Dr. Logan Cochrane, Associate Professor and Director of the Program on Governance, Resilience and Sustainability (PROGRESS) at the College of Public Policy (CPP), was one of the leaders of a recent workshop for students of Qatar Academy Doha. The 12 young students are members of Activists in Action, who are leading a campaign to ban single use plastic bags in Qatar.
The workshop considered aspects of research methods (how do we know how much plastic people consume in Qatar?) and communication (how can we communicate this evidence to others?). Several CPP partners supported the sessions, including George Travola, Education Above All (EAA)/Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), Faten Ashour, and members of the HBKU Sustainability Council.
The workshop concluded with EEA/ROTA making a “pitch” to the students for future collaboration - which they agreed to do. According to Dr. Cochrane, the initiative is an innovative example of what Education City’s multiversity offers - collaboration across education levels (primary students working with university students and professors) and collaboration across institutions (educational institutions working with civil society).