Team & Partners

The SAHWA Project brings together a consortium of fifteen partners, universities and research centers from Europe and Arab countries to research youth prospects and perspectives in a context of multiple transitions. Besides, a Scientific Advisory Panel composed of renowned experts and researchers provides advice and guidance throughout at every phase of implementation of the SAHWA Project.


Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

Barcelona, Spain

CIDOB is a leading Spanish independent, non-partisan centre devoted to international affairs. CIDOB’s vision promotes good global governance based on democratic practices and plural dialogue that embraces all differences.

For over 30 years, CIDOB has carried out field research and studies in order to maintain its capacity for interaction with the academic world; to provide original analysis to political and economic decision-makers; and to anticipate new trends before they reach the political agenda.

CIDOB has a particular focus on four fields of excellence: European Foreign Policy; Security Sector Reform; Intercultural dynamics; Migration Policy in Europe.

SAHWA Project Coordinator


Dr Elena Sánchez-Montijano is Senior Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Migration Programme at CIDOB. She holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She is guest lecturer at the Inter-university Master's Degree in Contemporary Migrations at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Universitat de Barcelona since 2013. She is the scientific coordinator and the WP’s leader of Migration at the SAHWA FP7 research project. She is also co-director of the “Integration Policies: Who benefits? – MIPEX 2015” project. She has been a visiting researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), Oxford University and the Center for Ethnic and Migration Studies (CEDEM), Université de Liège.

Project Manager


SAHWA Project Manager, CIDOB. He holds a master’s degree from Sciences Po Grenoble in International Relations, specializing in “Integration and Transformations in the Mediterranean and Middle East”, and a Bachelor in Public Administration. His dissertation research focused on the transition processes carried out in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia (2011-2013). Prior to joining CIDOB, he was a Junior Research Fellow at the European Institute of the Mediterranean (Department of the Arab and Mediterranean world). He also worked as a consultant for the French Institute of International Relations. At CIDOB, he is the Project Manager for SAHWA, a European project funded by the EU’s 7th Framework Programme that aims at analysing trends as well as prospects for youth in a context marked by multiple transitions (demographic, political, economic) in the Mediterranean countries. His main areas of interest are: International Relations in the Middle East, Authoritarianism in the Arab world and political transformation processes within the MENA region. He speaks French, English, Spanish and Arabic.

Other members of the Research Team:
  • CLARA CREIXAMS, Project Office Manager
  • EDUARD SOLER, Senior Research Fellow
  • SANTIAGO VILLAR , Communication
  • ANNA BUSQUETS, Web Manager for SAHWA
  • ORIOL MOYA CÀNOVAS, Research & Communication Assistant


ANIMA Investment Network

Marseille, France

ANIMA Investment Network is a multi-country platform supporting the economic development of the Mediterranean. The ANIMA network ( gathers more than 70 governmental agencies and international business, innovation and financing networks. The objective of ANIMA is to contribute to a b
etter investment and business climate and to the growth of capital flows into the Mediterranean region. ANIMA administrates or participates in important European projects and programmes (e.g. Faro, Generation Maghreb, DiaMed/Talents, East Invest, Lactimed, EDILE).Click here to see ANIMA’s presentation of the SAHWA Project.
General Delegate of ANIMA Investment Network, Marseille. He joined ANIMA in Marseille in August 2006, as Project Director in the field of innovation, SME financing and investment. He was in charge of ANIMA contribution in the European programme Medibtikar – Euromed Innovation & Technology Programme – besides sitting in the Executive Committee of Invest in Med. He finally took the direction of the European programme Invest in Med in June 2009. Emmanuel spent 12 years in the telecoms, internet and communications sector: telecoms consultant in Paris; marketing director of a pioneer operator in the field of internet telephony based in London, and targeting the MENA markets among others; and research director delivering to various telecom operators. Besides he participated to several editorial projects (Launch of Le Méditerranéen – weekly newsmag on Euromed, collaboration to the African Development Bank publications, correspondence for Le Nouvel Economiste). He is graduated from University Parix IX Dauphine: Master 1 in Management Science and Master 2 in Management of Telecoms and New Medias.



General Delegate of ANIMA Investment Network, Marseille. He joined ANIMA in Marseille in August 2006, as Proje ct Director in the field of innovation, SME financing and investment. He was in charge of ANIMA contribution in the European programme Medibtikar – Euromed Innovation & Technology Programme – besides sitting in the Executive Committee of Invest in Med. He finally took the direction of the European programme Invest in Med in June 2009. Emmanuel spent 12 years in the telecoms, internet and communications sector: telecoms consultant in Paris; marketing director of a pioneer operator in the field of internet telephony based in London, and targeting the MENA markets among others; and research director delivering to various telecom operators. Besides he participated to several editorial projects (Launch of Le Méditerranéen – weekly newsmag on Euromed, collaboration to the African Development Bank publications, correspondence for Le Nouvel Economiste). He is graduated from University Parix IX Dauphine: Master 1 in Management Science and Master 2 in Management of Telecoms and New Medias.

Center of Arab Women for Training and Research

Tunis, Tunisia

The Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR) is a regional organization established in 1993 and based in Tunisia. The mandate of CAWTAR is to promote the status and role of women in development in the Arab region. Its aim is to eradicate discrimination against Arab women and reduce gender gaps by promoting research, education, traini
ng and advocacy in all areas of life that affect the status of women, and to carry our message to policy makers, researchers, activists and local communities alike. CAWTAR remains one of the few regional research and training institutions dedicated to the question of women and development in the Arab region. 



Executive Director of the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), Tunis. Dr. Bouraoui is a PH D professor in Law; she is a founding member of the International Forum of Mediterranean Women (1992), which actively fosters dialogue between Arab women and Euro Mediterranean women. She is founder of the “Fondation des femmes de l’Euro-Méditerranée” based in Barcelona, Spain. Since 1999, Dr. Bouraoui has been Executive Director of the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), a regional organization established in 1993 and based in Tunisia. The mandate of CAWTAR is to promote the status of Women in the Arab region and to empower them.

Centre de Recherche en Economie Appliquée pour le Développement

Alger, Algeria

CREAD was established in 1975 as a public scientific centre which specialised in economics and social economics. CREAD conducts research on international economic relations, economics and sociology of the labour, health economics, finance and rural economy and food. The center gathers more than 200 researchers from different specialties and it mana
ges 114 research projects within the national research program initiated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. It has conducted several studies for the national economic sectors. It is an active member in the FEMISE network, and has strong relations with several national and international research centers and universities. 



Head of Human Development and Social Economy Department, Centre de Recherche en Economie Appliquée pour le Dév eloppement (CREAD), Alger. Mr. Nacer-Eddine HAMMOUDA received a bachelor degree in mathematics at the University of Algiers complement it by a Master degree in statistics and economics in a well khown Parisian school of statistic and economic analysis. At the end of his studies, he joined the national office of statistics in Algiers and held several positions at ONS at both senior management and at the regional level (Ouargla and Algiers). M HAMMOUDA deal more specifically social statistics and focuses on one of the most important sources of data namely household surveys. With his mastery of the process of data production in Algeria, Mr. HAMMOUDA obtained a PhD in economics from the University of PARIS X, while continuing to work inside ONS as methodologist. He has published several articles on the methodological aspects of different types of household surveys conducted in Algeria. He joined the Center for Applied Economic Research in Development (CREAD) from July 2001 where he participated in several national and international research teams focusing on the analysis of the labour market in Algeria. From 2005 he began to integrate migration into his concerns. Thus he made several inquiries about the different forms of migration within the CREAD and in collaboration with other international and national institutions. He has published several articles and edited several books. His research has expanded to all of the social economy and human development. In this capacity he participated with a team from the University of Caen under the direction of Prof. Dupuis, in a first study on retirement systems in the Maghreb. He joined the network Esiramed and currently directs a research project on the extension of social security coverage in Algeria.

Education for Employment

Madrid, Spain

Education for Employment (EuropEFE) is a network comprised of locally-run non-profit organizations in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and the United States. Its vision is to empower youth from MENA with the skills and opportunities they need to build careers that create a better future for themselves, their communities and the world.
EuropEFE creates job opportunities for unemployed youth through world-class training linked directly to jobs. Through its affiliates in partner countries it teaches both professional and vocational skills so that young people have the capability and confidence they need to find and keep and job. Its model bridge the skills gap to provide employers with the appropriately skilled, retainable employees that help businesses thrive and expand.  Together with businesses, education institutions and local partners the organization develops demand-driven training programs, including: Soft skills training, Textile Merchandising, Teacher Training, Air conditioning/Refrigeration, Automotive Diagnosis training, Construction Management, Banking, Mini-MBA – Accounting, Land Surveying, Sales and Marketing and Entrepreneurship.



Prior to joining Fundación Educación Para el Empleo (EuropEFE), Salvatore Nigro was the Director of the Advoca cy Department of the Glocal Forum. He is used to negotiating, mediating and facilitating at the highest levels of national and international institutions. He has experience working both with governmental offices such as the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with non-governmental organizations and in multicultural, multi-linguistic environments. Mr. Nigro holds a BA in International Political Science and a MA in International Studies from the LUISS University in Rome. He obtained a Master in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Malta.

Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management

Rabat, Morocco

HEM Business School – Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management (Institute of Graduate Management Studies) – is a private Moroccan business school, recognized on May 24th, 1988 by the Ministry of National Education. Set up as a "Grande Ecole", The HEM Business School model is a pure product of Moroccan skills and yet is open to the world through ren
owned partnerships. CESEM (Centre for Social Economic and Managerial Studies) was launched by HEM in 2007. Its main goals are to undertake research useful for better management practices, by using tools of social sciences such as surveys, fieldwork, case studies, workshops, seminars and international symposia. Main focus areas: microeconomic sociological research, governance of public decision-making processes. 



Director, CESEM, Research Center of Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management (HEM), Rabat. Literary critic, wr iter, journalist and a media specialist, he is editor of “La Revue Economia” and Managing Director of the CESEM, HEM’s research centre. Former editor of the Moroccan magazine, TELQUEL, till 2006, he is also a member of many international magazines and reviews editorial boards. Currently working on a large book project about “Media and public sphere”, he is running a series of field surveys on the topic. Fully involved in public debate, he is the co-founder in Rabat of the Rencontres d’Averroès Moroccan edition, held every year. Professor in HEM, since 1996, he is specialized in methodology and creative writing.

Middle East Technical University

Ankara, Turkey

ES-METU was founded in 1997 at the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences (FEAS) at METU in Ankara, Turkey. It aims to contribute to comparative research on Europe and European integration through an interdisciplinary team of researchers. The Centre has been awarded the Comparative European Research Project (CES-CER) in May 2005 within the
European Commission’s 6th Framework Programme. The research is conducted along three broad core research programs of integration, neighbourhood and cross border issues; social, economic and territorial governance; comparative studies of Europeanization and transformation. CES is also a partner teaching institution in the Masters Programme in Euro-Mediterranean Affairs (MEMA/MAME). CES-METU became a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in 2007. METU has previous expertise in research projects within the 6FP (e.g. as partner of EU-CONSENT and CES-CER) and 7FP (e.g. as partner of FESSUD and EU4SEAS). 



Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration and Centre for European Studies at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara. Dr. Göksel is currently a faculty member at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Political Science and Public Administration. She holds a PhD degree in Political Sciences from the Institute for International and European Policy at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She has been involved in many European level academic research and implementation projects such as QUING (FP6), FESSUD (FP7), EU-CAMP (LLP-Jean Monnet). Besides she has also been involved in youth, youth work and youth policy related research and practice, especially within the Euro-Mediterranean context, at many different levels. She worked as the National Coordinator of the EU’s Euro-Med Youth Action Programme on behalf of Turkey (1999-2003). She was one of the authors of youth policy reports in the Mediterranean partner countries conducted for the Regional Capacity Building and Support Unit in 2008. She is the general editor of the “MOSAIC: T-Kit for the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Work” published by the Youth Partnership between the European Commission and Council of Europe in 2010. She is also the author of “Volunteering and EVS in the Euro-Med context” published by SALTO-EuroMed Youth Centre in 2011. Since 2012, Dr. Göksel acts as a member of the national research partner within the context of the RAY Network, Research based Analysis of Youth in Action Programme. Within RAY network, she has conducted special surveys and field study research on different issues with the participants of YiA Programme, the result of which is presented in a comprehensive national report. Her academic interest areas include policy analysis (gender equality, employment and labour market policy, youth policy), EU enlargement and Turkey-EU relations, and, bureaucracy in Turkey.

Assoc. Prof.; Department of International Relations and Centre for European Studies at the Middle East Technical University


Dr. Özgehan Şenyuva is a faculty at the Department of International Relations at METU. He holds a PhD in polit ical science from the Centre for the Study of Political Change (Circap) at the Università Degli Studi di Siena, where he also obtained a Master Scientifico Culturale in ‘Politica Comparata de Europea.’ His area of interests include public opinion studies; EU enlargement and integration; research methodologies and measurement; and youth studies. He specialises in quantitative methods and surveys. Dr. Şenyuva has actively engaged into various EU Framework Programme projects such as ‘Integrated and United? A Quest for Citizenship in an Ever Closer Europe (IntUne) under FP6 and Football Research in an Enlarged Europe (FREE) under FP7. He is a member of Pool of European Youth Researchers of the Council of Europe-European Commission Partnership in the field of Youth, and of the Expert Group on recognition of youth work and NFIL of the EU-COE youth partnership. He is also one of the authors of the T-Kit 10, Educational Evaluation in Youth Work published by the Council of Europe. He has also worked as a trainer/external evaluator in different national and international projects.

Finnish Youth Research Network

Helsinki, Finland

FYRN, founded in the beginning of 1999, is a community of researchers which works together with universities, research institutes and institutes and various professionals, both nationally and internationally, in the field of youth work and youth policy. It operates as part of the Finnish Youth Research Society. Its operation is multi-disciplinary a
nd both thematically and geographically diverse. Its purpose is twofold: to produce high quality academic research and to affect youth policy and youth work development through its research. It grasps phenomena related to young people and youth and brings new knowledge and insights into public discussion. Its research projects focus on e.g. youth culture research, life paths and passage into adulthood as well as themes of marginalization, ethnic relations, education and youth work. 



Post-Doctoral Researcher, Finnish Youth Research Society (FYRN), Helsinki. She holds a PhD in Development Stud ies and works as a post-doctoral researcher in the Finnish Youth Research Network, part of research consortium that examines political processes and opportunities for engagement from the perspective of young people in Africa (2012-2016). It is a joint project of the Department of Political and Economic Studies/Development Studies and the Finnish Youth Research Network, and funded by the Academy of Finland (YoPo [258235] IP: E. Oinas, She is also a member of an international research project (2012-2015): Indignant Generation. The youth movements of 2011 in the Mediterranean area: a transnational perspective (GENIND [CSO2012-34415] IP: C. Feixa). Her multidisciplinary research has focused on young people, political participation and democracy in multiple global settings. Her ongoing research focuses on the links between global youth cultures and activism (through the internet/social media, international development cooperation projects, global events) and localized political engagements of youth, with a special emphasis on the contexts around World Social Forum in Tunisia (WSF 2013 and WSF 2015) and Tunisian civil society in general. She’s currently a member of Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR) in the youth partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

Lebanese American University

Beirut, Lebanon

The Lebanese American University is a leading, private and nonsectarian higher education institution in Lebanon. It operates under the charter from the board of regents of the University of the State of New York and is accredited by the commission on institutions of higher education of the New England Association of Schools and colleges. In the Fal
l 2012 semester, LAU had more than 8,100 students enrolled and 347 academic staff. LAU is committed to academic excellence, student centeredness, civic engagement, the advancement of scholarship, the education of the whole person, and the formation of leaders in a diverse world.Click here to see LAU’s presentation of the SAHWA Project



Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics, Lebanese American University (LAU), Beirut. H e is currently also serving as Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Business. He holds a B.A. in Physics and MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the editor of the journal Review of Middle East Economics and Finance published by De Gruyter Press. His research appeared in journals Physica A, Review of Political Economy, Energy Economics, Computational Economics, Journal of International Development and Middle Eastern Studies and in edited books. He served as senior economic advisor at the Ministry of Labor in Lebanon. He also held consultancy positions in projects related to economic development in Lebanon.

American University in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. AUC is the region’s premier English-language University. AUC is an independent, non-profit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. Its academic progra
m is rooted in liberal education. AUC offers a vital bridge between the cultures of East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the United States and the rest of the world through scholarly research, study-abroad programs and partnerships with academic and research institutions. AUC builds leadership, lifelong learning, continuing education and service among its graduates and is dedicated to making significant contributions to Egypt and the international community in diverse fields. Chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, AUC upholds the principles of academic freedom and is dedicated to excellence.Click here to see AUC’s presentation of the SAHWA Project



Bahgat Korany (BA, Cairo U; MA , University of Sussex ; Ph.D. , Geneva U.) is professor of International Relat ions and Political Economy at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and Director of the AUC Forum. He is an elected member of Canada’s Royal Society since 1994 and has been a visiting professor at various universities, from Paris and Oxford to Harvard. In addition to about 95 book chapters/articles in specialized periodicals from Revue Française de Sciences Politiques to World Politics , some of which have been translated into Spanish ,Italian, Chinese and Japanese , Korany has published twelve books in English or French. His first book Social Change,Charisma and International Behavior was awarded the Hauchman Prize in Switzerland . His 2010-The Changing Middle East has been noted by CNN as indicating the “Arab Spring” a year before it happened. He is on the Editorial Board of such periodicals as International Studies Quarterly ,International Political Science Review , El-Siassa El-Dawliyya , Mediterranean Politics…. He is the Lead Author of the 10th Anniversary special volume of the UNDP’s Arab Human Development Report, to be published soon , in both English and Arabic ,as Arab Human Development in the 21st Century.

University of Liverpool

Liverpool, United Kingdom

The University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s original ‘redbricks’ and is a founder member of he Russell Group of universities. This project will be based within the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology which is located within the University’s School of Law and Social Justice. The Department has a history dating from 1905 and has
wide-ranging teaching and research programmes, but youth research has been among its specialties for most of the past century. 



Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool. His major research areas are the sociology of leisure, and the sociology of young people’s life stage transitions. Since 1991 he has coordinated a series of research projects in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union. These have investigated how various social groups’ circumstances have changed during the political and economic transformations of their countries. Professor Roberts’ books include Surviving Post-Communism: Young People in the Former Soviet Union (2000), Youth in Eastern Europe and in the West (2009), Class in Contemporary Britain (2011), and Sociology: An Introduction (2012).

University of Lleida

Lleida, Spain

The University of Lleida (UdL) is the oldest university in Catalonia. It has approximately 8,000 students and 2,000 teachers and researchers. The Department of Geography and Sociology includes human geography, regional geography, sociology, social anthropology and social work. The Grup de Recerca Emergent sobre Joventut i Societat (JOVIS) was creat
ed in 2000 as an interdisciplinary network of researchers and practitioners on youth issues. The Forum of Youth Studies is annually organised by JOVIS in cooperation with the Youth Directorate of the Catalan Government. It has extensive experience in national and international cooperative research on youth cultures, intercultural education, migration, social movements, gangs and violence. The JOVIS has been partner in the FP6 TRESEGY project and in FP7 EUMARGINS project. It has also participated in several contracts with local and global agencies, like EACEA and INJUVE. Nowadays it is leading a Marie Curie Project (YOUGANG) and a Spanish RDi Project about the youth movements of 2011 in the Mediterranean (GENIND). Click here to see UdL’s presentation of the SAHWA Project



Professor, Department of Geography and Sociology, University of Lleida. He holds a PhD from the University of Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Manizales (Colombia). He is professor at the University of Lleida and has been visiting scholar at universities in Rome, Mexico, Paris, California at Berkeley, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Newcastle. He has conducted fieldwork in Spain and Latin America. He is interested on topics like violence, urbanism, sport, oral memory, migration, social movements, and cybercultures. He is the author of several books like De jovenes, bandas y tribus (Barcelona, 1998; 4th edition 2008)), Jovens na America Latina (São Paulo, 2004), and Global Youth? (& P. Nilan, Routledge, London & New York, 2006). He is coeditor of the journal Young (London/Delhi) and member of the international board of Nueva Antropología (México), Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud (Colombia), Mondi Migranti (Milano), and Analise Social (Lisboa), among others. He has been advisor for youth policies of the United Nations and Vice President of the International Sociological Association Research Comitee Sociology of Youth.

SAHWA Ethnographic Fieldwork Coordinator


José Sánchez García (Barcelona, 1965) is Post-Doctoral researcher in the University of Lleida and member of th e research Group on Youth and Society; and Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology in the Autonomous University in Barcelona (UAB). PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology, with a thesis based on the study of youth cultures in the city of Cairo. During her field experience was to analyze the processes of Young identity construction in the Arab world from the case study of four neighbourhoods of Cairo. He had researched the relationship between piety and music in Pakistanis collectives in Barcelona; gender identities in Gulf countries; and youth political movements after 2011 in Spain and Egypt.

University of Milano-Bicocca

Milano, Italy

The University of Milano-Bicocca was established in 1998. It is a young, dynamic and multidisciplinary campus, which in the space of fourteen years since its foundation has created an extensive network including many world-famous universities, research centers and top corporations. Its aim is to equip students for the challenges of a complex and ch
anging world. The University of Milano-Bicocca is active in a wide array of research topics, thanks to its twenty-one departments and numerous research centers of excellence. The University promotes research with its own funds as well as coordinates and participates in publicly and privately funded research projects at the regional, national and international levels.



Carmen Leccardi is professor of Cultural Sociology and Director of the PhD program in Applied Sociology and Me thodology of Social Research at the University of Milan-Bicocca, where she also chairs the Interdepartmental Centre of Women’s Studies ABCD and the Interuniversity Centre ‘Gender Cultures’. She is currently President of the European Sociological Association ESA (20013-2015). She has done extensive research in the field of gender, youth, cultural change and time experience. Co-editor (1999-2009) of the Sage journal Time & Society, now consulting editor of the same, she was vice-president for Europe of the International Sociological Association, Research Committee ‘Sociology of Youth’ (2006-2010). Recent publications: “1989. Young People and Social Change after the Fall of the Berlin Wall” (editor with C. Feixa, S. Kovacheva, H. Reiter e T. Sekulic), 2012; “Sentirsi a casa. I giovani e la riconquista dello spazio-tempo della casa e della metropoli “Feeeling Home. Young People and the Reconquest of Spaces-Times of the Home and the City” (with M. Rampazi and M. G. Gambardella), 2011.

University of Bremen

Bremen, Germany

Founded in 1971, the University of Bremen currently has 21,000 students and 1,450 academic staff. Some of the ground-breaking educational concepts implemented in the University’s early days - which came to be known as the Bremer Modell - have since become established features of modern university education all over Germany. These include: interdisc
iplinary study and research, research-based teaching projects, orientation to practice, and responsibility towards society. These have been supplemented since with new aims like internationalisation, opportunities for junior scientists and scholars in structured post-graduate programmes, gender equality, and an added sense of purpose as a ‘learning institution’. The University of Bremen has been successful in the German ‘Excellence Initiative’ in 2012 and is supported by this funding, which identifies Germany’s best universities. Moreover, Bremen is also in the top ten universities in the acquisition of third party funding. The Childhood and Youth Survey team will work in the Institute Labour and Economy (IAW) which has 34 research staff. The IAW is responsible for a wide range of research (mainly in the fields of sociology and economics), regionally, nationally and internationally. The IAW actively engages in delivery of scientific policy advice. The Institute has previous expertise in research projects (e.g. as coordinator of INTAS within the 6th Framework Programme and as partner in INTAS previous editions, as partner of MYPLACE within the 7th Framework Programme, partner in PHARE-ACE Program and in TACIS-ACE-Program).Click here to see University of Bremen’s presentation of the SAHWA Project



Senior Researcher and Departmental Head, Institute Labour and Economy, University of Bremen. MA in Managerial Economics (Diplom-Kaufmann) and MA in Sociology (Diplom-Soziologe), Dr. rer.pol. Research Director at the "Institute for Labour and Economy” at the University of Bremen/Germany. Studies on Youth and Labour Market in Central & Eastern European and ex-Soviet Union countries. Studies on management in Germany, UK and the transition countries (Central/Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Caucasian countries); Foreign Direct Investment and Re-Location, as well as Shipbuilding and Maritme Industries in Germany, Europe, China and Vietnam. Since 2003 expert of the European Union Social Dialogue Shipbuildung Industry. Published several books and many articles with Anglo-American Publishers:


University of Plovdiv

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv University is a leading cultural and scientific institution for higher education, the largest university in Southern Bulgaria. Founded in 1961, Plovdiv University maintains active international cooperation with all European countries, as well as with the USA and various Asian and African partners. It takes part, independently and in collabo
ration with other European universities, in the EU Programmes and in the American and Swiss foundations for scientific research. The Faculty of Philosophy and History and its Department of Institutional and Applied Sociology specialises in theoretical and empirical research and policy evaluation. It has taken part in many national and comparative research projects in the field of social and political change in Bulgaria and South-East Europe, youth transitions from school to work and from parental family to a family of their own, global, national and ethnic identity and youth values. The Department has experience in multidisciplinary field studies, conducting surveys, focus-group, in-depth and biographical interviews.Click here to see PLOVDIV’s presentation of the SAHWA Project



Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Plovdiv. She holds a PhD in sociology from the Uni versity of Sofia and is Associate Professor in Sociology and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Her areas of expertise are the social transformation of Bulgarian society, changes in youth and family life, including gender and intergenerational relations, young people’s civic participation and political expressions. She has been the national coordinator of more than 20 research and evaluation projects many of which with a cross-national perspective. She is a member of the pool of European youth researchers of the Partnership between the European Union and the Council of Europe in the field of youth and a member of Research Committee 34: Sociology of Youth of the International Sociological Association.


Jordi Vaquer i Fanés


Graduate in European Studies (ULB Brussels) and in General Management (UOC, Barcelona), she is currently Head of Programme and Operations Unit in the Anna Lindh Foundation based in Alexandria (Egypt). She is responsible for the planning and implementation of the projects at the Foundation, among them Dawrak-Citizens for Dialogue, a programme founded by the EC and devoted to support participation of youth in public life in the Arab countries. Involved in the Euro-Mediterranean relations since 1990, she is been coordinating major civil society euromed events among them the first Euromed Civil Forum 2005 and more recently the Anna Lindh Forum in 2013. She has been responsible of key euromed resources such the Mediterranean Yearbook and currently she is the Director of the Anna Lindh Report on Intercultural Trends edited by ALF. She is editor of collective books and author of many articles regarding civil society, migrations, intercultural dialogue and euromed relations issues.


Labour market expert, European Training Foundation (ETF). She works at ETF, a specialised EU agency based in I taly, since 2004. She studied political science and international relations, completed her master’s degree at the London School of Economics, and worked on employment policies at the Turkish Ministry of Labour for seven years. In the ETF, she was involved in the implementation of MEDA-ETE Education and Training for Employment Programme and led the labour market analysis of the Mediterranean countries, producing biannual UfM Regional Employability Reviews. The latter reviews particularly focused on the school-to-work transition of youth and the linkages between education levels/types and employment performances of youth. She also worked on the labour market review of the Eastern Partnership region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) and flexicurity and lifelong learning in Turkey. Currently she is working on the skill dimension of labour migration through conducting specific surveys with potential and returning migrants in some sending countries of the ENP South and ENP East.

Larabi Jadi


Professor of Economics, Mohammed V University, Rabat. Director of the Master Territorial Development at Mohamm ed V University and General Director of the Centre de Recherche en Économie Appliquée et Développement Humain (CREADH). He is also member of the executive committee of the Abderrahim Bouabid Foundation and a founder of the Groupement d'Etudes et Recherches sur la Méditerranée (GERM) as well as the Centre Marocain de Conjoncture (CMC). In 2013, he led the Maghreb Youth Forum on the youth participation in local politics within the framework of the Programme DAWRAK (Citizens for dialog) of the Anna Lindh Foundation. He is the author of many publications on employment, poverty, gender and euro-mediterranean relations.


Professor and Head of School, University of Durham. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Academ ician of the Academy of Social Sciences. She is currently Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University and Professor of Middle East Political Economy. She started academic life with a doctoral on the political economy of Israeli occupation of the West Bank at Exeter University, but in 1992 she was awarded a British Academy post-doctoral fellowship to work on economic and political reforms in North Africa. In 1993 she moved to Durham University, where she became a Lecturer in Middle East Politics in the Centre for Middle East Studies in 1995. She moved into the new School of Government and International Affairs in 2003/4 and has extended her areas of interest to include aspects of information and communications technology proliferation in the Middle East, as well as critical approaches to political economy issues such as food security, gender and demographics.

Marc Pierini


Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe, Brussels. At Carnegie Europe, his research focuses on developments in the M iddle East and Turkey from a European perspective. Pierini was an EU career diplomat from December 1976 to April 2012. He was EU ambassador and head of delegation to Turkey from 2006 to 2011, in Tunisia and Libya from 2002 to 2006, Syria from 1998 to 2002, and Morocco from 1991 to 1995. He also served as the first coordinator for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, or Barcelona Process, from 1995 to 1998 and was the main negotiator for the release of the Bulgarian hostages from Libya from 2004 to 2007. Pierini served as counselor to European Commissioners Claude Cheysson and Abel Matutes. He has published three essays in French: "Le prix de la liberté", "Télégrammes diplomatiques" and "Où va la Turquie?".


Associate, Population Council, Cairo. Rania Roushdy is the senior research manager of the Poverty, Gender, and Youth program of the Population Council’s West Asia and North Africa office. She joined the Council in 2003. Her work encompasses several countries in the region and includes project management, research, and consultative work. Roushdy has extensive research experience in the areas of gender and youth employment, job quality and labor market dynamics, poverty, and migration. Her work involves close collaboration with government and nongovernmental organizations, research and academic institutions, and UN agencies. Roushdy has participated in numerous international conferences and has several publications. She holds a PhD and an MA in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, as well as an MSc and BSc in statistics from the School of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.


Wiebke Weber is member of the Core Scientific Team of the European Social Survey (ESS) ERIC and Head of the ES S research group at the Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM). She received her PhD from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in January 2013, in the area of political science and survey methodology, under the supervision of Willem Saris (UPF) and Mariano Torcal (UPF). Her dissertation dealt with measurement equivalence and the meaning of left-right orientation using data from the European Social Survey. She holds a MA in Political and Social Science from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (2007) and a BA in European Studies from the University of Passau, Germany (2006). Since 2007 she works in the field of Survey Research under the supervision of Prof. Willem Saris, first at the Survey Research Centre, ESADE, and since 2008 at the RECSM, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. From 2009 to 2014 she was the publication officer of the online journal Survey Research Methods (SRM) and in the period of 2009-2011 she held the position of General Secretary of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA). Wiebke's research interests are political attitudes and behaviour, public opinion, questionnaire design, equivalence testing and all other aspects of survey methodology.


Daniela Pioppi is Senior Fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme of the Istituto Affari Internaz ionali (IAI) and associate professor of contemporary history of Arab countries at L'Orientale University of Naples. Trained as an Arabist and a political scientist (first degree in Oriental Studies, University of Rome 'La Sapienza', MA in comparative politics of the Middle East, SOAS, London University, and PhD in Political Science at the University of Pisa), she has a vast experience of field research in the Arab world. Her main research interests are comparative politics of the Middle East and North Africa region with a special emphasis on the recent evolution of Islamist movements/parties. She has directed several international research projects and she is the coordinator of POWER2YOUTH, a research project funded under the 7th programme framework of the EU.


Maria Cristina Paciello is Senior Fellow at the Mediterranean and Middle East Programme of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and lecturer in political economy of the Islamic countries at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. From 2007 to 2011 she was lecturer in economic and political geography of development at the University of Rome La Sapienza. After studying Arabic (University of Rome La Sapienza), she obtained a MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and her PhD in political economy of developing countries at the Economic Studies Department, University of Florence. Her main research interests are the political economy of Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on labour and employment issues. Currently she is the coordinator of POWER2YOUTH, a research project funded under the 7th programme framework of the EU, and of MEDRESET, a research project funded under HORIZON 2020.


Camil Ungureanu is associate professor of political theory at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra specializing in rel igion and the public sphere, law and religion, and art and religion. He obtained his doctoral degree at the European University Institute in Florence, and lectured at the European University Institute, University of Richmond, and University College Dublin. He published with prestigious publishing houses (Routledge, Cambridge, Ashgate) and journals (Journal of Political Philosophy, Human Studies, European Journal of Political Theory, The European Legacy, Journal of European Studies, etc.). He also participated in various national and European projects: currently he is full member of a research Project on religious exemptions (project financed by the Generalitat de Catalunya. 2015RELIG00015). In 2013-2015 he was Project Coordinator of “Habermas´ postsecularism and Islam” (project financed by the Spanish Ministry, MICINN, CSO2012-39311). From his most recent publications: Contemporary Democratic Theory and Religion (forthcoming) Routledge, 2016; Guest Editor of Special Issue “Beyond Habermas´s theory of religion? The European Legacy, (co-edited with Paolo Monti), 3/2017 (co-edited with P. Monti); Cinema and Sacrifice, Routledge (co-edited with C. Bradatan); Law, State and Religion in New Europe, Cambridge University Press (paperback edition, co-edited with L. Zucca); Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Post-Secularism: Between Public Reason and Transcendence", The European Legacy, 20(2) (with L. Thomassen); Religion in European Cinema. The Postnational Constellation, Routledge; Democracy, Law and Religious Pluralism in the New Europe, Routledge, 2014 (book co-edited with F. Requejo).



Dawrak Dawrak

The DAWRAK-Citizens for Dialogue Programme is a timely and pioneering programme developed by the Anna Lindh Fo undation working on developing intercultural dialogue skills for civil society launched as a response to the historic Arab awakening. It aims to develop the capacities of the most dynamic actors involved in intercultural dialogue, providing them with tools and skills for dialogue, advocacy, networking and participation. [more information on DAWRAK-Citizens for Dialogue Programme] In this regard, the SAHWA Project will be associated to the “Youth in Local Politics” component of the project DAWRAK – Citizens for Dialogue. This will include, in particular, the participation in the writing of a Handbook on Youth Participation in Local Dialogue. DAWRAK website:



POWER2YOUTH is an EU-funded FP7 Project that aims to advance theory and extend knowledge on the complex proce sses and dynamics of youth exclusion and inclusion in the SEM region as well as to provide innovative and concrete policy recommendations that create opportunities for youth empowerment. The project will examine the root causes of youth exclusion and the role that youth can play in the on-going transformations through a multi-level (macro, meso and micro), interdisciplinary and gender-sensitive theoretical approach that combines both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Six SEM country case studies are selected: Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Turkey. This research project, also collaborative and interdisciplinary, opens therefore many opportunities to collaborate with its genuine twin-project, the SAHWA Project. With a view to explore opportunities for cooperation with the SAHWA Project, both Project consortia have developed a partnership to work cooperatively through the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding. As a result, SAHWA and POWER2YOUTH research teams will exchange information, publications and regularly associate members from the other projects at several occasions (Meetings, Public Events, Policy briefs, etc.)


Population Council in Egypt Dawrak

The Population Council in Egypt focuses on strengthening the research capacity of individuals and institutions and providing policy analysis and technical assistance to support informed policy decisions at the national level on family planning, reproductive health, and youth issues. The Council conducts research to improve the quality of reproductive health services and prevent unplanned and closely spaced pregnancies and works to understand and address the needs of youth and adolescents to help them make successful transitions to adulthood. In this regard, the Population Council in Egypt conducted the Survey on Young People in Egypt (SYPE) in collaboration with the Egyptian Cabinet, Information and Decision Support Center. Within the framework of the SAHWA Project, the Egypt Population Council – along with the American University in Cairo - will participate in conducting the SAHWA Youth Survey in Egypt.