Tuesday, January 24, 2017

On-Campus Research Opportunity
Climate, Water Security and Environmental Awareness in the Middle East


The United States has one of the largest ecological footprints on Earth – yet some Middle Eastern countries, such as the UAE and Qatar, have even great water use footprints, despite being some of the most water-poor.  UMD's Department of Anthropology is investigating the link between environmental awareness in the Middle East and sustainability of water use in the region over the last 15 years. The aim of this research will be to inform policy that can encourage environmental sustainability in the region especially for water use in agriculture, industry and sanitation, as this resource will become increasingly scarce with global climate change. 

Requirements & Overview:
We require a research assistant (Sophomore, Junior, or Senior student) to assist in an online media research project. Work tasks will consist of analyzing newspaper article titles and content from Middle Eastern and North African media sources (in English) related to water security across a time-frame TBD. The project aims to analyze changes in environmental awareness regarding global climate change and how the public thinks about water availability and quality through a review of popular media and the internet. The research will take place over a 15-week period (one term) and be worth 2 credits. 

Please contact Dr. Nejm Benessaiah, Dept. of Anthropology,
nlbeness@umd.edu for more information.