Hi everyone! I’m Saher Hasnain, currently employed as a Researcher at the Food Systems Transformation Group at the Environmental Change Institute (University of Oxford), and an Environmental Change Research Fellow at Reuben College.
Trained as an environmental scientist, I have focused on environmental health and food systems in urban areas. For my doctoral research, I examined the influence of factors like fuel policies, urban design, violence, and regional and global food system transformation on food consumption behaviour and spatial mobility in urban Pakistan. I am currently working on mapping the complexity of Pakistan’s food system and exploring influences like the socio-economic and regulatory changes and projects like the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC).
Previously with the IFSTAL programme at Oxford, I collaborated with colleagues from the IFSTAL consortium in delivering the online course material through a series of face-to-face workshops to students with interdisciplinary backgrounds and approaches.
The Foresight4Food Initiative, which is supporting enhanced foresight and scenario analyses for global food systems. It aims to provide a mechanism to better understand and synthesize key trends and possible futures in global food systems and support informed and strategic decision making between food systems stakeholders.
I have also worked on environmental health issues through photovoice and mapping at the University of Pennsylvania, and the development of national energy management cultures at Bahria University.
In my spare time I can be found trying to finish the publications from my DPhil, reading science fiction (huge fan of Alastair Reynolds, Iaian Banks, and Isaac Asimov), playing the occasional strategic video game, and trying my hand at short story writing.