Georgetown Students Win Grants to Research Blockade Impacts, Employment for Disabled

Jul 22, 2019


Ten Georgetown University Students were recently awarded money from Qatar National Research Fund to pursue their research. The Bachelor of Science in Foreign Affairs undergraduate students and their faculty mentors will be receiving a total of over 115,000 riyals through the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP).

The winning proposals all have the element of service to the community of Qatar, with research aimed to fill research gaps that can help shape future policies. Two focus on the impact of the blockade on Qatar, and the third that looks at employment opportunities for the country’s disabled. According to James McGreggor, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, “these awards demonstrate the excellence of the research conducted by GU-Q's students and faculty, as well as GU-Q's commitment to engaging in research that will have a meaningful impact on Qatar and its residents.”

Six students will pursue research on how Baladna Farm has served as a means for Qataris to articulate their vision of sovereignty and self-sufficiency in the wake of the blockade, under the mentorship of GU-Q professors Rogaia Abusharaf and Uday Chandra, and Head of the College of Health and Sciences at Qatar University, Tahra El Obeid.  Students Abdulqudus Sanni (GU-Q’20), Khalid Marafi(GU-Q’20), Muhammad Ibrahim Tariq (GU-Q’20), John Robling (GU-Q’19), Ali Al Sheebani (GU-Q’20), and Nasser Al Kaabi (GU-Q’20) will conduct mixed methods research including an ethnographic study to explore this topic.

Exploring how the blockade has affected tribal and national affiliations will be the subject of Ameena Almeer (GU-Q’20) and Sarah Al-Mutoteh (GU-Q’20) research under the guidance of Professor of History Amira Sonbol.  The team will administer value surveys to ascertain if there has been a change in how Qataris self-identify along nationalist, tribal, and royal lines in the wake of the political events of 2017. 

Abdul Rehmaan Qayyum (GU-Q’21) and Khansa Maria (GU-Q’21) will conduct their research on the types of initiatives available to help disabled people in Qatar, and the extent to which these initiatives have been implemented and impact inclusion of disabled persons in the workforce, under the guidance of Associate Professor of Government Sonia Alonso and Associate Director of Research for the Center of International and Regional Studies, Zahra Babar.

With the goal of providing additional resources for students to gain research experience through team-based research collaboration with faculty, the UREP awards also further Georgetown’s mission of providing a rigorous education combining theory and practice while instilling the values of service to humanity.

About Georgetown University in Qatar

Established in 1789 in Washington, DC, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), founded in 2005 in partnership with Qatar Foundation, seeks to build upon the world-class reputation of the university through education, research, and service. Inspired by the university’s mission of promoting intellectual, ethical, and spiritual understanding, GU-Q aims to advance knowledge and provide students and the community with a holistic educational experience that produces global citizens committed to the service of humankind.

Located in Doha’s Education City, GU-Q offers the same internationally recognized Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree as Georgetown’s Capitol Campus in Washington, DC. This unique, interdisciplinary program prepares students to tackle the most important and pressing global issues by helping them develop critical thinking, analytic, and communication skills within an international context. GU-Q alumni work in leading local and international organizations across industries ranging from finance to energy, education, and media. The Qatar campus also serves as a residency and delivery location for the Executive Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management along with the Executive Master’s in Leadership.

For more information please contact the Office of Communications +974 445 78100.