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7.5.2 Research Methodology

The case report is rooted in a threefold methodical approach. In the initial phase, the author conducted desk research, mainly on the evolution of SESAME. Generally, this came from journalistic sources as very limited academic research is available about the site itself.

The second phase was determined by the generation of data. Interviews were conducted with all stakeholder groups such as Council members and committee members, the current president, the director and members of the directorate level, engineers and beamline person responsible, scientific users, administration staff and one of the founding fathers of SESAME.

Thirdly, the author visited the research site and had the chance to attend the annual user’s meeting in Jordan in December 2018. Another visit was paid to the Council meeting in December 2018 at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, where additional interviews were conducted with Council representatives.

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Charlotte Rungius

Research Associate, the German Centre for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW)

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You may get all the information about this S4D4C case study in the following references:
– Rungius C. (2020): SESAME -a synchrotron light source in the Middle East: an international research infrastructure in the making. In: Young, M., T. Flink, E.Dall (eds.) (2020): Science Diplomacy in the Making: Case-based insights from the S4D4C project, (Link)
– Poster Report “SESAME – An international research infrastructure in the Middle East” (Link)

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