The Dubai School of Government hosts a research seminar series focusing on a variety of gender and public policy issues. This series brings prominent researchers, scholars, and practitioners alike to the discussion table to share their research findings and views on opportunities and challenges facing womens leadership in the Arab world. The seminar series provides a platform for the presentation and discussion of policy-oriented research and fosters an intellectually critical environment where researchers can receive feedback on their projects. The series began in 2007 and to date has hosted a total of 35 seminars covering a variety of issues including (but not limited to) womens political, economic and social participation, as well as, womens empowerment, entrepreneurship and leadership. The seminar series also explored womens formal and informal involvement in the labor market, social exclusion of women, women and the law, gender equality, education, family, migration, negotiation and conflict resolution.
The series has hosted renowned local, regional and international speakers such as: her Excellency Amat Al Alim Alsoswa, Assistant Secretary General Regional Bureau of UNDP; Dr. Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis; Dr. Maryam Lootah, Assistant Professor of Political Science; Professor, Hatoon Al Fassi, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Amira Sonbol, Georgetown University Qatar, Dr. Rohini Pande and Reema Hana, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founder and President of the Center for Work-Life Policy; Dr. Mona Al Bahr, Senior Executive Manager for Social Programmes, The Emirates Foundation.