The Kuwait Programme on Development, Governance and Globalisation in the Gulf States is a ten year multidisciplinary global research programme.
The Programme is based in the LSE Middle East Centre and is directed by Professor Toby Dodge, who is also the Kuwait Professor. It focuses on seven broad research themes: Kuwait and the Gulf in the shifting global economy; massive capital flows, sovereign wealth funds; carbon-heavy, resource-rich economic development; health care and social welfare provision in Kuwait, and health system innovation more generally; education and human capital development in Kuwait; water and resource management, and urban form, geography, and sustainability.
The Programme funds systematic and practical enquiry into fundamental questions in the social sciences of relevance to the Gulf Cooperation Council states. It organises public lectures, seminars and workshops, produces an acclaimed working paper series, published an edited volume of essays in 2011, supports post-doctoral researchers and PhD students and develops academic networks between the LSE and Gulf institutions.
The Programme held two international conferences in Kuwait City in 2009 and 2011 on the themes of Globalisation and the Gulf and The Economic Transformation of the Gulf.
Queen Elizabeth II mentioned the Programme during the state visit of the Kuwaiti Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, in 2012.
The Programme is funded by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. At the time of its launch in 2007, the LSE Director noted: 'We are very grateful to the Kuwait Foundation for this generous pledge. It is an opportunity for the School, our staff and students to broaden and deepen knowledge about Kuwait and the Gulf States.'