Call for Participation: Workshops on research ethics in MENA

Launching a Special Commission on Ethics and Social Science Research in the Middle East and North Africa

This project, led by Lisa Anderson (Dean Emerita, Columbia University) and Saloua Zerhouni (Professor, Mohammed V University and President of the Rabat Social Studies Institute), is dedicated to mobilizing an interdisciplinary network of academics, researchers and practitioners to assess the landscape of social science research conducted in the Arab world and develop guidelines for the conduct of responsible, ethical and constructive social inquiry. Learn more about this project here:

The project will be launched through a series of conversations on different thematic issues. We are currently inviting interested individuals to participate in these discussions on the ethical, political and economic challenges to conducting research responsibly. Our first workshops will be held virtually during the winter of 2020-21.

We seek collaborators with experience conducting research in the region, including students, professors, consultants, journalists, policy analysts, librarians, archivists and others, who are concerned about the context in which they work, including the ethical implications of research agendas, methods, funding, institutional contexts and more.

If you would like to learn more, or think you have something to contribute to the project please fill out the call for participation below by November 9th, 2020.

If you have any questions you can email us at

This commission is established under the auspices of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, in collaboration with the Columbia Global Centers in Amann and Tunis, the American University of Cairo, the Rabat Social Studies Institute, and the Arab Council for the Social Sciences. The project is generously funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and a number of partners at Columbia University, including the President's Global Innovation Fund, the Middle East Institute, and the School of International and Public Affairs.


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