This study will largely employ qualitative methods with an emphasis on identifying and teasing out the holistic, contextualised and nuanced environmental knowledges of people from within the communities studied. This is to be achieved by working with local people over extended periods of time, and encouraging an atmosphere of mutual trust in which 'conversations', rather than interviews, take place. Three main study groups in particular geographic locations were initially selected, these being bedouin in downstream Wadi Allaqi; 'urban' Bedouin from around the city of Aswan; and Bedouin in the hill areas (jebel) of the Eastern Desert.
Hamed, N.; Ibrahim, H.; Mekki, H.A.; Springuel, I.; Yacoub, H.; Briggs, J.; Roe, A.; Sharp, J. Indigenous environmental knowledges and sustainable development in semi-arid Africa. Research methodology and methods. (2002) Excerpt from Indigenous environmental knowledges and sustainable development in semi-arid Africa, DFID Final Research Report (R7906), 14 pp.