University of Cambridge faculty will bring talk on sustainability and economic development to New Paltz

Nazia Mintz-Habib, Ph.D., the Research Director of the Resilience and Sustainable Development Programme (RSDP) at the University of Cambridge, will visit SUNY New Paltz on Thursday, March 29, to discuss her research into sustainable development, and its potential to bring about inclusive and equitable economic transformation.

This event, presented by the Department of Economics, will begin at 4 p.m. in Lecture Center 102, and is free and open to the public.

Mintz-Habib will discuss her work with the RSDP, a multidisciplinary action research program dedicated to making sustainable development attainable by focusing on three pillars: investment, innovation and governance-related decision making to ensure positive economic impacts while proactively creating good environmental, social and governance outcomes.

As Research Director at the RSDP, Mintz-Habib is the intellectual architect of the Cambridge Policy Simulator, a socio-economic system designing method that has been adopted by Bangladesh, Kosovo and Botswana governments for governance innovation. Several other countries are currently going through the selection process with RSDP to adopt the method.

Prior to founding and leading this research program, she was the Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She has held many prestigious fellowships including Sustainability Science Fellow at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Isaac Newton Trust Fellowship and the Commonwealth Fellowship.

Along with her academic appointments, Mintz-Habib is also involved with the International Food Policy Research Institute, where she works to implement an institutional feasibility study framework that she developed.

She also leads several knowledge products and dialogues at the United Nations on sustainable development-related thematic areas, including inclusive growth strategy, climate change, renewable energy, governance and green economy.

Her publications can be found both as working papers for the United Nations and in academic journals on food security, renewable energy, poverty, and climate change and governance systems. Her book, “Biofuels, Food Security, and Developing Economies,” won second place in the prestigious 2016 Food Tank’s 2016 Winter Reading List.

Originally from Bangladesh, Nazia received her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where she won the Claydon Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. thesis in Economics.

As an introduction to her lecture, a number of SUNY New Paltz organizations and collectives who work on sustainability initiatives will talk about their own efforts to expand these principles on our campus.

Her lecture will take place on March 29 at 4 p.m. in Lecture Center 102. It is free and open to the public.

It is sponsored by Campus Auxiliary Services, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Economics, the Environmental Studies program, Environmental Task Force, the Department of Geography, the Sustainability Committee and Sustainability Seed Funds.

Learn more online about the Department of Economics and about Sustainability at SUNY New Paltz.