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Furqan Asif

PhD candidate (International Development)
University of Ottawa

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Within our Professional Development podcast series, we will be highlighting a number of emerging young scholars and practitioners who embody the excellence and innovativeness in thought and practice that ACUNS seeks to encourage and promote as contributing to good global governance. In this first such podcast, we highlight Furqan Asif. Asif was a participant in the 2012 ACUNS-ASIL Summer Workshop on International Organization (SWIOS), “Water, Environment and Health: Addressing Knowledge, Capacity and Governance Challenges”, at which he spoke about his work on the K-STAR initiative.

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Furqan Asif, Background
Furqan Asif is a PhD candidate in International Development at the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies. His research is at the crossroads of climate change adaptation and food security. Specifically, his work focuses on the assessment and analysis of climate change adaptation policies in Southeast Asia within the fisheries sector, in addition to the examination of the policy environment in the selected country (or countries) for its conduciveness to climate change adaptation, and consequently the improvement of food security. Furqan has spent the past 9 months serving as a member of the Young Scientific Program Committee supporting the 2013 World Water Week Scientific Programme, hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). From September 2011 to March 2013, he worked as Project Assistant & Programme Coordinator for the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (UNU-INWEH), engaged in a number of projects including K-Star knowledge management and communication. Prior to this, during October 2010-April 2011 Furqan engaged in field-level implementation projects in the Philippines for WorldFish, investigating management effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas supporting food security and livelihood of coastal communities. Before this, he worked as an Environment Specialist with the Canadian International Development Agency, and as a Policy and Program Assistant with the Ministry of Natural Resources.



Feature Photo Credit:  Furqan Asif