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:

Utilising Applied Behavioural Research to Execute Subsidy Reform in Kuwait

This research 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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Building the 'New Kuwait': The Role of the Private Sector in the Post-Oil Economy

This research project analyses the emerging ‘New Kuwait’, with particular focus on the role of the private sector in the post-oil dependent Kuwaiti political economy. It seeks to empirically examine how the government is attempting to encourage the private sector to spearhead the country’s economic diversification efforts.

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The Social Safety Net in Kuwait

This research project will evaluate and assess the existing social safety net eco-system in Kuwait in terms of existing legal, fiscal and institutional setup, policies, programmes and their implementation arrangements and the degree of their effectiveness and impact of the current social contract.

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