Capstone projects



Capstone projects are developed in partnership with the Tunisian Observatory of Economics. Their aim is to allow students to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their coursework to a current policy question. Students complete a Capstone that demonstrates the ability to take an idea from conception to final presentation, combining academic knowledge, research, and professional skills into a coherent product. 

Capstone project will also incorporate job skills like analytic and policy relevant work, public speaking and advocacy. They will have the opportunity to exhibit these skills through the project and especially through a possible collaboration with a public or private organization to amplify the experience.  In addition, completion of the capstone within a group setting will demonstrate the ability of group members to collaborate as a group.

Capstone Projects List


Topic Name of the student

– Intellectual Property Rights: Potential Implications of the DCFTA for Access to Medicine

published by the Tunisian Observatory of Economy Workingpaper n°9 (20.03.2020)

Oumaima Jegham

– Liberalisation and the olive oil industry: the question of virtual water 

published by the Tunisian Observatory of Economy Workingpaper n°1 (23.10.2017)

Sahar Mestour

– The Impact of EU-Twinning project as part of the Association agreement on Tunisia’s strategies of development and Governance – case study in the maritime gouvernance

published by the Tunisian Observatory of Economy Workingpaper n°11 (08.02.2019)

Hijene Bouchnak
– Migration and Mobility in the Context of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Tunisia and the European Union  Sarra ben Khelil
– Foreign Direct Investment: Between the New Investment Code and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement Oumayma Lahmar
– Liberalization, Mass Tourism and Monastir: a story of bad governance Youssef Abdelaziz Balti
– Tunisia’s Invisible Seeds:  A cost of concessions Nada Trigui
– The pharmaceutical industry in Tunisia and its prospects for the DCFTA Mourad Khaled 
– Tunisian Fish Sector Structure, Different Aspects and its Relationship with Deep Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between a Present and a Future:An Openness or Closure? Oumaima Garrach
– Readiness of the Tunisian insurance sector for DCFTA liberalization Hela Kacem
– Tunisia’s textile and clothing export sector: The current situation and prospects for upgrading Rihen Tagazi

Policy Briefs


Group  Policy recommendations
Group 1: Youssef Balti/Rihen Tagazi  Policy Recommendations on Liberalisation of services and industry
Group 2: Sarra Ben Khelil/ Hijene Bouchnak  Policy recommendations on the framework of negociations on free trade agreements 
Group 3: Oumeima Jegham / Mourad Khaled  Policy recommendations on trade, medicines industry and access to medicines 
Group 4: Nada Trigui/ Sahar Mestour/ Oumaima Garrach  Policy recommendations on natural ressources management and liberalisation of agriculture
Group 5: Hela Kacem/ Oumayma Lahmar Policy recommendations on FDI