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The Arab Transformations Project

Political and Social Transformations in the Arab World

The Arab Transformations project investigates the root causes of the Arab Uprisings, which became popularly known as the ‘Arab Spring’.


It analyses the economic, social, and political changes in Arab MENA countries directly after this radical period of change and explores the outlook for the region.

Based on large-scale cross-national surveys in North Africa, Jordan, and Iraq asking 85 questions and collecting nearly 300 variables, the Project explores respondents’ opinions across a broad range of topics. These include:

  • EU/MENA Relations
  • Security
  • Quality of Life
  • Gender
  • Social Media and Youth
  • Corruption
  • Migration
  • Politics and Relgion
  • Trust
  • Drivers of Uprisings 

The Project offers country by country analysis across these themes.

  • Egypt
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Iraq
  • Algeria
  • Jordan

Survey Methodology - The Political and Social Transformations in the Arab World Survey

What is the ArabTrans Survey?

The ArabTrans survey was a multi-stage probability public opinion survey with a sample of residents aged 18 years and over of adequate size to generalise at country level. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in each of the countries in Arabic by trained interviewers.

Which countries did the survey cover?

The public opinion survey delivered data for six Middle Eastern and North African countries: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

Which topics did the survey cover?

The survey was designed to measure the political, economic and social attitudes of citizens in the six countries as well as their reported political and social behaviour. As well as collecting demographic information on the respondents the survey covered respondents’ attitudes, perceptions and behaviours on matters relating to: the economic situation of the country and their households; the security and safety of their country and their households; politics, governance and democracy; religion; gender equality and the empowerment of women; the main political, economic and social challenges facing their countries; international relations with a special focus on EU-MENA relations; the Arab Uprisings; and the media, including new social media.

When was the survey carried out?

The surveys were carried out between June and November 2014.

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