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From SAARC to Slums: Urban Water Challenges in South Asia

Friday, April 25, 2014, 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Kennedy Room, Charles Hotel1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138

For a rapidly urbanizing South Asia with competing – and often conflicting – demands for water, which problems, when addressed, have the greatest potential to make an impact? Can we bridge the divide between theory and practice when natural, societal, and political forces influence water problems? We ask each panel member to articulate a problem and suggest: Why and how does addressing this problem advance science and serve society? What do we need to know to address this problem with measurable outcome? We seek to inspire questions, methodologies and help develop consensus for actionable science with a focus on urban water challenges in South Asia.

Faculty lead: Shafiqul Islam, Director, Water Diplomacy Program; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering; Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

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 Symposium preview: Q&A with Shafiqul Islam


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The Right to Water by Farhana Sultana

Water – Energy Nexus: Sustainable Urbanization in the Greater Mekong Subregion by Peter Rogers





Shafiqul Islam

Director, Water Diplomacy Program, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Shafiqul ("Shafik") Islam is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. He was the first Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering at Tufts University. Professor Islam's teaching and research interests are to understand characterize, measure, and model water issues ranging from climate to cholera to water diplomacy with a focus on scale issues and remote sensing. His research group WE REASoN integrates "theory and practice" and "think and do" to create actionable water knowledge.

Jim Wescoat

Aga Khan Professor, MITProfile

Peter Rogers

Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Engineering and Professor of City and Regional Planning, Harvard UniversityProfile

Afreen Siddiqi

Research Scientist, MIT; Visting Scholar, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy SchoolProfile

Farhana Sultana

Associate Professor of Geography, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse UniversityProfile