The Center for Middle Eastern Studies was founded in 2007 in an effort to support and coordinate research on the region at Lund University. Research on the Middle East has existed in Lund since the university's founding in 1666. Over the last few decades, an increasing amount of disciplines across all faculties of the university have begun conducting research and teaching courses on the region. CMES will continue to support these efforts by becoming a international hub in Scandinavia for interdisciplinary research on the Middle East.
In 2009 CMES received a Strategic Research Area grant for the Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW). MECW is the largest research area at CMES and is composed of five research domains. In addition to MECW, CMES is host to several research projects with external financial support such as Student Mobility in Asia.
Current research projects can be found here.
The CMES research specialization in Environment and Sustainable Development is focusing on a sustainable societal development by considering limited natural resources and the environment. The objective is to put land, water, and energy management and effects on the environment in a holistic sustainability perspective considering social and economic development under climatic change and rapidly increasing population.
The Middle East is a very dynamic region and historically important area that has had great influence on both the East and the West. In the same manner the future development of the Middle East will have great effect on our world in Europe and Sweden. Thus, it is important to understand the historical dynamics and at the same time being able to analyze contemporary societal processes in a changing climate and with a fast increasing population.
Examples of research conducted within the research theme are:
- Hydropolitics project
- Hydrosolidarity project in the Nile Basin
- PhD projects involving Sustainable water use in Syria
- Post-conflict Visioning Labs
- Artificial groundwater recharge in Iran
- GIS techniques to improve efficient water use in Kurdistan
- Water use efficiency of the Urmia Lake, Iran