Research Excellence Fellows


Dr. Emad Abdelaty is an Assistant Professor at the Natural Resources and Agricultural Engineering, Damanhour University, Egypt. He holds his Master degree in Geomatics and Natural Resources Evaluation from Florence University, Italy. He holds his PhD from Damanhour University on development of land and water resources in Egypt. In 2014 he has attended a six-month multidisciplinary training programme at Council of National Research, Italy. In 2015 he spent nine months in Spain as a Postdoctoral fellow at Oviedo University. He has published one English book and articles in numerous well-known international journals. He teaches Principles of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Principles of Soil Sciences, Soil and Water Analysis, Soil Surveying & Classification and Soil Reclamation courses to undergraduate and graduate students. The sphere of his research always focuses on using GIS and Remote Sensing to improve the management of natural resources. He has collaborated in several research projects such as "Interuniversity Learning in Higher Education on Advanced land Management - Egyptian Country (ILHAM-EC Project) which is fully funded by the European Union. He is a member of several scientific societies; the most important two of them are the Egyptian Soil Science Society (ESSS) and the International Society for Development and Sustainability (ISDS) in Japan.

Dr. Mostafa Abouzaid is an Assistant Professor of rural sociology at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. He holds PhD from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2015. He has published several books in both Arabic and English, and articles in numerous well-known international journals. He teaches Introduction to Sociology, Principals of Rural Sociology, Social Structure, Social Change, Social Organizations, Rural Population, ad Rural Community Reform courses to undergraduate classes. He has been to USA as a Visiting Scholar at Arkansas University in 2012. He got several academic prizes and honors, the most significant one of them is the prize of Ambassador of Goodwill from the governor of Arkansas State in USA. As a visiting research fellow at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at CEU, he explores the Effectiveness of NGOs in rural development

Dr. Ila Ahlawat is a Research Excellence Fellow at the Department of Gender Studies at CEU. She has research interests ranging from Gender and Sexuality studies to areas as varied as Digital Cultures and Economics. As a Lecturer of English at AIIMS, she has been responsible for conducting 3-monthly batches with senior students and scholars in the areas of inter-cultural expression, research methodology and also organized workshops on understanding Gender Dynamics and Women Issues. She has an elaborate publication and teaching experience in the areas of gender and sexuality over the past 4 years or so, her most recent article being with Springer’s Sexuality and Culture. She is also soon going to have her book published in England on the themes of Lesbianism and Entrapment. On a postdoctoral level, she is pursuing the field of literary studies vis-à-vis media and technology and its ground-level understanding and implementation. She plans on joining the Department of Communication and Multimedia, McMaster University, Canada next year as a postdoctoral fellow.  

Dr. Eliso Elizbarashvili is an Associate Researcher at the Department of Byzantine Studies, G.Tsereteli Institute of Oriental Studies, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. She held her PhD about Digenes Akrites (with translation into georgian) at the Institute of Classical Philology, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Iv.Javahishvili Tbilisi State University. The sphere of her researches always takes into account differences and peculiarities that the Georgian materials add to the resolution of the problems of the Byzantine Literature at large. Her research is focused on the role and formation of hero and saint, interpretation, adaptation and perception of miracles, as well as on historical-etymological studies. She presented these issues at conferences in Georgia, European countries and the USA; and published in highly ranked journals. She collaborated in several research projects on byzantine-georgian historical and cultural relations financed by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia. Her current academic interest concerns miracle narrations in Byzantine historical writings. She is a member of the Georgian National Committee of the International Byzantine Studies Association.    

Dr. Tin Naing Win is a professor at the Department of History, University of Mandalay, Myanmar and a Research Excellence Fellow at the CEU Department of Medieval Studies, where he has been engaging in ground-breaking research on pre-modern indigenous cloth-maps of Myanmar that have been collected from various national and private archives and museums in Myanmar, Thailand, UK, and USA starting from 2005. One year after receiving his MA in 1997, he became a faculty member, and in 2005 he earned his doctorate specializing in Buddhist culture of medieval period. In 2008 he went to Seoul National University for one year to conduct extensive post-doctoral research on historical maps with the support of the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies. He published the research results in Asian Research Network in 2009 and in a peer reviewed volume Community Knowledge Networks for the Economy, Society, Culture, and Environmental Stability. He later presented a paper at the 10th International Conference organized by Chiang Rai Rajabhat University in Thailand, for which he received the Best Paper Prize in 2015. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies and at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, simultaneously, in 2015, to perform an advanced study on Myanmar manuscripts and maps that have never been studied before. Consequently, it leads to further detail research on all kinds of Myanmar indigenous maps, and cloth-maps in particular. In 2016 he attended a workshop at Bard College (NY, USA) invited by the Institute of Writing and Thinking, and later that year returned to the US to present at the 12th International Burma Studies Conference organized by the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University. He actively collaborates and publishes with international colleagues and organizes inter-university conferences, symposia and art exhibitions. Apart from teaching students of all degree programs and supervising MA and PhD students at the Department of History at the University of Mandalay, he is responsible for training academic and support staff at the university on quality assurance and conducts workshops on QA System Implementation in various Myanmar universities. After attending internal and international QA workshops conducted by AUN-QA, AQAN, and EU between 2012 and 2017 and based on his five-year experience as IQA chief assessor and trainer, he has published a series of articles on Quality Assurance in Higher Education in the Mandalay Daily. He also serves on an Open Assess Policy Working Group at the University of Mandalay. Currently he studies Urban History and Culture, Advanced Research Methodology, How to Read Medieval Maps and Course Design and Development at CEU. E-mail: