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City Debates Conference

City Debates is a yearly conference organized by the Masters in Urban Planning & Policy and Masters in Urban Design Programs. Started in 2002, City Debates brings together professionals, academics, and students from Beirut and beyond to explore issues of contemporary relevance to the urbanization of the region. The series aims to document, analyze, and compare emerging practices that are transforming the cities and regions of the Middle-East.It also aims to foster a platform of exchange at the regional level where investigative frameworks are proposed and practical experiences and know-how are shared. By carefully selecting each year a timely theme to address, City Debates' ambition is to propose innovative ways of understanding contemporary urbanization and to usher creative strategies to respond to the daunting challenges. It is also to inscribe a debate about the specificities of our region outside the traditional middle-eastern exceptionalism in which it is often trapped.


Environment and Sustainable Development Unit (ESDU)

ESDU is an inter-disciplinary research and development center specialized in community development and sustainable agriculture hosted at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) of the American University of Beirut (AUB). Established in 2001, ESDU aims at promoting collaboration for sustainable development and acts as an interdisciplinary R&D center specialized in community development and sustainable agriculture.  ESDU seeks to break away from the traditional compartmentalization of research and to put current understanding from research into the hands of the user and policy-maker communities.


Knowledge to Policy (K2P)                         

To be a leading hub for strengthening public health practice and improving health outcomes in the Arab world through collective problem solving, K2P will harness the best available evidence on pressing public health priorities; convene concerned policy makers, stakeholders, thinkers, researchers and doers; and prepare leaders to meet pressing health issues by building their capacity in public health policy making.


MedScapes: Development of landscape character assessment as a tool for effective conservation of natural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean

The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. AUB faculty members are consortium members of this initiative.


Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources

The Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources provides a vehicle for promoting research and advanced study in the petroleum, water, and energy disciplines, as well as a focal point for collaborative research among scientists, engineers, and professionals in Lebanon and in the region at large. The institute serves as an interfaculty coordinating unit in AUB and a catalyst for advanced research in the sciences and engineering for the management and conservation of natural resources and energy.

Nature Conservation Center (NCC)

Our mission is to promote conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity for the purpose of enhancing wellbeing of people and nature by providing an open innovative and collaborative platform. Our mission is achieved through research, education, community outreach, and knowledge dissemination.


Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs - Climate Change and Environment in the Arab World: Ongoing and Completed Research Projects 

The IFI raise the quality of public policy-related debate and decision-making in the Arab World and abroad; enhance the Arab World's input into international affairs; and, enrich the quality of interaction among scholars, officials and civil society actors in the Middle East and abroad.