L. Jamila Haider

PhD candidate, Sustainability Science , Stockholm University

Jamila Haider is a PhD candidate studying the relationship between persistent poverty and biocultural diversity. Her PhD explores how development interventions can improve human well-being without eroding the cultural and agricultural biodiversity that makes a given place unique and is important for global resilience.

Prior to her PhD, Jamila worked for a number of years as a development practitioner with the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

Jamila is also the author of “With Our Own Hands: A celebration of food and life in the Pamir Mountains of Afghanistan and Tajikistan.” The book World’s Best Cookbook (2016) from Gourmand Awards.

Jamila has a Master's in Geographical Research from the University of Cambridge, and Bachelor degrees in Biology and Political Science (Development Studies focus) from Carleton University, Canada.


  • –present
    PhD candidate, Sustainability Science , Stockholm University


  • 2017 
    Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sustainability Science