Maxwell School

Farhana Sultana

Associate Professor, Geography

Farhana_Sultana

Contact Information

sultanaf (at) syr.edu

115 Eggers Hall


Degree

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007

Specialties

Political ecology, international development, water governance, climate change, gender, South Asia

Personal Website

http://www.farhanasultana.com

Biography

Farhana Sultana received her BA (Honors) in Geosciences and Environmental Studies from Princeton University, graduating Cum Laude in 1996. Farhana obtained her MA in Geography in 1998 from the University of Minnesota, where she enhanced her interdisciplinary training and was a MacArthur Fellow. Between 1998-2001, Farhana was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) responsible for managing a large environmental management program in Bangladesh. Through this experience, Farhana worked with a wide variety of international organizations, government agencies, and NGOs, and obtained a keener understanding of environment-development issues in theory and practice. In 2001, Farhana returned to complete her PhD program in the Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota, where she was a MacArthur Fellow and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Fellow. Moving across the pond to the UK, Farhana was a Visiting Fellow at the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester during 2005-2006. From 2006-2008, Farhana was a faculty member in the Geography Department at King's College London. Farhana relocated to the US in 2008 where she is a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Syracuse University. Farhana was awarded promotion and tenure in 2012. 

At Syracuse, Farhana is also a Faculty Affiliate/Associate of the following departments/programs: Women’s and Gender Studies Department,  Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration (PARCC), Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA), South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, International Relations Program, Tolley Humanities Faculty, Asian/Asian-American Studies, and Democratizing Knowledge Collective.

Farhana's book on 'The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles' can be found at the publisher's website:http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781849713597/. Farhana was the Chair and Organizer of the highly successful international conference on 'The Right to Water' in 2010, details of which are available on the conference's webpage: www.maxwell.syr.edu/waterconference. A write-up about the conference and Farhana's research can be found in the Spring 2010 issue of the Maxwell Perspective: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/news.aspx?id=36507229234, and also in the Fall 2010 Issue of the Alumni Magazine of the College of Arts and Sciences: http://asnews.syr.edu/newsevents_current/_Special_Report/Water_and_Social_Justice.html. An additional exposé on Farhana's international work appears in the Summer 2011 issue of the Syracuse University Magazine: http://sumagazine.syr.edu/2011summer/supeople/farhanasultana.html . Farhana was invited to and delivered the 2012 Faculty Convocation Speech at graduation for the College of Arts and Sciences. Given Farhana's interdisciplinary training and interests, she lectures globally on a variety of topics, and engages with scholars, practitioners and activists in several projects. 

2012 Faculty Convocation Speech

 

 

Publications

Many of these publications are downloadable as PDF files from Farhana's personal website at www.farhanasultana.com.  

Edited Book:

Right to Water Book Cover2012, The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles, Earthscan Water Text Series, Routledge: London and NY. (with Alex Loftus).
[Book contains 15 chapters written by 21 academics & practitioners, and a Foreword by Maude Barlow] Further information available at: http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9781849713597/

The book has been translated into two further languages:

Spanish version (2014): El Derecho Al Agua: Economia, politicia y movimientos sociales. Published by Editorial Trillas S.A. de C.V., Mexico

Polish version (2012): Prawo do wody. W perspektywie politycznej, gospodarczej i społecznej.  Polish Humanitarian Action, Warsaw, Poland. Available at: http://pah.org.pl/m/3220/PAH_prawo%20do%20wody.pdf

 Reviews of the book:

Review in Antipode by Prof. John Agnew: http://radicalantipode.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/book-review_agnew-on-sultana-and-loftus.pdf

Review in Journal of Human Rights and the Environment by Prof. Lee Godden: 
http://farhanasultana.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/Godden-book-review-2013.pdf

Review by Prof. Kate Berry in AAG Review of Bookshttp://farhanasultana.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/berry-rtw-book-review.pdf

Review by Michael van der Valk in H2O (in Dutch): http://www.hydrology.nl/images/docs/dutch/book_reviews/2012.03_WWDR4_RightToWater.pdf

The Right to Water 3 versions

Refereed Journal Articles, Book Chapters and Entries:

(Forthcoming) “Reflexivity” The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Douglas Richardson (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers.

(Forthcoming) “Justice” Companion to Political Geography, Second Edition, John Agnew, Virginie Mamadouh, and Anna Secor and Joanne Sharp (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell, UK. 

(Forthcoming) “The Human Right to Water” WIREs Water (with Alex Loftus)

(Forthcoming)  “Gender Justice and Public Water: The Gendered Nature and Importance of Making Water Public” Making Public, David McDonald (Ed.) Zed Books: UK. (with Chandra Mohanty and Sarah Miraglia) 

(In Press) “Emotional Political Ecology” The International Handbook of Political Ecology, Raymond Bryant (Ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, UK.  

(In Press) “Rethinking Community and Participation in Water Governance” for A Handbook of Gender and Development, Anne Coles, Leslie Gray and Janet Momsen (Eds.), Routledge, London.

2014, “By Whose Words Shall We Know, and to What End? Genealogies and its Others in Geography” Dialogues in Human Geography Vol. 4, No. 3. Pp. 335-338.

2014, “Doing Development as a Critical Development Scholar” Third World Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 3, Pp. 516-519

2014, “The Right to Water” In Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices, Debra Rowe (Ed.), Macmillan References USA, Detroit, Pp. 668-670.

2014, “Gendering Climate Change: Geographical Insights” The Professional Geographer Vol. 66, No. 3, Pp. 372-381.

2013, “Gender justice and public water for all: Insights from Dhaka, Bangladesh” Municipal Services Project (MSP) Occasional Paper No. 18. Pp. 1-24 (with Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Sarah Miraglia). Available at: http://www.municipalservicesproject.org/publication/gender-justice-and-public-water-all-insights-dhaka-bangladesh

2013, “Water, Technology, and Development: Transformations of Development Technonatures in Changing Waterscapes” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol 30, Issue 2, Pp. 337 – 353.  

2013, “Exploring Political Ecologies of Water and Development” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Vol 30, Issue 2, Pp. 275 – 279  (with Jessica Budds)

2012, "Producing Contaminated Citizens: Toward a Nature-Society Geography of Health and Wellbeing” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 102, Issue 5, Pp. 1165-1172.  

2012, “Gendered Waters, Poisoned Wells: Political Ecology of the Arsenic Crisis in Bangladesh” In Diverting the Flow: Gender Equity and Water in South Asia, Margreet Zwarteveen and Sara Ahmed (Eds.), Zubaan Publications, Delhi, Pp. 240-272 [Reprint]

2012, “Water, Culture and Gender: An Analysis from Bangladesh” In Water, Cultural Diversity & Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures? Barbara Rose Johnston (Ed.) Springer: Netherlands, Pp. 237-252.

2012, “The Right to Water: Prospects and Possibilities” in The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles, Earthscan Water Text Series, Routledge: London, Pp. 1-18. (with Alex Loftus)

2011, “Gender, Class and Access to Water: Three Cases in a Poor and Crowded Delta” In The Geopolitics of Natural Resources, David Feldman (Ed.) Edward Elgar Publishing: UK. Pp. 311–326. (with Ben Crow). [Reprint]

2011, “Spaces of Power, Places of Hardship: Rethinking Spaces and Places through a Gendered Geography of Water” In Gendered Geographies: Interrogating Space and Place in South Asia, Saraswati Raju (Ed.) Oxford University Press: Delhi, Pp. 293-306.

2011, “Gender and Environment: Critical Tradition and New Challenges” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Vol. 29, Issue 2. Pp. 237-253 (with Roberta Hawkins, Diana Odeja, and others).

2011, “Suffering for Water, Suffering from Water: Emotional Geographies of Resource Access, Control and Conflict” Geoforum. Vol. 42, Issue 2, Pp. 163-172.  

2010, “Living in Hazardous Waterscapes: Gendered Vulnerabilities and Experiences of Floods and Disasters” Environmental Hazards Vol. 9, Issue 1, Pp. 43-53. 

2009, “Fluid Lives: Gender, Subjectivity and Water Management” Gender, Place, and Culture Vol. 16, Issue 4. Pp. 427-444. 

2009, “Global Perspectives on Gender-Water Geographies” Gender, Place, and Culture Vol. 16, Issue 4, Pp. 381-385 (with Kathleen O’Reilly, Nina Laurie, and Sarah Halvorson) 

2009, “Community and Participation in Water Resources Management: Gendering and Naturing Development Debates from Bangladesh” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Vol. 34, Issue 3, Pp. 346-363.

2008, “Gendered Waters, Poisoned Wells: Political Ecology of the Arsenic Crisis in Bangladesh” In Gender and Development: Critical Concepts in Development Studies, Janet Momsen (Ed.) Ch 43, Vol. III, Pp. 173-196. Routledge: London. [Reprint]

2007, “Participatory Ethics: Politics, Practices, and Institutions” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies Vol. 6, Issue 3, Pp. 304-318 (with Caitlin Cahill and Rachel Pain) 

2007, “Reflexivity, Positionality and Participatory Ethics: Negotiating Fieldwork Dilemmas in International Research” ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies Vol. 6, Issue 3, Pp. 374-385.

2007, “Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink: Pani Politics (water politics) in Rural Bangladesh” International Feminist Journal of Politics Vol. 9, Issue 4, Pp. 494-502.

2007, “Arsenic” In Encyclopedia of Environment and SocietyPaul Robbins (Ed.) Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA. Pp. 75-76.

2007, “Water Quality” In Encyclopedia of Environment and SocietyPaul Robbins (Ed.) Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA. Pp. 1931-1932.

2007, “Monsoon” In Encyclopedia of Environment and Society, Paul Robbins (Ed.) Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA. Pp. 1162-1164.

2007, “Bangladesh” In Encyclopedia of Environment and SocietyPaul Robbins (Ed.) Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA. Pp. 100-101.

2006, “Gendered Waters, Poisoned Wells: Political Ecology of the Arsenic Crisis in Bangladesh” In Fluid bonds: Views on Gender and Water, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (Ed.) Stree Publishers, India, with Australian National University, Canberra, Pp. 362-386.

2004, “Engendering a Catastrophe: A Gendered Analysis of India’s River-linking Project” In Regional Cooperation on Transboundary Rivers: Impact of the Indian River-linking Project. M.F. Ahmed, Q.K. Ahmad, and M. Khalequzzaman (Eds.), BAPA: Dhaka, Bangladesh. Pp. 288-305.

2002, “Gender, Class and Access to Water: Three Cases in a Poor and Crowded Delta” Society and Natural Resources, Vol. 15, No. 8, Pp.709-724 (with Ben Crow).

Editorial activities:

2013, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Special Issue on ‘Exploring Political Ecologies of Water and Development’ (with Jessica Budds) [Special Issue contains 5 peer-reviewed articles]

2009, Gender, Place, and Culture, Special Issue on ‘Gender Geographies of Water’ (with Kathleen O'Reilly, Nina Laurie, and Sarah Halvorson) [Special Issue contains 6 peer-reviewed articles]

2007, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, Special Issue on ‘Participatory Ethics’ (with Rachel Pain and Caitlin Cahill) [Special Issue contains 10 peer-reviewed articles]

Refereed & Edited Conference Proceedings:

2001, “Water Concerns in Rural Bangladesh: A Gendered Perspective” In Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Challenges of the Millennium. Proceedings of the 26th WEDC Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 2000. J. Pickford (Ed.). Loughborough University: UK. Pp. 416-419 (with B. Crow).

2000, “Water Resources and Gender: Unspoken Realities and Unfolding Crisis in Bangladesh” In Bangladesh Environment 2000. Proceedings of the First International Conference on Bangladesh Environment, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 2000. M. F. Ahmed (Ed.). BAPA: Dhaka, Bangladesh. Pp. 549-574 (with B. Crow).

Book Reviews, Policy Studies & Research Reports:

(Forthcoming) "Governance Failures in Neoliberal Times" Invited Book Review in Edited Symposium on ‘Privatizing Water’, Karen Bakker, 2010, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

2012, Gender Research in Coastal Polders of Bangladesh. International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2011, 'Drinking Water' Brochure for United Nations International Year of Global Understanding, International Geographical Union (with Olivier Graefe).

2008, Invited Book Review of ‘The New Development Management’, Edited by S. Dar and B. Cooke, 2008, Zed Books, London, for Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy Vol. 26, Issue 5, Pp. 1043-1044.  

2007, “Social Dynamics of Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water: Issues for Policymakers” Tropical Agriculture Association Newsletter, Vol. 27, No. 4, Pp. 12-13.

2006, “Gender Concerns in Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh: Trends and Challenges” In Selected Papers on the Social Aspects of Arsenic and Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh, Guy Howard (Ed.), Arsenic Policy Support Unit (APSU), Dhaka, Bangladesh, Pp. 53-84.

2005, Gender Concerns in Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh: Trends and Challenges. Commissioned Report submitted to Department for International Development (DFID), UK, and the Arsenic Policy Support Unit, Department of Public Health Engineering, Government of Bangladesh.

2004, Irrigation Impacts Assessment: An Annotated Bibliography of Published Literature on Methods and Findings. International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka. (with Madhusudan Bhattarai)

2002, Irrigation Impacts: An Annotated Bibliography. Comprehensive Assessment Program on Irrigation Impacts, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka.

2000, “Water and Sanitation” and “Healthy Physical Environment” In The Common Country Assessment of the United Nations in Bangladesh, University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

1997, “Novel Development Strategies in the Third World” ISEES Research Paper, Institute for Social, Economic and Ecological Sustainability (ISEES), University of Minnesota (with Anne Kapuscinski)

1995, “Academic Opportunities” In Environmental Audit of Princeton University. Princeton Environmental Reform Committee, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. (with Marlene Hass, Amy Marr, and Mike Sze) 

Academic Theses & Dissertations:

2007, “Suffering for Water, Suffering from Water: Political Ecologies of Arsenic, Water and Development in Bangladesh” Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, USA. [Supervisors: Abdi Samatar (Geography, advisor), Eric Sheppard (Geography, chair), Richard Skaggs (Geography), Richa Nagar (Women’s Studies)]

1998, “In the Path of Nature’s Fury: Natural Hazards and Disaster Management in Bangladesh - A Case Study of Tropical Cyclones and Storm Surge Disasters” Masters Paper I, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, USA. [Supervisor: Richard Skaggs (Geography)]

1998, “Shrimp and Sustainability: Social and Ecological Impacts of the Shrimp Aquaculture Industry in Bangladesh” Masters Paper II, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, USA. [Co-Supervisors: Abdi Samatar (Geography), Anne Kapuscinski (Fisheries and Wildlife)]

1996, “Coastal Protection Plans for Chittagong, Bangladesh: Reducing Storm Surge Death and Destruction” Senior Honors Thesis, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, USA. [Co-Supervisors: William Bonini (Geosciences), Kenneth Deffeys (Geosciences)]

1995, “Impact of Climate Change on Floods in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Basin” Junior Independent Paper II, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, USA. [Co-Supervisors: George Philander (Geosciences), William Bonini (Geosciences)]

1994, “Sea Level Rise, Tropical Cyclones and Storm Surges in the Bay of Bengal” Junior Independent Paper I, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, USA. [Supervisor: George Philander (Geosciences)] 

 

Advising

Ph.D. External Examiner:

Mohammad Anwar Hossen (PhD), Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada (2014)

Bimbika Sijapati (PhD), Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics, UK (2008)

Jennifer Holden (PhD), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2007)

Joanna Jamison (PhD), Geography Department, University College London, UK (2006)

Ph.D. Students:

Mitul Baruah (Advisor), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2010-present)

Alejandro Camargo, (Committee Member), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2010-present)

Ingrid Butler (Committee Member), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2009-present)

Sravani Biswas (Committee Member), History Department, Syracuse University, USA (2008-present)

Solomon Mungure (Committee Member), Environmental Studies, SUNY-ESF, USA (2014 completed)

Parvathy Binoy (Advisor), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2010-2012)

Masters Students:

Marian Turniawan (Committee Member), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2013-present)

Michael Kantor (Advisor), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2011)

Flavia Rey de Castro (Committee Member), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2013 completed)

Barbara Green (Committee Member), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2010 completed)

John Giles (Committee Member), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2009-2010)

Emily Stempien (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Colby Tarnauskas (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Sharmin Ahmed (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Hazel Webber (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Kalpani Nawaratne (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Simon O’Moore Donohoe (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Alpa Patel (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Hannah Schellander (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2007 completed)

Anna Pierides (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2007 completed)

Liana Vetch (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2007 completed)

Honors Students:

Syed Shehtaaz Zaman (Thesis Reader), Geography Department, Syracuse University, USA (2010 completed)

Sebastian Park (Capstone Mentor), Policy Studies Independent Major, Syracuse University, USA (2010 completed)

Annushka Amar (Advisor), Department, King’s College London, UK (2009 completed)

Lawrence Kerr (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2009 completed)

Alexandra Petrescu (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2009 completed)

Sarah Quina Silva (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2009 completed)

Alexa Richardson (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Philip Green (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Tomaso Lisca (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Kirsty Sherwood (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Georgia Swift (Advisor), Geography Department, King’s College London, UK (2008 completed)

Teaching Appointments

Syracuse University, Department Of Geography (2008 - onwards)

Undergraduate Courses: 

Environment and Development in the Global South (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2015)

Gendered Geographies of Development and Globalization (Spring 2010, Spring 2011)

Gender in a Globalizing World (Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015)

Geographies of Water (Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015)

Graduate Courses:   

Development and Sustainability (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2015)

Seminar in Political Ecology (Spring 2009, Spring 2010)

Nature, Culture, Politics (Spring 2011)

Geographies of Water (Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015)

IR Masters Capstone - Field Research in Development (Bangladesh) (Summer 2010)

Directed Readings (ongoing)

[On leave in Spring 2012, Fall 2014]  

King’s College London, Department Of Geography (2006 - 2008): 

Undergraduate Courses: 

Global Environmental Issues (Fall 2007)

Development Geographies: Policies and Contexts (Spring 2007, Spring 2008)

Gendered Geographies of Development and Globalization (Spring 2008)

Researching Geography (Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008)

Field Methods in Human Geography (Fall 2006)

Directed Readings (Spring 2008)

Graduate Courses: 

Development and Environmentalism in the South (Fall 2006, Fall 2007)

Environment, Livelihoods and Development in the South (Spring 2007, Spring 2008)

Practicing Social Research II (Fall 2007)

University of Minnesota, Department of Geography (2001 - 2004): 

Undergraduate Courses (Teaching Assistant): 

Introduction to Human Geography (Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003, Spring 2004)

Senior Honors Program in Global Issues (Summer 2004)

Princeton University, Department of Geosciences (1994 - 1995): 

Undergraduate Course (Lab Teaching Assistant): 

Engineering and Environmental Geology (Fall 1994, Spring 1995)

Invited Guest Lectures in Other Courses/Universities:

Tufts University, USA - Political Science & Environmental Studies, “Water Policy and Politics” (Advanced Undergraduate Course), Spring 2014.

Syracuse University, USA - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Executive Education Program “Mid-Career Training for the Indian Forest Service”  (Graduate Course), Summer 2010, Summer 2011.

Syracuse University, USA - Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, “Understanding Capitalism” (Advanced Undergraduate Course), Spring 2010.

University of Cambridge, UK - Institute of Continuing Education, “Social Enterprise and Community Development” (Graduate Course), Summer 2008.

London School of Economics (LSE), UK - Cities Program, “Urban Environment” (Graduate Course), Spring 2008.

University of Manchester, UK - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM), “Environment and Development” (Graduate Course), Spring 2006.

University of Colorado at Boulder, USA - Department of Geography, “Geographies of Global Change” (Introductory Undergraduate Course), Spring 2006.

University of Minnesota, USA - Department of History, “Honors Seminar: Dams, Security and Conflict over Water” (Advanced Undergraduate Course), Spring 2004.

University of Minnesota, USA - Department of Geography, “Introduction to Human Geography” (Introductory Undergraduate Course), Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003, Spring 2004.

University of Minnesota, USA - Department of Geography, “The Islamic World” (Advanced Undergraduate Course), Fall 2002, Spring 2002.

 

 

Research Interests

Farhana Sultana is a broadly trained scholar with research interests that generally fall under scholarships in nature-society relationships, political ecology, development geography, feminist theories, water governance, climate change, and natural hazards. Farhana's research projects are interdisciplinary and she investigates complex multi-scalar, multi-process issues, combining insights and background in the natural and social sciences. In exploring the socio-ecological dynamics of international discourses and policies, Farhana is particularly focused on how these are articulated, negotiated, and lived in everyday lives on the ground. She is keenly interested in research that pushes the boundaries of existing scholarship, in order enrich conceptualizations and theorizations in Geography and beyond.

In general terms, Farhana has long been interested in issues of political ecology of development as conceptualized and enacted by variously-situated actors, and the ways by which such conceptualizations interact with local understandings of ‘environmental management’, 'resource governance' or ‘development’. In this respect, she is interested in environmental governance and the politics of knowledge production, whereby discursive and material realities co-produce and challenge policies, projects and practices. She explores the complex ways that processes of development and globalization come to impact poverty, well-being, and socio-ecological change. Water often forms the lens through which Farhana studies such socio-ecological transformations.

Farhana’s past research had focused on the gender, class, and policy implications of water management in Bangladesh, with an emphasis on drinking water problems from arsenic contamination of groundwater. She investigated the ways that discourses of participation, community, and gender equity operate in water management, and in development more broadly, and the implications such discourses have on the ground. She analyzed the ways that water management policies and practices espouse such narratives, and the ways that complications arise from agencies of both humans and nature in such discourses and practices. A main thrust of the research was to understand the processes by which marginalization, inequalities, and power relations operate in the context of socio-ecological change and development endeavors.

Farhana's current research interests have expanded to wider issues on the intersections of gender, environment, and development in the global South, and ways by which development and commodification of natural resources affect different social strata across sites and scales. She is currently researching the ways that urban water governance affects the poor, and the challenges inherent in materializing the universal call to a right to water. This research focuses on how different modalities of water governance result in social inequalities, how the right to water is understood and practiced, and what such processes mean for goals of development, citizenship, social justice and well-being. This initial field site for this research is in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Linked to this research program was the successful international conference on ‘The Right to Water’ that Farhana organized in March 2010, and as well as her recent edited book The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles (2012, Routledge, London and NY).

Farhana’s second research interest engages with climate change, socio-ecological impacts, and social justice. This research focuses on the coastal areas of South Asia, and explores the ways that climate change adaptation politics play out in the context of uneven development, gender inequalities, and social practices in places with long histories of floods and tropical cyclones. Water thus continues to be an important factor in this research.  The research recently won the faculty Moynihan Challenge grant from the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, for the project “Building Community Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change across Sites, Groups and Scales”.

Farhana’s other interests also include transboundary river sharing, particularly the disputes over the Ganges River in South Asia. She is interested in the ways that socio-ecological transformation from changing river dynamics and hydrology affect not only lives and livelihoods but also international political relations and discourses of development within and between nation-states.

Methodologically, Farhana engages with both quantitative and qualitative methods, with particular interest in issues of feminist fieldwork, positionality and power relations, and research ethics.

Beyond academic research, Farhana participates in numerous pro-bono activities and endeavors with various organizations and networks, building community both locally and across the globe.

 

 

Research Grants and Awards

Moynihan Challenge Faculty Grant, Syracuse University, 2014

Conference Grant,  Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration, Syracuse University, 2014

Conference Grant, Center for Environmental Policy Analysis, Syracuse University, 2014

Appleby-Mosher Research Grant, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Research Grant, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), 2012

Faculty Research Grant, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration, Syracuse University, 2012

Pre-Proposal Award, Geography Department, Syracuse University, 2012

Research Grant, Municipal Services Project, International Development Research Center (IDRC), 2011-2013

Faculty Research Grant, South Asia Center, Syracuse University, 2011

Curriculum Development Grant, South Asia Center, Syracuse University, 2011

Teaching Grant, Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor, Syracuse University, 2010

Mini Grant, Program on Latin America and the Caribbean, Syracuse University, 2010

Mini Grant, Maxwell Dean’s Office, Syracuse University, 2010

Mini Grant, The Africa Initiative, Syracuse University, 2010

Mini Grant, Syracuse Center of Excellence, 2010

Graduate Assistant Grant, International Relations Program, Syracuse University, 2009

Chancellor’s Finestone Grant for Multicultural Initiatives, Syracuse University, 2009

Mini Grant, Environmental Finance Center, 2009

Mini Grant, Geography Department, Syracuse University, 2009

Co-curricular Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, 2009

Research Grant, Interdisciplinary Research Group, Syracuse University, 2009 (self-declined)

Mini Grant, South Asia Center, Syracuse University, 2009

Research Grant, Center for Environmental Policy Analysis, Syracuse University, 2009

Research Grant, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration, Syracuse University, 2009

Summer Project Assistant Grant, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2009

Tolley Humanities Faculty Research Grant, Syracuse University, 2009

Pre-proposal Grant, Geography Department, Syracuse University, 2009

Curricular Development Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, 2008

Nomination for UK Higher Education Board’s University Teaching Award, King's College London, 2008

Summer Institute in Economic Geography, University of Manchester, 2008 (self-declined)

Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIWM), UK, 2007

Department for International Development (DFID) Field Research Grant, UK, 2005

International Water Management Institute (IWMI) - MacArthur Collaborative Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2004-2006

Graduate Research Partnership Project Grant, University of Minnesota, 2003

Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences Graduate Student Grant, University of Minnesota, 2003

Dunn Peace Research Scholarship, University of Minnesota, 2003

MacArthur Program Administrative Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2002

Department of Geography Graduate Assistantship, University of Minnesota, 2001 – 2004

 

Other Awards:

Best Student Paper Award, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (2004)

Kasperson Student Paper Award, Hazards Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers (2006)

 

 

Selected Professional Activities

Steering Committee for the 100th Anniversary of the Maxwell School, Maxwell School, Syracuse University (2014)

Advisory Board, South Asia Center, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse University (2012-present)

Maxwell Faculty Council, Maxwell School, Syracuse University (2012-2013)

Maxwell Dean Search Committee, Syracuse University (2010-2011)

Graduate Admissions and Awards Committee, Department of Geography, Syracuse University (2008-2011)

Faculty Affiliate of several departments/programs at Syracuse University: Women’s and Gender Studies Department; Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA); Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration (PARCC); South Asia Center; Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs; Tolley Humanities Faculty; Asian/Asian-American Studies; Democratizing Knowledge Collective.

Member, National Screening Committee, US Fulbright Program (2013-2014)

Member, Validation Panel, Katerva Awards (2013-2014)

Scientific Panel Member, United Nations International Year of Global Understanding, International Geographical Union (2011-present)

Member, International Research and Scholarly Exchange Committee, Association of American Geographers (2013-2015)

Chair (2013-2015), Vice-Chair (2011-2013), Director (2009-2011), Development Geographies Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

International Research Theme Leader on Gender, Action Research on Community Adaptation in Bangladesh (ARCAB), Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS) & International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (2011-present)

Founding Committee Member, Participatory Geographies Working Group, Institute of British Geographers (2005-present)

Co-Founder and Co-Moderator, Water Forum (International E-discussion Group) (2006-present)

Member, Coordinating Committee,  Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN) (2009-present)

Peer-Reviewer of International Journals:  ACME; Annals of the Association of American Geographers; Antipode; Applied Geography; Area; City, Culture and Society; Development and Change; Emotion, Space and Society; Environment and Planning A; Environment and Planning C; Environment and Society; Environmental Conservation; Environmental Hazards; Feminist Economics; Geoforum; Geografiska Annaler B; Geography Compass; Geographical Review; GeoJournal; Gender, Place and Culture; International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction; International Journal of Public Administration; International Journal of River Basin Management; Journal of Geography and Regional Planning; Journal of International Development; Landscape and Urban Planning; Oxford Development Studies; Political and Legal Anthropology Review; Sage Open; Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography; Society and Natural Resources; Sociological Research Online; The Professional Geographer; Third World Quarterly; Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; Urban Geography; Water Alternatives; Water Research; Weather, Climate and Society; Women's Studies International Forum

Book Manuscript reviewer: Yale University Press; University of Minnesota Press; University of British Columbia Press; University of Minnesota Press; Guilford Press; Routledge; Sage; Polity; Earthscan.

Peer-Reviewer for organizations and research institutions: National Science Foundation NSF (USA); National Geographic Society NGS (USA); Economic and Social Research Council ESRC (UK); Natural Environment Research Council NERC (UK); Leverhulme Trust (UK); Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), Netherlands; International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

Member: Association of American Geographers (AAG); Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers (RGS/IBG); Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), International Gender and Water Alliance (GWA); Gender and Disasters Network (GDN); Municipal Services Project (MSP); Future of Minority Studies (FMS); WaTeRS (Water related Training and Research in the South); Princeton University Alumni Schools Committee.

Advisory roles: International Geographical Union's UN Year of Global Understanding; Climate Adaptation Working Group of Global Network of Civil Society Organizations for Disaster Reduction; Gender and Water Alliance Bangladesh; Bangladesh Environment Network.

 

 

Recent Activities

Select Leadership Roles in Organizing Conferences, Sessions and Workshops:

2014, Organizer and Chair of Discussion Panel on ‘Development Geographies: Scales, Directions, Visions’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, 8-12 April 2014.

2013, Co-organizer of workshop on “Islam in the Academy: Confronting Orientalism”, Democratizing Knowledge Collective, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 19 April 2013. (with Dana Olwan)

2013, Lead Co-organizer of Discussion Panel on “The Right to Water: Theories and Practices” Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, 9-13 April 2013.

2011, Co-organizer and Chair of Two Discussion Panels on “Climate Change and Development: Intersections, Contradictions, Opportunities” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA, USA, 12-16 April 2011.

2011, Co-organizer of two-day Conference “Water in South Asia: Challenges in a Changing Environment”, Cornell University, 7-8 April 2011.

2011, Host and Moderator of Discussion Session with Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians) on “The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water”, Syracuse University, 5 April 2011.

2010, Chair and Lead Organizer of two-day international conference "The Right to Water", Syracuse University, 29-30 March 2010.

2010, Co-organizing and Chair of two Paper Sessions on “Gender and Climate Change” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington D.C., USA, 14-18 April 2010.

2010,  Organizer and Moderator of Discussion Sessions with Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Grameen Bank founder) on “Creating a World without Poverty”, Syracuse University, 23 February, 2010.

2009, Organizer and Chair of two Paper Sessions on “Water, Power and Politics in South Asia” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, 22-27 March 2009.

2009, Organizer and Presenter at Film Screening and Discussion Session for “Climate change and Bangladesh: Who will pay?” Department of Geography, Syracuse University, USA, 27 January 2009.

2008, Co-organizer and Co-chair of three Paper Sessions and one Discussion Panel on “Water and Development: A Fluid Relationship” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, 15 – 19 April 2008.

2007, Co-organizer and Co-chair of two Paper sessions and one Discussion Panel on “Global Perspectives on Gender-Water Geographies” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,  San Francisco, CA, 17 – 23 April 2007.

2007, Co-organizer and Co-chair of five Paper Sessions and one Discussion Panel on “Socio-ecological Nature of Water” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,  San Francisco, CA, 17 – 23 April 2007.

2006, Organizer of Discussion Panel on “Gender and Water” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,  Chicago, IL, 7 – 11 March 2006.

2006, Co-convener and Co-chair of two Paper Sessions on “Participatory Ethics for Human Geography” Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers, London, 31 August – 2 September 2006.

2005, Chair and Organizer of Paper Session on “Gendered geographies of water: Trends and challenges” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, CO, 4 – 9 April 2005.

2002, Co-organizer of Workshop Rio Plus Ten: Environment, Development, and Security, University of Minnesota, 5 – 6 April 2002.

2002, Chair and Organizer of Panel on “Water and Security” Rio Plus Ten: Environment, Development, and Security Workshop at the University of Minnesota, 5 – 6 April 2002.

 

Select Conference Presentations and Participation:

2014, Invited Panelist: “Gendering a Sustainable Future: Water, Conflict and Climate Change” United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UN WWAP), Colombella, Italy, 10-11 June 2014.

2014, Panelist: Panel session on ‘Engaging Feminist Pedagogy: Gendered Spaces In/Outside the Classroom’ Feminist Geography: Who we are, what we do, why we do it. University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, 15-18 May, 2014.

 2014, Panelist: Panel session on ‘Importing or creating theories: Doing feminist geography in ‘other’ places’ Feminist Geography: Who we are, what we do, why we do it. University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, 15-18 May, 2014.

2014, Invited Commentator and Panelist: The Public Shareholder: The ethics, regulation, and risk of public utility commercialization, Université de Montréal, Canada, 2-4 May, 2014.

 2014, Invited Panelist: Panel session of the ‘Dialogues in Human Geography Annual Forum’, Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, 8-12 April 2014.

2014, Panelist: Panel session on ‘Feminist Pedagogies’ Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, 8-12 April 2014.

2014, Panelist: Panel session on ‘Development Geographies: Scales, Directions, Visions’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, 8-12 April 2014.

2014, “Public Water and Citizenship: Imbrications of Belonging and Democracy in The Right to Water” Paper session on ‘New Water Resources Geographies?’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Tampa, FL, 8-12 April 2014

2013, Panelist: Workshop on “Islam in the Academy: Confronting Orientalism”, Democratizing Knowledge Collective, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 19 April 2013.

2013, Invited Panelist: Panel Session on ‘Development Geography: Can critical perspectives exist in policy and implementation?’ Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, 9-13 April 2013.

2013, Invited Panelist: Panel Session on ‘Teaching Political Ecology’ Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, 9-13 April 2013.

2013, Chair and Panelist: Panel Session on ‘The Right to Water: Theories and Practices’ Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, 9-13 April 2013.

2012, Invited Participant: Workshop on ‘Democratizing Knowledge Project: Developing Literacies, Building Communities, Seeding Change’, Syracuse University, 3-4 November 2012.

2012, Invited Participant: Workshop on ‘Urban Natures’, Rutgers University, 5-6 October, 2012.

2012, “Urban injustices in a changing climate: Informal settlements, environmental governance, and the contradictions of adaptation in Dhaka, Bangladesh” Panel on ‘Governing Environmental Risks and Vulnerabilities in Cities’ ICARUS III Conference, Columbia University, NY, USA, May 17-20, 2012.

2011, “Poisoning the well of development: Water governance and development politics” Rethinking Development, An Interdisciplinary Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA, 10-12 November 2011.  

2011, “Poisoning the well of development: Water governance and development politics” Rethinking Development, An Interdisciplinary Conference, Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA, 10-12 November 2011.

2011, “Water, Vulnerability, and the Politics of Adaptation: Gendered Realities of Climate Change in South Asia” Water, Waves, and Weather: Climate Change and the Future of South Asia, Conference of the American Overseas Research Centers hosted by American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17-21 July 2011.

2011, Invited Chair and Discussant: Paper session on ‘(Re)constructing Climate Change: Insights from Critical and Feminist Science Studies’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA, USA, 12-16 April 2011.

2011, Invited Discussant: Author-meets-Critics Session of Karen Bakker’s book “Privatizing Water” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA, USA, 12-16 April 2011.

2011, Invited Discussant: Author-meets-Critics Session of Jamie Linton’s book “What is Water?” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA, USA, 12-16 April 2011.

2011, Panelist: Panel Session on ‘Climate Change and Development: Intersections, Contradictions, Opportunities’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, WA, USA, 12-16 April 2011.

2010, Invited Discussant: Paper session on ‘Dams, Science, and the Law’ at international conference Experiments on Rivers: The Consequences of Dams, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Minnesota, 11-12 November 2010.

2010, Invited Panelist: Panel Session on ‘Gender and Environment: Critical Tradition and New Challenges’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington D.C., USA, 14-18 April 2010.

2010, Invited Discussant: Paper Session on ‘Green Development? Revisiting Environment and Food Systems’ Development Geographies Pre-Conference, Washington D.C., USA, 13 April 2010.

2010, “Gender, climate change and the politics of adaptation” Paper presented at the session ‘Gender and climate change’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington D.C., USA, 14-18 April 2010. 

2010,  Invited Panelist, Session on ‘Gender and Environment: Critical Tradition and New Challenges’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington D.C., USA, 14-18 April 2010

2009, “Gendering climate change: Debates from South Asia” Paper presented at the MaGrann Conference on Climate Change in South Asia: Governance, Equity and Social Justice, Rutgers University, NJ, USA, 16-17 April 2009.

2009, “Of Purity and pollution: Negotiating socio-spatial-ecological-embodied subjectivities in contaminated waterscapes” Paper presented at the session ‘Water, power and politics in South Asia’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, 22-27 March 2009

2009,  Invited panelist, Session on ‘Democratizing Water Technologies’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, 22-27 March 2009

2008, “Poisoning the Well of Development? Arsenic, Accountability and (Un)anticipated Development in Bangladesh” Paper presented at the Re-Engaging Development in a Post- Development Era? Developing Areas Specialty Group Conference, Clark University, 13 – 14 April 2008.

2008, Panelist, ‘Water and Development: A Fluid Relationship?’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, 15 – 19 April 2008.

2008, “Fluid Lives: Gender, Subjectivity and Water Management” Paper presented at the session ‘Advancing Environmentality: the Materiality of the Environmental Subject’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, 15 – 19 April 2008.

2007, Invited Plenary Speaker, “Sustainability: A Post-Mortem?” Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers, London, 31 August – 2 September 2007.

2007, “‘Sorry, I can't give you money’: Positionality, Reflexivity, and Ethics of Fieldwork in Third World Contexts.” Paper presented at the session ‘Giving Back: Ideas for mutually beneficial research’ Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers, London, 31 August – 2 September 2007.

2007, “Suffering for water, Suffering from water: Gendered and Classed Dimensions of Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh” Paper presented at the session ‘Arsenic in the Natural Environment: The Geography of a Global Problem’ Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers, London, 31 August – 2 September 2007.

2007, Invited Chair, Session on “Wellbeing, Relatedness, and Collective Action” Wellbeing in International Development Conference, University of Bath, 28 – 30 June 2007.

2007, Invited Panelist, “People of Color Negotiate the Academy (Part II): Women of Color Geographers and the Crisis of Under-representation” Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA, 17 – 23 April 2007.

2007, “Watery Discourses: Participation and Community in Water Resources Management” Paper presented at the session ‘Global Perspectives on Gender-Water Geographies’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,  San Francisco, CA, 17 – 23 April 2007.

2007, Panelist, “The Matter of Water: Water, Materialities, and Development” at the session ‘Socio-ecological Nature of Water I’  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,  San Francisco, CA, 17 – 23 April 2007.

2006, Panelist, “Feminist Political Ecology of Water – Wither Geography?” at the session ‘Gender and Water’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers,  Chicago, IL, 7 – 11 March 2006.

2006, “Gendering Natural Hazards Research: A Feminist Analysis of the Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Bangladesh” Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, 7 – 11 March 2006. [Winner of the 2006 Kasperson Student Paper Award of the Hazards Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers]

2005, “Women, Water, Welfare: Debating Development and Water resources management in Bangladesh” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers, London, 31 August – 2 September 2005.

2005, Invited Panelist, “Discourses of Participation and the Development Industry” at the session ‘Participatory Geographies’ Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers, London, 31 August – 2 September 2005.

2005, “Drops of life, Drops of death: Gendered Geographies of a Drinking Water crisis in Bangladesh” Paper presented at the session ‘Gendered geographies of water: trends and challenges’ Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Denver, CO, 4 – 9 April 2005.

2005, “Sociology of an Escalating Disaster:  Gender, Water and Arsenic in Bangladesh” Paper presented at the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, 31 March – 3 April 2005.

2004, “Gendered Waters, Poisoned Wells: Understanding the Social Geographies of the Drinking Water Crisis from Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh” Paper presented at the MacArthur Consortium Workshop Gender in an International Context, University of Minnesota, 16 – 17 April 2004.

2004, “Water, Water Everywhere, But Not a Drop to Drink: Analyzing the Drinking Water Crisis in Bangladesh” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, PA, 15 – 19 March 2004. [Winner of the 2004 Best Student Paper Award of the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers]

2003, “Managing Water for Sustainable Development: The Importance of Gender, Class and Environment in National Water Policies in Bangladesh” Paper presented at the MacArthur Consortium Workshop Gender in an International Context, University of Minnesota, 11– 12 April 2003.

2002, “Political Ecology of the Ganges River: High Modernism, River Politics, and the Farakka Barrage” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the West Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 17– 19 October 2002.

2002, “Water Resources, Water Security and the ‘Rio Plus Ten’ Process: An Overview” Paper presented at ‘Water and Security’ Panel of the Rio Plus Ten: Environment, Development, and Security Workshop at the University of Minnesota, 5 – 6 April 2002.

2002, “The Farakka Barrage and the Ganges River Dispute: High Modernism, River Politics and Socio-ecological Implications” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Los Angeles, CA, 18 – 23 March 2002.

2000, with Ben Crow, “Water Allocation and Gender - An Analysis from Bangladesh” Paper presented at the Berkeley Water Working Group Speaker Series, University of California - Berkeley, 4 May 2000.

2000, “Water Concerns in Rural Bangladesh: A Gendered Perspective” 26th Annual Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) International Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 5 – 9 November 2000.

2000,“Water Resources and Gender: Unspoken Realities and Unfolding Crisis in Bangladesh” First International Conference on Bangladesh Environment, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14 – 15 January 2000.

 

 

Recent Invited Lectures

2014, Harvard University, USA – “Urban water crises, informal settlements, and water for the urban poor” From SAARC to Slums: Urban Water Challenges in South Asia, South Asia Institute Annual Symposium, Cambridge, MA, 24-25 April 2014.

2014, Tufts University, USA – World Water Day Keynote Speaker, “Gender, Water and Citizenship: Politics of Development and Democracy in Water Governance in the Global South” , Tufts University, Boston, MA, 11 March 2014.

2013, Middlebury College, USA – “Gendering climate, gendering justice” Research Colloquium, Department of Geography, Program in Environmental Studies, Franklin Environmental Center, & Program on Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Middlebury, VT, 4 October 2013.

2013, Clark University, USA – Keynote Speaker, “Gendering water, earth and sky: Feminist political ecologies of climate change” Nature-Society Geography Workshop, Department of Geography, Worcester, MA, 27 September, 2013.

2013, Vanderbilt University, USA – “Climate change as hydro-social change: Rethinking Water Crises in the Global South” Research Colloquium, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and the Environment, & Program in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Nashville, TN, 6 September 2013.

2013, Yale University, USA – “The social impacts of changing water patterns”, Water: The Looming Crises, Yale Climate & Energy Institute, New Haven, CT, 4-5 April 2013.

2013, SUNY School of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, USA – “Social and Policy implications of Drinking Water Contamination in Asia”, Cross-Disciplinary Seminar in Hydrological and Biogeochemical Processes, SUNY-ESF, 5 February 2013.

2012, Harvard University, USA – “Human Right to Water versus Water Rights: Ownership and Rights as Contested and Negotiated Terms”, The Human Rights to Water & Sanitation: From Theory to Practice, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 7-8 December 2012.

2012, University of Oklahoma, USA – “Gender, Water and the Politics of Development: Rethinking Social Justice and Citizenship in the Global South”, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, 17 September 2012.

2012, Faculty Convocation Speaker - "Making a Difference", College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, 13 May 2012.

2012, The Transatlantic Academy, USA – “Climate Change and Water Management: Policy Options for the Future” Climate, Resource Security, and the Struggle for Water and Land, 12 January 2012.

2011, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USA – “Gender in climate change governance and adaptation” Asia Program, 19 September 2011.

2011, Syracuse University, USA – “International Women’s Issues” Maxwell Women’s Caucus Speaker Series, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, 25 March 2011.   

2011, University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA – The Fourth Annual Korenman Lecture Speaker, “Negotiating Contaminated Identities: Gender, Water, and Development in Altered Waterscapes” Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, 16 March 2011.

2010, University of Bristol, UK –  Keynote Speaker, “Negotiating Rights, Experiencing Development, Managing Water: Gender-Water-Development Nexus in a Changing World” ESRC Workshop on Feminism and Futurity: New Times, New Spaces, Department of Geography, 3 December 2010.

2010, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK – “Contaminated Identities, Polluted Waters, and Disrupted Development” Research Seminar Series, Geography Department, 30 November 2010.

2010, University of Minnesota, USA – Plenary Speaker “Water Struggles in a Changing World” International Research Workshop on Struggling for Water: Dams, Pipes and Urban-Rural Transformations in the Global South, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), 14-15 November 2010.

2010, Syracuse University, USA – “So You Want to Save the World and Make a Difference? Reflections and Advice from My Work Experience at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)” The Transnational NGO Initiative, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, 21 October 2010.

2010, Syracuse University, USA – “Negotiating the Job Market” Nature-Society Geography Workshop, 2 October 2010.

2010, University of Delaware, USA – “Poisoned Waters: The Making and Unmaking of a Public Health Success Story in Bangladesh” Research Seminar Series, Departments of Geography, Geology, Women’s Studies, and Delaware Environment Institute, 23 September 2010.

2010, Syracuse University, USA – “Graduate School from a Professor’s Perspective” Geofest, 16 September 2010.
   

2010, University of Buffalo, USA – Invited Keynote Speaker, “Gendered Waters: Negotiating and Experiencing the Contradictions of Nature and Society in the Development Process” Gender Across Borders IV: Gender and Globalisms Conference, 2-3 April 2010.

2010, Colgate University, USA – “Watery worlds: Power, politics and socio-ecological transformations in South Asia” Brown Bag Lecture Series, Environmental Studies Program, 5 March 2010.

2010, Syracuse University, USA – “Job Searches in Academia and Beyond” FutureProfessoriate Program, Geography Department, 18 February 2010.

2009, University of Vermont, USA – “Gender, Participation and Community: Rethinking Development in Contentious Waterscapes” Research Seminar Series, Departments of Geography, Global Studies, and Women’s Studies, 1 December 2009.

2009, Cornell University, USA – “Of Purity and Pollution: Watery Geographies of Development in the Bengal Delta” South Asia Program Lecture Series, 2 November 2009.

2009, International Center of Syracuse, USA – “Dammed Rivers, Damned Lives: Water and Politics in South Asia” Global Lecture Series, 16 October 2009.

2009, Syracuse University, USA – “Adapting to Climate Change: Who Pays the Price?” Focus the Nation Teach-in on Climate Change Solutions, 21 April 2009.

2009, Community Folk Art Center of Syracuse, USA – “Brick Lane: A Transnational Feminist Critique” Film critique and discussion, 14 March 2009.

2008, Syracuse University, USA – “Shared Waters, Divided Peoples: Water, Conflict and Socio-ecological Transformations in South Asia” Conversations in Conflict Studies Series, Program for the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (PARC), Maxwell School, 5 November 2008.

2008, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey – “Transboundary River Disputes and Implications for Sustainable Development: The Case of the Ganges River in South Asia” Seminar Series, Department of International Relations, 5 May 2008.

2008, Action Against Hunger, UK – “Water and HIV: Working for Positive Solutions” World Water Day Seminar, Action Against Hunger & King’s College London, 19 March 2008.

2007, Tropical Agriculture Association, UK – “Social Dynamics of Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water: Issues for Policymakers” Arsenic Seminar, 24 October 2007.

2007, Royal Geographical Society, UK - Invited Plenary Speaker, “Sustainability: A Post-Mortem?” Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers, London, UK, 31 August 2007.

2007, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh – “Development and Wellbeing” Discussion Seminar, Department of Sociology, 7 July 2007.

2006, University of Manchester, UK – “Political Ecology of Water: Gender, Arsenic, and Development in Bangladesh” Research Seminar Series, Department of Geography, 10 May 2006.

2006, University of Oxford, UK – “Watery Discourses: Community and Participation in Water Resources Management” Research Seminar Series, Oxford Centre for Water Research, 26 April 2006.

2005, Rotary International, Bangladesh – “Water and Development” Speaker Series, Rotary Club of Dhaka Central, 14 June 2005.

2002, University of Minnesota, USA – “Working in the Field: Perspectives from Managing the Largest Environment Program of UNDP in Bangladesh” Macarthur Brown Bag Research Seminar Series, 21 February 2002.

1998, University of Minnesota, USA – "Shrimp and Sustainability: Social and Ecological Impacts of the Shrimp Aquaculture Industry in Bangladesh” Coffee Hour Research Seminar Series, Department of Geography, 21 April 1998.  

  

SU Affiliations

Faculty Affiliate:

Women’s and Gender Studies Department; Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration (PARCC); Center for Environmental Policy and Administration (CEPA); South Asia Center; Moynihan Institute; International Relations Program; Tolley Humanities Faculty; Asian/Asian-American Studies; Democratizing Knowledge Collective.

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