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About Center for Gulf Studies
Researchers and Interns

Geoff Martin

Geoff Martin is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. His research interests focus on looking at collective action processes that lead to social movements, alterations of identity that transform contentious political action, the impact of oil wealth on civil society dynamics, and the effect of state-led capitalism and/or neoliberal policy shifts in the developing world. During his M.A. in Political Science, Geoff conducted several field research trips to Kuwait and wrote his thesis on the use of Twitter in mobilization politics in Kuwait. For his dissertation, he will be focusing on the changing capacities of civil society organizations from a historical perspective focusing on several countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Kuwait. He is currently working on an edited book chapter on the methodological constraints of understanding the causal impact of social media activism on offline events.

Muneerah Alrabe

Muneerah Alrabe is a Master of Science of Architecture candidate in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and has professional experience in the field of architecture and design in Kuwait and Germany. Her interests lie in the intersection of politics, sociology, economics and design in the Arab World. Throughout her work, she has studied the current and past socio-political movements in Kuwait to understand their impact on urban form and urban life within Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf. She is particularly interested in the socio-spatial politics of public space within Kuwait City in the hopes of achieving a new understating of public spaces within Kuwait City, in order to enhance and develop public life within Kuwait.





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