Exports, Diversification and Economic Growth in the GCC States

Online Workshop

7-8 June 2021

A boat taxi in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2017.

We are delighted to announce an upcoming online workshop on Exports, Diversification and Economic Growth in the GCC States.

Organised by the LSE Middle East Centre, this workshop forms a key component of the project “Export Composition and Economic Growth in the UAE: Multivariate Time Series Analysis (1981-2017)” led by Dr Athanasia Kalaitzi, LSE Middle East Centre, in collaboration with Dr Samer Kherfi, American University of Sharjah.

The workshop will take place online during the afternoons of Monday, 7 June 2021 - Tuesday, 8 June 2021.

Call for Papers:

This closed workshop will bring together experts, academics and practitioners from the Gulf and beyond to present and discuss their research findings on the topic, with the goal of providing policy recommendations for sustained economic growth across the GCC.  

We aim to explore the experiences of GCC states in relation to export and economic diversification over the last decades, and the ways in which such experiences affect economic growth.

We invite offers of presentations relevant to the workshop panel themes:

  • Oil Dependency, Natural Resource Exports and Economic Growth in GCC;
  • Export Composition and Economic Growth: What to Export for Further Economic Growth?
  • Export Diversification and Economic Growth in GCC;
  • Lessons Learned from other Oil Producing Economies.

How to Apply:

To offer a paper, please send a title and abstract (max 300 words) to Kendall Livingston at K.Livingston@lse.ac.uk. Working papers are invited. 

If your abstract is accepted, we will also ask you to supply a 1,000 word extended summary of your presentation in MS Word, .docx, Adobe .pdf or compatible format. These will be circulated to all participants in advance of the workshop to facilitate a better-informed discussion on the day. 

Following the workshop, participants will be given the opportunity to revise their contributions based on workshop discussion which in turn will be published as a series on the LSE Middle East Centre Blog. 


  • Receipt of abstracts: Tuesday 26 April 2021

    We aim to respond by 30 April 2021

  • Receipt of extended summary: Monday, 24 April 2022

These are final dates. The earlier we receive abstracts and extended summaries, the better.


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