As an interdisciplinary environmental social scientist, Dr. Saleh Ahmed asks critical questions for understanding complex and dynamic interrelationships between climate and society. He is Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Environmental Studies in the School of Public Service at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Ahmed received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences with a minor in Global Change from the University of Arizona. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Science Communication from the same institution. His previous degrees are on environmental sociology, regional science, and urban and rural planning.
Dr. Ahmed’s current research focuses on climate risk management and resilience planning, land use change and growth management, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Most of his research are solution-oriented and respond to societal needs that have real-world impacts and policy relevance.
One of his most recent research investigates the use of weather and climate information in farm-related decision making in climate vulnerable coastal Bangladesh. Dr. Ahmed’s research unpacks the variations in social vulnerability and differential adaptive capacity and access to adaptive resources due to gender, ethnicity, income, and religious differences. Disproportionate impacts of climate change and differences in adaptive capacity shape how people experiences and responds to climate change impacts in short and long-term. Dr. Ahmed’s research highlights climate change as the reason for increasing social justice concerns in various geographical contexts. Informed by political ecology, critical development studies, and cultural anthropology, Dr. Ahmed is trying to advance critical understanding on vulnerability, adaptation, and resilience and their relevance to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), and for doing that he is using systems approach as a philosophical framework.
Dr. Ahmed’s works also focuses on the Intermountain West (CO, ID, MT, UT, and WY). Some of his recent work have examined the implications of rapid expansions of rural and exurban housing on agriculture outcomes. His findings suggest that often it is not the net population growth; rather how people distributes (clustering vs disperse) over space in non-metropolitan areas determines the impacts on agriculture and other ecosystem services. Currently, he is working on a project that focuses on land use change and community well-being in the Intermountain West region.