Al-Noor Abdullah

Dr, Assessing Economic, Social, Political and Environmental Issues Related to Mega- projects: A case study of Merowe Dam in Sudan

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    Al-Noor has research and teaching experience in higher education spanning more than five years. He is currently a Lecturer in Business Management at Coventry University; is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Al-Noor has an international approach to his research and teaching, evidenced through his work experience at Lincoln College International in Saudi Arabia (2020), Bahri Ahlia University, Sudan (2017).

    Before joining Coventry, he was teaching and involved in research initiatives in Buckinghamshire New University - London School of Science and Technology Birmingham Campus, Lincoln College International (Saudi Arabia Campus, Ducere Global Business School, Plymouth City College and the University of Plymouth.

    Al-Noor holds PhD and BA(Hons.) degrees from the University of Plymouth and a master’s degree in Business Management (Merit) from the University of Sussex Department of Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU). He has developed rich experience as a professional working in public, private, and voluntary sectors, and experience of development realities on the ground. Al-Noor has been working with refugees and BEAM communities in Plymouth for over 10 years deal with issues of mental health, integration and policy-making related to resettlement in collaboration with Plymouth City Council, University of Plymouth and NGOs. He is a founder member of many initiatives for refugee’s community integration such as High Education Access and African House. He is also a member of Sudanese Researchers Initiatives. Al-Noor is very interested in Global affairs political, economic, social and across-culture dialogue.

    Research Interests:

    My research area is Mega-projects especially dams in developing countries, with a special focus on the micro-level of hosting communities where the impact of mega-project on socioeconomic and human development conditions is greater. I emphasise my research on the economics, social, political and environmental elements concerning international development theories with a particular interest in the contextual research investigating different areas of mega-project impact on society. I research, areas including environment, social, culture and economic benefit diffusion in communities due to mega-project construction.  I underpin my research using both traditional and modern development theories of international development. I am also interested in researching the impact of knowledge and institution on the success or failure of an international development project in Africa. Furthermore, I to collaborate with others in running the NIHR funded research as a co-applicant between Plymouth and Exeter University. The research is aimed at mental health prevention for asylum and refugees (Forced to Flee: Peer-Led Community Approach to Strengthen the Mental Health of Refugees).

    I have presented papers at conferences on the research interest areas both in the UK and in other countries, I have two papers published and other work in progress.

    Area of Expertise:

    Mega-project impact (Dam) on socio-economic development

    Integration and refugee resettlement

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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