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Aisha Azhar

Aisha Azhar

Assistant Professor, School of Governance and Society at University of Management and Technology, Pakistan

Dr. Aisha Azhar, a Fulbright Scholar, has completed her PhD and master's degrees in Public Administration & Policy from Florida State University (FSU), Florida, USA. Her dissertation was funded by the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program, FSU, USA. She is currently working as assistant professor and Director of the School of Governance and Society at University of Management and Technology, Pakistan. She attended BIARI 2017 (USA) for the Humanitarian Response and Post-Conflict Reconstruction at Brown University, USA. Dr Azhar has partnered with major national, international and nonprofit organizations involved in disaster management in Pakistan to establish a Disaster Resilience Department in a university setting. She had undertaken several funded projects, including Women empowerment project in Ghazi; funded by USAID and Public Administration education system in Pakistan funded by Aga Khan Development Network and more recently the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative (HI²), Brown University. Currently, she is working to explore the evidence-based relief distribution mechanisms in disaster prone areas in Pakistan. Dr. Azhar has published several research papers in national and international journals. Her most notable publications appeared in Public Administration Review, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Sustainable Development. Her areas of expertise include disaster management (relief and recovery), human rights perspective of disaster management, ethical perspectives of relief and recovery practices in humanitarian fields, non-profit management, social network analysis, and public service motivation.