The Social Research Center (SRC) was established in 1953. It has functioned
continuously ever since, carrying out multidisciplinary research on a broad range of
Early projects included:
- Ethnographic studies of the resettlement of Nubians displaced by the High Dam in Aswan
- The settlement of reclaimed desert land
- The historical and ecological development of Cairo
- Evaluation of family planning programs
- Evaluation of urban neighborhood services
- Social and economic security in Egypt
- Agricultural marketing; farm mechanization and agricultural labor
- And patterns of co-operation among farmers
Recent research activities encompass a broad range of topics including studies of
population and fertility, poverty, political participation of women, the effects of
economic liberalization, urbanization, social epidemiology, maternal and child health and
the environment. Research at the Center is conducted in collaboration with national and
international agencies, and the Egyptian government. It is directed toward providing and
analyzing data relevant for policy making, and initiating an informed dialogue on issues
of public policy. The Center undertakes its own research, and can also be subcontracted to
provide research support to other institutions.
Other activities of the Center include training, seminars and support for graduate
students and scholars from Egypt and the Arab region. These activities are designed to
strengthen social research and scholarly collaboration in Egypt and in the larger region.
SRC has developed excellent resources over the last forty years for conducting field
research in Egypt, and for training and support within Egypt and in the wider region. To
this end, the Center has built up a network of institutional and individual linkages in
the Arab region, North America and Europe. Professional research staff are supported by
specialists in field research, in the preparation of qualitative and quantitative field
studies, and in data entry and computer analysis. Administration and technical support
staff ensure the smooth running of the SRC.
The current director of the Social Research Center, Dr. Hoda Rashad, assumed her post
in 1995, following the five year tenure of Dr. Saad Nagi. Dr. Laila El-Hamamsy was
director of the Center for almost 25 years prior to 1990. Dr. Saad Gadalla served as
director from 1975-83, and Dr. Helmi Tadros was acting director from 1983-85. Dr. John
Provinse was the first director of the Center, from 1953-57.
Professional staff at the Center have research faculty status. With the exception of
the post of director, all such posts are based on funded projects. The research faculty
can be appointed on a full- or part-time basis. Other forms of appointment include task
contracts or consultancy posts. The Center encourages staff in teaching departments at AUC
to collaborate with the Center faculty in undertaking research projects.
Social Research Center
The American University in Cairo
113 Kasr El Aini St.
P.O. Box 2511
Telephone: (20-2) 797-6940
Web site: http://www.aucegypt.edu/src/
87, Misr Helwan Agricultural Road
Telephone: (20-2) 526-5083 to 526-5087
Fax: (20-2) 526-4218
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