Socioeconomics Unit

The Socioeconomics Unit was established in 2020. The Unit highlights the development of contemporary socioeconomic issues, concepts, and theories. In addition, it aims to study the significance of socioeconomic issues on specific societies and/or constituencies, with emphasis on Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and wider Arab and Muslim worlds. The Unit encourages interdisciplinary approaches, encompassing socioeconomic theory, sociopolitics and sociocultural topics and issues in order to provide a broader picture as well as a nuanced analysis of the questions arising from the intersection between economies and societies.



Mark C. Thompson - Unit Head

Fahad Alsharif - Senior Research Fellow

Hanaa Almoaibed - Research Fellow 


Mark C. Thompson and Hanaa Almoaibed, "Good Jobs and Bad Jobs”: Employment Attitudes, Perceptions, and Priorities in Saudi Arabia," Dirasat 61, July 2021. 

Fahad L. Alghalib Alsharif, "Kafala Sponsorship Reforms in Saudi Arabia: Converging Toward International Labor Standards," Commentary, February 2021. 

Mark C. Thompson and Hanaa Almoaibed, "Sustainability in Saudi Arabia: The Question of Food," Commentary, November 2020.

Clemens Chay, "The Post-Pandemic Era in the Gulf: Rethinking Migration and Spatial Policies," Special Report, November 2020. (Guest contribution)

Mark C. Thompson, "Ramifications of Coronavirus Disruption to Saudi Education: Student Concerns," Commentary, August 2020.




Conversation: "Education System in Saudi Arabia: Of Change and Reforms," 21 June 2021.

Panel Discussion: "The Effect of COVID-19 on Social Life in Riyadh," 5 April 2021.

Panel Discussion"Driving Investment and Entrepreneurship in the Middle East," 16 March 2021.

Panel Discussion"Documenting Saudi Food Patterns and Styles of Local Consumption," 3 March 2021.

Panel Discussion"Discussion with Najah Al-Otaibi: Religious Education Reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," 12 November 2020.

Panel Discussion: "Sustainability in the Gulf Post-Coronavirus: Shifting Patterns of Consumption in the Fashion, Food and Transportation Sectors," 27 October 2020.

Panel Discussion: "Key Elements of Saudi Social Transformation Post-Coronavirus," 11 August 2020.

Panel Discussion: "Enhancing Technical & Vocational Training in Saudi Arabia," 13 July 2020.

Panel Discussion"Education and Distance Learning in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf During Covid-19 Pandemic," 22 June 2020.

Lecture: Mark C. Thompson, "Being Young, Male and Saudi: Identity and Politics in Globalized Kingdom," 5 May 2020.

Lecture: Mark C. Thompson, "Being Young, Male and Saudi: Identity and Politics in Globalized Kingdom," 8 October 2019.