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The Social Research Center (SRC) was established in 1953. Over the last five decades, the SRC has been committed to carrying out multidisciplinary research on a broad range of subjects, engaging in capacity building of students and researchers in Egypt and the region, and striving to reach its aims and goals.

The mission of the SRC is to conduct and encourage multidisciplinary social science research in Egypt and the Arab region. The center is engaged in a variety of research projects at both the national and regional levels, and has a distinct reputation for carrying out high-quality field studies and in-depth analytical research. It has also excelled in the area of building social research capacities for students, scholars and organizations engaged in social science research in the region.

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Research Thematic Directions

Researchers of the Center are free to choose research themes which fall within their specific sphere of interest, so long as they adhere to the broad scope of scientifically relevant issues related to the work of the Center. In particular, five thematic directions have received increased emphasis and focus, allowing SRC to become a leading research center in the following program areas.
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Gender and Women's Empowerment

The overall purpose of this research is to support effective policies in Arab countries to realize gender equity and to extend social citizenship, voice, rights and opportunities to women with a particular emphasis on the synergistic relation between gender inequities and poverty. The gender gap persists in most Arab countries and is a major factor in their low human development indices. SRC has made operational its significant experience and extensive regional network of scholars, activists and gender specialists.

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Agriculture and Rural Development

For almost two decades, this area has had a strong and continuous record of work. This theme has attracted funding and SRC has been carrying out projects, even at times when this issue receded as a research and policy priority. SRC’s sustained contributions in this area are being particularly appreciated now with the renewed interest in agriculture in Egypt, the region and worldwide as a result of the food crisis.

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Investment Climate Assessment (Egypt)

The ICA studies are a component of SRC work in the area of contribution to economic development. The objective is to support the Ministry of Investment in designing its priority reforms and to provide quantitative measurements of the nature of challenges and hence allowing reform recommendations. 

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Health Inequities

SRC is actively pursuing a program of policy research and outreach for social justice and health equity in Arab countries (PR04HE/Arab). PRO4E is needed to support the adoption and successful implementation of governance and policy reforms seeking to address serious challenges on the social justice and health equity fronts that are undermining the wellbeing of social groups and the cohesion and sustainability of the society. 

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Poverty and Social Policies

The overall purpose of this thematic theme is to advocate for social policy reforms emphasizing alleviation of poverty, and to engage in such reforms through supporting policy designs and programs’ implementations. SRC poverty-related work can be described in two types of activities. One is in collaboration with government units and lead actors.  The second covers other types of research efforts

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Population and Development

Population challenges and The ICPD agenda for development bring to the table the need for a new vision that is anchored on human rights, informed free choices, and gender empowerment.  Such a vision is captured in the centrality and the new definition and approach in pursuing reproductive health equity.


Social Policy MOOC, "The Scientific and Practical Dimensions of Social Protection"

June 21, 2020

Hania Sholkamy, associate professor in the Social Research Center, is giving a Massive Open Online Course on social policy in Egypt in light of COVID-19, as part of AUC's partnership with Edraak.

SPH Seminar: Public Health, Science Experts Offer Global Perspectives on COVID-19

June 7, 2020

Sherine Shawky, senior research scientist at the Social Research Center, talked to Boston University's BU Today about Egypt's response to COVID-19.  

Social Research Center Researcher Invited to Join Rockefeller Foundation-Boston University 3D Commission

April 13, 2020

Sherine Shawky, senior research scientist at AUC's Social Research Center, has been invited to join the Rockefeller Foundation-Boston University 3-D Commission.

Data Sets

The SRC has made the data files of its surveys available for use (for legitimate academic research) at no cost with the condition that the SRC receives an abstract or a detailed description of any project for which this data will be used.

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Nubian Study

The Story of the Nubian Ethnological Survey 1961–1964 Edited by Nicholas Hopkins Sohair Mehanna

Nubian Encounters

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Contact Us

Social Research Center
Research Centers Building, The American University in Cairo
AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74, New Cairo 11835, Egypt

Tel 20.2.2615.1413/1414|Fax 20.2.27974926