Episode 2.13: Resources, Population and the Global Environment: A Case Study in Water
Professor, Department of Political Science, Carleton University
Ryan M. Katz-Rosene
Assistant Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
Dr. Farhana Sultana
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Farhana Sultana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where she has taught since 2008. She is also the Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School. Author of several dozen publications, her recent books are “The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles” (2012), “Eating, Drinking: Surviving” (2016) and “Water Politics: Governance, Justice, and the Right to Water” (2020).
Prior to joining Syracuse University, Dr. Sultana was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at King’s College London and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK. Before becoming an academic, she worked as a Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a $26M large environment-development program in Bangladesh. She obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota, where she was a John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Fellow. She obtained her A.B. (Cum Laude) in Geosciences and Environmental Studies from Princeton University.
As an internationally-recognized interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Sultana is broadly interested in nature-society relationships, political ecology, critical development studies, feminist theories, urban studies, climate change, water governance, social justice, human rights, citizenship, and South Asia. Her work is informed not only by her background and training in the natural sciences, social sciences, and policy experience, but also from having lived and worked on three continents, being a post-colonial subject and scholar, and having a lifelong commitment to critical praxis and social justice. She is the recipient of the 2019 Glenda Laws Award from the American Association of Geographers.