Benjamin Plackett

Benjamin Plackett

Since 2013, Benjamin has been travelling to the Arab world to tell stories of science and research, sometimes in recent post-conflict zones. He's met researchers, who at great personal risk, hurriedly buried their expensive lab equipment as ISIS approached Mosul and he's interviewed university administrators attempting to rebuild the region's answer to Oxbridge even as terrorist attacks continue to threaten the campus. His work has been published by Scientific American, Associated Press, CNN, and Engadget amongst others. He has an M.A. in journalism from New York University and a B.Sci. in biology from Imperial College, London.

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Coronavirus Health & Medicine Policy

Public Health Experts Are Often Missing From Arab World’s Coronavirus Battle

Benjamin Plackett | 03 Apr 2020

Public health researchers in the wealthier Arab countries say they’ve been working with governments for months. But the region’s poorest, most conflict-torn countries lack experts.

Arab Spring Conflict Employment Research

A Look at the Evidence: Do Jobs Create Peace?

Benjamin Plackett | 25 Mar 2020

The research is at times conflicting, but experts believe that employment ultimately can help foster social harmony in the right conditions.

Journalism Research Science

‘Talk to Me,’ Urges a Science Journalist Working in the Arab World

Benjamin Plackett | 05 Mar 2020

A science journalist who has covered the Arab world for six years discovers a stark contrast in communication when he attends a scientific meeting in the United States.

Administration Quality Control Teaching

Making Better Mentors: It’s Not Just an Art, It’s a Science

Benjamin Plackett | 26 Feb 2020

A new report brings together data from many studies to offer recommendations for more-effective mentorship of young researchers.

Data & Surveys Publishing Rankings Research

Emirates’ Strong Research Growth Is Charted by New Study

Benjamin Plackett | 13 Feb 2020

The United Arab Emirates has seen an average growth in research produced of 15 percent annually over almost two decades. Its strategy offers lessons for other Arab countries.

Architecture Development Technology & Online Learning

Engineers in Sharjah Are 3D-Printing Future Homes

Benjamin Plackett | 31 Jan 2020

The technology uses smart, robotic machines that could help countries continue building houses—or even refugee settlements—in times of emergency or during a labor shortage.

Data & Surveys Research Science

Shifting Desert Winds Could Turn Arabian Fisheries Barren

Benjamin Plackett | 23 Jan 2020

Large populations around the Arabian Sea, from India to Yemen, depend on its fish stocks, which are sustained in part by nutrients in wind-borne dust.

Internet Publishing Research Technology & Online Learning

Arab Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence in Bid to Thwart Fake News

Benjamin Plackett | 14 Jan 2020

Computer engineers in the U.A.E. and Jordan are working together on technology to help Internet users better identify fake news.

Administration Data & Surveys Employment

Arab Business Schools Seek a Better Return on Their Investment

Benjamin Plackett | 03 Jan 2020

Middle Eastern business-school leaders said at a regional summit that they needed to strengthen their impact in the region, through both education and research.

Academic Freedom Arab Researcher Survey Data & Surveys Finances Research

Most Arab-World Researchers Want to Leave, a New Survey Finds

Benjamin Plackett | 03 Dec 2019

A survey by Al-Fanar Media found that many researchers in Arab countries are unhappy with their working conditions and would rather be employed outside of the region.




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