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Shafiqul Islam

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

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Shafiqul Islam

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

Phone 617-627-4290
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
water diplomacy, hydroclimatology, hydroepidemiology, remote sensing, climate challenges
Biography: 

Shafiqul (Shafik) Islam is professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a professor of water diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the director of the Water Diplomacy Program. He works on availability, access, and allocation of water within the context of climate challenges, health, and diplomacy. He seeks interdisciplinary approaches to create actionable knowledge by blending science, engineering, policy, and politics in contextually relevant ways using complex science, systems thinking, principled pragmatism, and negotiation theory. Islam maintains a diverse network of national and international partnerships and is engaged in several national and international consulting and training practices in the United States, South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He is the 2016 recipient of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Water Prize for Creativity. He has over a hundred journal publications and three books on water diplomacy. His research and practice have been featured in numerous media outlets, including the BBC World Service, Voice of America, the Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, Nature, and Yale E360. For more information about his interests and expertise, please visit Water Diplomacy.

Education: 
Sc.D., Hydrometeorology and Hydroclimatology, MIT, 1991
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Maine, 1987
B.S., Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 1983
Professional Experience: 
2010-present:

Director, Water Diplomacy | IGERT Program, Tufts University

2008-present:

Professor of Water Diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

2006-2009:

Associate Dean for Research, Tufts School of Engineering

2004-present:

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

1991-2004:

University of Cincinnati, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 2001-2004: Professor
  • 2000-2004: Director of Graduate Studies
  • 1997-2000: Associate Professor
  • 1995-2004: Founding Director, Cincinnati Earth Systems Science Program
  • 1991-1996: Assistant Professor
1983-1984:

Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Research Interests: 

Shafiqul Islam's research interests include water diplomacy, hydroclimatology, hydroepidemiology, remote sensing, and climate challenges.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2016: Creativity Award, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water
2004: Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering, Tufts University
2004: Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award, University of Cincinnati College of Engineering
2001: Senior Fulbright Scholar
1984: Commonwealth Scholar in Engineering
Selected Professional Activities: 
2012-present: Founding Editor, Anthem Water Diplomacy Series
1997-2001: Associate Editor, Reviews of Geophysics
1995-2001: Associate Editor, Water Resources Research