Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment
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
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 A.B. (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 at Syracuse University. 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.'
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, 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 first book is 'The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles'
(2012, Routledge); this book has been translated into two 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 Politics: Governance, 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. Farhana was invited to and delivered the 2012 Faculty
Convocation Speech at graduation for the College of Arts and Sciences.
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.
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.
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.
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'. 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, 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 across sites and
scales. 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.
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:
governance and social change -
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.
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, 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.
other 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.
Politics of climate change adaptation and climate justice –
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 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 gendered 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.
Decolonizing institutions and systems –
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. 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, and anti-intellectualism 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.
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
Photo: Farhana Sultana delivering the Faculty Convocation Speech, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, 2012
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
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.
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
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 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.
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 Review) “Critical environmental governance: Relational praxis with the material world” Global Environmental Change (with M. Kenney-Lazar, A. Johnson, F. Sultana, J. Rice, T. Osborne, M. Himley, E. Havice, and A. Bebbington)
(Forthcoming) "The Human Right to Water, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Gender Justice" Oxford Handbook on Comparative Environmental Politics. Eds. Jeannie Sowers, Stacy Vandeveer, and Erika Weinthal. Oxford University Press.
(Forthcoming) “Are we all in this together? COVID-19 and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation” Public Water and COVID-19, McDonald D, Spronk S, and Chavez D (Eds.), Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Transnational Institute (TNI) & Municipal Services Project (MSP). (with A Loftus)
2020, “Progress Report in Political Ecology I: From Margin to Center” Progress in Human Geography
2020,“Extraction, entanglements, and (im)materialities: Reflections on the methods and methodologies of natural resource industries fieldwork” Environment and Planning E: Nature and
Society (with A. Johnson, A Zalik, S Mollett, E Havice, T Osborne, G Valdivia, F Lu, E Billo)
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 Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water F. Sultana and A. Loftus (Eds.) Routledge, London & New York. Pp. 1-14. (with A 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 SDGs” Dialogues in Human Geography
Vol. 8, No. 2, Pp. 186-190.
“The false equivalence of academic freedom and
free speech: Defending academic integrity in the age of white supremacy,
colonial nostalgia, and anti-intellectualism” ACME: An International Journal
for Critical Geographies. Vol. 17, No. 2, Pp. 228-57.
2018, “Water Justice: Why it’s important and how to achieve it” Water 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” 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.
2017. “The human right to water,
gender justice, and sustainable development: Exploring connections and
possibilities” in Proceedings of the Workshop on the Human right to water at
Vatican, Cátedra del Diálogo y la Cultura del Encuentro, Argentina. Pp.
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, "Arsenic" In Encyclopedia of Environment and Society , Paul Robbins (Ed.) Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA. Pp. 75-76.
2007, "Water Quality" In Encyclopedia of Environment and Society , Paul 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 Society , Paul 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).
Guest Editorial activities:
(Special Issue Under Preparation) ‘
Feminist Sense of the Climate of Animus and War against Academic Knowledge’ in Gender, Place
and Culture (with Beverley Mullings)
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 Possibilities” Proceedings 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.
"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)
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)]
Photo: Farhana Sultana and Maxwell students in Field Course on Development, Bangladesh, 2010
Courses at Syracuse University:
GEO 300: 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
GEO 558/606: Development and Sustainability [Signature Course for International Relations MA program]
GEO 600: Geographies of Water
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)
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.