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Research at Georgetown University in Qatar

Explore our many academic and scholarly initiatives and discover how they are helping to shape the intellectual landscape of the Middle East and the world beyond.

Our Research Philosophy

We are a diverse community of scholars dedicated to world-class research, teaching, and service. Our faculty research is recognized both regionally and globally, with a broad scope of original scholarship and publications, and significant contributions to international dialogues and policy development.

Integrated within the undergraduate curriculum, research and analytical writing are also fundamental and distinctive components of the GU-Q student experience. Research is integral to the university’s core commitment to service, and its capacity to engage on a range of complex issues, in particular those of national and regional concern.

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The Center for International and Regional Studies

The Center for International and Regional Studies is a premier research institute which sponsors major studies of emerging socio-economic and political trends in the Gulf region and funds research initiatives in the areas of international relations, political economy, and domestic politics.



Across GU-Q, faculty, students, and staff are researching issues in international affairs, history, Islamic studies, media and politics, security studies, and more. Outcomes include books, translations, peer reviewed journal articles, policy papers, and conference proceedings that are contributing both to the international body of knowledge and to Qatar as a global knowledge hub.


Research Initiatives

Our culture of scholarly inquiry and exploration supports the research of a globally recognized faculty and the emerging scholarship of our students as we deepen our understanding of the world and seek to produce relevant research at a global standard. Explore our current research initiatives and discover ways you can engage with our diverse and thriving research community.

Student Research

Student Research

With unparalleled access to research opportunities in the social sciences and humanities, our students are encouraged to conduct research on topics of interest to them, their academic community, and beyond. GU-Q students regularly contribute to original research with the support and mentorship of faculty as they learn to challenge and enrich the world at a regional and global level.

CIRS Publications

Throughout the academic year, the Center for International and Regional Studies publishes in-depth examinations of ideas and issues of contemporary academic and political significance. The CIRS Publications Series includes books, journal special issues, Arabic and English summary reports, occasional papers, undergraduate research papers, policy briefs, along with annual reports and newsletters.

Recent Publications

Latest Research news


Award Winning Football Author Kicks off Georgetown’s New World Cup Lecture Series at QF

Best selling British author, journalist, and sociologist, David Goldblatt, delivered a lecture titled “The 2022 World Cup in Qatar in Historical Perspective,” at a public webinar at QF partner, Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 6:00 pm. The lecture was part of the “World Cup 2022™ Lecture Series,” community engagement opportunities that are part of a broader FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ research initiative at…


New Agreement Between Georgetown, Education Above All, and African Leadership Academy Results in More Diversity and Access to Education at QF

A new collaboration between Qatar Foundation (QF) partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) and Education Above All Foundation (EAA) aims to further a shared mission of human development through the education of the next generation of young African leaders, in partnership with the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, South Africa. The agreement was signed by Dr. Ahmad Dallal, Dean of GU-Q, Mr. Fahad Al-Sulaiti, Chief Executive Officer at EAA,…


Georgetown’s Virtual Hub for Global Dialogue Creates Constructive Connections in a Time of Disruption

Continuing a commitment to public engagement despite the pandemic, QF partner Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) announces the launch of The Virtual Hub for Global Dialogue: Engaging Communities, Finding Solutions. The initiative includes a multitude of online events, lectures, and training opportunities that bring together experts, scholars, government leaders, and industry professionals, to stimulate thinking and discussion around key issues defining our world today. The Virtual Hub comprises five separate…