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Fazilda Nabeel



Fazilda Nabeel is a doctoral researcher at the department of International development at the University of Sussex. Her research is funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) analyses the nature and underlying causes of problem of groundwater (non) governance in the Indus Basin of Pakistan, particularly the marginalisation of groundwater governance in comparison to the technical, legal, institutional development of surface water.


Her fieldwork on local governance of municipal, industrial and agricultural water use in the Sheikhupura district of Punjab explores the competing uses of water in one of the critically exploited areas with high industrial and agricultural water footprints in the Rechna Doab, as well as the effect of deteriorating groundwater quality and diminishing quantity on livelihoods.   

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Role in UP-SIGN: 

Fazilda is the Clean Water & Sanitation Lead. 


Pakistan Related Activities: 

  • Visiting Doctoral Researcher with Centre for Water Informatics and Technology at LUMS University (2016-2017)

  • Lead Pakistan Fellow on Transboundary Water Resources South Asia (2014-2015)

  • Co-author of South Asian Human Development Reports (2011-2015) (Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Centre)

  • Co-author of Pakistan National Human Development Report, UNDP (2017-2018)

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