Nausheen Mazhar

Nausheen Mazhar


I am a Post Graduate Researcher at Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds (currently on HEC IRSIP scholarship) and a PhD Scholar at Department of Geography, University of the Punjab, Pakistan, also serving as a Lecturer of Geography at Lahore College for Women University, Pakistan. I am working under the dynamic supervision of Prof. Dr Lindsay C. Stringer, Assoc. Prof. Dr Martin Dallimer and Prof. Dr Safdar Ali Shirazi.

I have done my M.Phil and M.Sc in Geography, with Distinction. In my academic career i have the honour to get 4 Gold Medals, 2 Roll of Honours and 4 Merit Scholarships, including HEC Indigenous and IRSIP scholarships. I am a Member of Society of Urban Ecology (SURE) and Executive Member of Pakistan Geographical Association (PGA). 

Research interests

As a Physical Geographer, I prefer incorporating techniques from different disciplines in my research in order to understand underlying processes behind my research interests that mostly encompass, land degradation, desertification, droughts, landfill management, climatic and meteorological phenomena, sedimentation in reservoirs and glacial retreat. I have acquired a considerable amount of experience and interest in end-user focused research with particular interest in desert ecosystems, dryland ecology, rural livelihoods and development planning.

Currently my research falls into four broad categories:

(i) Desertification and droughts

(ii) Unmanned Ariel Vehicle (UAV) use in agriculture

(iii) Adaptive capacity assessment among communities at risk in disaster prone areas

(iv) Disaster risk reduction techniques.

I am particularly interested in how people residing in drylands, cope with drought episodes, and how policy makers can play their part in minimizing the impacts of desertification.


  • PGR at School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • PhD Scholar at University of the Punjab, Geography Department
  • MS Geography, Government College University, Lahore (Distinction)
  • M.Sc Geography, University of the Punjab, Lahore (Gold Medalist)
  • MA English, university of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan

Research groups and institutes

  • Environment and Development
  • Sustainability Research Institute