Beirut, Lebanon

2021 - 2022


Partners: UNDP Lebanon
Collaborators: Karantina neighbourhood committee; Citizen Scientists: Ali Omar Ali, Bashar Al Hammoud, Elie Andoun, Grace Abi Faraj, Jana Al Saeed, Jane Istanboulian,  Joseph Makhlouf, Mohammad Shehadeh, Waad Harriri, Yehya Al Saeed

The project sought to develop and implement citizen science-led research in the neighbourhood of Karantina, Beirut. The aims of this project were to capacitate the local community, to identify the needs within their neighbourhood’s public spaces and to develop ways in which residents can participate in the design of more inclusive and resilient public spaces. The research focus area was on public spaces formed of street nodes and their users’ diverse experiences.

The project involved preparing the Public Spaces Survey Toolkit and selecting the locations for the study. The toolkit was adapted from the Ghel’s Institute Public Life Tools that were developed to conduct observations of public spaces to gain further understanding of public life. The selected offer an equal representation of the neighbourhood’s diverse areas. 

We recruited 10 citizen scientists (local researchers) who were trained throughout the different phases of the project. They collected the data and contributed to the analysis through a series of research consultations, which involved contributions from a wider group of community members. 

Co-designed public space interventions in Karantina had a positive impact on the community and restored hope for serious change. This research highlighted the importance of improving public spaces in Karantina, and offers ample data to inform future interventions in the area.

“I learned to analyse the factors that affect public space uses, such as safety. Now I find myself analysing the diverse street activities and understanding my surroundings better.”

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