Mahmood Muttaqee

Mahmood Muttaqee is a Ph.D. student at the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Hailing from Bangladesh, one of the countries worst affected by climate change, Mahmood developed a passion and zeal to acquire research capabilities in the field of environmental issues and sustainability. Before starting his Ph.D. at OSU, Mahmood completed two Masters, in Economics and Development Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Economics. His research interests center around the environmental problems that climate change is expediting and how to counter these impacts, particularly through the adoption of sustainable clean energy technologies. He is working with Hilary on a project exploring community perceptions of microgrids.

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Sadaf Farooq

Sadaf Farooq hails from Pakistan and did her undergraduate work in Politics & International Relations. She earned her master’s in Development Studies from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics. During her master’s, she worked with UNICEF on a project focused on Universal Birth Registration in Pakistan. For her PhD, Sadaf is interested in studying the social and cultural contexts of child marriage, its health impacts on young mothers, and how cultural and social norms impact the policy of preventing child marriage in Pakistan.

Muhammad Aatir Khan

Muhammad Aatir Khan was born and raised in the coastal city of Karachi, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts from IBA, majoring in Political Science. During his final year, he started a research internship at the School Education and Literacy Department, Government of Sindh, where he eventually joined as a Research and Development Coordinator after graduation. Working at the provincial education department has been the highlight of his career since it enabled him to better understand the issue of literacy and education in more nuanced ways. While it was overwhelming and frustrating to deal with the numerous issues related to bureaucracy, corruption, and poverty, it was also an amazing learning opportunity. Having developed a deep interest in education policy, he decided to pursue a master’s degree from SZABIST, where his research was focused on education in Sindh. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Oregon State University under the Fulbright Foreign Student Program. His dissertation is focused on educational reforms in Sindh, particularly looking at how policy priorities are set; how interventions are planned and implemented in the field; and how various stakeholders, primarily local and international developing partners, impact the entire process.

Timothy Pape

Timothy Pape is a PhD student in the Environmental Sciences Department at OSU researching the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program in the Columbia River Basin. He received his MS in Environmental Policy: Energy and Sustainability from the University of Denver and his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy: Ethics, Law, and Value Theory from USC.

Greg Stelmach

Greg Stelmach completed his Master of Public Policy degree at OSU in 2019, working on the Smart & Connected Kids for Sustainable Energy Communities project. He is now a PhD student in Public Policy at OSU. He has been working with Hilary on research related to public views of fossil fuel export.