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Short description: Research institute in Qatar
Social and Economic Survey Research Institute
معهد البحوث الإجتماعية والإقتصادية المسحية
HeadquartersQatar University
  • Qatar
  • Doha
Middle East
ServicesResearch and Education
FieldsSurvey and Statistical data
Official language
Arabic and English

Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) is a survey institute and social science research contributor that is part of Qatar University.[1][2]

Qatar University realized the importance to enhance its social science research capacity[3] with particular focus on monitoring the reality of national development and trends of its indicators based on evidence.[4] Therefore, QU established SESRI in October 2008.[5][6][7][8] To advance evidence-based decision-making and policy-making, SESRI established Policy Department in 2014.[9][10]

Since its commencement, SESRI carried out more than 100 high-quality[7][11][12] surveys on Qataris citizens, and also on the enormous expatriate residents of Qatar.[3] Surveys were conducted to guide the public and the government, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.[13] All surveys were performed in accordance with the highest scientific and ethical standards.[14]

SESRI Departments

SESRI has three departments:[15]

  1. Survey Operations Support Department
  2. Research Department
  3. Policy Department


To ensure commitments to quality[16] and to affirm compliance to international standards, SESRI successfully passed the requirements for ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standards from Bureau Veritas.[17][18]  

Key Roles

  • Provides consultancy services in survey research and socio-cultural development.[10]
  • Advances the evidence-based decision-making and policy-making.[10]
  • Capacity building for Qatari nationals in survey research methodology.[8]
  • Research topics of interest to Qatar (such as labor markets and migration, and female participation in the labor force[19]).
  • Provides reliable and up-to-date scientific data about the challenges and opportunities associated with Qataris between the age of 18 and 29.[20]
  • Implement survey projects[1] on social and economic issues.[21]
  • Contributes to knowledge that is applied in character.[1]
  • Explore strategies and priorities for meeting the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)[22] in Qatar.

Preeminent Contributions

  • Provides strategic analysis for policymakers in key issues such as family, gender relations, and demographic transitions in Qatar.[10]
  • Ongoing agricultural census to boost food security strategy[23][24][25] in Qatar.
  • World Mental Health Qatar’s (WMHQ) study to enhance the understanding of the epidemiology of mental illness in Qatar.[26][27][28]
  • Assessing the extent of ‘Relative poverty’ among lower income Qatari Households.[29][30][31]
  • Conducted survey for National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Qatar[32] to assist CSOs awareness of the significance of the NHRC.

SESRI Policy Briefs

  • Using Innovative Technology in the Management of Food Waste in Qatar.[33]
  • Greywater for Qatar's Water & Food Security.[34]


External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) | Center for Political Studies". 
  2. "U-M ISR renews global partnership with Qatar University" (in en-US). 2012-11-05. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Beyond the 'Arab Street': Cutting-edge public opinion surveys in the Middle East" (in en). 
  4. "Regional Conference for Arab Region and West Asia - Global Sustainable Development Report 2023 Kicks off in QU" (in en). 
  5. "About SESRI | Qatar University". 
  6. "Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI)". 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "QU's SESRI completes more than 100 research projects in past 12 years" (in en). 2021-04-09. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "SESRI a significant contributor to Qatar National Vision" (in en). 2020-12-20. 
  9. "Policy | Qatar University". 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "QU institute to carry out Qatar Youth Survey" (in en). 2021-01-28. 
  11. "QU's SESRI Accomplishes Over 100 Research Projects Over 12 Year Period" (in en). 
  12. QNA/Doha (2021-04-08). "QU's SESRI accomplishes over 100 research projects over 12 year period" (in en). 
  13. "QU Organizes Symposium on Survey Research and Sports Ahead of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022" (in en). 
  14. "Ministry of Transport and Communications "The Better Connections Program"". 2023-03-09. 
  15. "SESRI Team | Qatar University". 
  16. "Quality Policy". 2023-03-09. 
  17. "Social & Economic Survey Research Institute | Qatar University". 
  18. "QU's Social and Economic Survey Research Institute obtains ISO 9001" (in en). 2020-06-11. 
  19. "WVS Database". 
  20. "QU to launch first-ever Qatari Youth Survey project" (in en). 2021-04-05. 
  21. "Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, Qatar | Map and Data Library". 
  22. "QU conference explores challenges and solutions to SDGs" (in en). 2023-01-25. 
  23. "QU Conducts Survey on Cost and Production of Agriculture" (in en). 
  24. "Agricultural census to beef up food security strategy: Official" (in en). 2022-02-18. 
  25. "Qatar University and QAFCO sign MoU | QAFCO | QATAR FERTILISER COMPANY". 
  26. "QU conducts first national mental health study" (in en). 2021-06-08. 
  27. "QU conducts first national mental health study" (in en). 2021-06-09. 
  28. "HMC and QU asking public to take part in mental health study" (in en). 2020-09-17. 
  29. "Subsidy Reduction and Relative Poverty among Qatari Households". 2023-03-09. 
  30. (sesri), The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (May 2016) (in en). Subsidy Reduction and Trends among Lower Income Qatari Households. 
  31. Walker, Lesley (2016-03-11). "Report: Many Qataris falling further into debt due to social pressure" (in en-US). 
  32. "Realising Qatar National Vision 2030 The Right to Development". 2023-03-09. 
  33. "Using Innovative Technology in the Management of Food Waste in Qatar". 2023-03-09. 
  34. "Greywater for Qatar's Water & Food Security". 2023-03-09.