As some of you may have already noticed through my LinkedIn update, there is a slight change to my professional affiliation. Starting from May 2016, I will join the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. This appointment is an “adjunct” appointment, which means that my major affiliation and place of work will remain ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan. However, the adjunct appointment with NUS in Singapore will allow me to collaborate with world-leading scholars in the fields of public policy and the environment, and especially water resources, in the regions of South East Asia, China and Central Asia. I have already published on the Mekong river basin, have done fieldwork and wrote articles on Vietnam, and am currently working on an article on Sesun 2 Dam in Cambodia with my colleague from Singapore.
My growing engagement with Asia is most exciting for me. Not only did I love my time in Vietnam in 2010, and want to explore more of the region personally and professionally, but Asia is where the future of the 21st century is made. Home to 2 billion people and projected 4 billion by 2050, and the place where water/environment/public policy challenges are most pressing, this is going to be an extremely valuable and enjoyable experience.
National University of Singapore is ranked no. 1 in Asia and no. 12 in the world according to the quality of its teaching and research. Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy is one of the most innovative departments of public policy in terms of teaching and hosts a number of world-class scholars, such as Dr. Asit Biswas (pictured above).