Dr. Mohammad Shahadat Hossain is Associate Professor and Chairman of Computer Science at Chittagong University, Bangladesh. He earned his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), specializing in Geographical Information Systems. Dr. Hossain has contributed several scholarly articles in learned refereed journals and is actively involved in developing engineering software tools to accomplish research tasks.
2006 0-7734-5900-6 This book represents an innovative socio-scientific methodology of the study and application of relational epistemology as the field of unity of knowledge to an applied domain of academia and practice – socioeconomic development planning. The Sultanate of Oman, an oil-rich country by the Arabian Gulf, is taken as a case-study using the lens of relational epistemology to analyze the country’s development plans and to quantitatively examine and develop policy recommendations while studying the prevailing ones. The approach of the book overarches interdisciplinary domains of philosophy of science, systems dynamics, mathematical modeling and quantitative analysis. This book should interest a cross-section of informed readers. Most important among these will be scholars of many vintages of interests and practitioners in development planning.