REMENA: Research Ethics in the MENA Region workshop

May 16, 2023

The Research Ethics in the MENA Region (REMENA) Workshop, co-organized by Columbia Global Centers | Tunis and hosted both at CGC Tunis premises and at CEMAT's, took place in Tunisia on May 15th and 16th.

This workshop is part of a project partially funded by the Columbia President's Global Innovation Fund and is led by Pr. Lisa Anderson, Special Lecturer and James T. Shotwell Professor Emerita of International Relations at Columbia | SIPA, as well as a member of the CGC Tunis Faculty Advisory Committee, Dean Emerita of Columbia | SIPA, and Former President of The American University in Cairo.

The REMENA project is dedicated to developing guidelines for the conduct of responsible, ethical, and constructive social science research in the Middle East and North Africa. In particular, it looks into the questions of how, when, and where social scientists do and should collaborate, how they should interact with research subjects, and what standards of candor and transparency should be observed in the research enterprise.

The workshop in Tunis brought together scholars and practitioners in social science from Tunisia, the MENA region, and beyond. Over two days, participants engaged in collaborative discussions and exchanges, focusing on advancing ethical social science research in the MENA region. The workshop placed particular emphasis on research dissemination, non-academic research purposes, and fostering collaborations with local partners.