|“Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board – Conducting Human Subjects Research”, Kevin Jepson, Institutional Review Board Chair at CNA-Q, September 2018.|
Mr. Jepson discussed the basics concepts of human subject research, research ethics and processes and procedures necessary to conduct such research at CNA-Q and in Qatar. At CNA-Q, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews and approves requests to conduct research involving human subjects. IRB’s role is ensure that ethical principles and standards respecting the personal welfare and rights of subjects have been recognized and accommodated. Kevin’s talk explain what you need to consider doing prior to any human subject research (whether it is class-based, funded research or even your own higher education research.) He explained how to go about getting approval for such research…the “what to do” and “what not to do”.
|Science Education in Qatar: A case study on how to develop a research proposal”, Ziad Said, PhD, College of North Atlantic-Qatar, March 2018|
Dr. Said spoke of his experience on studying and improving science education in the Qatar school system. He used his experiences as a case study on how the idea was generated and then developed into a series of three projects running since 2014. The seminar was part presentation and part workshop with an interactive brainstorming session on turning a certain research problem into a proposal that includes asking how to formulate research questions on the stated problem, organizing the proposal step by step, suggested methodology, expected outcome and topics.
|Agricultural productivity and environmental performance: The role of economic analysis and considerations for Qatar” - Atakely Hailu, PhD, University of Western Australia, Perth, AUS|
Dr. Atakely Hailu presented on his research activities of applying economic principles to agricultural and natural resource management problems. Given the environmental and economic uniqueness of Qatar, his applied research into the productivity and profitability of farming, the management of environmental effects related to agriculture, the design of economic incentives to manage issues at the interface between agriculture and the environment, the design of flexible auctions for water and other resources, and optimising the integration of renewable energy into energy markets have direct relevance to Qatar. He also discussed his improvements to indicators of human development (e.g. the UNDP's HDI).
Greening of skills and economies for a successful transition to environmentally friendly, low-carbon development: What are the implications for TVET?”, Margarita Pavlova, PhD, UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre (Hong Kong) and Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China – May 2016
A renewed global commitment to sustainable development is reflected in the seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. The global community shares the principle of sustainable development that can reduce impact on environment and ensure long term availability of resources. Sustainable development refers to ‘sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, environmental protection and the eradication of poverty and hunger’. Many economies in the vast and diverse Asia and the Pacific region are moving towards a new sustainable development paradigm which can sharpen countries’ competitiveness as well as stimulate the growth of a green technology market. The transition to low-carbon climate-resilient and, at the same time, competitive economies, represents changes in employment structures and the emergence of green jobs, with the developments of new environmental products and services, including renewable energy and green technologies (UNESCO, 2015). Training of skills for sustainability, or green skills training, is becoming crucial for achieving green targets in economic development.
Dr. Margarita Pavlova’s presentation focused on some of the key results of a number of research projects conducted by the UNEVOC Centre (Hong Kong) in the Asia and the Pacific region, including a big scale ADB study on Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth and Green Jobs. In particular, it explored the ways the ‘greening of skills development for employability’ can be conceptualized and addressed in technical and vocational education (TVET), and by industry. In addition, skill requirements from greening industry were reviewed. Dr. Pavlova is Director of the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre (Hong Kong) and an Associate Professor in the Department of International Education and Lifelong Learning at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She has more than twenty years of international work experience in education across a variety of contexts (Europe, Asia, USA and Australia). Her research focus is concerned with policy, planning and curriculum development in vocational education at both national and international levels. She is internationally recognized for her high level of scholarship and for her concrete, action orientated policy orientated approach to research. Her current research and development projects are in the area of education for sustainability, development and green skills. Margarita works with such agencies as the Asian Development Bank; UNESCO; and the European Training Foundation (ETF) for whom she has led several research projects that have aimed at developing policies, approaches to (and resources for) vocational education, and where she has explored related issues such as capacity building and poverty alleviation. She has published widely in her fields of expertise including a sole authored book on Technology and vocational education for sustainable development: Empowering individuals for the future (Springer, 2009). She currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Vocational Education and Training and on the editorial advisory boards of two book series published by Springer: Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects.