November 2015 Research Methods in Social Science
The British Academy and the CBRL British Institute in Amman organised a series of joint activities with a focus on research methods in social science. On 25 November, a seminar for university lecturers from across the MENA region (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, UAE, Egypt, Morocco) focused on the state of methodological training in MENA and how such training could be better integrated in teaching and research programmes.
On 26-27 November, a two-day workshop, held in Amman, brought together a cohort of early career scholars from Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Palestine, with the aim to enhance their knowledge about the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods in social science. Lecturers included experts from the UK, Jordan, Palestine and Morocco.
October 2015 UK-Iran Researcher Links Workshop - Cities: Past and Future
In collaboration with the British Institute of Persian Studies and the British Council, the British Academy convened a Researcher Links workshop on Cities: Past and Future. It brought together a mix of experienced academics and early career scholars from Iran and the UK, to exchange knowledge on topics related to cultural heritage, architecture and urban planning as well as build links for future collaboration.
The workshop, which took place on 24-26 October in Edinburgh and St Andrews, included a public lecture by Professor Robert Hillenbrand FBA and a panel discussion on available funding opportunities for collaborative research between the UK and Iran.
July 2015 Strengthening Academic Collaboration Between the UK and Iran
On 6 July the British Academy and the British Institute of Persian Studies hosted a roundtable discussion on Strengthening Academic Collaboration Between the UK and Iran. The discussion explored the timeliness of efforts to enhance scholarly mobility and research collaboration between the UK and Iran, as well as the most pressing practical impediments which currently stand in the way of effective academic engagement between the two countries.
As part of this event, the British Academy and the British Institute of Persian Studies publicly launched a briefing paper recommending how existing obstacles might be overcome.
October 2014 Workshop on Reinforcing Academic Independence and Excellence in the Middle East
The workshop brought together 20 scholars from Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Iraq, and the UK, to discuss challenges which researchers and university administrators in the Middle East and in the UK face in seeking to establish a secure basis for academic independence and excellence. Participants identified areas of common concern and explored how they could be tackled. The opening address was delivered by Dr Muhammad Saidam from the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, on behalf of HRH Princess Sumaya Bint el Hassan.
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