Research

Sorbonne Université Abu Dhabi aims to ensure that research is an integral aspect of its curriculum. The university collaborates with major partners to advance its research efforts and to foster an improved understanding of cross-cultural matters and regional concerns. Our research strategy ensures that we are ideally positioned to make positive contributions to regional job markets and socio-economic agenda.

Our research centre ICARHuS (Interdisciplinary Center For Advanced Research in Humanities and Sciences) aligns with objectives of Sorbonne Université in Paris and regional partners and enrol doctoral students pursuing pertinent research topics of interest to Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

Together with our partner universities (Sorbonne Université and Paris Descartes University), we are dedicated to building an exceptional network of research partners. Our current partner institutions include eminent institutions including UAE University (UAEU) in Al Ain, the Department of Economic Development and the Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities in Abu Dhabi, Saint Joseph University in Beirut and Sultan Qaboos University (Muscat)

Sorbonne Abu Dhabi’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eric Fouache, has been entrusted to set the direction for the university’s research initiatives in tandem with a Research Task Force Committee that approves the University research agenda on a yearly basis.

Our mission is to support the priorities of the Abu Dhabi Government, which will serve the UAE community as a whole. Our faculty are renowned scholars, dedicated to research in France or in the Gulf Region.

Our extensive list of inter-disciplinary research includes the following:

  • History, Archaeology and Geoarchaeological Studies of the Middle-East
  • Social and Cultural Transfers in the UAE
  • Belief and Struggles in the Monotheist World
  • Urban Planning and Natural Environment: Risks and Sustainable Development
  • French-Arabic Interferences
  • Multilingualism and multiculturalism in the processes of acquisition of foreign languages
  • Challenges in the GCC

PHD PROGRAMMES

Sorbonne Université and Paris Descartes University accept Sorbonne Université Abu Dhabi students to study a PhD in France, as long as they meet the same criteria as the French students. Theses must be written in French for Sorbonne Université and can be written in English for Paris Descartes University.

Research Faculty

Prof. Eric Fouache
Vice Chancellor
Management
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Dr. Fatima Saeed Al Shamsi
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs
Management
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Dr. Silvia Beatriz Castillo
Head of Department
Applied Foreign Languages
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Mr. Vital Rambaud
Head of Department
French Studies
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Dr. Hadrien Dubucs
Head of Department
Geography and Planning
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Dr. Yann Rodier
Head of Department
History
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Prof. Eric Canal Forgues
Head of Department
Law, Economics and Management
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Dr. Laurence Renault
Head of Department
Philosophy and Sociology
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Dr. Sana Abbas
Arabic Lecturer
Applied Foreign Languages
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Dr. Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau
Assistant Professor
Applied Foreign Languages
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Dr. Rana Husseini
Assistant Professor
Applied Foreign Languages
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Dr. Robert Kilroy
English Lecturer
Applied Foreign Languages
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Dr. Concetta Maria La Rocca
Italian Lecturer
Applied Foreign Languages
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Mrs. Julia Pueschel
Adjunct Faculty
Applied Foreign Languages
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Dr. Motasem Alrahabi
ICTE Lecturer
French as a Foreign Language
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Dr. Angeliki Kordoni
Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator
French as a Foreign Language
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DR. HANA SUBHI
French Lecturer
French as a Foreign Language
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Dr. Haifa Ben-Romdhane
Assistant Professor – Visiting Faculty
Geography and Planning
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Dr. Clémence Montagne
Adjunct Faculty
Geography and Planning
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Prof. Kosmas Pavlopoulos
Full Professor
Geography and Planning
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Dr. Salem Boubakri
Assistant Professor
Law, Economics and Management
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Dr. Anthony Chamboredon
Associate Professor
Law, Economics and Management
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Dr. Maïa-Oumeïma Hamrouni
Assistant Professor
Law, Economics and Management
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Dr. Clio Chaveneau
Assistant Professor
Philosophy and Sociology
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Dr. Omar El Dakkak
Assistant Professor
Sciences and Engineering
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