Dr Dan Musinguzi and Stephanie Bourne
Stenden University Qatar wins QNRF grant
Doha, April 9, 2014
Stenden University Qatar (SUQ) is embarking on the first phase of a QR856,000 research project funded by the prestigious National Priorities Research Programme (NPRP) – the flagship funding programme of Qatar Foundation’s Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) - to promote a sustainable and positive legacy for Qatar’s Fifa World Cup in 2022.
The two-year 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” is a collaboration with Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. The focus will be on promoting healthy, active lifestyles as well as green initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint in Qatar.
This is the first Stenden research project to have been awarded QNRF funding, and signals a new emphasis on research at SUQ as the university’s academics gear up to initiate a number of tourism research projects to help realise the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy.
Lecturer Dr Dan Musinguzi – a research specialist in tourism impacts, residents’ perceptions of tourism, service quality and cultural heritage – and Stephanie Bourne are collaborating with Edinburgh Napier University experts Dr Eleni Theodoraki, Dr Jane Ali-Knight and Dr Maktoba Omar.
Dr Theodoraki is an international events expert recently involved with Unesco in preparing the sports policy agenda for the World Congress of Sport Ministers. Mayor of London Boris Johnson also appointed her to be the commissioner in the commission of a Sustainable London 2012.
The team of researchers will liaise with event organisers, public health experts, physical educators, city planners and environmental agencies in Qatar to develop findings that will be shared with the Qatar government and Fifa. - TradeArabia News Service