Farhana Sultana

Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment

Farhana Sultana

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Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts, PARCC (Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration)


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2007


Political ecology, international development, water governance, climate change, citizenship, human rights, decolonizing, feminisms, South Asia

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Dr. Farhana Sultana is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar whose work spans the topics of nature-society relationships, political ecology, water governance, climate change, post-colonial development, sustainability, social and environmental justice, transnational feminism, citizenship, human rights, and decolonizing academia. Farhana Sultana received her B.A. (Honors) in Geosciences and Environmental Studies from Princeton University, graduating Cum Laude. She obtained her M.A. in Geography  from the University of Minnesota, where she enhanced her interdisciplinary training and was a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Between 1998-2001, Farhana was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) responsible for managing a $26M environmental management program in Bangladesh. Through this experience, she 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. Farhana returned to complete her Ph.D. program in the Department of Geography at the University of Minnesota, where she was both a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and an International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Fellow. 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. She relocated to the US in 2008 where she has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. 

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

Farhana is the recipient of the 2019 Glenda Laws Award from the American Association of Geographers; the award is for 'outstanding contributions to geographic research on social issues.' In 2017, Farhana delivered an invited speech on the human right to water at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, where she met with Pope Francis. Farhana was invited to and delivered the 2012 Faculty Convocation Speech at graduation for the College of Arts and Sciences. Farhana has published a wide array of publications in disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals, books, and media outlets. Farhana's first edited book is 'The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles' (2012, Routledge); this book has been translated into three other languages by other publishers. Farhana's second book 'Eating, Drinking: Surviving' (2016, Springer) was published as part of the International Year of Global Understanding. Her third book is 'Water PoliticsGovernance, Justice and the Right to Water(2020, Routledge). Farhana was the Chair and Organizer of the highly successful international conference on 'The Right to Water' in 2010. A write-up about the conference and Farhana's research can be found in the Spring 2010 issue of the Maxwell Perspective, and also in the Fall 2010 Issue of the Alumni Magazine of the College of Arts and Sciences.  An additional exposé on Farhana's international work appears in the Summer 2011 issue of the Syracuse University Magazine. Farhana's work on climate change is one of the Maxwell 10th Decade Projects featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the Maxwell Perspective. 

Given Farhana's interdisciplinary training and interests, and her lived and work experience across three continents, she lectures globally on a variety of topics, and engages with scholars, practitioners, activists, and communities in several projects. Information on her teaching, advising, media engagement, invited lectures, conference presentations, services to the department, college, university and professional organizations as well as outreach work are available on her website, where her publications can also be downloaded: www.farhanasultana.com. Please consult the website for updated information.

Research Interests: 

Farhana Sultana is a broadly trained interdisciplinary scholar with research interests that generally fall under scholarships in nature-society relationships, political ecology, post-colonial development, urban studies, citizenship studies, feminist theories, water governance, climate change, natural hazards, human rights, social justice. Farhana's research projects are critical, interdisciplinary, and intersectional, where she investigates complex multi-scalar, multi-process issues, combining her insights and background in the natural and social sciences as well as in the policy world. 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. Her research thus sits at the confluence of a range of theoretical and epistemological framings, with the goal to inform and encourage social justice across a range of scales. Farhana has written extensively on these issues for a variety of interdisciplinary audiences inside and outside of academia. She is keenly interested in research that pushes the boundaries of existing scholarship, in order enrich conceptualizations and theorizations in Geography and beyond. She works to decolonize the academy and pedagogy, introduce non-Eurocentric scholarship in Anglo academia, and thereby transform academic scholarship and knowledge production. Farhana collaborates with policymakers, practitioners, civil society, community groups, and scholars from around the world in research and dissemination. 

In general terms, Farhana has long been interested in issues of political ecology of development and social justice as conceptualized and enacted by variously-situated actors, and the ways by which such conceptualizations interact with local understandings of issues such as 'environmental management', 'resource governance', 'development', 'social justice'. She brings a critical eye to such articulations and is interested in environmental governance and the politics of knowledge production, whereby discursive and material realities co-produce and challenge policies, projects, practices, and realities on the ground. She explores the complex ways that processes of development and globalization come to impact poverty, well-being, and socio-ecological change. Much of her work has involved using water and climate as filters through which to explain complex ongoing colonialities, dispossessions, and transformations. With interests and experiences in the developing world, especially South Asia, she researches issues across sites and scales, paying particular attention to complexities of both contemporary social transformations as well as historical dispossessions. Farhana’s award-winning research engages with and makes contributions to different bodies of interdisciplinary scholarship and is grounded in critical, feminist, and anti-colonial epistemologies and methodologies. Methodologically, Farhana engages with both a range of methods, with particular interest in issues of feminist fieldwork, positionality, power relations, decolonizing academia, and research ethics. 

Farhana’s current areas of interdisciplinary research fall into three broad interlinked themes: (i) Water governance and social change, (ii) Politics of climate change adaptation and scalar climate justice, (iii) Decolonizing institutions and systems. These are described below:  

(i) Water governance and social change - 

Farhana's current research interests on water span the politics and governance of water in the context of growing water insecurities globally, and the discourses around the human rights to water and sanitation. Her interests lie at intersections of gender, class, environmental change, and development interventions in the global South, and ways by which development, governance, 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. Through such research, Farhana is querying what water justice means in theory and practice. 

Farhana's past research focused on the intersectionality of gender, class, and policy implications of water management in Bangladesh, with an emphasis on drinking water problems from arsenic contamination of groundwater. Past research has 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 other water-related interests also include transboundary river sharing around the world, 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, geopolitics, and discourses of development within and between nation-states.

(ii) Politics of climate change adaptation and climate justice – 

Farhana's second research interest engages with climate change, socio-ecological impacts, and climate justice. This research focuses on the coastal areas of South Asia and the US, and explores the ways that climate change adaptation politics play out in the context of uneven development, gender and racial inequalities, and social practices in places with long histories of floods and tropical cyclones/hurricanes. Water thus continues to be an important factor in this research, as cross-scalar climate justice is imbricated in water-society relationships. Her research underscores how climate change adaptation is differently understood, implemented, challenged, and circumvented, and the various ways it affects different groups of people, especially in frontline and marginalized communities, but in entirely inequitable ways across scales. Such efforts bring power relations, which occur intersectionally across gender, race, class, and other contextual social axes of difference, to the conversations more carefully and meaningfully as they are often ignored or tokenized in national and international discourses.  Thereby, the dynamics of vulnerabilities, resilience, and livelihood strategies to deal with climate change are better comprehended and cross-scalar climate justice is further clarified. Farhana has been a Visiting Fellow at the International Center for Climate Change and Development at the Independent University of Bangladesh since 2017 for her field research and collaborations. Her research on climate adaptation won the 2015 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 is also the lead PI in the successful Maxwell 10th Decade Project entitled 'Citizenship and Climate Change', which investigates the complex ways notions and practices of citizenship are imbricated in climate change impacts.

(iii) Decolonizing institutions and systems –

As a public intellectual, Farhana also works on issues related to academic freedom in higher education, preserving academic integrity and scholarly rigor, as well as addressing issues of marginalization and discrimination in the academy and challenging post-truths. Stemming from her long-standing interests in post-colonial and decolonial studies, critical development studies, and transnational feminism, she work on decolonization and transformation of inequitable power structures, epistemologies, and politics. Her focus decolonizing institutions, processes, and academia more broadly is particularly timely given the rise of white supremacy, colonial nostalgia, anti-intellectualism, and post-truths globally. The theorizations and interventions draw from her commitments to fostering inclusive and just academic futures and to advance decolonial justice in both theory and practice, and to embed equity practices within institutions and systems. Given the increasing polarization and neoliberalization of the worlds that we inhabit and what is at stake, attention to these issues are prescient.

Beyond academic research, Farhana participates in numerous pro-bono activities and endeavors with various organizations and networks, building community and solidarity both locally and across the globe. She is involved in several professional and academic bodies, such as the Association of American Geographers (AAG), the Institute of British Geographer with the Royal Geographical Society (RGS/IBG), the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA), Bangladesh Environment Network (BEN), Gender and Disasters Network (GDN), etc. She is also a founding member of the Participatory Geographies Research Group (PyGyRG) of the RGS/IBG, and past Chair of the Development Geographies Specialty Group (DGSG) of the AAG. Given her interdisciplinary interests and expertise, she regularly carries out reviews of grant proposals, research proposals, peer-reviewing of academic and policy papers, and participates in a wide array of activities with academics, activists, policy-makers and practitioners across the globe. She frequently delivers invited lectures and keynote addresses across disciplines at universities and institutions. Her vision is to integrate teaching, research and service/outreach in meaningful and impactful ways for transformational changes. 

2012 Faculty Convocation Speech

Photo: Farhana Sultana delivering the Faculty Convocation Speech, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, 2012

Farhana Sultana Pope Francis

Photo: Farhana Sultana with His Holiness Pope Francis after her invited talk at The Pontifical Academy of Sciences, The Vatican, 2017. Watch the video of her talk.


Glenda Laws Award, American Association of Geographers, 2019

Co-signatory with His Holiness Pope Francis in “Rome Declaration on the Human Right to Water”, 2017 

Founding Signatory of the Geneva Actions on Human Water Security, 2017

Faculty Convocation Speaker, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, May 2012

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow, University of Minnesota, 1996-1998, 2001-2006



NOTE: Many of these publications are downloadable as PDF files from Farhana's personal website at www.farhanasultana.com 
Information on impact factors of her publications is available here.


Farhana Sultana's book covers
Farhana Sultana's book covers

2020, Water Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water. Routledge (with Alex Loftus) 
[Book contains 15 chapters written by 20 international academics]

2016, Eating, Drinking: Surviving Springer: Netherlands. (with Peter Jackson and Walter Spiess). 
[Book contains 11 chapters written by 13 academics, and a Foreword by Benno Werlen. The book is part of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) series]   

2012, 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]  

The book has been translated into three other languages:

     Chinese translation:(forthcoming). China Water & Power Press: Beijing, China      

Spanish translation:2014. El Derecho Al Agua: Economia, politicia y movimientos sociales. Editorial Trillas S.A. de C.V.: Mexico. 

Polish translation:2012. Prawo do wody. W perspektywie politycznej, gospodarczej i społecznej. Polish Humanitarian Action: Warsaw, Poland. 

Reviews of the book: 

Antipode by John Agnew 

Journal of Human Rights and the Environment by Lee Godden 

AAG Review of Books by Kate Berry 

H2O (in Dutch) by Michael van der Valk 

Documents d'Anàlisi Geogràfica  (in Spanish) by Álvaro Francisco Morote Seguido 

Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development  by Rory Padfield   

Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography by Manuel Prieto

Refereed Journal Articles, Book Chapters, and Entries:

(Under Preparation) “Climate citizens versus climate subjects: The relationship between climate change and citizenship”

(Under Preparation) “Critical environmental governance: Relational praxis with the material world” (with M. Kenney-Lazar, A. Johnson, F. Sultana, J. Rice, T. Osborne, M. Himley, E. Havice, and A. Bebbington)

(Under Preparation) “Failures & Otherwise: Making Feminist Sense of the War Against Academic Knowledge” Gender, Place and Culture.(with B. Mullings)

2021 "Progress Report in Political Ecology II: Conjunctures, Crises and Critical Publics” Progress in Human Geography. doi:10.1177/03091325211028665

2021. “Critical Climate Justice” The Geographical Journal doi: 10.1111/geoj.12417

2021 "Gendering the Human Right to Water in the Context of Sustainable DevelopmentOxford Handbook on Comparative Environmental Politics. Eds. Jeannie Sowers, Stacy Vandeveer, and Erika Weinthal. Oxford University Press.  

2021. "Climate Change, COVID-19 and the Co-production of Injustices: A Feminist Reading of Overlapping CrisesSocial and Cultural Geography Vol. 22, No. 4, Pp. 447-460. [Glenda Laws Award Article]

2021 “Progress Report in Political Ecology I: From Margin to Center” Progress in Human Geography Vol. 45, No. 1, Pp. 156-165.

2020 “Are we all in this together? COVID-19 and the Human Rights to Water and SanitationPublic Water and COVID-19Dark Clouds and Silver Linings, David McDonald , Susan Spronk and Daniel Chavez (Eds.), Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Transnational Institute (TNI) & Municipal Services Project (MSP), pp 49-60.(with A Loftus)

2021,“Extraction, entanglements, and (im)materialities: Reflections on the methods and methodologies of natural resource industries fieldworkEnvironment and Planning E: Nature and Society Vol. 4, No. 2, Pp. 383-428 (with Adrienne Johnson, Anna Zalik, Sharlene Mollett, Elizabeth Havice, Tracey Osborne, Gabriela Valdivia, Flora Lu, Emily Billo)

2020 “Digitising critical pedagogies in higher education during Covid-19” Corona Times  (with Amber Murrey and Steve Puttick)

2020 “Bingo Cards for Racist Bullsh*t in Academia and STEM: A Reflection on Anti-Racist Scholar  Activism”  Antipode Conjunctural Series (with Sarah Myhre, Tess Hill and Priya Shukla)

2020 “Embodied Intersectionalities of Urban Citizenship: Water, Infrastructure, and Gender in the Global South” Annals of the American Association of Geographers Vol. 110, No. 5, Pp. 1407-1424 

2020. “The Right to Water in a Global Context: Challenges and Transformations in Water Politics” Water PoliticsGovernance, Justice and the Right to Water F. Sultana and A. Loftus (Eds.) Routledge, London & New York. Pp. 1-14. (with Alex Loftus)

2019, “Decolonizing Development and the Pursuit of Social Justice” Human Geography Vol. 12, No. 3, Pp. 31-46. 

2018, “An(Other) geographical critique of development and SDGsDialogues in Human Geography Vol. 8, No. 2, Pp. 186-190.

2018, “The false equivalence of academic freedom and free speech: Defending academic integrity in the age of white supremacy, colonial nostalgia, and anti-intellectualismACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. Vol. 17, No. 2, Pp. 228-57.

2018, “Water Justice: Why it’s important and how to achieve itWater International Vol. 43, No. 4, Pp. 483-493.

2018, "Gender and Water in a Changing Climate: Challenges and Prospects" Water Security Across the Gender Divide, Christiane Fröhlich, Giovanna Gioli, Francesca Greco, Roger Cremades (Eds.) Springer: The Netherlands. Pp. 17-33. 

2017, “Igualdad de género, ciudadanía y agua pública en Bangladesh” Igualdad de género, ciudadanía y agua pública en Bangladesh” Recursos, Vinculos Y Territorios Inflexiones Transversales En Torno Al Agua" Carlos Salamanca Villamizar, Francisco Astudillo Pizarro (Eds.), Rosario: UNR Editora. Pp. 128-140. (with Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Sarah Miraglia)

2017, "Reflexivity" The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Douglas Richardson (Ed.), Wiley-Blackwell and the American Association of  Geographers. Pp. 1-5. 

2016, "Breaking the Silence: A Feminist Call to Action" Canadian Geographer 60(2): 192–204 (with Alison Mountz, Kate Parizou, Linda Peake, Beverley Mullings, Roberta Hawkins, Laura Shillington).

2016, "Gender Equity, Citizenship, and Public Water in Bangladesh" In Making Public in a Privatized World, David McDonald (Ed.) Zed Books: UK. Pp. 128-140. (with Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Sarah Miraglia) 

2016, "Introduction: Understanding the Complexities of Eating, Drinking, and Surviving" Eating, Drinking: Surviving, P. Jackson, W. Spiess, and F. Sultana (Eds.). Springer: Netherlands. Pp. 1-12. (with P. Jackson and W. Spiess)

2015, "Justice" In Companion to Political Geography , Second Edition, John Agnew, Virginie Mamadouh, and Anna Secor and Joanne Sharp (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell, UK. Pp. 127-140.

2015, "Emotional Political Ecology" In The International Handbook of Political Ecology  , Raymond Bryant (Ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, UK. Pp. 633-645.

2015, "The Human Right to Water: Critiques and Conditions of Possibility" WIREs Water  Vol. 2, No. 2, Pp. 97-105 (with Alex Loftus).

2015, "Rethinking Community and Participation in Water Governance" In The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development , Anne Coles, Leslie Gray and Janet Momsen (Eds.), Routledge, London. Pp. 261-272.

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.

2014, "Producing Contaminated Citizens: Towards a Nature-Society Geography of Health and Wellbeing"  In  Geographies of Health, Disease and Well-being: Recent Advances in Theory and Method . Mei-Po Kwan (Ed.).Routledge: NY. [Reprint]

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). 

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, Four entries: "Arsenic" "Water Quality" "Monsoon" "Bangladesh". In Encyclopedia of Environment and Society Paul  Robbins (Ed.) Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA. Pp. 75-76, Pp. 1931-1932, Pp. 1162-1164, 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).

Guest Editorial activities:

2014, Invited guest editor for journal SAGE Open

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:

2017. “The Human Right to Water, Gender Justice, and Sustainable Development: Exploring Connections and PossibilitiesProceedings of the Workshop on the Human right to water at Vatican, Cátedra del Diálogo y la Cultura del Encuentro, Argentina. Pp. 54-57. 

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:

2016, "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 Vol. 39, No. 5. Pp. 1047-1048.

Sultana, F. 2016, “How to reduce environmental vulnerabilities in the globalizing world?” HENVI Policy Brief 4, University of Helsinki Centre for Environment, Helsinki, Finland.

2012, Conducting Gender Study in Coastal Polders of Bangladesh. Commissioned Report, 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 for the 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 (PERC), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. (with Marlene Hass, Amy Marr, and Mike Sze) 

Teaching Appointments

Visit to Grameen Bank branch, Bangladesh, 2010      Farhana Sultana Field Course 2010  

  Photo: Farhana Sultana and Maxwell students in Field Course on Development, Bangladesh, 2010

Courses at Syracuse University:

Undergraduate Courses:  

GEO 336: Climate Justice

GEO 374: Environment & Development in the Global South

GEO/WGS 300: Gendered Geographies of Globalization and Development [Cross-listed course across Geography and Women’s & Gender Studies Departments]

GEO/ANT/WGS 367: Gender in a Globalizing World [Cross-listed course across Geography, Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies Departments]

GEO 400: Geographies of Water

GEO 422: Water: Environment, Society and Politics

GEO 491: Senior Seminar in Geography

Graduate Courses: 

GEO 558/606: Development and Sustainability [Signature Course for International Relations MA program] 

GEO 600: Geographies of Water

GEO 602: Research Design in Geography

GEO 622: Water: Environment, Society and Politics

GEO 700: Nature, Culture, Politics

GEO 755: Seminar in Political Ecology 

Additional Graduate Teaching:

MA Applied Capstone Project in International Relations: Field Research in Development: Bangladesh

PhD Independent Study (Topics such as: Natural Hazards, Gender, and Development; Feminist Geography and Feminist Political Ecology; Hazardous Geographies; Feminist Geography; Feminist Geography and Methodologies)

MA Independent Study (Topics such as: Gender and Globalization; Water Governance)

Invited Guest Teaching at:

Harvard University (USA), University of Cambridge (UK), London School of Economics & Politics (UK), University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Manchester (UK), University of Victoria (Canada), University of Virginia (USA), Tufts University (USA), University of Michigan (USA), Georgia Tech University (USA), Wageningen University (Netherlands), University of Minnesota (USA) 

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.