HWISE Scholar Highlight: Dr. Farhana Sultana

Dr. Farhana Sultana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, where she is also the Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflicts and Collaboration (PARCC). Dr. Sultana lends her expertise as a steering committee member of the HWISE-RCN. This month we are highlighting her work as an HWISE scholar.

Dr. Sultana is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar of political ecology, water governance, post‐colonial development, social and environmental justice, climate change, and gender. Her research and scholar-activism draw from her experiences of having lived and worked on three continents as well as from her backgrounds in the natural sciences, social sciences, and policy experience. Dr. Sultana is able to ground her research through her time as a Programme Officer with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 1998 to 2001. Additionally, in 2017, Dr. Sultana was invited to speak at The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences on the human right to water (Picture Below).

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Dr. Sultana meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis at The Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences after her invited talk there in 2017.

Author of several dozen publications, her recent books are The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles (2012) and Eating, Drinking: Surviving (2017), and Water: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water (forthcoming 2019). Please also see below for Dr. Sultana’s most recent publications:

Sultana, F. 2018 “An(Other) Geographical Critique of Development and SDGs” Dialogues in Human Geography Vol. 8, No. 2, Pp. 186-190. (Open PDF)

Sultana, Farhana 2018. “The False Equivalence of Academic Freedom and Free Speech: Defending Academic Integrity in the Age of White Supremacy, Colonial Nostalgia, and Anti-intellectualism” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies. Vol. 17, No. 2, Pp. 228-57. (Open PDF)

Sultana, Farhana 2018 “Water Justice: Why it Matters and How to Achieve it” Water International Vol. 43, No. 4, Pp. 483-493. (Open PDF)

Sultana, Farhana 2018, “Gender and Water in a Changing Climate: Challenges and Prospects” Water Security Across the Gender Divide, Christiane Fröhlich, Giovanna Gioli, Roger Cremades and Henri Myrttinen (Eds.) Springer: The Netherlands. Pp. 17-33. (Open PDF)

Sultana, Farhana 2017 “Reflexivity” The International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment, and Technology, Douglas Richardson  et al. (Eds.),Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers. Pp. 105. (Open PDF)


For more information you can visit Dr. Sultana’s website at http://www.farhanasultana.com/ and follow her on social media @farhana_h2o.