American University of Beirut (AUB)

About AUB
Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education. A teaching-centered research university, AUB has around 700 instructional faculty and a student body of around 8,000 students. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, life-long learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.

The American University of Beirut (AUB) was founded in 1866 as a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher learning. The University is registered with the Lebanese government, Ministry of Education and Higher Learning and its degrees are recognised and accredited by the government of Lebanon. 


PI: Dr. Mona Harb

Mona Harb is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Politics at the American University of Beirut. She received her PhD in Political Science in 2005 from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence (France). She is author of Le Hezbollah à Beyrouth (1985-2005): de la banlieue à la ville (Karthala-IFPO, 2010), and co-author with Lara Deeb of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut (Princeton University Press, 2013). She is currently investigating decentralization, local governments and urban policies in the Arab world, as well as public space practices and urban politics in Beirut. Harb is the recipient of grants from the EU-FP7, Wenner-Gren, ACLS, and Middle-East Awards. She serves on the editorial boards of IJURR and CSSAME, and is a trustee of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences. She is the founder and co-editor of the Cities Page on Jadaliyya e-zine.

Twitter: @mona_harb_

Contact Address:
Department of Architecture and Design
American University of Beirut
Riad el-Solh 1107-2020
Beirut, Lebanon
F. (961-1) 744462
E. mona.harb(AT)

Research and Project Coordinator: Nadine Khayat

Nadine Khayat holds a BA in Political Science and Public Administration (2001), and an MA in Urban Planning and Policy from AUB (2008). Her thesis investigated systems of service provision in informal settlements. After working as a program manager at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, she spent six years in the UAE where she worked as consultant for the Urban Land Institute, case writer at INSEAD, and policy analyst at Nakheel. She is currently back in Beirut, consulting on urban issues and acting as the research and project coordinator of the EU-FP7 project entitled “Power2Youth” examining youth inclusion and exclusion policies in Lebanon, at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

Department of Architecture and Design
American University of Beirut

Riad el-Solh 1107-2020
Beirut, Lebanon
F. (961-1) 744462
E. nadine_khayat(AT)

Main tasks attributed to AUB
-Partner in WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP8



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