The Evolution of Gulf Global Cities

The Evolution of Gulf Global Cities

This research initiative examines dynamics of urban configurations in the Gulf region (the GCC, Yemen, Iraq and Iran) to understand the city as a political, cultural and social space. By engaging with urban sociologists, social geographers, political scientists, city planners, and architects, this multi-disciplinary research project links macro-level knowledge of urbanization and modernization projects in the Gulf, with the micro-level understanding of everyday spaces of living and human interaction.

Background and Scope of the Project

Background and Scope of the Project

Glittering skylines, high urbanization rates, and massive development projects in the Gulf have increasingly attracted the attention of urban development scholars and practitioners. Within the GCC, an average of 88…
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Book Publication

Mehran Kamrava, ed., Gateways to the World: Port Cities in the Persian Gulf (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2016).  The Persian Gulf region has become home to some of the world’s fastest growing, most impressive cities,…
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Summary Report

“Gateways to the World: Port Cities in the Gulf,” CIRS Summary Report no. 13 (Doha, Qatar: Center for International and Regional Studies, 2015).The CIRS research initiative on “The Evolution of Gulf Global Cities” examines dynamics…
Working Group Meetings

Working Group Meetings

Click here to read about “The Evolution of Gulf Global Cities” Working Group Meeting I Click here to read about “The Evolution of Gulf Global Cities” Working Group Meeting II ​As an ongoing part of its…