International collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University

Stenden University Qatar and Edinburgh Napier University have successfully completed a two-year joint research project entitled “Leveraging the 2022 Qatar World Football Cup for the Promotion of Green and Active Living: A Multiple Stakeholder Evaluation of Strategic Options.” This mega project has been funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) under the prestigious National Priorities Research Program.

The project is aligned with the Qatar National Research Strategy, Qatar National Development Strategy 2011-2016 and the Qatar National Vision 2030, given its emphasis on supporting physically active and sustainable communities that could make Qatar a role model in the Arab world and beyond. Using qualitative and quantitative approaches, the research team explored how the 2022 FIFA World Cup can be used to inspire social change on green and active living in Qatar. The results of this study provide guidance on how Qatar can leverage the World Cup to promote green living and physical activity among the population. The study also sheds light on the major barriers to the promotion of green and active living.

The research team comprises
– Dr. Dan Musinguzi, Assistant Professor at Stenden University Qatar
– Dr. Girish Nair, Associate Professor at Stenden University Qatar
– Dr. Eleni Theodoraki, Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
– Dr. Jane Ali-Knight, Director, Edinburgh Institute, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
– Dr. Maktoba Omar, Reader, Edinburgh Napier University, UK.

The team would like to thank QNRF for providing the financial support that has enabled them to successfully complete the project.

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