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Guest Editor of Special Issues of International Journals
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Entries
Refereed Policy Studies and Research Reports
Academic Dissertations and Theses
Publicly-Engaged Work


  1. Sultana, Farhana and Alex Loftus 2020. Water Politics: Governance, Justice, and the Right to Water. Routledge: London and New York.
  2. Jackson, Peter, Walter Spiess, and Farhana Sultana 2016, Eating, Drinking: Surviving. Springer: Netherlands.
  3. Sultana, Farhana and Alex Loftus 2012, The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles. Earthscan Water Text Series, Routledge: London and New York.
    • The Book has been translated into three other languages:
      • Polish version (2012): Prawo do wody. W perspektywie politycznej, gospodarczej i społecznej. Published by Polish Humanitarian Action, Warsaw, Poland.
      • Spanish version (2014): El Derecho Al Agua: Economia, politicia y movimientos sociales. Published by Editorial Trillas S.A. de C.V., Mexico.
      • Chinese version (forthcoming): China Water & Power Press: Beijing, China.

Guest Editor of Special Issues of International Journals

  1. 2014, Invited guest editor for journal SAGE Open
  2. 2013, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Special Issue on ‘Exploring Political Ecologies of Water and Development’ (with Jessica Budds) [Special Issue contains 5 peer-reviewed articles]
  3. 2009, Gender, Place, and Culture Special Issue on ‘Gender Geographies of Water’ (with Kathleen O’Reilly, Nina Laurie, and Sarah Halvorson). [Special Issue contains 4 peer-reviewed articles]
  4. 2007, ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies Special Issue on ‘Participatory Ethics’ (with Caitlin Cahill and Rachel Pain). [Special Issue contains 10 peer-reviewed articles]

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Entries

  1. Sultana, F. (2024) “How to achieve safe water access for all: work with local communities” Nature 627, 732-734 doi:
  2. Reece Jones, Austin Kocher, Farhana Sultana, Deondre Smiles, Kendra McSweeney, Petra Molnar, 2023. "Interventions on public geographies" Political Geography, 103007,
  3. Sultana, Farhana (2023) Whose growth in whose planetary boundaries? Decolonising planetary justice in the Anthropocene. Geo: Geography and Environment, 10, e00128.
  4. Kenney-Lazar, Miles, Adrienne Johnson, Farhana Sultana, Jennifer Rice, Tracey Osborne, Matt Himley, Elizabeth Havice, and Anthony Bebbington (2023), “Critical environmental governance: Relational praxis with the material world” Journal of Political Ecology 30(1), 677–698. doi:
  5. Sultana, Farhana 2023. "Progress Report in Political Ecology III: Praxis - doing, undoing, and being in radical political ecology research" Progress in Human Geography
  6. Sultana, Farhana 2023. “Gendering the Human Right to Water in the Context of Sustainable Development” Oxford Handbook on Comparative Environmental Politics. Eds. Jeannie Sowers, Stacy Vandeveer, and Erika Weinthal. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Pp. 538-555. (online edn, Oxford Academic, 2021) doi:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780197515037.013.16 (PDF)
  7. Sultana, Farhana 2023 “Decolonizing Climate Coloniality" Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility, Rebecca Solnit and Thelma Young-Lutunatabua (Eds.), Haymarket Books. Pp. 58-65. (PDF)
  8. Mikulewicz, Michael, Neil Crawford, Martinat Caretta and Farhana Sultana 2023. “Intersectionality & Climate Justice: A Call for Synergy in Scholarship and Practice” Environmental Politics (PDF)
  9. Sultana, Farhana, 2022. "Resplendent care-full climate revolutions" Political Geography 99: 102785,
  10. Sultana, Farhana 2022. “The Unbearable Heaviness of Climate ColonialityPolitical Geography, Volume 99, November 2022, 102638. [Invited 40th anniversary plenary publication for debate forum]
  11. Sultana, Farhana 2022. “Critical Climate JusticeThe Geographical Journal Vol. 188, Pg. 118–124, DOI: 10.1111/geoj.12417
  12. Sultana, Farhana 2021. “Progress Report in Political Ecology II: Conjunctures, Crises and Critical PublicsProgress in Human Geography Vol. 45, No. 6, Pg. 1721-1730 
  13. Johnson, Adrienne, Anna Zalik, Sharlene Mollett, Farhana Sultana, Elizabeth Havice, Tracey Osborne, Gabriela Valdivia, Flora Lu, Emily Billo 2021. “Extraction, entanglements, and (im)materialities: Reflections on the methods and methodologies of natural resource industries fieldwork” Environment and Planning E: Nature and Society Vol. 4, No. 2, Pp. 383-428 (PDF)
  14. Sultana, Farhana 2021 “Progress Report in Political Ecology I: From Margin to Center” Progress in Human Geography Vol. 45, No. 1, Pp. 156-165. (PDF
  15. Sultana, Farhana 2021. “Climate Change, COVID-19 and the Co-production of Injustices: A Feminist Reading of Overlapping Crises” Social and Cultural Geography Vol. 22, No. 4, Pp. 447-460. (PDF)
  16. Loftus, Alex and Farhana Sultana 2020 “Are we all in this together? COVID-19 and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation” Public Water and COVID-19: Dark Clouds and Silver Linings, McDonald D, Spronk S, and Chavez D (Eds.), Amsterdam, Netherlands: The Transnational Institute (TNI) & Municipal Services Project (MSP), pp 49-60. (PDF)
  17. Murrey, Amber, Steve Puttick and Farhana Sultana 2020. “Digitising critical pedagogies in higher education during Covid-19” Corona Times
  18. Sultana, Farhana 2020 “Embodied Intersectionalities of Urban Citizenship: Water, Infrastructure, and Gender in the Global South” Annals of the American Association of Geographers Vol. 110, No. 5, Pp. 1407-1424. (PDF)
  19. Sultana, Farhana & Alex Loftus 2020. “The Right to Water in a Global Context: Challenges and Transformations in Water Politics” in Water Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water, Eds F. Sultana & A. Loftus, Routledge: New York, pp. 1-14. (PDF)
  20. Sultana, Farhana, Sarah Myhre, Tess Hill, Priya Shukla 2020. “Bingo Cards for Racist Bullsh*t in Academia and STEM: A Reflection on Anti-Racist Scholar-Activism” Antipode (online)
  21. Sultana, Farhana 2019. “Decolonizing Development Education and the Pursuit of Social Justice” Human Geography Vol. 12, No. 3, Pp. 31-46. (PDF)
  22. Sultana, Farhana 2018 “An(Other) Geographical Critique of Development and SDGs” Dialogues in Human Geography Vol. 8, No. 2, Pp. 186-190. (PDF)
  23. 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. (PDF)
  24. Sultana, Farhana 2018 “Water Justice: Why it Matters and How to Achieve it” Water International Vol. 43, No. 4, Pp. 483-493. (PDF)
  25. 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. (PDF)
  26. 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. (PDF)
  27. Jackson, Peter, Walter Spiess and Farhana Sultana 2016, “Introduction: Understanding the Complexities of Eating, Drinking, and Surviving” in Eating, Drinking: Surviving. Springer: Netherlands. Pp. 1-12. (PDF)
  28. Sultana, Farhana 2016, “Breaking the Silence: A Feminist Call to Action” Canadian Geographer 60(2): 192–204 (with Linda Peake, Beverley Mullings, Kate Parizeau, Alison Mountz, Roberta Hawkins, and Laura Shillington). (PDF)
  29. Sultana, Farhana, Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Sarah Miraglia 2016 “Gender Equity, Citizenship, and Public Water in Bangladesh” Making Public in a Privatized World, David McDonald (Ed.) Zed Books, UK. Pp. 149-164. (PDF)
    • Reprinted in Spanish: Sultana, F., C. T. Mohanty, and S. Miraglia, 2017, “Igualdad de género, ciudadanía y agua pública en Bangladesh” Recursos, Vinculos Y Territorios Inflexiones Transversales En Torno Al Agua. Carlos Salamanca Villamizar, Francisco Astudillo Pizarro (Eds.), Rosario: UNR Editora. Pp. 128-140. (PDF)
  30. Sultana, Farhana 2015 “Governance Failures in Neoliberal Times” Invited Book Review Essay in Edited Symposium on ‘Privatizing Water’, Karen Bakker, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Vol. 39, No. 5. Pp. 1047-1048 (PDF)
  31. Sultana, Farhana 2015, “Justice” The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Geography, John Agnew, Virginie Mamadouh, and Anna Secor and Joanne Sharp (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell, UK. Pp. 127-140. (PDF)
  32. Sultana, Farhana 2015, “Emotional Political Ecology” The International Handbook of Political Ecology, Raymond Bryant (Ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing, UK. Pp. 633-645. (PDF)
  33. Sultana, Farhana and Alex Loftus, 2015, “The Human Right to Water: Critiques and Conditions of Possibility” WIREs Water Vol. 2, No. 2, Pp. 97-105. (PDF)
  34. Sultana, Farhana 2015, “Rethinking Community and Participation in Water Governance” The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development, Anne Coles, Leslie Gray and Janet Momsen (Eds.), Routledge, London. Pp. 261-272. (PDF)
  35. Sultana, Farhana 2014, “By Whose Words Shall We Know, and to What End? Genealogies and its Others in Geography” Dialogues in Human Geography Vol. 4, No. 3. Pp. 335-338. (PDF)
  36. Sultana, Farhana 2014. “Doing Development as a Critical Development Scholar”Third World Quarterly Vol. 35, No. 3, Pp. 516-519. (PDF)
  37. Sultana, Farhana 2014, “The Right to Water” In Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles, and Practices, Debra Rowe (Ed.), Macmillan References USA, Detroit, Pp. 668-670. (PDF)
  38. Sultana, Farhana 2014, “Gendering Climate Change: Geographical Insights” The Professional Geographer Vol. 66, No. 3, Pp. 372-381 (PDF)
  39. Sultana, Farhana, Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Sarah Miraglia 2013, “Gender justice and public water for all: Insights from Dhaka, Bangladesh” Municipal Services Project (MSP) Occasional Paper No. 18. Pp. 1-24. Available at: (PDF)
  40. Budds, Jessica and Farhana Sultana, 2013 “Exploring Political Ecologies of Water and Development” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Vol. 30, Issue 2, Pp. 275 – 279. (PDF)
  41. Sultana, Farhana 2013, “Water, Technology, and Development: Transformations of Development Technonatures in Changing Waterscapes” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Vol. 30, Issue 2, Pp. 337 – 353. (PDF)
  42. Sultana, Farhana 2012, “Producing Contaminated Citizens: Towards a Nature-Society Geography of Health and Wellbeing” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. Vol. 102, Issue 5, Pp 1165-1172. (PDF)
    • Reprinted in: Sultana, Farhana 2014, Geographies of Health, Disease and Well-being: Recent Advances in Theory and Method Mei-Po Kwan (Ed.).Routledge: NY.
  43. Sultana, Farhana and Alex Loftus, 2012, “The Right to Water: Prospects and Possibilities” in The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles, Earthscan Water Text Series, Routledge: London and NY, Pp. 1-18. (PDF)
  44. Sultana, Farhana 2012, “Water, Culture and Gender: An Analysis from Bangladesh” In Water, Cultural Diversity & Global Environmental Change: Emerging Trends, Sustainable Futures? B. R. Johnston (Ed) Springer: Netherlands, Pp. 237-252. (PDF)
  45. Sultana, Farhana 2011, “Spaces of Power, Places of Hardship: Rethinking Spaces and Places through a Gendered Geography of Water” In Gendered Geographies: Interrogating Space and Place in South Asia, S. Raju (Ed.) Oxford University Press: Delhi, Pp. 293-306. (PDF)
  46. Sultana, Farhana 2011, “Suffering for Water, Suffering from Water: Emotional Geographies of Resource Access, Control, and Conflict” Geoforum Vol. 42, Issue 2, Pp. 163-172. (PDF)
  47. Sultana, Farhana 2011, “Gender and Environment: Critical Tradition and New Challenges” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Vol. 29, Issue 2, Pp. 237-253 (with Roberta Hawkins, Diana Odeja, and others). (PDF)
  48. Sultana, Farhana 2010, “Living in Hazardous Waterscapes: Gendered Vulnerabilities and Experiences of Floods and Disasters” Environmental Hazards Vol. 9, Issue 1, Pp. 43-53. (PDF)
  49. Sultana, Farhana 2009, “Community and Participation in Water Resources Management: Gendering and Naturing Development Debates from Bangladesh” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Vol. 34, Issue 3, Pp. 346-363. (PDF)
  50. O’Reilly, Kathleen, Sarah Halvorson, Farhana Sultana and Nina Laurie 2009, “Introduction: Global Perspectives on Gender-Water Geographies” Gender, Place, and Culture Vol 16, No. 4, Pp. 381-385. (PDF)
  51. Sultana, Farhana 2009, “Fluid Lives: Subjectivity, Gender and Water Management in Bangladesh” Gender, Place, and Culture Vol 16, No. 4, Pp. 427-444. (PDF)
  52. Sultana, Farhana 2008, “The New Development Management: A Review” Invited Book Review of ‘The New Development Management’, Sadvi Dar and Bill Cooke (Eds.) 2008, Zed Books, London, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy Vol. 26, Issue 5, Pp. 1043-1044. (PDF)
  53. Cahill, Caitlin, Farhana Sultana, and Rachel Pain 2007, “Participatory Ethics: Politics, Practices, Institutions” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies Vol. 6, Issue 3, Pp. 304 – 318. (PDF)
  54. Sultana, Farhana 2007, “Reflexivity, Positionality and Participatory Ethics: Negotiating Fieldwork Dilemmas in International Research” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies Vol. 6, Issue 3, Pp. 374 – 385. (PDF)
  55. Sultana, Farhana 2007. “Water, Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink: Pani Politics (water politics) in Rural Bangladesh” International Feminist Journal of Politics Vol. 9, Issue 4, Pp. 494-502. (PDF)
  56. Sultana, Farhana 2007, Four Entries: “Arsenic”, “Water Quality”, “Monsoon”, “Bangladesh” In Encyclopaedia of Environment and Society, P. Robbins (Ed.) Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA. (PDF)
  57. Sultana, Farhana 2006, “Gendered Waters, Poisoned Wells: Political Ecology of the Arsenic Crisis in Bangladesh” In Fluid bonds: Views on Gender and Water, K. Lahiri-Dutt (Ed.) Stree Publishers: India. Pp. 362-386. (PDF)
    • Reprinted in: Sultana, Farhana 2008, Gender and Development: Critical Concepts in Development Studies, Janet Momsen (Ed.), Ch 43, Vol. III, Routledge, London, Pp. 173-196.
    • Reprinted in: Sultana, Farhana 2012, Diverting the Flow: Gender Equity and Water in South Asia, Margreet Zwarteveen, Sara Ahmed and Suman Gautam (Eds.), Zubaan Publications, Delhi, Pp. 240-272
  58. Sultana, Farhana 2004. “Engendering a catastrophe: A Gendered Analysis of India’s river-linking project” In Regional Cooperation on Transboundary Rivers: Impact of the Indian River-linking Project. Eds. M.F. Ahmed, Q.K. Ahmad, and M. Khalequzzaman, pp. 288-305. Dhaka: BAPA Press. (PDF)
  59. Crow, Ben and Farhana Sultana 2002. “Gender, class and access to water: Three cases in a poor and crowded delta” Society and Natural Resources 15(8): 709-724. (PDF)
    • Reprinted in: Crow, Ben and Farhana Sultana, 2011, The Geopolitics of Natural Resources, D. Feldman (Ed.) Edward Elgar: London. Pp. 311 – 326.
  60. Sultana, Farhana and Crow, B. 2001. “Water concerns in rural Bangladesh: A gendered perspective” In Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Challenges of the Millennium, ed. J. Pickford, pp. 416-419. UK: Loughborough University Press. (PDF)
  61. Crow, Ben and Farhana Sultana 2000. “Water resources and gender: Unspoken realities and unfolding crisis in Bangladesh” In Bangladesh Environment 2000, ed. M. F. Ahmed, pp. 549-574. Dhaka: BAPA Press.

Refereed Policy Studies and Research Reports

  1. Sultana, Farhana. 2017. “The human right to water, gender justice, and sustainable development: Exploring connections and possibilities” in Proceedings of the Workshop on the Human right to Water at Vatican, Cátedra del Diálogo y la Cultura del Encuentro, Argentina. Pp. 54-57.  (PDF)
  2. Sultana, Farhana 2016. "How to Reduce Environmental Vulnerabilities in the Globalizing World" HENVI Policy Brief 4, University of Helsinki Centre for Environment, Helsinki, Finland (PDF)
  3. Sultana, Farhana. 2012, Gender Research in Coastal Polders of Bangladesh. International Water Management Institute, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  4. Sultana, Farhana. 2011, “Drinking Water” Brochure of International Geographical Union for United Nations International Year of Global Understanding (with Olivier Graefe)
  5. Sultana, Farhana. 2007, “Social Dynamics of Arsenic Contamination of Drinking Water: Issues for Policymakers” Tropical Agriculture Association Newsletter, Vol. 27, No. 4, Pp. 12-13.
  6. Sultana, Farhana. 2006, “Gender Concerns in Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh: Trends and Challenges” In Selected Papers on the Social Aspects of Arsenic and Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh, Guy Howard (Ed.), Arsenic Policy Support Unit (APSU), Dhaka, Bangladesh, Pp. 53-84. (PDF)
  7. Sultana, Farhana. 2005, Gender Concerns in Arsenic Mitigation in Bangladesh: Trends and Challenges. Commissioned Report submitted to Department for International Development (DFID), UK, and the Arsenic Policy Support Unit, Department of Public Health Engineering, Government of Bangladesh.
  8. Sultana, Farhana. 2004, Irrigation Impacts Assessment: An Annotated Bibliography of Published Literature on Methods and Findings. International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka. (with Madhusudan Bhattarai)
  9. Sultana, Farhana. 2002, Irrigation Impacts: An Annotated Bibliography. Comprehensive Assessment Program on Irrigation Impacts, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  10. Sultana, Farhana. 1999, “Water and Sanitation” and “Healthy Physical Environment” In The Common Country Assessment of the United Nations in Bangladesh, University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (PDF)
  11. Sultana, Farhana. 1997, “Novel Development Strategies in the Third World” ISEES Research Paper, Institute for Social, Economic and Ecological Sustainability (ISEES), University of Minnesota (with Anne Kapuscinski).
  12. Sultana, Farhana. 1995, “Academic Opportunities” In Environmental Audit of Princeton University. Princeton Environmental Reform Committee, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. (with Marlene Hass, Amy Marr, and Mike Sze)

Academic Dissertations and Theses

  1. Sultana, Farhana 2007. “Suffering for Water, Suffering from Water: Political Ecologies of Arsenic, Water and Development in Bangladesh.” Ph.D. Thesis, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, MN, USA. Copyrighted. [Supervisors: Abdi Samatar (Geography, advisor), Eric Sheppard (Geography, chair), Richard Skaggs (Geography), Richa Nagar (Women’s Studies)]
  2. Sultana, Farhana 1998. “In the Path of Nature’s Fury: Natural Hazards and Disaster Management in Bangladesh – A case Study of Tropical Cyclones and Storm Surge Disasters.” Unpublished M.A. Thesis Paper I, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, MN, USA. [Supervisor: Richard Skaggs (Geography)]
  3. Sultana, Farhana 1998. “Shrimp and Sustainability: Social and Ecological Impacts of the Shrimp Aquaculture Industry in Bangladesh.” Unpublished M.A. Thesis Paper II, Department of Geography, University of Minnesota, MN, USA. [Co-Supervisors: Abdi Samatar (Geography), Anne Kapuscinski (Fisheries and Wildlife)]
  4. Sultana, Farhana 1996. “Coastal Protection Plans for Chittagong, Bangladesh: Reducing Storm Surge Death and Destruction.” Senior Honors Thesis, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University, USA. [Co-Supervisors: William Bonini (Geosciences), Kenneth Deffeys (Geosciences)]

Public Scholarship & Media Engagement

For a list of public scholarship and media engagement, click here

Other Work

  1. The Guardian: "In 2023 we’ve seen climate destruction in real time, yet rich countries are poised to do little at Cop28" (1 Nov 2023)
  2. Fighting racism in academia (2018) (open link)
  3. Petition to uphold academic journal publishing standards (2017) (open link)

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