Dr Nazia Habib
Director, Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP) and Senior Research Associate, Centre for Industrial Sustainability
Nazia M Habib is the Founder and the Director for the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP), she is also a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Industrial Sustainability at the Institute of Manufacturing (IfM). Her work focuses on fostering resilience and sustainable development through public-private partnerships by improving public sector decision making in emerging countries using multidisciplinary research, methods and training. As a multidisciplinary scholar, she focuses on integrating socio-system dynamics analysis into responsible innovation and sustainable investment design in order to design, develop and deliver sustainable solutions across the value chain of a specific policy or product. Dr Habib regularly presents and writes on how to scale up the complex global value chain of primary commodities, primarily in the agriculture and energy sector. Using complex global value chain analysis, she has developed frameworks to accelerate institutional innovations in developing countries. In 2015, Dr Habib authored the Dead Sea Resilience Agenda for the United Nations (2015), which set out regional policy options for managing the Syrian refugee crisis. Dr Habib previously served as a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she taught climate policy and food policy. Prior to joining Cambridge, she was a Sustainability Science Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she focused on identifying multiple pathways to improve sustainable development in developing countries. Dr Habib holds advisory roles with several international institutions including the Bangladesh Small Medium Enterprise Foundation (SMEF) and consults for multilateral agencies, including the United Nations, World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She engages, by invitation, with senior leadership of emerging market countries on issues related to policy innovation in good governance, climate adaptability and livelihoods strategies. Originally from Bangladesh, she attended Oxford University and received a PhD in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge for which she received the best thesis award.