Saleh Ahmed

About Saleh Ahmed

Saleh Ahmed is a Ph.D. candidate at the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Arid Lands Resource Sciences with a minor in Global Change. His specializations include: human dimensions of global environmental change, climate services for livelihood resilience, human rights and risk management.

He is dissertating on how smallholder marginal farmers respond to the stresses and shocks caused by global environmental change and how these insights can help the resource-poor societies to tackle livelihood challenges, using weather and climate information.  He is using the theoretical lens of social vulnerability to climate change to better identify the differential impacts among various farmers’ groups in low-lying coastal Bangladesh and the usability of climate information in their adaptation decisions. In doing this, he is seeking to demonstrate the nuanced relationships between the concepts of vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience and their relevance to international development practice.

His work on vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience also explores the nexus between urban development and sustainability in cities of the Global South and traverses the fields of political geography, development studies and urban and regional planning.  He is expanding his research on refugees and forced migration issues through the lens of core principles of human rights, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Through the research, outreach and teaching, Saleh is passionate about bringing the voices of most marginalized people into the discussion of global development agenda, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Prior to the current doctoral training at the University of Arizona, Saleh worked with the United Nations, The World Bank, as well as in academia in various parts of the world. Most of his previous works were focused understanding the complex interactions between climate and society and translating those insights to bridge the gaps between, science, policy and society. In recognition to his efforts to understand the complex urbanization process in the Global South, Saleh was selected as one of the nineteen World Social Science Fellows by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) in 2015.

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Saleh Ahmed
Associated Faculty, and Doctoral Candidate, Arid Lands Resource Sciences


Ph.D., Arid Lands Resource Sciences, The University of Arizona (USA) (Expected in May, 2019).

M.Sc. (2015) Sociology, Utah State University (USA)

M.Sc. (2008) Spatial Planning, KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

M.Sc. (2007) Regional Science, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

B.U.R.P. (2003). Urban and Rural Planning, Khulna University (Bangladesh)

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences