Project Title: Indian Ocean World MCRI

Project Investigators: Prof. Mohamed Cheriet


Project Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)


What problem are we solving?


This project investigates the rise and development of the world’s first “global economy” in the context of human-environment interaction from early times to the present day.

The region under study is the Indian Ocean world (IOW), an arena of primary geopolitical importance that includes eastern Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and emerging superpowers China and India. Human-environment interaction is a central theme. Rejecting environmental determinism, the project highlights the impact upon the human life of natural factors such as the monsoons, the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), cyclones, and volcanic eruptions, and human agency in responding to and reshaping the IOW environment and economy.

Team 9 – Mohamed Cheriet

Document Analysis and ICRA:

  • data mining and analysis
  • online collaborative tools for scientific research


This project was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for a period of seven years and a budget of $2.5 million.