Examining and Informing Public Policy to Meet the Challenge of Global Warming in Kuwait

Principal Investigators: Professor Giles Atkinson and Ayele Gelan
Duration: June 2018–December 2020

Global warming in Kuwait
by Tayssir Kadamany

The importance of metrics in assessing the sustainability of the development path a national economy is now well established. In popular debate, this policy agenda is perhaps best summed up under the broad heading of “Beyond GDP”. This builds (as the name implies) on the insight that conventional summary measures of economic progress provide a potentially misleading picture about development, especially by neglecting what is happening to national wealth. It also reflects concerns that more detailed metrics, such as environmental indicators, need to be better connected to policy levers. The current project proposal seeks to contribute to both aspects of this debate.

Specifically, it will do so by deepening the evidence base in Kuwait via two interrelated activities: (a) construct a wealth (and natural capital) account for Kuwait including a thorough country level inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, and (b) develop an economy-wide model which can be used to simulate interactions between economy-environment-society interactions. The first of these activities not only establishes an evidence base but also permits economic insights to be gleaned about the sustainability of development. The second allows policy scenarios, such as those designed to improve prospects for sustainability, to be evaluated and so connects a static activity such as wealth accounting to dynamic modelling of policy actions. In pursuing these aims, the proposed project will build on two ongoing and KFAS funded projects currently being implemented with the Economic Public Policy program of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.  

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Sustainability, Natural Capital and Climate Change in Kuwait

Giles Atkinson and Ayele Gelan, July 2021

Download the paper

  • Giles Atkinson and Ayele Gelan. 'Wealth Accounting for Kuwait'. Technical Report, KISR 16703, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research: Kuwait.

  • Ayele Gelan and Giles Atkinson. .Greenhouse Emissions Inventory for the State Of Kuwait Baseline Year 2015.. Technical Report, KISR 16081, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research: Kuwait.

  • Ayele Gelan and Giles Atkinson. 'Global Warming Scenarios and Food Security in Kuwait: Simulation Experiments Using a Recursive Dynamic CGE Model'. Technical Report, KISR 16071, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research: Kuwait.

Principal Investigators


Giles Atkinson

Giles is Professor of Environmental Policy in the Department of Geography and Environment, LSE.

Gelan, Ayele

Ayele Gelan

Ayele is a Research Economist in the Economics Division at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.


Saggese, Allegra

Allegra Saggese

Allegra is an Occasional Research Officer on the project.

Chihambakwe, Thembi

Thembi Chihambakwe

Thembi is a Research Assistant on the project.