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Sustainable Development: An Appraisal from the Gulf Region

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Sustainable Development

An Appraisal from the Gulf Region

Edited by Paul Sillitoe

572 pages, 71 illus., 37 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-371-0 $179.00/£132.00 Hb Published (August 2014)

ISBN  978-1-78533-353-8 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (April 2017)

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This is clearly the most comprehensive overview of sustainable development in the Gulf, a strategic region within the global economy…What is particularly innovative is the last section on cultural issues, ranging from collaborative research methods to indigenous knowledge… the inclusion of health issues, together with a discussion of the ‘cultural turn’ in sustainability, including participatory approaches, make this book an exemplar of the next generation of thought and knowledge development in the area of sustainable development.”  ·  Carl Maida, University of California, Los Angeles

[This volume] amounts to a well edited, comprehensive, collection of sustainable development papers, strongly introduced and concluded by the editor, on a region that surely no one could doubt can only gain from the salutary environmental analysis time after time it offers… While a regional study, it is fully alert to current theoretical issues in the general sustainable development literature at large while at the same contributing to them. It is… certainly deserving to become required reading for all tertiary education institutions.”  ·  Raymond Apthorpe, SOAS University of London 


With growing evidence of unsustainable use of the world’s resources, such as hydrocarbon reserves, and related environmental pollution, as in alarming climate change predictions, sustainable development is arguably the prominent issue of the 21st century.  This volume gives a wide ranging introduction focusing on the arid Gulf region, where the challenges of sustainable development are starkly evident. The Gulf relies on non-renewable oil and gas exports to supply the world’s insatiable CO2 emitting energy demands, and has built unsustainable conurbations with water supplies dependent on energy hungry desalination plants and deep aquifers pumped beyond natural replenishment rates. Sustainable Development has an interdisciplinary focus, bringing together university faculty and government personnel from the Gulf, Europe, and North America -- including social and natural scientists, environmentalists and economists, architects and planners -- to discuss topics such as sustainable natural resource use and urbanization, industrial and technological development, economy and politics, history and geography. 

Paul Sillitoe FBA is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University and former Shell Chair in Sustainable Development at Qatar University.  His research interests focus on natural resources management, appropriate technology, and sustainable development, and he seeks to further the incorporation of local knowledge in development, having experience with several international development agencies.  His recent books include ‘Grass-Clearing Man’: A Factional Ethnography of Life in the New Guinea Highlands(2009 with J. Sillitoe, Waveland Press) and From land to mouth: the agricultural ‘economy’ of the Wola of the New Guinea Highlands (2010 ,Yale University Press).

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Development Studies
Area: Middle East & Israel


List of Figures
List of Tables

Shaikha Al-Misnad

Introduction: Sustainable Development in the Gulf: Some Introductory Remarks
Paul Sillitoe

Chapter 1. Societal Change and Sustainability within the Central Plateau of Iran: An Archaeological Viewpoint
Mark Manuel, Robin Coningham, Gavin Gillmore and Hassan Fazeli


Chapter 2. Qatar National Vision 2030: Advancing Sustainable Development
Trudy Tan, Aziza Al-Khalaqi and Najla Al-Khulaifi

Chapter 3. The Qatar National Master Plan
Khondker Rahman

Chapter 4. The State of Qatar: Along the Way to Sustainable Development
Bahaa Darwish

Chapter 5. Charting the Emergence of Environmental Legislation in Qatar:  A Step in the Right Direction or Too Little Too Late?
Wesam Al Othman and Sarah F. Clarke


Chapter 6. Sustainable Energy: What Futures for Qatar?
Thomas Henfrey

Chapter 7. Money Rain: The Resource Curse in Two Oil and Gas Economies
Emma Gilberthorpe, Sarah F. Clarke and Paul Sillitoe

Chapter 8. Islam and Sustainable Economic Development
Rodney Wilson


Chapter 9. Linking Local and Global in the Sustainable Development of Biodiversity Conservation
Ben Campbell

Chapter 10. Conservation and Sustainable Development: the Qatari and Gulf Region Experience
Paul Sillitoe with Ali Alshawi

Chapter 11. Promoting Sustainable Development in Marine Regions
James Howard

Chapter 12. Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability: Friends or Enemies?
Nobuyuki Yamaguchi


Chapter 13. From Pearling to Skyscrapers: The Predicament of Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism in Contemporary Gulf Cities.
Ali A. Alraouf and Sarah F. Clarke

Chapter 14. How the City Grows: Urban Growth and Challenges to Sustainable Development in Doha, Qatar
Andrew M. Gardner

Chapter 15. Sustainable Waste Management in Qatar: Charting the Emergence of an Integrated Approach to Solid Waste Management
Sarah Clarke with Salah Almannai

Chapter 16. Sustainable Development and Health: From Global to Local Agenda
Mylène Riva, Catherine Panter-Brick and Mark Eggerman


Chapter 17. Exploring Collaborative Research Methodologies in the Pursuit of Sustainable Futures
Gina Porter

Chapter 18. On the Importance of Culture in Sustainable Development
Serena Heckler

Chapter 19. People, Social Groups, Cultural Practices: From Venn Diagrams to Alternative Paradigms for Sustainable Development
Fadwa El Guindi

Chapter 20. Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Values: Environmental Contradictions in Qatari Society
Kaltham Al-Ghanim

Conclusion: A Doha Undeclaration, Puzzling over Sustainable Development with Indigenous Knowledge
Paul Sillitoe

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