Mehjabeen Abidi-Habib

Senior Adaptation Practitioner

Dr Mehjabeen Abidi-Habib is a Senior Research Fellow at the Sustainable Development Study Centre of Government College University (GCU),

Lahore Pakistan and Visiting Research Associate at Oxford University. Her doctorate which she completed in 2010 showed how local communities adapt to outside disturbance and shock that threaten the social and ecological systems upon which their lives depend. Her field work was conducted in the high mountains of the Karakoram and coastal mangroves in Pakistan.

Mehjabeen has worked on the design, context, and structure of a project on climate compatible development at the national level in association with GCAP in 2012. She brings expertise in analysis of stakeholder processes in Pakistan critical to successful engagement and collaborations. Her understanding of governance relations that underpin development pathways is essential for effective adaptation.

Mehjabeen is a resilience scholar-practitioner in Pakistan who has researched climate change and adaptive capacity at the local level and analysed related governance problems and opportunities. She has international civil service experience with the United Nations in Pakistan, NGO work with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, and has served on the Board of LEAD International (Leadership for Environment and Development) as a UK Charity Trustee for nine years, culminating as Chair of the Board until June 2011.

Mehjabeen Abidi-Habib is an Associate of GCAP UK.