Alberto Simon
INTRODUCTION
 
 

Research topics in the Social Studies Unit include anthropology, sociology, regional development, human geography, and economic history of people in drylands. Interdisciplinary investigations also include resource and proactive contingency planning, and crisis management. Special attention is given to processes of urban and rural settlement of Bedouin.

Major research areas include:

Members of the unit are part of the Multilateral Working Group on the Environment, Initiative to Combat Desertification in the Middle East. The group is working with local farmers and shepherds to develop sustainable agropastoral systems. The first meeting took place in Amman, Jordan in 1996. Towards this end we worked together with ICARDA, the World Bank, and delegations from the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey.

The unit organizes an annual seminar on Bedouin Society and Culture in cooperation with the Field Study Center at Midreshet Sede-Boqer. The lectures are published each year as Notes on the Bedouin - A Series in Memory of Itzhak Netzer. Thus far 31 issues have been published.

The unit is part of The Department of Man in the Desert, together with the unit for Desert Architecture and Urban Planning.


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