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About SRC

The Social Research Center (SRC) of the American University in Cairo (AUC) was established in 1953 to conduct and encourage multi-disciplinary research and training in the social sciences and social policy in Egypt and in the Middle East. It strives to inform policy formulation and implementation while contributing to knowledge. The Center aims to contribute to developing skills and building institutional capabilities in the region, as well as to advance public debate about important social issues.


For five decades, the Center has carried out a broad range of research. Earlier studies included the resettlement of people, the historical and ecological development of Cairo and evaluation of family planning programs. Recent research activities include 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.


SRC activities emphasize two directions. The first is a policy support direction, where the research produced by SRC is influencing policies and SRC is a resource center linking research with action. The second is a regional orientation producing quality comparative research, providing multidisciplinary population/health training and building close regionalties.


The policy support direction involves building close ties with civil society in Egypt, linking closely with the National Council for Women, collaborating with ministries and developing service sites on the web.


The regional orientation is captured by close ties with institutions and scholars in the region. These include the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and the School of Health Sciences of the American University of Beirut.


Another important regional activity is the service of SRC as a resource center. Example of such a service includes the collaboration with UNICEF Gulf Office, as well as the conduct of two regional training workshops on Reproductive Health and Research Methods for Guiding Policy and Evaluation.


For more information please visit the SRC website