Anika Nasra Haque

Anika Nasra
Research Associate
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Dr. Anika Haque is a human and urban geographer broadly interested in Urban informality and inequality.  Her research is situated at the intersection of society, development and governance. In these contested frontiers her work predominantly focuses on urban poverty and inequality, she is particularly interested in the everyday and embedded structural inequalities at city level. Much of her research over the last decade has empirically focused on cities around Global South (from Asia to Africa to Latin America).

Her research has three broad strands:

Climate change adaptation: Her ongoing research (2009-till date) on adaptation to climatic risks primarily focuses on understanding the political ecology (including urban governance from macro to micro level, and, social and political processes) shaping urban adaptation process in urban informal settlements.

2.  Gender vulnerability: Her research on urban poor in Global South attempts to explore how/if risks (in various forms, e.g. climatic risks, risks deriving from lack of access to infrastructure and services, exclusion from development/governance processes) in urban informal settlements are gendered: how socio cultural norms shape gendered vulnerability/inequality in such settlements.

3.  Urban infrastructure and citizenship: She is currently studying the nexus between urban infrastructure, urban informality and citizenship (primarily focusing on energy infrastructure to explore this relationship).

All her research are inter-disciplinary spanning the physical and social sciences.

Research Interests: 
  • Urban Informality
  • Climate Change Vulnerability and adaptation
  • Gender Vulnerability
  • Urban Resilience
  • International Development/Sustainable Development
Teaching And Professional Interests: 
  • Research Methods
  • Urban Geography
  • Human Geography
  • Development Geography

PhD in Geography, University of Cambridge.

Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK.

M.Sc in Urban management and Development, Erasmus University, The Netherlands.

B.Arch, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology.

  • 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.
  • Young Scientist Award in the field of Sustainable Development by The International Network of System and Sustainability, 2011.

Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Life Member, The International Network of System and Sustainability.

Member, Global Energy Nexus in Urban Settlements (Interdisciplinary research group), University of Cambridge.


Adaptation to flooding in low-income urban settlements of the least developed countries:  a case of Dhaka east, Bangladesh


Peer-reviewed journals


Haque, A. N., 2020. A 'Whole Systems' View of Vulnerability to Climatic Risks: The Case of the Urban Poor in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Progress in Development Studies
Haque, A. N., Bithell, M. & Richards, K. S., 2020. Adaptation to flooding in low-income urban settlements of the least developed countries: a systems approach. The Geographical Journal


  • Bardhan, R., Sunikka-Blank, M and Haque, A. N., 2019. Sentiment analysis as tool for gender mainstreaming in slum rehabilitation housing management in Mumbai, India, Habitat International


  • 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.



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.