Large Grants

Summaries of awarded projects between DKK 50,000 - 2,000,000



  • Adding Value to the Tunisian Olive Oil Industry by Enhancing Exports of Branded Olive Oil


Applicants: Department of Management, Aarhus University, Denmark and Faculty of Economics and Management and University of Sfax, Tunisia


Summary: One of the problems that the Tunisian olive oil industry faces is that almost 75% of its olive oil is exported in bulk and unbranded. This creates a serious threat for the Tunisian economy, since it does not take advantage of the added value that proper branding of the olive oil could bring. Through a partnership between University of Sfax in Tunisia and MAPP Centre, Aarhus University in Denmark, the project takes point of departure in this challenge and aims to contribute to the development of marketing strategies that will enhance exports of Tunisian branded olive oil. The following objectives will be addressed:


a) study consumer preferences for olive oil in key export markets and suggest marketing strategies;

b) Provide training and expertise in food marketing and consumer behaviour theories and methods to Tunisian researchers; and

c) Disseminate knowledge to key stakeholders in the Tunisian olive oil industry.


Towards these objectives desk research, exchange of research environment between the two institutions, a research training workshop and a number of dissemination activities (conference, website and press releases) will take place.


  • Dev. a Comprehensive and Sustainable Integration Strategy for Syrian Refugee Children in DK

(Inception workshop)


Applicants: Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and International Alert Lebanon


Summary: The purpose of the inception workshop is to refine the porject together with relevant stakeholders. The protracted nature of the Syria conflict necessitates a feasible and sustainable policy for 1) hosting and integrating refugees and 2) supporting the refugee host communities. Executing an appropriate policy response to the refugee crisis is in the interest of both the refugees and the host community as a means of reducing the risk of stigma, isolation, intra-community tensions, marginalisation, and even radicalisation. To this end the proposed project concept addresses the welfare of both refugees and the host community. It is thus important to develop a comprehensive and sustainable integration strategy to address the needs of those escaping the conflict and instability in Syria as well as subsequent needs and concerns of vulnerable host communities. The purpose of refugee and host community support is to protect refugee and host communities and facilitate opportunities for both communities to flourish in the short term, in order to provide for refugee return, rejuvenation and sustainable reform of Syria and the MENA region over the longer term.


  • Promoting and Protecting New Information and Communication Tech. in Morocco and Tunisia


Applicants: University of Southern Denmark,Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco and University of Sfax, Tunisia

Summary: Morocco and Tunisia are developing countries situated in important geo-politically contested regions where freedom of expression and democratic governance are dependent on new inter-organizational spaces. Continual realignments of civil society, corporations, national and international non-governmental

organizations (NGOs), and inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) create such inter-organizational spaces, which are linked by information and communication technologies (ICTs). However, ICTs introduce new challenges that are multifaceted, crisscrossing the domains of policy and governance, rights and

responsibilities, and technology and regulation. The aim of this project is to tackle these challenges and contributes to DAPP objectives through:


a) Creating mutual capacity building and knowledge exchange on topics of ICTs and democratic governance through a partnership between Danish, Moroccan and Tunisian academics;

b) Providing expertise to civil society, NGOs and independent journalists on using ICTs for promoting reform and protecting media freedoms and the protections of local actors (including minorities and marginalized groups);

c) Enhancing Danish-Arab cooperation by creating partnerships between both academia, international and local civil society through a series of workshops and networking sessions established on mutual interests and joint decision-making


  • Change in Exile: Re-invigorating Principles of Reform and Social Stability amongst Young, Syrian Refugees in Denmark and Lebanon


Applicants: Roskilde University, International Alert Lebanon and University of Copenhagen

Summary: This project aims to strengthen collaboration between Danish and MENA academics and practitioners by producing knowledge on the role of education in promoting principles of democracy and reform among Syrian refugee teenagers in exile. The research will focus on formal and non-formal education as avenues for strengthening social stability and cohesion in host communities in Denmark and Syria’s neighbouring countries - mainly Lebanon - that host the majority of these refugees. The project’s objectives are (1) to generate knowledge on the role of education in promoting democratic principles to support social stability between young Syrian refugees and host communities in Denmark and Lebanon; and (2) to enable dialogue and cooperation between academia, municipalities, NGO practitioners and UN agencies from Denmark, Lebanon and other countries neighbouring Syria to share learning experiences and inform policies that support social stability.


  • Towards Women’s Museums in the Middle East - Museology and Exhibitions as Agents of Gender Research and Gender Fore-fronting


Applicants: Women’s Museum in Denmark, The American University in Cairo (AUC), Women and Memory Forum, Egypt and Danish Egyptian Dialog Institute

Summary: This project shall establish the academic background for promotion of heritage knowledge and forms of outreach with a focus on gender in the Middle East, with the ultimate purpose of creating exhibitions focusing on women and women's museums. The exhibitions shall raise issues on women's position in history and society, and help secure a focus on these in public debates and policy making. Through creating a strong network of individual researches, research institutions and museums, the project aims at developing knowledge, which shall be available to practitioners in the museum sector and to institutions working within the field of heritage, gender studies and visual anthropology.


  • Strengthening of data acquisition methods to promote natural and cultural heritage management practices in Morocco


Applicants: University of Southern Denmark and University Mohammed V, Rabat

Summary: In Morocco, human encroachment upon coastal wetlands has significantly surged in the last decade. Effects of this planned and unplanned encroachment upon the wetlands’ natural and cultural resources, however, are not well understood. The integrity of Morocco’s coastal wetland resources is being compromised. The deterioration and loss of such intrinsic heritage can negatively impact communities, affecting their cultural identity as well as their potential for socio‐economic growth through sustainable tourism, urban renewal, and living standards.


Danish research institutions are successfully developing and refining methods for cost‐effective, integrated approaches to natural and cultural heritage management. This project will create partnerships between Moroccan and Danish researchers in order to address a key component of heritage management: data acquisition methods that inform impact‐assessment studies. The project’s objective is to strengthen the capacity of Moroccan researchers to undertake critical and quality analytical activities, to create a better basis for sustainable decisions affecting the country’s coastal wetlands with a view to protecting community cohesion and identity for the future.


  • Web of Knowledge


Applicants: University of Copenhagen, International Council of Museums, Cairo and University of Fayoum

Summary: The project focuses on Danish‐Egyptian collaboration and knowledge exchange on textiles, tourism and cultural heritage conservation, preservation and management. Archaeological textiles are a precious and prestigious part of Egyptian and Danish cultural heritage. The proposed project, aims at establishing academic and public collaborations between Denmark and Egypt on issues of material cultural, heritage management, conservation, preservation and appreciation through museum settings, craft organisations and through cultural heritage tourism. This project will create a safe place for academic dialogue on issues of cultural heritage management and on controversial issues of textiles and dress as highly visual markers of ethnic, religious and gender identity in Danish and Egyptian past and present. The project consists in academic exchange visits and several outreach activities. The project gives voice to female academia in Egypt, and to a typical female craft.


  • A New Era of Parliamentarism in the Arab World


Applicants: University of Copenhagen (Faculty of Economics and Political Science), Cairo University, l'Université de Carthage à Tunis, Académie Internationale de Droit Constitutionnel à Tunis, l’Université!Mohammed V de Rabat, Association Marocaine de Droit Constitutionnel Danish Institute for Human Rights and Univeristy of Copenhagen (Faculty of Humanities)

Summary: The recent upheavals in the Arab World have led to a massive transformation of the socio-political landscape in the region. As autocracies were toppled by popular uprisings, there was much hope that a new era of parliamentarism was about to begin. With the notable exception of Tunisia, these hopes have, largely, not come to pass yet. This project seeks to investigate the reason and identify strategies how particpatory democracy could gain hold.


The project builds on the outcome of a previously funded FACE project that sought to establish a network of individual and institutional collaborators from Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and, if possible, Libya and Syria. Five years on from the uprisings the project will investigate how hopes and pressure have played out, not only in the sense of whether revolutionary demands have been met, but in the broader sense how parliamentary politics are organised and legislative Work has been carried out in the wake of the upheavals.