching violence, exclusion and temporariness 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This seminar series, in its second edition, is intended to offer an interdisciplinary reflection on the dispositif of the camp reflecting on the tensions between permanence and temporariness, exception and normalization, politicization and depoliticization. The seminars are part of the Urban and Regional Development PhD program but open to everyone who wish to attend and contribute. Sessions will be in English. The series is part of a transdisciplinary research lead by Prof. Camillo Boano around such specific site of enquiry, struggle and subjectivation and benefit from the involvement of experts and scholars who from different geographies, epistemologies and methodologies have investigated the political significance of camp and its broader spatial implications.

Samar Maqusi was re-invited in 2022 to give a talk to the PhD students at the Polytechnic University of Turin, in which she gave a historical overview of her reserach in Palestinian camps in Lebanon. Her talk was entitled: The Palestinian scale: reflections on socio-spatial practices inside the camp.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.dist.polito.it/news/(idnews)/17970
 
Description The challenge of sustainable energy access in Lebanon blog post 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Blog post discussing case studies drawn from Lebanon's energy crisis in run 2 of the Sustainable Energy Access for Communities MOOC. First in a series of blog posts detailing the methodological approach used in creating RELIEF Centre MOOCs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/the-challenge-of-sustainable-energy-access-for-communities-in-leb...
 
Description The matter with interaction: supporting a pedagogy of care for online teaching and learning - invited presentation RIDE conference 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Eileen Kennedy was invited to give a talk on "The matter with interaction: supporting a pedagogy of care for online teaching and learning" at the University of London's annual Research in Distance Education (RIDE) conference. International participants asked for more information including links to publications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://london.ac.uk/centre-for-distance-education/events/research-distance-education-ride-conferenc...
 
Description The rubric of inhabitation: A way of thinking the nexus between displacement and urbanism 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar for the Centre for International Development Seminar Series 2019-2020 at Northumbria University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Together apart: Physical distancing and sociality in urban space 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote talk in Festival of Place 2020 discussing how we can understand how to build cities based on the primary capabilities, wishes and needs of people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYk7vd2OVA4
 
Description Too Close for Comfort: Citizen Social Science and Methodological Innovation in Hamra, Beirut 
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 Article reflecting on the methodology and the challenges of the Citizen Social Science methods in the context of mass displacement and informality of living conditions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/40376/Too-Close-for-Comfort-Citizen-Social-Science-and-Methodologi...
 
Description Towards Better Education: Lessons Learned from Corona 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Towards Better Education: Lessons Learned from Corona MOOC was launched on 7th July 2021 on the Edraak platform. It was co-designed with teachers in Lebanon to share effective practices for teaching during the Covid-19 crisis. There have been over 2000 enrolments so far.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.edraak.org/course/course-v1:CLS+EdLeb+T2_2021/
 
Description Transforming Education in Challenging Environments (Massive Online Open Course) 
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 Central to our Design Based Research strategy, we co-designed and ran a 4-week MOOC (Transforming Education in Challenging Environments) in July 2019.

Teachers play an important role in supporting vulnerable children affected by mass displacement, crisis, and conflict. Refugee children may also be victims of violence and other issues that impact their emotional wellbeing and ability to learn. Teachers need to be prepared to deal with these difficulties. This MOOC aims to support the many teachers working in challenging circumstances with vulnerable children by providing a place to share experience and expertise. Through this MOOC, teachers, trainers and volunteers will be able to discover the practical ways they can transform the education of children and young people living in conflict-affected contexts. The course includes video case studies showing how teachers in some of the most challenging environments have transformed their approaches to teaching, and is a social learning process, with short videos, activities, discussions and knowledge exchange for participants.

This course is ideal for teachers in areas affected by mass displacement who work in both formal and informal educational settings. It will also be of interest to teachers who are themselves refugees, students studying education, and volunteers who work humanitarian agencies in education. Enrolled educators will learn how teachers can make a difference to children from challenging contexts, and discover how to transform learning spaces and educational practices. They will also be able to share their teaching methods and real experiences of teaching in crises with other educators.

The MOOC functions as both an innovative education intervention and a research tool. The MOOC was co-designed with stakeholders in Lebanon and was created in two languages (Arabic and English) on two platforms (Edraak and FutureLearn). In its first run, the MOOC actively engaged 8,685 participants globally. The MOOC will run multiple times during the project, collecting more data each time, and we will adapt the MOOC based on the data we receive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/igp/news/2019/jun/relief-centre-launches-new-mooc-transforming-educat...
 
Description Transitions to Renewable Energy and Sustainable Prosperity in Lebanon: The Role of Municipalities, Education and Future Scenarios for 2030 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On Monday 23rd September we organised the workshop, Transitions to Renewable Energy and Sustainable Prosperity in Lebanon: The Role of Municipalities, Education and Future Scenarios for 2030, at UN House in Beirut. It was organised in collaboration by the RELIEF Centre, Chatham House and UN ESCWA. This workshop was the second in a series exploring transitions to renewable energy for Lebanon. The first of these took place at and in collaboration with Chatham House, London, 25 January 2019. It marked the first gathering of our RELIEF Centre Energy Community of Practice - made up of energy practitioners, members of the local community, entrepreneurs, activists, representatives from banking and other areas of the private sector and government. Our Energy Community of Practice will continue to be invited to discuss different aspects of energy in Lebanon through our organised workshops in future.

The purpose of the series of workshops on transitions to renewable energy in Lebanon is to discuss how alternatives and equitable energy supply systems can be built for Lebanon. For this particular workshop, we tackled issues such as the chronic lack of data about energy use and demand, the potential of government policies to enable equitable energy supply and the stakeholders' engagement to effectively manage carbon risk and contribute to Lebanon's long-term development goals. Discussions also included issues regarding the work of different municipalities on alternative renewable energy systems, the innovative education initiatives that improve energy literacy across government, municipalities and society and the future scenarios for 2030. Participants came from various local and international organisations, NGOs, government ministries and entities, municipalities, UN organisations, and research institutions and academia.

The workshop, taking place over one-day, consisted of five sessions made up of moderated discussions and panel discussions, led by a variety of chairs. The sessions discussed included:

Session 1: Integrating Renewable Energy Technology at the Microscale Level in Urban and Rural Settings, and Measuring its Impact on Communities Affected by Mass Displacement

Session 2: Energy Equity, Justice and the Provision of Modern Energy Services to Vulnerable Populations: The Perspective of Municipalities

Session 3: Raising Energy Literacy

Session 4: Financing the Renewable Energy Transition: Finding the Community and Business Alternatives to Accelerate a Green Energy Transition and Equitable Energy Supply

Session 5: A People-Centred Prosperous Future: What future scenarios for 2030 can we imagine for Lebanon's energy supply in the context of climate emergency?

Colleagues of the RELIEF Centre team played an integral part in the organisation and running of this workshop, with talks, addresses and chairing from: Dr Ala'a Shehabi, Professor Nick Tyler, and Professor Diana Laurillard. As part of the Energy Literacy session, Professor Diana Laurillard shared our work in the RELIEF Centre towards an Energy MOOC. This was a fantastic opportunity to examine our approach to this MOOC so far and we received significant and very useful feedback in response.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.unescwa.org/news/transitioning-renewable-energy-and-sustainable-prosperity-lebanon
 
Description Two blogs on the outcomes of Stakeholder consultation workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Two stakeholder consultations with approximately 30 experts, members from local civil society and policymakers took place in June and July 2020. The results were published on this blog.
https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/co-producing-the-citizen-assembly
https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/co-producing-the-citizens-assembly-blog-2
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/co-producing-the-citizen-assembly
 
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 Two press releases on the launch and conclusion of the citizen assembly on energy justice 
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 In order to maintain engagement with the media and stakeholder who could not attend, we published and sent out the following press releases on the launch and conclusion of the citizen assembly:

https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/the-first-citizen-assembly-in-the-middle-east-discussing-energy-justice-and-priorities

https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/citizens-assembly-on-electricity-and-energy-justice-in-lebanon-concludes-pilot-despite-difficult-circumstances
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.relief-centre.org/blog/citizens-assembly-on-electricity-and-energy-justice-in-lebanon-co...
 
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 Culture's Public Engagement: Skills and Practice Training - Guest speaker and facilitator 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I was a guest lecturer on this UCL professional training module, giving a presentation and then helping facilitate breakout group activities and critical reflection. The participants reported that my participation helped to encourage and inspire them to engage in public engagement projects and activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/projects/public-engagement-skills-and-practice
 
Description UCL Urban Lab's Urban Miscellanea launch event speech on 'Tawari2.' - Contribution to the digital anthology on 'Emergency'. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact I contributed to the first Urban Miscellanea anthology and as part of its launch event and exhibition at Chiswick House, I gave a speech reflecting on my piece.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/urban-miscellanea-at-chiswick-house-tickets-194963901277#
 
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 Understanding the social history through architecture in Burj el Barajneh camp 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Part of the 'Vital City' research focuses on understanding how to create 'shared time', i.e. social spaces inside displaced geographies, which can act as catalysts to bringing different displaced communities together. To better understand how we as researchers and urban designers/architects can help design such spaces, we must first understand the history of sociality inside this area, and the architectural forms it took. This is to help us imagine new social spaces, informed and influenced by historical ones that can trigger the hindered, and in some cases lost social realm.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Urban Citizen Science and Community-based Knowledge Production (DSA Conference panel) 
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 This was a Development Studies Association conference panel convened by RELIEF II team members Nikolay Mintchev and Mariam Daher, in collaboration with IGP colleague Dr Saffron Woodcraft. The panel contained presentations and contributions from academics and practitioners from the UK and abroad. The theme was participatory research methods for urban research and action.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hloYM3oz20E&ab_channel=NomadIT
 
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