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Najam is an expert in international diplomacy and development. His research interests include sustainable development, Muslim and South Asian politics, environmental politics in developing countries, and philanthropy among immigrant communities in the United States. Much of his work has focused on longer-term global policy problems, especially those related to human well-being and sustainable development. He contributed to Pakistan’s first environmental policy document, as well as to that country’s report to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, has worked closely with governments and civil society in both industrialized and developing countries, and regularly collaborates with the United Nations. Najam is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a Visiting Fellow at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), and serves on the Boards of the Pakistan Institute for Environment-Development Action Research (PIEDAR) and the Center for Global Studies at the Univeristy of Victoria, Canada.
Najam’s recent books include: Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community (2006); Trade and Environment Negotiations: A Resource book (2006); Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment (2006); Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (2003); and Civic Entrepreneurship (2002). He serves on the editorial boards of various scholarly publications including: Global Governance, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly; The Journal of Ecological Economics; Yearbook of International Co-operation on Environment and Development; Annual Editions: Environment; and The Encyclopedia of Earth.
Sustaining Cities: Environment, Economic Development, and Empowerment
as author at MIT World Series: Changing Cities: Celebrating 75 Years of Planning Better Futures at MIT,
together with: Judith Layzer, Jason Corburn, J. Phillip Thompson, Christopher Zegras, Lawrence J. Vale (moderator),
How Would Climate Change Influence Society in the 21st Century? (Panel)
as author at MIT World Series: Nobel Laureate Speakers,
together with: Rajendra K. Pachauri (moderator), Akimasa Sumi, John Reilly, Howard Herzog, Michael W. Golay, William Moomaw, Andreas Fischlin,