Professor & Director, Water Diplomacy
School of Engineering and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Boston, United States
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.