July 21-23, 2020, Cambridge UK

3 DAYS / 10 Workshops
MORE THAN 200 ACADEMIC PAPERS

Towards Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Gulf

While countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are experiencing rapid economic development, they face many current and potential problems related to sustainability. In the absence of numerous urgent measures, including policy reforms, the populations of these nations are likely to experience in future years a wide array of water, energy, and food-security challenges, which in turn will have extremely negative environmental, econom ...


While countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are experiencing rapid economic development, they face many current and potential problems related to sustainability. In the absence of numerous urgent measures, including policy reforms, the populations of these nations are likely to experience in future years a wide array of water, energy, and food-security challenges, which in turn will have extremely negative environmental, economic, and social impacts. With growth of the middle class across large parts of the region, consumption patterns are rapidly evolving and these developments have significant implications in terms of resource utilization and social equity. This workshop aims to 2 address the current status, progress, and prospective outlook of sustainable consumption and production in GCC countries.

Current economic trends in the Gulf region are not sustainable and to a large extent this is a reflection of our society’s patterns of consumption and production. There are multiple areas of concern pertaining to energy, water, and food security, especially in the context of a changing climate. The need to modify the way we consume and produce has been recognized for a long time. It is therefore extremely notable that the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reaffirms the importance of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and emphasizes efforts to “ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” as an explicit Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 12). Research on SCP has to date largely focused on the “over-consuming North,” where consumerist lifestyles are most prevalent and associated practices have given rise to a cycle of economic growth and increasing throughput of energy and materials. At the same time, across most of the global South—including some of the Gulf countries and the MENA region in general—the most pressing problem is insufficient consumption. Nonetheless, an affluent consumer society has achieved extremely visible prominence in several countries in the region and current problematic patterns are becoming more deeply entrenched.




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Professor Maurie

Cohen

Professor of Sustainability Studies & Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society -
New Jersey Institute of Technology



Dr. Robert

Mason

Associate Professor & Director of the Middle East Studies Center -
American University in Cairo



Dr. Mohamed

Abdelraouf

Sustainability Research Program Manager -
Gulf Research Center


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