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Department of Innovation in Government and Society


Welcome to the Department of Innovation in Government and Society (IGS) at the College of Business and Economics. The Department’s faculty members conduct teaching and research in a wide variety of areas, including: labor economics, energy economics, economic development and international finance. This expertise translates into high-quality instruction at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Our main contribution to undergraduate teaching is through the Bachelor of  Economics. We provide a strong theoretical and empirical foundation through core courses (required), balanced with specialist elective courses, such as Energy Economics, Public Economics, Project Economics, and Applied Economics of the Middle East to name but a few. To see a full course list of what is currently available, have a look at our course catalogue.

We strongly encourage our students to join the Economics Club, which organizes a number of academic and social events during each semester, on the advice of faculty members.

Whether you are a prospective student, an academic interested in our teaching or research programs, or simply browsing, we hope that you will find the information you need. If you require any further information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Osama Sweidan
Department Chair


  • To foster public sector and social innovation and renewal, through:
  • Sector-leading programs in public administration
  • Being the 'go-to' department for research and consulting in the region
  • Being to 'go-to' department for economic assessment of policies in the region
  • Being the 'go-to' department for development and social innovation in the region


In the Department of Innovation in Government and Society, we focus on four key research areas:

  • Energy and Environmental Economics
  • Globalization, Innovation, and Business Economics
  • Innovation, Migration, and Tourism
  • Innovation in Public Services

But our research is not only restricted to these broad areas. Our faculty regularly publish on Economic Development and Technological Change, Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Institutional Economics, Labor Economics, Economic History, Defense Economics, Public Economics, and Political Economy.

They also publish in top international journals such as: Empirical Economics, Economic Modelling, Applied Economics Letters, Energy Policy, Defence and Peace Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics and Journal of Policy Modelling. Our faculty are regularly  called on as peer reviewers for these publications and actively participate in reputable international conferences in Economics and related fields.

Academic Programs


Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Extension
Dr. Osama D. Sweidan Associate Professor, Chair osweidan@uaeu.ac.ae 5272/5297
Dr. Wasseem Mina Associate Professor wmina@uaeu.ac.ae 5258
Dr. Amany Elanshasy Associate Professor aelanshasy@uaeu.ac.ae  5267
Dr. Usman Khalid Assistant Professor Usman.khalid@uaeu.ac.ae 6513
Dr. Sasidaran Gopalan Assistant Professor sasi.gopalan@uaeu.ac.ae  5296
Dr. Ming Sum Simon Assistant Professor simonmslo@uaeu.ac.ae  5219 
Dr. Hao Jia Assistant Professor haojia@uaeu.ac.ae 5217
Dr. Kathia Bahloul Assistant Professor kathiabah-zek@uaeu.ac.ae 5205
Dr. Olajide Idris Visiting Faculty idrissanusy@uaeu.ac.ae 5225


Note: If calling from outside the UAEU organization, dial (+971 3 713) before the extension.

Name Position Email Phone
Dr. Osama Sweidan Chair, Dept. of Innovation in Government and Society
osweidan@uaeu.ac.ae 5272
Aysha Al Shebli Administrator 1, Dept. of Innovation in Government and Society ayshamohammed@uaeu.ac.ae 5274

General Enquiries

Thank you for your interest in the Economics and Finance Department. We welcome your query and encourage you to contact us using the information below:

College of Business & Economics,
United Arab Emirates University,
P.O.Box 15551, Al Ain, UAE

Phone: + 971 3 713 5274 
Email: cbe.econch@uaeu.ac.ae


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Jan 23, 2023