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Dr Anika Nasra Haque

Dr Anika Nasra Haque

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

PhD (Cantab), MSc, B.Arch

Office Phone: 01223 330 571


Anika is a Human Geographer, broadly interested in International development, Gender and Climate adaptation with primary empirical focus on cities in Global South. Much of her research over the last decade has focused on social vulnerability, climate change adaptation and governance within low income settlements in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa. Her current work seeks to understand the gender representation in  slum rehabilitation policies of India. The research is funded by British Academy.

Anika holds a PhD in Geography from University of Cambridge. Her PhD research investigated pro poor adaptation to climatic risks in the low-income urban settlements of the Least Developed Countries. It was an interdisciplinary research cutting across intersectoral issues and policy concerns in the fields of Development, Governance, Urban poverty and Disaster Risk Reduction. Before joining Cambridge, she has been working in the field of International development and Climate change adaptation at various capacity: with International organizations like IIED, START, UNEP. She has received numerous awards including the Young Scientist Award in the field of Sustainable Development (2011) by The International Network of System and Sustainability; Doctoral Research Award by Association for British Turkish Academics for excellence in doctoral research in UK (2016).


Research Career

2018 - present: External Research Associate, University of East Anglia, U.K.

2014 - present: Advisor to ‘Environment and Urbanization’ research group, International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2014 -2015: Visiting Researcher, International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2014 - 2015: Contributor, 2nd Global Assessment Report of Climate Change and Cities, Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN).

2012 - 2014: National Lead, ‘Adaptation in the urban informal settlements of the climate vulnerable coastal areas of Bangladesh’, Action Research on Community Adaptation in Bangladesh (ARCAB) and International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), funded by DFID.

2011-2012: Consultant, ‘Knowledge assessments on climate change and peri-urban /urban agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia’ in Partnership with UNEP, START, WMO, IPCC, University of Ghana, University of Dar es Salaam and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies.


Academic career

2018 - present: Associate Tutor, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, U.K.

2008 - 2013: Lecturer, School of Architecture, American International   University-Bangladesh,    (AIUB), Bangladesh.                                  

Research Interests

International Development; Gender vulnerability; Climate Change Adaptation; Urban Poverty; Informal settlement; Slum rehabilitation/up gradation; Governance/Governmentality; Sustainability.

Key Publications

Sunikka-Blank, M., Bardhan, R. and Haque, A. N., 2018. Gender, domestic energy and design of inclusive low-income habitats: A case of slum rehabilitation housing in India, Energy Research & Social Science, 49, pp. 53-67.

Haque, A. N., 2016, Application of Multi-Criteria Analysis on Climate Adaptation Assessment in the Context of Least Developed Countries, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Wiley Online Library. Available [Online]:

Haque A. N., Dodman, D. and Hossain, M. M., 2014, Individual, communal and institutional responses to climate change by low-income households in Khulna, Bangladesh, Environment and Urbanization, Volume 26 Issue 1, pp 1-18, Available [Online]:

Haque A. N., Grafakos, S., Huijsman, M., 2012, Participatory integrated assessment of flood protection measures for climate adaptation in Dhaka, Environment and Urbanization, Volume 24 Issue 1, pp 197-213, Available [Online]:

Haque A. N. and Grafakos, S., 2010, Assessment of adaptation measures against flooding in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh,IHS Working Papers, Number 25/2010, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Haque, A. N. and Hossain M. M., 2011, Informal sector water utility management: potential urban slum upgradation policies in Bangladesh, Proceedings of conference on Engineering Research, Innovation and Education, SUST, pp- 142-146.