Stress-testing Scotland’s Multifunctional Water Resources Against Changing Systemic Risks
"Scotland's water governance will face significant future challenges not only from environmental shocks, but also from social, and geopolitical uncertainties. I will develop a holistic, multilevel governance model for Scotland's water resources to address such future shocks."
Sajid Karim is a Hydro Nation scholar and a PhD student at the University of Dundee, enrolled in the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Law. His PhD project is dedicated to developing a participatory system-based template and associated stress-testing approach for Scotland’s multifunctional water resources. His research will focus on improving the holistic understanding of Scotland’s water sector in terms of changing stressors and growing uncertainties and how to strengthen the coordinated responses and combined risk ownership across the system to ameliorate the negative trade-offs and maximise the synergies.
Through his research, he aims to contribute to Scotland’s water governance by highlighting the uncertainties and stressors emanating from various sources along with associated multifaceted risks from a systems perspective and reducing such risks to an acceptable level through informed decision-making in order to make its governance equitable, sustainable and resilient to shocks.
Sajid is a political science graduate from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and obtained his master's degree in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is a participant in the Young Water Diplomat Programme at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in the Netherlands. Before commencing his PhD studies, he was a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), working on the issues related to transboundary water conflict and cooperation, water security and governance.