Middle East Research Papers

The Special Issue considers how extractive resource governance, and its relationship to themes like environmental law and policy, sustainable development, foreign policy, entrepreneurship and economic diversification, corporate social responsibility, participatory development, access to environmental information, vulnerability, and political economy, can provoke how we think more deeply about leveraging the significant resources in the MENA region to advance and catalyze socio-economic and environmental development in communities and societies in the region over the next decades.

Although authors are free to choose any topic that is related to this broad theme, the journal is particularly interested in submissions addressing the following issues: In exploring these themes, the Special Issue will be informed by a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives from academia, industry, government and non-government bodies, and civil society.

For example, Algeria, Egypt, Libya and the Gulf countries—Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—are historical giants in oil production, while Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia have attracted significant investment and income from mineral resources, ranging from gold, lithium, rhodium, diamond, soda ash, bauxite, iron ore, cobalt, and to platinum-group metals.

Consequently, the MENA region has perennially accounted for a significant portion of global extractives resource production and supply, establishing great potential for the extractive industry to catalyze economic and social development in several low to middle income MENA societies.

Examining innovative approaches and strategies at this point, for addressing socio-economic, technological, environmental and geopolitical challenges facing extractive industries in the MENA region, can help plot out a better path to reform.

Middle East Research Papers

This Special Issue provides a timely opportunity to take stock and critically investigate practical, philosophical and methodological approaches for addressing socio-economic, environmental, technological and geo-political challenges facing extractive industries in the MENA region.Prices in GBP apply to orders placed in Great Britain only.Prices in € represent the retail prices valid in Germany (unless otherwise indicated). Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable. (RMEEF) is a peer-reviewed journal addressing applied original research in the fields of economics and finance pertaining to the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa), including Turkey and Iran.Despite these statistics however, questions remain as to how resource extraction and production in many parts of MENA region can be leveraged to provide greater economic, social, and environmental development and growth in the society?Many years of political instability, especially in the aftermath of the Arab Spring that swept across the region; sabotage and destruction of extractive infrastructure; and lack of economic diversification; and environmental pollution concerns amongst other factors have impacted the sustainable production and utilization of extractive resources in some countries in the region.It is hoped that most participants will be able to finance their travel and accommodation from their own institutions, but there will be a small fund available to help those who cannot (particularly Ph D students and young researchers).A list of suitable hotels will be circulated nearer the time.Furthermore, the drop in global price of crude oil, climate change, water scarcity, and the increasing global drive for low carbon and alternative fuels, as well energy efficient production technologies, all create urgent and complex challenges to extractive industries in several resource-dependent MENA societies.We are in the early stages of a global energy transition that may result in radical transformations of extractive industries in the MENA region.The editor welcomes original research papers, topical reviews, country case studies viewpoints/opinion pieces, and book reviews.Comparative studies engaging two or more countries are also of particular interest.


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