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.