This research area focuses on sustainable development in all of its facets – economic, social and environmental, while paying special attention to the impact of market, policy and institutional actions on each of these spheres. Within economics, sustainable economic policies are explored, especially within the context of the oil-rich GCC and the impact of these policies on economic growth and equality as well as on the environment. Issues related to social sustainability and environmental sustainability are examined within the global context of environmental treaties and development goals and the local context of energy, infrastructure and climate regulations and policies. Finally, social sustainability is explored through the lens of development and long term social stability including equal and broad infrastructure and social development.
Current and planned research in this area:
- Policy analysis of the UAE’s decision to lift subsidies on fuel prices
- Optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the already existing transportation infrastructure in Dubai
- Quality of life/wellbeing measures in the UAE/happiness
- Promoting sustainable economic growth in the GCC
- Achieving the UAE’s environmental sustainability goals