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IGP 10th Anniversary: Lebanon week

04 March 2024

Join us for a week of Lebanon-themed events in London to recognise the significant work of the IGP’s Prosperity Co-Laboratory for Lebanon (PROCOL Lebanon) initiative which is a collaborative network of academics, citizens, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders interested in improving quality of life in Lebanon.

Dates: 18 - 22 March 2024

The theme of the week is ‘The politics of decolonial investigations and the ethics of solidarity’ and will bring together academics, thinkers, citizen scientists and innovators to explore the kinds of ethical forms of knowledge production and social solidarity that must drive action towards better social, economic and environmental futures, that challenge colonial structures of domination and global epistemic injustice.

We will also be discussing the key challenges and opportunities for developing a Green New Deal for Lebanon and the MENA region. The imminent threats of climate change call for a swift and comprehensive approach that combines sustainable economic development, decolonial politics, and ecological responsibility for a more equitable and resilient future for the region.

Events include:

IGP Alumni Soundbite - 'Building and Bridges for Prosperity: A Post-War Entrepreneurial Landscape in Lebanon'
Monday 18 March, 1-2PM
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The politics of decolonial investigations and the ethics of solidarity” Workshop with Professor Ilan Pappe
Tuesday, 19 March, 9am - 12pm
B02 Chandler House, UCL
2 Wakefield Street
London WC1N 1PF

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This event will be followed by an opening reception from 2-4PM at the art exhibition "Don't stop drawing : Visual Diaries of Solidarity with Gaza" curated by Mona Hallak and Mayssa Jallad and featuring art by Mazen Kerbaj and Jana Traboulsi.
Location: P21 Gallery
21-27 Chalton Street
London NW1 1JD

How to fast forward impact through volunteering: Perspectives from Lebanon and the UK
Tuesday 19 March, 6 - 8.30pm
People's Mission Hall, 20-22 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1E

Hear from Selin Yigitbasi-Ducker, founder of Goodsted, and Ali Omar Ali, founder of NGO Lebanese Spotlight, in our in-person talk and networking event about delivering social impact through volunteering and how to measure impact, at the beautiful venue of The Orchard in Marble Arch. The event will be accompanied by a buffet reception and drinks.

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“Green New Deal for Lebanon and MENA: A Transformative Approach” Workshop
Wednesday, 20 March, 9am - 12.30pm
Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) Forum (room G17)
South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

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A Just Transition or Just a Transition? Energy and Climate Policy in the in the Middle East and North Africa
Public Lecture by Dr Manal Shehabi, Associate Faculty Member of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford
Wednesday, 20 March, 5pm
G02 Maplethorpe, UCL School of Pharmacy,
29-39 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AX

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Polycrises and Policy Frameworks with keynote by Professor Michael Muthukrishna (LSE), Author of A Theory of Everyone
Thursday 21 March, 1-4PM
Lecture Theatre 1.02, Malet Place Engineering Building
2 Malet Place London WC1E 7JE

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"Building democracy and accountability through labour movements in Lebanon"
Lecture by Anne-Kirstine Rønn, Postdoctoral Fellow at LSE Middle East Centre
Thursday 21 March, 4.30-6pm
G29 JZ Young Lecture Theatre
UCL Anatomy Building
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

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Art exhibition 'Don't Stop Drawing: Visual Diaries of Solidarity with Gaza'
From 12pm on Tuesday 19th March - 4pm on Saturday, 23rd March
P21 Gallery, 21-27 Chalton St, London NW1 1JD
Free entry

For more information about our work in Lebanon, please find relevant papers and resources published by our PROCOL Lebanon team and citizen scientists in the region listed here below:

Article: IGP Director shares her thoughts on the outcome of COP28, Henrietta L. Moore, December 2023

Book Chapter: Prosperity in the Twenty-First Century, Building co-designed infrastructures in Lebanon’s spaces of displacement, 2023

Blog: Research and Motherhood in the Context of Genocide: Challenges and Resilience, Nawal Hamad, December 2023

Blog: From struggles to strengths: Building a prosperous future for Lebanon and beyond, Sam Tamayo, November 2023

Blog: The search for the good life and prosperity in an unstable context, Dareen Sayyad, November 2023

Blog: Creating Synergy Between Research and Policymaking in Lebanon, Balsam Gharib, October 2023

Blog: Gender, space and the good life in Ramallah in October 2023, Reema Shbita, October 2023

Chapter: The colonial-post-colonial continuum, Social protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: A whole-systems approach to prosperity, Henrietta L. Moore and Alexandra Boothroyd

Blog: Financial inclusion policies in Palestine between exclusion and enslavement, Dareen Sayyad and Reema Shbeeta, September 2023

Paper: The Politics of International Assistance in Lebanon: An Evaluation of the IMF's Loan Conditions as a Pathway to Inclusive Growth, Balsam Gharib, Nikolay Mintchev, Mayssa Jallad and Mariam Daher, August 2023

Blog: How Can Citizen Science Help us Research the Intersection of Climate Change and Public Health?, Mayssa Jallad, August 2023

Blog: Repatriating Syrian Refugees Will Not Help Lebanon Solve Its Crises, Rahaf Zaher, June 2023

Blog: Debunking the Myth of ‘Selling State Assets as the Only Solution’ for Lebanon’s Collapsing Banking Sector, Balsam Gharib, May 2023

Blog: Navigating the certainty of uncertainty, Eva Lamorgese, March 2023

Blog: Financial Recovery in Lebanon: Power to the Rich or a Pathway to Prosperity?, Balsam Gharib, December 2022

Blog: Drowning Pakistan, Sumrin Kalia, November 2022

Paper: Assessing vulnerabilities for urban recovery solutions in Beirut post-explosion: The case of Mar Mikhael neighbourhood, Pietrostefani, Elisabetta; Dabaj, Joana; Sleiman, Yara; Jallad, Mayssa; Maassarani, Sara; Charalambous, Efrosini; (2022)

Paper: A pilot Citizens' Assembly on Electricity and Energy Justice in Hamra, Lebanon, Ala’a Shehabi, Muzna Al-Masri, Jessica Obeid, Marc Ayoub, Mayssa Jallad and Mariam Daher, 2021

Paper: Transitions to renewable energy and sustainable prosperity in Lebanon: Why democratic infrastructure supports innovative energy projects in Lebanon, 2021

Journal article: Citizen social science and pathways to prosperity: co-designing research and impact in Beirut, Lebanon, 2021

More resources and publications are available here.

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