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Anika is a Human Geographer, broadly interested in International development, Gender and Climate adaptation with primary empirical focus on cities in Global South. Much of her research over the last decade has focused on social vulnerability, climate change adaptation and governance within low income settlements in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa.

Her current work seeks to understand the dynamics that exist between stakeholders in the delivery of energy innovation to low income communities in India and South Africa. This work is funded by the British Academy and led by Dr Charlotte Lemanski.

Before joining Department of Geography, she worked as Research Associate at Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge where she studied the gender representation in slum rehabilitation policies of India: identifying the gendered vulnerability in India's Slum Rehabilitation Housings and mainstreaming gender into the public policies.



  • 2019-till date: Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2018- 2019: Research Associate, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.
  • 2018-till date: External Research Associate, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.
  • 2014-2015: Visiting Researcher, International Center for Climate Change and Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • 2008 - 2013: Lecturer, Department of Architecture, American International University- Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • 2012-2013: National Lead, DFID and ARCAB (Action Research on Community Adaptation in Bangladesh) project on 'Community Based Adaptation in the climate vulnerable urban areas of Bangladesh'.
  • 2011-2012: Consultant, Research on 'Knowledge assessments on climate change and peri-urban /urban agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia' in Partnership with UNEP, START, WMO, IPCC, University of Ghana, University of Dar es Salaam and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies.


  • PhD in Geography, Department of geography, University of Cambridge, U.K. 2013-2018.
  • M.Sc in Urban Management and Development (with Distinction), Specialization: Urban Environmental and Infrastructure Management, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2010.
  • B.Arch, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), 2008.


  • Young Scientist Award in the field of Sustainable Development for the year 2011 by The International Network of System and Sustainability.
  • Doctoral Research award by Association for British Turkish Academics for excellence in doctoral research in UK, 2016.
  • Academic Achievement award from Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, 2014.
  • 'Faculty for the Future' Scholarship, Schlumberger Foundation, 2013- 2017.
  • Netherlands Funding Program (NFP), Dutch Government for Masters in Urban Management and Development, 2009-2010.
  • Research Grant from The Balaton Group for conducting independent research on Sustainable Development.
  • Merit Scholarship for excellence in undergrad academic performance from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), 2003-2007.


Research interests

Her research interests include International Development, Climate Change Adaptation, Gender Vulnerability, Community-based Adaptation, Disaster Risk reduction, Urban Management and Development, Sustainable development, Policy analysis, Systems Dynamics.

Research overview

Anika is currently part of a British Academy funded project (led by Dr Charlotte Lemanski) which explores how low-income communities, private energy entrepreneurs, and government (at various scales) work in contestation and collaboration to devise and deliver affordable domestic energy that meets the long-term needs and aspirations of low-income households in Bangalore (India) and Cape Town (South Africa).


Selected publications

Peer-reviewed journals

  • Sunikka-Blank, M., Bardhan, R. and Haque, A. N., 2018. Gender, domestic energy and design of inclusive low-income habitats: A case of slum rehabilitation housing in India, Energy Research & Social Science, 49, pp. 53-67.
  • Haque, A. N., 2016, Application of Multi-Criteria Analysis on Climate Adaptation Assessment in the Context of Least Developed Countries, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Wiley Online Library.
  • Haque A. N., Dodman, D. and Hossain, M. M., 2014, Individual, communal and institutional responses to climate change by low-income households in Khulna, Bangladesh, Environment and Urbanization, Volume 26 Issue 1, pp 1-18.
  • Haque A. N., Grafakos, S., Huijsman, M., 2012, Participatory integrated assessment of flood protection measures for climate adaptation in Dhaka, Environment and Urbanization, Volume 24 Issue 1, pp 197-213.

Working paper

  • Haque, A. N. and Grafakos, S., 2010, Assessment of adaptation measures against flooding in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, IHS Working Papers, Number 25/2010, Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.


  • 2018 - present: Associate Tutor (Introduction to Human Geography), School of International Development, University of East Anglia, U.K.
  • 2018-19: Teaching Associate (Research Methods), Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge.

External activities

  • Member, Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements (Interdisciplinary research group), University of Cambridge.
  • Co-administrator, Research network (GENUS, Dept. of Geography, University of Cambridge), Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities' (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.
  • Registered reviewer, for peer reviewed journals: Water Policy; The Geographical; Climate and Development, Environment & Urbanization.
  • Advisor, Climate Change and Urbanization research cluster, International Center for Climate Change and Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Advisor, 'Improving Multi-stakeholder Collaboration for Water and Sanitation Sector to Contribute to Positive Impact on Urban Climate Resilience in Bangladesh', Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh, 2014- 2016.
  • Member, Cambridge Philosophical Society.
  • Member, Geographical Information Science (GISc) forum, University of Cambridge.
  • Member, Cambridge Centre for Climate science, University of Cambridge.
  • Member, Agents and Environment Modelling Group, University of Cambridge.
  • Member, The Balaton group. The International Network of System and Sustainability
  • Candidate member, Institute of Architects, Bangladesh.
  • Ambassador of Worldschool, The Netherlands.