Portrait of Dr Anika Nasra Haque

Dr Anika Nasra Haque

Lecturer in Human Geography

About

Dr Haque is a human geographer broadly interested in urban inequality. Her research is interdisciplinary and situated at the intersection of society, development and governance. She is particularly interested in the everyday and embedded structural inequalities at city level. Much of her research over the last decade has empirically focused on cities across the Global South (Asia, Africa and Latin America).

Dr Haque completed her PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge and worked as a Research Fellow there until she moved to the University of Kent in 2020. She continues to teach in both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Cambridge and holds a research fellowship at Homerton College (2019-2022). She is also a visiting academic at the University of Oxford (2020-21). 

Research interests

Dr Haque’s research has three broad strands:

i) Climate change adaptation: adaptation to climatic risks primarily focuses on understanding the political economy in which livelihoods operate and the political ecology (including urban governance as well as social and political processes) shaping urban adaptation processes in low-income urban settlements. Ongoing.

Connected research projects and outputs:

2013-17: Adaptation to flooding in the low-income urban settlements of the Least Developed Countries: funded by Schlumberger Foundation (as Principal Investigator).

2012-14: Pro-poor adaptation to climate change in urban areas of Bangladesh: funded by DFID (as co-investigator).

2011-12: Improving urban governance through multi-stakeholder collaboration for the water and sanitation sector to develop urban climate resilience in Bangladesh: funded by Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) (as consultant).

2011-12: Vulnerability of the urban poor in the urban informal settlements in Global South cities: funded by (seed grant) the International Network of System and Sustainability (as Principal Investigator).

2010-11: Knowledge assessments on climate change and peri-urban/urban agriculture in Global South (Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia): funded by UNEP (as consultant).

2009-10: Climate change adaptation assessment in Global South cities: funded by Netherlands Funding Program (as consultant).

ii) Gender vulnerability: Dr Haque's research on the urban poor in Global South countries attempts to explore how/if risks (risk in various forms, e.g. climatic risks, risks deriving from lack of access to infrastructure and services, exclusion from development/governance processes) in low-income urban settlements are gendered. It also explores ways in which gendered considerations can be mainstreamed into public policy (i.e. evidence-based policy) in line with national targets for achieving broader development goals.

Explored through the following connected research projects and outputs:

2018-19: Gender vulnerability in India’s slum rehabilitation housings: funded by British Academy Knowledge Frontier’s grant (as Research Fellow).

2013-17: Adaptation to flooding in the low-income urban settlements of the Least Developed Countries: funded by Schlumberger Foundation (as Principal Investigator).

iii) Energy transitions: As the climate emergency begins to dominate the energy transitions discourse, Dr Haque's ongoing work on energy transitions in the Global South explores ways in which ‘just’ energy transition pathways can be achieved, addressing the dual challenge of limiting the danger of climate change as well as increasing socioeconomic inequality particularly across the Global South, and offering an alternate discourse addressing the (in)justice impacts of energy policy and development decisions.

Explored through the following connected research projects and outputs:

2019: Energy innovation for low-cost housing in India and South Africa: strategies for inter-disciplinary and cross-institutional dialogue: funded by British Academy (GCRF Cities & Infrastructure) (as Research Fellow).

2019-20: Learning between stakeholders: energy innovation for low-income housing in the Western Cape, South Africa: funded by British Academy Knowledge Frontier’s grant (as Research Fellow).

Teaching

  • GEOG5001: Methods & Field Work in Social Science (Module Convenor)
  • GEOG5007: Geographies of Development and the global South (Module Convenor)    
  • GEOG 3004: Environmental Sustainability
  • GEOG3002: Geographies of People & Place
  • GEOG5005: Cities and the Climate Emergency
  • GEOG3005: Geographical patterns and processes
  • GEOG5002 History and Philosophy of Geography (Module Convenor)

Supervision

Dr Haque would be pleased to hear from students interested in pursuing masters' and doctoral studies that resonate with her research interests in: International Development; Urban Geography (Urban resilience, Poverty, Inequality, Development); Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation; Disaster Risk Reduction; Gender Geographies; Participatory Governance; Systems Dynamics; as well as those with empirical interests in Urban South Asia.    

Current

  • Olivia Blair: Barriers to building community resilience to climate change    

Professional

  • Member, Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements (Interdisciplinary research group), University of Cambridge
  • Expert Reviewer & Internal Reviewer, IPCC Sixth Assessment Report for Climate Change
  • Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society
  • Member, Cambridge Centre for Climate science, University of Cambridge
  • Life Member, The International Network of System and Sustainability
  • Registered reviewer for peer-reviewed journals: The Geographical Journal; Environment and Urbanization; Water Policy
  • Associate, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Bangladesh
  • Member, Cambridge Centre for Climate science, University of Cambridge
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