In Islamic architecture, a riwaq often surrounds and defines the courtyards of mosques and education institutions. Traditionally, such spaces have served as a place for meeting, consultation, and reflection. At LIAS, Al Riwaq will draw upon students, faculty, and community members to offer a channel to come together for dialogue, discussions, and discourse. It will do this by shaping LIAS’s research vision and ensuring scholarly output is responsive to the needs of society. Al Riwaq plays a number of roles in creating a productive research environment at LIAS and ensuring our activities serve the needs of Libya.
Creating a Productive Research Environment at LIAS
Al Riwaq forges partnerships with research donors to engage faculty in impactful sponsored research aimed at addressing critical challenges in Libya. Its mandate includes encouraging interdisciplinary research and promoting collaborative research endeavors between faculties and other education, public, and private institutions. It also supports symposia, conferences, and critical dialogues that draw on the expertise of students, faculty, and community members to gain consensus on key socio-economic development challenges, reduce evidentiary gaps, and define ways forward. These activities are meant to encourage dialogue about Libya’s future and critical issues that must be addressed to overcome current challenges.
Increasing Institutional Research Impact
We define research impact in both academic and societal terms. LIAS pursues research that reflects a contribution to academic disciplines, understanding, methods, theory, and application. However, economic and societal impact is an equally important goal of our scholarly endeavors. Our research fields of inquiry are designed to contribute to the economic development of Libya, increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy, and enhancing quality of life. For this reason, Al Riwaq hosts activities that engage key stakeholders in thinking, dialogue, brainstorming, and consultation. We disseminate our research widely so that it has maximum impact. At the same time, we engage key stakeholders in identifying trends that may have significant implications for Libya’s future. Our mandate also includes the commercialization of LIAS intellectual property through the LIAS business incubator.