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Farhana Sultana

Syracuse University
United States
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Farhana Sultana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also the Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School. Prior to joining Syracuse University, she was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at King’s College London and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester, UK. Before becoming an academic, Farhana was a Programme Officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for a $26M large environment-development program in Bangladesh. She obtained my M.A. and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota, where she was a John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) Fellow. She obtained her A.B. (Cum Laude) in Geosciences and Environmental Studies from Princeton University. As an internationally-recognized interdisciplinary scholar, Farhana us broadly interested in nature-society relationships, political ecology, critical development studies, feminist theories, urban studies, climate justice, water governance, human rights, citizenship, and South Asia. Her work is informed by not only her background and training in the natural sciences, social sciences, and policy experience, but also from having lived and worked on three continents, being a post-colonial subject and scholar, and having a lifelong commitment to critical praxis and social justice. Farhana is the recipient of the 2019 Glenda Laws award from the American Association of Geographers.

Farhana Sultana’s Website.


Sultana F. 2021. “Progress report in Political ecology II: Conjunctures, crises, and critical publics,” Progress in Human Geography. (July 2021).

Sultana F. 2021. “Climate change, COVID-19, and the co-production of injustices: a feminist reading of overlapping crises,” Social & Cultural Geography, Vol. 22, No. 4, Pp. 447-460. (April 2021).

Sultana, Farhana and Alex Loftus. 2020. “Water Politics: Governance, Justice, and the Right to Water.” Routledge: London and New York.

Farhana Sultana. 2020. “Progress Report in Political Ecology I: From Margin to Center,” Progress in Human Geography (June 2020).

Farhana Sultana. 2018. “Gender and Water in a Changing Climate: Challenges and Opportunities.” In Water Security Across the Gender Divide, Springer: The Netherlands (2018).

Farhana Sultana. 2015. “Emotional Political Ecology,” The International Handbook of Political Ecology, Edward Elgar Publishing (September 2015).

Farhana Sultana. 2015. “Justice,” Companion to Political Geography, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, UK (September 2015).

Farhana Sultana. 2014. “Gendering Climate Change: Geographical Insights,” The Professional Geographer (August 2014).

Farhana Sultana & Alex Loftus. 2012. “The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles,” Earthscan Water Text Series, Routledge, London & New York (January 2012).

Media Coverage

Sultana F. 2021. “Climate and COVID-19 crises both need feminism – here’s why,” The Hill. May 16, 2021.

Farhana Sultana was interviewed about her perspective on what the true measures of global progress should be. “What does progress mean to you?,” MIT Technology Review, February 24, 2021.

Farhana Sultana commented on New York’s consideration of fossil fuel divestment, saying “This divestment of the pension fund is one of the components of the multi-pronged approach that is absolutely critically essential in moving toward more climate just futures.” “DiNapoli opens up fossil fuel divestment,” City & State New York, December 9, 2020.

Farhana Sultana quoted on climate policy pursued by the Biden administration by Andrea Thompson. Here’s How Scientists Want Biden to Take on Climate Change,” Scientific American, November 12, 2020.

Farhana Sultana quoted on the Biden administration’s potential climate policy by Josh Gabbatiss. US election: Climate experts react to Joe Biden’s victory,” Carbon Brief, November 9, 2020.

Farhana Sultana quoted on New York state fossil fuel divestment in 1100+ Academics release letter demanding state legislators divest New York from fossil fuels,”, September 10, 2020.

Farhana Sultana featured in a discussion on pension fund divestment from fossil fuels. DivestNY,” September 10, 2020.

Farhana Sultana quoted on her climate change research in Bangladesh. Climate change is creating new forms of injustice,” Dawn Newspaper, June 26, 2020.

Farhana Sultana quoted on climate change’s disparate impact on women and girls by Niha Dagia. Overlooked – the impact of global warming on gender-based violence,” Express Tribune, June 25, 2020.

Farhana Sultana quoted on James Hansen’s climate change work by Eric Holthaus. James Hansen’s Legacy: Scientists Reflect on Climate Change in 1988, 2018, and 2048,” Grist, June 22, 2018.