PSYC Semineri: “Navigating Social Cohesion in the Arab Region: From Conceptualization to Innovative Applications”, Charles Harb, 12:30 30 Kasım (EN)

Please join Bilkent University’s Psychology Department on Thursday for the virtual visit of Prof. Charles Harb.

Speaker: Charles Harb, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

“Navigating Social Cohesion in the Arab Region: From Conceptualization to Innovative Applications”

Date: Thursday, 30 November 2023
Time: 12:30
This is an online seminar. To obtain event details please send a message to departmnet.

The talk will offer an overview of the research related to social cohesion in the Arab region. It begins by examining the global perspective on social cohesion and its adaptation within the Arab context. The discussion then introduces the “Social Cohesion Index” specifically designed for the Arab region, illustrating its application through various survey-based studies in Tunisia. Following this, the talk revisits the concept of social cohesion, highlighting the efforts of United Nations agencies in promoting it among Syrian refugees in Türkiye, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. This segment includes a summary of qualitative research and strategic suggestions for integrating social cohesion initiatives more effectively in these areas. The presentation concludes by exploring ongoing and future research endeavours in the region, particularly those employing innovative methods like machine learning and big data analysis to enhance understanding and implementation of social cohesion strategies.

About the speaker:
Charles Harb is Professor of Social and Political Psychology and Head of the Psychology programs at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar. His research primarily focuses on socio-political dynamics within the Arab region, emphasizing intergroup relations, social cohesion, and political violence. His current work involves employing big data analyses and machine learning algorithms to investigate intergroup dynamics and violence across several Arab countries. Additionally, He has consulted on projects for the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and other international agencies working on relief and development in the Arab region. Contact: