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Urooj Amjad is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Water Institute-UNC-Chapel Hill. As a Research Fellow at the UNC-Global Research Institute, she will analyze how to balance equity and efficiency in the water-biofuel relationship. Urooj’s research is interdisciplinary, drawing from political science, policy analysis, institutional and organizational theory, and regulatory governance. Her research aims to develop practical frameworks that explain how societies adapt to and shape complex political, economic, and environmental conditions. Current papers she is co-authoring with colleagues include “A Comparative Analysis of Evidence-Based Management in Water Governance: Brazil, Ecuador, and Malawi” and “Developing Rights-Based Indicators for Human Rights to Water and Sanitation.” While Malawi is Urooj’s current focus, she also studies England and Wales in “Revisiting the Politics of Paying for Water.”

Before UNC, Urooj served as an independent consultant to the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona, Spain, held positions at the London School of Economics, and Building Partnerships for Development-London. Her formal training was through a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, a M.U.R.P in Environmental Planning and International Development at Virginia Tech, and a B.A. in Political Science-Foreign Service at Ohio University.