Interview: Newsletter, Qatar National Research Fund: Toward a more conscious approach to urban development

  • Ashraf Salama (Interviewee)

Activity: Public Engagement and OutreachMedia Participation


Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. At the heart of the vision for the country's development is a decreased dependence on natural resources and an increased reliance on a knowledge economy. This vision demands much in terms of aligning infrastructure to support education and research. But more than that, it demands the right people to bring, create and transfer knowledge. Attracting them is one thing, retaining them is another. For the first time, a researcher in Qatar is putting Doha under the microscope to make suggestions about its development. “What do we mean by knowledge economy?” asked Professor Ashraf Salama, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at Qatar University. “That’s an important question. If you have international universities, international businesses or what is called APS, advanced producer services, international high tech and IT, then you have a knowledge economy. But the urban environment should be able to accommodate these practices. Does it? That’s what we are studying in Doha, its potential to support the knowledge economy.” for more, click here>> More Info: This is an interview on current research: Investigating the Qualities of the Urban Environment in Emerging Knowledge Economies: The Case of Doha
Period25 Jan 2012
Event titleInterview: Qatar National Research Fund Newsletter
Event typeOther
LocationDoha, QatarShow on map


  • Qatar
  • urban development
  • emerging cities