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Title: Contributions to an understanding of the geography of drylands
Author: Davies, H. R. J.
Awarding Body: University of Wales Swansea
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2005
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This submission is a distillation of research by the author over nearly five decades from 1955. In Chapter One I spell out some of the basic pre-suppositions which have underlain all of my research. I have been much more interested in the solving of particular problems rather than with the development of theory and that I have been particularly interested in the reaction of people to the own geographic situations. This has led me to believe that top/down approaches to development are much less likely to be successful than grassroots ones which take into consideration socio-cultural situations. Much of the research herein referred to is concerned with the Sudan, but reference is also made to East Africa, Jordan, South Africa and Australia. All the references in this paper refer to publications which have undergone a proper peer review. The scope of my research is wide ranging but for convenience is presented under four main heads: the physical/Human interface; Rural Development; Population Studies; and Urban Studies, and these provide the headings for the four main chapters. Chapter Six brings together the arguments presented in defence of my research. Refereed publications referred to in the text together with other relevant referred publications are listed in the appendix at the end.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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