Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Shafqat Hussain ─ The Political Economy of Snow Leopard Conservation in Pakistan

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Shafqat Hussain is an assistant professor of anthropology at Trinity College. Shafqat obtained a PhD from the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the department of anthropology at Yale University. Shafqat’s research is based in South and Central Asia, focusing on how local marginal communities and outside players interact with the environment of the region, and what role the region has in world history.

He is particularly interested in how geo-political and intellectual changes effect the perception of nature, and human society’s relationship with it. He has worked for Aga Khan Rural Support Program in Skardu and IUCN – Washington as a Ford Foundation Policy Fellow. Hussain is the creator of Project Snow Leopard, an insurance scheme in several valleys of northern Pakistan that compensates farmers for goats killed by big cats. In 2009, Shafqat won the National Geographic Emerging Explorer award for his work in the region.