Jamila Haider is a PhD candidate studying the relationship between persistent poverty and biocultural diversity. Her PhD explores how development interventions can improve human well-being without eroding the cultural and agricultural bio-diversity that makes a given place unique and is important for global resilience.
Her interests also include: assessing resilience, stewardship, integrating knowledge systems, and early-career journeys in sustainability science.
Jamila also works part-time as a programme officer with SwedBio, where she coordinates “Communities Self-Assessing Resilience” initiative.
More specifically her PhD:
Prior to starting her PhD at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Jamila completed her Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in Geographical Research. As part of the Political Ecology group, her thesis used Elinor Ostrom’s social-ecological systems framework to assess institutional governance of joint forestry management in Tajikistan.
Jamila worked from 2009-2011 as an international development practitioner. As International Development Management Fellow with the Aga Khan Foundation, she worked as a natural resource management program officer in Tajikistan, and then went on to support the management of a cross-border programme between Tajikistan and Afghanistan with Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan. From 2010-2011 she held the position of national coordinator for the Land and Water Unit for the same organisation, based in Kabul.
Jamila has Bachelor degrees in Biology and Political Science (Development Studies focus) from Carleton University, where her Honour’s thesis focused on community based natural resource management in South-East Madagascar.
Additionally, Jamila is a member of:
Jamila is also the author of “With Our Own Hands: A celebration of food and life in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.” The book received media attention beyond academia, won a Gourmand Award: World’s Best Cookbook (2016), and is currently being turned into a documentary film. Her cook book has also recived media attention from various outlets, such as BBC.
Awards and achievements:
Radhika Gupta, MSc candidate
Research news | 2017-05-03
Development aid must incorporate culture and nature better in efforts to push communities out of poverty, researchers argue
Research news | 2017-03-30
Jamila Haider’s research focuses on how to alleviate poverty without eroding biological and cultural diversity
General news | 2016-05-30
Cookbook written by centre researcher Jamila Haider and Dutch researcher Frederik van Oudenhoven wins international cookbook of the year award
Research news | 2015-12-04
Reducing resilience to a few measurements can block deeper understanding
2017 - Dissertation
How can efforts to alleviate poverty better account for coevolving relationships between people and nature? Persistent poverty is often conceptualised as a poverty trap, a concept which has thus far failed to incorporate interdependencies between human well-being, nature and culture. As such, interventions to alleviate poverty are often ineffective or may even exacerbate poverty – especially in areas with rich biological and c...
2017 - Journal / article
The establishment of interdisciplinary Master’s and PhD programmes in sustainability science is opening up an exciting arena filled with opportunities for early-career scholars to address pressing sustainability challenges. However, embarking upon an interdisciplinary endeavor as an early-career scholar poses a unique set of challenges: to develop an individual scientific identity and a strong and specific methodological skill...
2017 - Journal / article
The concept of a poverty trap—commonly understood as a self-reinforcing situation beneath an asset threshold—has been very influential in describing the persistence of poverty and the relationship between poverty and sustainability. Although traps, and the dynamics that lead to traps, are defined and used differently in different disciplines, the concept of a poverty trap has been most powerfully shaped by work in development ...
2017 - Newspaper and media input
Our global food system has two opposing faces. It has almost one billion people suffering from hunger, while nearly the same number suffers from obesity. This is also a world where people struggle daily to obtain enough food, and where people waste more than that same amount every day. Global warming and extreme weather events are expected to increase the volatility of ecosystems and thereby stunt the productivity of agricultu...