Kuwait Programme

Research Projects

The Kuwait Programme conducts and facilitates original research into fundamental questions in the social sciences of relevance to Kuwait. Research is carried out by Centre staff, academics based in other LSE departments and by Visiting Fellows from Kuwait and the GCC.

The Programme currently runs the following research projects:

Spaces of Living: Urban Reflections of Kuwaiti Society

This research project addresses the process of urbanisation in Kuwait post-oil discovery through exploring changes in ways of life in Kuwaiti society and relating them to the physical spaces where these behaviours are practiced.

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Utilising Applied Behavioural Research to Execute Subsidy Reform in Kuwait

This  project brings together Kuwait University and LSE to work on a collaboration that aims to identify methods of applied behavioural research through which Kuwait’s government can successfully implement sustainable economic reform.

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Qabila in the 21st Century: The Role of Tribes in the Domestic Politics of the Gulf

This research project analyses the political role of tribes within Gulf societies, often described as intensely tribal. It seeks to answer critical questions about the degree to which tribes hinder or advance popular participation in government, as well as to reveal how and to what extent tribes exert domestic political power. 

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