Mission and Challenges


The mission of the REC is to undertake multidisciplinary applied economic, management, and social science research which is recognized by the international scientific community.

The focus is on the analysis of structural changes and their impact on the living conditions of the people in Kurdistan, but not necessarily limited to the Kurdistan region or of Iraq. The REC is expected to provide expert analysis and advice on all aspects of long and short-term regional government policies in areas ranging from domestic policy to Middle East regional and international relations. It promotes development and enhanced welfare by providing a centre and a framework for bringing together leading Kurdish and international scholars from around the world to tackle Kurdistan’s economic and social challenges. Activities are carried out by the REC and in cooperation within its network of researcher and collaborating institutions in and outside the region. The centre promotes collaboration with an expanded network of researchers worldwide, and also with the graduate studies programme at the KBS. It aims at strengthening and enhancing the capacity and training of scholars and government officials in the fields of economics, finance, business, management and social policy making. REC strives to become an internationally respected scientific Think Tank for applied economic research and policy advice to national policy makers, international organisations, the business community, as well as the general public engaged in the regions reconstruction and development.
The challenges of REC are as follows:
  • To pursue scientific excellence in applied economic research.
  • To link together economic research and policy advice.
  • To raise relevant policy issues in the public.
  • To build a strong reputation as a partner in national and international research networks.
  • To build a strong network of researchers to conduct research with high quality and coverage.
  • The challenge is to succeed and grow with currently limited experience and access to sufficient data.