Lectures

I am frequently invited to deliver keynote lectures and speeches on a range of topics at institutions and universities around the world. Below are some of them.

Keynote Speaker on Free Speech and Decolonizing Academia, SUNY New Paltz, 2018

Invited Lectures

2018, Wageningen University, Netherlands: Keynote Speaker “Urban water politics: Towards emancipatory governance and social justice” Exploring Urbanization: Events, Resources And Movements, Wageningen, Netherlands, 18-19 June 2018.

2018, Cornell University, USA: Speaker, “Critical Questions for Policy Engagement: Accountability, Representation, and Power” and “New Openings and Next Steps: Advancing Science and Policy for Sustainable, Equitable Change” Polson Symposium on Bridging Science and Policy in the Sustainable Development Era, Polson Institute, Ithaca, NY 11 May 2018.

2018, SUNY-New Paltz, USA: Keynote Speaker, “Decolonizing Academia: On Responsibility, Accountability, and Ethics in Academic Publishing” Whose Free Speech? New Paltz, NY, 20 April 2018.

2018, University of Kentucky, USA: The Keynote Speaker, “Fluid citizens: Embodiments and intersectionalities in constructing urban citizenship through water” Dimensions of Political Ecology Annual Conference, Lexington KY, 22-24 February 2018.

2018, University of Victoria, Canada: Keynote Speaker, Contemporary Controversies: Diversity, Freedom of Speech, and the University. Workshop of the Taskforce on Knowledge and Place in the Humanities, Victoria, Canada, 5-6 February 2018.

2017, York University, Canada: Invited Speaker, Mediating (Im)Materialities: A Workshop on the Methods and Methodologies of Natural Resource Industries Fieldwork, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Toronto, Canada, December 13-15, 2017.

2017, Rutgers University, USA: “Politics and Power in Water Governance: Citizenship Struggles of the Urban Poor in the Global South” New Geographical Thought Speaker, New Brunswick, NJ 28 April 2017.

2017, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican City: Keynote Speaker, “The human right to water, gender justice, and sustainable development: Exploring connections and possibilities” International Workshop ‘Human right to water: An interdisciplinary focus and contributions on the central role of public policies in water and sanitation management’ Casina Pio IV, Vatican City, Italy, 23-24 February 2017.

2017, Independent University, Bangladesh: “Social dimensions of climate change – Understanding climate research more comprehensively” International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) Seminar Series, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14 February 2017.

2016, Syracuse University, USA: Faculty speaker, Future Professoriate Program (FPP), Geography Department, Maxwell School, Syracuse, NY, 1 December 2016.

2016, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, USA: Keynote Speaker, “Water” Imagine What’s Next (NEXT16), Atlanta, GA, 4-6 November 2016.

2016, State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, USA: “Laboring for Water, Laboring for Life” Gender & The Workplace Panel, The Feinberg Family Fund and The Gender & Women’s Studies Program, Oswego, NY, 26 October 2016.

2016, Syracuse University, USA: Faculty speaker, Geofest 2016, Geography Department, Maxwell School, Syracuse, NY, 22 September 2016.

2016, Pennsylvania State University, USA: “Gender and Water”, Gender, Agriculture and Environment Initiative (GAEI) Inaugural Symposium, College of Agricultural Sciences Office of Research and Graduate Education, State College, PA, 6-7 June 2016.

2016, University of Helsinki, Finland: Keynote Speaker, “Environmental Vulnerabilities in the Globalizing World: How to Adapt and Manage Change?” Helsinki University Centre for Environment HENVI Science Day, Helsinki, Finland,9-11 May 2016.

2015, Turkish Cultural Center, USA: “Understanding the Global Water Crisis”, Syracuse, NY, 19 November 2015.

2015, University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA: “Climate Change and Human Rights: Mitigation, Adaptation  and Vulnerable Communities” New Politics of Human Rights, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI,  5-7 November 2015.

2015, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, USA: “Ecology” Prophetic Voice and Making Peace: Theological Reflection on United Methodist Collegiate Ministries, Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse, NY, 10-15 August 2015.

2015, Cornell University, USA – “Water and Citizenship: Politics of Development and Democracy in Water Governance in the Global South” Seminar Series, Development Sociology Department, Ithaca, NY, 10 April 2015

2015, University of Minnesota, USA – “Water Access, Equity and Resilience in the Global South” International Center for the study of Global Change (ICGC) Roudtable, Minneapolis, MN, 3 April 2015.

2015, Syracuse University, USA – “The Right to Water and Water Justice” World Water Week Speaker, Syracuse, NY, 26 March 2015.

2014, Harvard University, USA – From SAARC to Slums: Urban Water Challenges in South Asia, South Asia Institute Annual Symposium, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 24-25 April 2014.

2014, Tufts University, USA – World Water Day Keynote Speaker, “Gender, Water and Citizenship: Politics of Development and Democracy in Water Governance in the Global South”, Tufts University, Boston, MA, 11 March 2014.

2013, Middlebury College, USA – “Gendering climate, gendering justice” Research Colloquium, Department of Geography, Program in Environmental Studies, Franklin Environmental Center, & Program on Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, Middlebury, VT, 4 October 2013.

2013, Clark University, USA – Keynote Speaker, “Gendering water, earth and sky: Feminist political ecologies of climate change” Nature-Society Geography Workshop, Department of Geography, Worcester, MA, 27 September, 2013

 2013, Vanderbilt University, USA – “Climate change as hydro-social change” Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Nashville, TN, 6 September 2013.

2013, Yale University, USA – “The social impacts of changing water patterns”, Water: The Looming Crises, Yale Climate & Energy Institute, New Haven, CT, 4-5 April 2013.

2013, SUNY School of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, USA – “Social and Policy implications of Drinking Water Contamination in Asia”, Cross-Disciplinary Seminar in Hydrological and Biogeochemical Processes, SUNY-ESF, 5 February 2013.

 2012, Harvard University, USA – “Human Right to Water versus Water Rights: Ownership and Rights as Contested and Negotiated Terms”, The Human Rights to Water & Sanitation: From Theory to Practice, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 7-8 December 2012.

2012, University of Oklahoma, USA – “Gender, Water and the Politics of Development: Rethinking Social Justice and Citizenship in the Global South”, Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, 17 September 2012.

2012, Faculty Convocation Speaker, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 13 May 2012.

2012, The Transatlantic Academy, USA – “Climate Change and Water Management: Policy Options for the Future” Climate, Resource Security, and the Struggle for Water and Land, Washington D.C., 12 January 2012.

2011, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, USA – The Fourth Annual Joan S. Korenman Speaker, “Negotiating Contaminated Identities: Gender, Water, and Development in Altered Waterscapes” Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Baltimore, MD, 16 March 2011.

2010, University of Bristol, UK –  Keynote Speaker, “Negotiating Rights, Experiencing Development, Managing Water: Gender-Water-Development Nexus in a Changing World” ESRC Workshop on Feminism and Futurity: New Times, New Spaces, Department of Geography, Bristol, UK, 3 December 2010.

2010, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK – “Contaminated Identities, Polluted Waters, and Disrupted Development” Research Seminar Series, Geography Department, Egham, UK, 30 November 2010.

2010, University of Minnesota, USA – Plenary Speaker “Water Struggles in a Changing World” International Research Workshop on Struggling for Water: Dams, Pipes and Urban-Rural Transformations in the Global South, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC), Minneapolis, MN, 14-15 November 2010.

2010, Syracuse University, USA – “So You Want to Save the World and Make a Difference? Reflections and Advice from My Work Experience at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)” The Transnational NGO Initiative, Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, Syracuse, NY, 21 October 2010.

2010, Syracuse University, USA – “Negotiating the Job Market” Nature-Society Geography Workshop, 2 October 2010.

2010, University of Delaware, USA – “Poisoned Waters: The Making and Unmaking of a Public Health Success Story in Bangladesh” Research Seminar Series, Departments of Geography, Geology, Women’s Studies, and Delaware Environment Institute, 23 September 2010.

2010, Syracuse University, USA – “Graduate School from a Professor’s Perspective” Geofest, Syracuse, NY, 16 September 2010.

2010, University of Buffalo, USA – Keynote Speaker, “Gendered Waters: Negotiating and Experiencing the Contradictions of Nature and Society in the Development Process” Gender Across Borders IV: Gender and Globalisms Conference, Buffalo, NY, 2-3 April 2010.

2010, Colgate University, USA – “Watery worlds: Power, politics and socio-ecological transformations in South Asia” Brown Bag Lecture Series, Environmental Studies Program, Hamilton, NY, 5 March 2010.

2010, Syracuse University, USA – “Job Searches in Academia and Beyond” Future Professoriate Program, Geography Department, Syracuse, NY, 18 February 2010.

2009, University of Vermont, USA – “Gender, Participation and Community: Rethinking Development in Contentious Waterscapes” Research Seminar Series, Departments of Geography, Global Studies, and Women’s Studies, Burlington, VT, 1 December 2009

2009, Cornell University, USA – “Of Purity and Pollution: Watery Geographies of Development in the Bengal Delta” South Asia Program Lecture Series, Ithaca, NY, 2 November 2009.

2009, International Center of Syracuse, USA – “Dammed Rivers, Damned Lives: Water and Politics in South Asia” Global Lecture Series, Syracuse, NY, 16 October 2009.

2009, Syracuse University, USA – “Adapting to Climate Change: Who Pays the Price?” Focus the Nation Teach-in on Climate Change Solutions, Syracuse, NY, 21 April 2009.

2009, Community Folk Art Center of Syracuse, USA – “Brick Lane: A Transnational Feminist Critique” Film critique and discussion, Syracuse, NY, 14 March 2009.

2008, Syracuse University, USA – “Shared Waters, Divided Peoples: Water, Conflict and Socio-ecological Transformations in South Asia” Conversations in Conflict Studies Series, Program for the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts (PARC), Maxwell School, Syracuse, NY, 5 November 2008.

2008, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey – “Transboundary River Disputes and Implications for Sustainable Development: The Case of the Ganges River in South Asia” Seminar Series, Department of International Relations, Istanbul, Turkey, 5 May 2008.

2008, Action Against Hunger, UK – “Water and HIV: Working for Positive Solutions” World Water Day Seminar, King’s College London, London, UK, 19 March 2008.

2007, Tropical Agriculture Association, UK – “Social Dynamics of Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water: Issues for Policymakers” Arsenic Seminar, London, UK, 24 October 2007.

2007, Royal Geographical Society, UK – Invited Plenary Speaker, “Sustainability: A Post-Mortem?” Annual Conference of the Royal Geographical Society & Institute of British Geographers, London, UK, 31 August 2007.

2007, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh – “Development and Wellbeing” Discussion Seminar, Department of Sociology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 7 July 2007.

2006, University of Manchester, UK – “Political Ecology of Water: Gender, Arsenic, and Development in Bangladesh” Research Seminar Series, Department of Geography, Manchester, UK, 10 May 2006.

2006, University of Oxford, UK – “Watery Discourses: Community and Participation in Water Resources Management” Research Seminar Series, Oxford Centre for Water Research, Oxford, UK, 26 April 2006.

2005, Rotary International, Bangladesh – “Water and Development” Speaker Series, Rotary Club of Dhaka Central, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14 June 2005.

2002, University of Minnesota, USA – “Working in the Field: Perspectives from Managing the Largest Environment Program of UNDP in Bangladesh” Macarthur Brown Bag Research Seminar Series, Minneapolis, MN, 21 February 2002.

1998, University of Minnesota, USA – “Shrimp and Sustainability: Social and Ecological Impacts of the Shrimp Aquaculture Industry in Bangladesh” Coffee Hour Research Seminar Series, Department of Geography, Minneapolis, MN, 21 April 1998.