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Asif Ali Sandeelo

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With more than 9 years of work experience with World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan), I had a chance to develop my insight into environmental challenges and nature conservation in Pakistan. Working with the organization, I learnt about different environmental issues from climate change to watershed management and species conservation. Being Coordinator Communications at WWF-Pakistan, it required me to engage with various government and non-government organizations including media on the issues related to conservation. It was during that time that I could observe how the narrative of conservation organizations was inclined to be more political rather than environmental. This developed my interest in politics of conservation and I intended to explore how conservation and politics interplay and interact with each other at different scales; and politics within or between the conservation organizations and government institutes impacts the wildlife.

I earned my Bachelors in Political Science from Shah Abdul Latif University in 2004 and did Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad in 2007. For my M.Sc. I did extensive research work on role of indigenous knowledge in fish catching practices at coastal town in Karachi. Moreover, having MPhil in Sociology from University of Karachi, I did ethnographic fieldwork on climate change induced human migration in the Indus delta, Pakistan. With relevant work experience and educational background, I find the PhD Program at Department of Anthropology, UGA very exciting. I will be enjoying to learn more about environmental anthropology and integrated conservation, a joint initiative to refine my skills and bring new experience.

Of note:

Publications: Stories and edited work

Dawn (May 2021): Rise seen in migratory birds' population in Pakistan’s water bodies despite threat 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali (2018) Tackling Climate Change through Symbols of Life 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2017). Climate Induced Human Migration. Express Tribune 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali (2018). Conserving Our Endangered Dolphins: Express Tribune. 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2018) Exploring the unexplored. Published in the News on Sunday (TNS) 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2018) A Step Forward or Backward. Published in The News on Sunday (TNS) 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2016) Farewell to Pangolin 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali (2018). At the Coast of Sindh. The News on Sunday (TNS). 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali (2016). The Ghost of Mountains. The News on Sunday (TNS). 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali and Zabreen Hassan (2018). Ecological Baseline and Resource Use Profile: Astola Island 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2018). Study on Governance and Value Chain of Fisheries Resources 

Sandeelo, Asif Ali and Mirza Hassan Zia (2019). WWF-Pakistan’s Annual Report 

Asif Ali Sandeelo, Tunio, Shahzadi and Memon Sassi (2014). Dictionary of Environment and Climate Change (English to Sindhi) 

Articles Featuring Asif Ali Sandeelo

An article has just been released by Ph.D. student Asif Sandeelo on modifications in the fisheries sector for the protection of the threatened species in Pakistani waters, co-authored with a Pakistan-based BBC Urdu reporter.

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