Jamila Haider is a PhD candidate studying the relationship between persistent poverty and biocultural diversity. Her PhD explores how development interventions can improve human well-being without eroding the cultural and agricultural bio-diversity that makes a given place unique and is important for global resilience.
Her interests also include: assessing resilience, stewardship, integrating knowledge systems, and early-career journeys in sustainability science.
Jamila also works part-time as a programme officer with SwedBio, where she coordinates “Communities Self-Assessing Resilience” initiative.
More specifically her PhD:
Prior to starting her PhD at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Jamila completed her Master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in Geographical Research. As part of the Political Ecology group, her thesis used Elinor Ostrom’s social-ecological systems framework to assess institutional governance of joint forestry management in Tajikistan.
Jamila worked from 2009-2011 as an international development practitioner. As International Development Management Fellow with the Aga Khan Foundation, she worked as a natural resource management program officer in Tajikistan, and then went on to support the management of a cross-border programme between Tajikistan and Afghanistan with Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan. From 2010-2011 she held the position of national coordinator for the Land and Water Unit for the same organisation, based in Kabul.
Jamila has Bachelor degrees in Biology and Political Science (Development Studies focus) from Carleton University, where her Honour’s thesis focused on community based natural resource management in South-East Madagascar.
Additionally, Jamila is a member of:
Jamila is also the author of “With Our Own Hands: A celebration of food and life in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.” The book received media attention beyond academia, won a Gourmand Award: World’s Best Cookbook (2016), and is currently being turned into a documentary film. Her cook book has also recived media attention from various outlets, such as BBC.
Awards and achievements:
Radhika Gupta, MSc candidate
General news | 2016-05-30
Cookbook written by centre researcher Jamila Haider and Dutch researcher Frederik van Oudenhoven wins international cookbook of the year award
Research news | 2015-12-04
Reducing resilience to a few measurements can block deeper understanding
Research news | 2015-11-23
Book on food and life in the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan handed out to local communities
Research news | 2015-04-21
Telling a story of resilience in practice: new book about food and life in the Pamir mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan
2015 - Report
To understand how ideas come to be, and particularly how they take root in people’s minds and in the collective mind of societies, it is not enough to locate where they began. In a sense (Foucault (1977) would say), origins are irrelevant: understanding the paths that ideas take as they evolve, and the passions, struggles and dissensions that shape them, brings us much closer to their essence than locating their beginning. Ide...
2015 - Journal / article
Increased interest in managing resilience has led to efforts to develop standardized tools for assessments and quantitative measures. Resilience, however, as a property of complex adaptive systems, does not lend itself easily to measurement. Whereas assessment approaches tend to focus on deepening understanding of system dynamics, resilience measurement aims to capture and quantify resilience in a rigorous and repeatable way. ...
2015 - Book chapter
The goal of sustainable development is to meet the socio-economic and environmental objectives without comprising the needs of future generations. Since the Rio Summit of 1992, the concept of sustainability has captured our imaginations and aspirations and efforts to develop its indicators have increased. A range of sustainability indicators have been developed within various socio-economic, environmental and cultural contex...
2015 - Book
With Our Own Hands tells, for the first time, the cultural and agricultural history of the Afghan and Tajik Pamirs, one of the world’s least known and most isolated civilisations. Through the lens of local recipes, one hundred in total, and accompanied by the work of three award-winning photographers, it describes Pamiri food and its origins, people’s daily lives, their struggles and celebrations. In a context where poverty, c...