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Precarious Places: Social Cohesion, Resilience and Place Attachment of Refugees in Lebanon

This project uses place attachment to understand well-being in precarious mobile populations and the root causes of social tensions between newly-arrived and host populations.

Lebanon has absorbed over a millionpeople fleeing the conflict in Syria. Weak governance and limited resources threaten the well-being of newly arrived populations and exacerbate tensions with host populations. The protracted nature of the Syrian conflict requires consideration of long-term solutions to the refugee crisis. This project uses place attachment to understand:

a) Well-being in precarious mobile populations; and 

b) Root causes of social tensions between newly-arrived and host populations.

The project does this by testing hypotheses on the role of place attachment in building resilience and the role of place identity in causing social tensions. Outcomes can inform interventions to build positive resilience and social cohesion in displaced and host populations. 

Principal Investigator: Dr Helen Adams, King's College London

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