Vol 4 No 1 (2022)

Published: 2022-06-08

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Page 325-330

Social representations hydric resources and services in the COVID-19 era

blankpage José Marcos Bustos Aguayo, Francisco Rubén Sandoval Vázquez, Cruz García Lirios, Michiko Amemiya Ramirez, Margarita Juárez Nájera, Héctor Daniel Molina Ruíz

Water problems focused on scarcity, shortages, unhealthiness and high cost have been addressed from the social representations of users of the public drinking water service, although such studies have avoided the incidence of print media on readers. The objective of the present work was to specify a model for the study of the phenomenon, considering a review of press releases of national circulation during the period from 2015 to 2022, as well as the inclusion of frames in the disseminated information. A prevalence of the data was observed towards an intermediate frame of the problems, although the research design limited the results to the study scenario, suggesting the extension of the work to other scenarios such as the contamination of the aquifers and their effects on health Environmental public.

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Pages 333-342

Socioeconomic and environmental impact of exploitation of hydrocarbons in maritime areas: The case of Greece

blankpage Andreas Stergiou

The exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in a maritime area have considerable social, economic and environmental impact. Despite the relevance of the topic, accurate analyses on the exact social and environmental impact of the extraction of hydrocarbons are sparse. Companies-shareholders are mainly concerned about the profit deriving from such kind of activities, while national leaders are mainly concerned about their national constituencies, since they preside over national economies and pursue national interests. On the other side, NGO’s are mainly focused on the downsides of natural resources development. Taking into account some characteristic examples of extraction and monetisation of hydrocarbons discovered in maritime areas similar to Greece, the paper tries to identify their impact in the specific circumstances of Greece and to contribute the highly topical discussion about the utility of development of hydrocarbons resources in Greece.

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Pages 331-332

Book Review: Hanieh, Adam. 'Money, Markets, and Monarchies'. Cambridge University Press, 2018

blankpage Sarah Muhanna Al Naimi

The GCC region can offer a significant research reservoir for academic research about its development as a global key financial key player. Precisely, the GCC's political econmy has been witnessing significant shifts that  enhanced economic growth rates in this hub.  Hanieh's book Money, Markets, and Monarchies attempts  to detach this block from misconceptions which reduced it to a nere source of abundant hydrocarbon resources and fuse this block to the international financing system. In order to fulfill the mission of this book, Hanieh anaylzes the economic arms, financial strategies , and devices that ehance the GCC's role in the global financial system. Hanieh's book is thought-provoking and insightful for scholars interested in the GCC region from an economic and financial facets. 

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Pages 314-324

Human capital in the digital economy

blankpage Ashot A. Khachaturyan

The article analyzes the threats to human capital arising in connection with the development of the digital economy. The main problems, that digital can bring to public life and the fate of an individual worker are shown. According to the author, the labor market in the digital age makes new demands on the human capital of workers in almost all industries. The formation of a digital economic order, including automation, robotization and digitalization of almost all spheres of life, in the near future will leave on the labor market mostly “complex” professions of the “Knowledge” category with a creative component. Technological changes and the digitalization of the economy will lead to the fact that the knowledge and skills of workers will become so outdated that no retraining of them will be able to rectify the situation. One of the main problems is that with the further digital transformation of the economy, more and more jobs may be threatened with extinction, and the disappearance of old jobs this time will not be accompanied by the emergence of new ones. A situation may arise when the workers released due to digitalization will become not only unemployed, but generally not in demand by social production. A global question arises - what should they be kept for? Another problem is that with global digitalization, the danger of "digital" degradation of human intelligence is very high. Digital increasingly crowds out live communication, limiting the possibilities of developing a person's creative potential, as a result of which a qualitative transformation of human intelligence takes place.    Another question arises - how to support the intellectual development of a person, and what to do with those who do not work?

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Pages 312-313

Steadily progress into the future

blankpage Muammer Kaya, Editor-in-Chief

Thirty three manuscripts were contributed by 71 authors: 14 authors are from China; 11 from Fiji; 5 from Iran, Russia, Italy, and Bangladesh; 4 from Australia; 3 from the USA, and Philippines; 2 from Turkey, Canada, India, Germany, Ukraine, and Madagascar; and 1 from Indonesia, France, Belgium, and Cameroon. REE is an international and interdisciplinary Journal. I hope REE will be indexed in some authority academic databases such as Web of Science, Scopus, etc. in the future.