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Saleh Ahmed

Saleh Ahmed

Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Programs (Environmental Studies, Global Studies, & Urban Studies)
School of Public Service
Phone: (208) 426-2514

Environmental Research Building (ERB # 3145)
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-1935

As an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, Dr. Ahmed’s research focuses on human dimensions of global environmental change. His current projects include work on climate justice, equitable resilience, sustainability-peace nexus, and risk-informed decision-making in coastal communities. Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Global Studies, and Urban Studies in the School of Public Service at Boise State University.

He received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences with a minor in Global Change from the University of Arizona, where he also has a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication. Ahmed’s previous degrees are on Environmental Sociology (Utah State University), Regional Science (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Spatial Planning (KTH–The Royal Institute of Technology) and Urban and Rural Planning (Khulna University).


Research Interests

  •  Coastal vulnerability, inclusive adaptation, and equitable resilience
  • Disaster risk management and inclusive disaster recovery
  • Ethnic minorities, human rights, and refugee crisis
  • Sustainability-peace nexus
  • Weather and climate information for risk-informed decision-making
  • Growth management and socio-cultural sustainability 


Publications (Selected)

  • Ahmed, S. and Eklund, E. (2021). Climate Change and Coastal Bangladesh: Migration, Gender and Environmental Injustice. Asian Affairs. doi: 10.1080/03068374.2021.1880213
  • Ahmed, S. (2020). Urban resilience and sustainable development trajectories: Insights from Dhaka. Chapter 23. Routledge Handbook on Planning Megacities in the Global South. D. Rukmana (ed.). pp. 231-242. New York: Routledge.
  • Ahmed, S. and Jackson-Smith, D. (2019). Impacts of spatial patterns of rural and exurban residential development on agricultural trends in the Intermountain West. Sage Open (an open access journal for social sciences and humanities).
  • Ahmed, S. (2018). Climate-Induced Poverty in Coastal Bangladesh: Policy Implications. CROP (Mobilizing critical research for preventing and eradicating poverty) Poverty Brief 43: 1-4.


Related News & Outreach (Selected)


Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • School of Public Service Research Grants, Boise State University, 2020.
  • The Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, 2019.
  • The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research Grant, American Philosophy Society, 2017.
  • Carson-Haury Scholarship/Agnese Nelms Haury Fellowship on Social Justice and Climate Change, The University of Arizona, 2016.
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Masters & Carlo Schmid Programme Fellowship, 2015-2018.


Courses (Selected)

  • GLOBAL 302: Social and Political Change in the Global South
  • ENVSTD 121: Introduction to the Environment
  • ENVSTD 498: Seminar on Environmental Studies (Evaluating UN Sustainable Development Goals)

Students Supervised

Ph.D. students

    • Carolyn Griswold (Public Policy and Administration)–Committee Chair, “Equitable Resilience in the Treasure Valley.” 2020 – present.
    • Daniel Amoruso (Public Policy and Administration)–Committee Member, “Refugee and terrorism Nexus in the Middle East.” 2020 – present.

Undergraduate Students

    • Adriana Archila (Global Studies) – McNair Research Mentor, “Social-ecological traps and uneven disaster recovery among Garifuna community in Honduras.” 2021– present.
    • Ahmed Muhumed (Global Studies) – McNair Research Mentor, “Educational inequality in Kebribeyah Refugee Camp in Ethiopia,” 2020. (currently pursuing MS in International Affairs at Florida State University)


Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Association of Geographers
  • Member, American Society of Adaptation Professionals
  • Member, International Studies Association
  • Member, Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Member, Society for International Development-Washington, DC Chapter