This blog is founded and managed by Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov. Farhad studied international economics at Azerbaijan State Economic University in Baku (2000-2004). He then took a Master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy at Central European University and Manchester University (a joint-degree programme in Budapest).

In 2005-2009, Farhad conducted his doctoral research on social sciences and public policy at Central European University. In 2007/2008 he was a Chevening Research Fellow at Oxford University, Green College.

In 2010 – 2012, Farhad worked as a senior researcher at IVM, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on a project on biodiversity policy and water governance in developing countries, such as Vietnam, South Africa, Costa-Rica and India.

In 2012-2014, Farhad developed a research line on bio-economy and the plurality of knowledge at TU Delft with the focus on biofuels.

In 2014-2016, Dr. Mukhtarov has been appointed Assistant Professor of Public Policy at ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan. Here he introduced the first courses on Sustainable Development and Environmental Politics in Azerbaijan, chaired the Academic Council of ADA University and run various educational committees.

In 2016-2018, Farhad returned to the Netherlands, this time Utrecht University, to work on urban water governance as a senior researcher at Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

Since 2018, Farhad Mukhtarov is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Governance and Development Policy at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam (since September 2018).

Dr. Mukhtarov is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (since May 2016).

In addition to his scientific career, Farhad is an avid chess player and a former junior champion of Azerbaijan and Baku. He enjoys traveling, reading and dancing, not to forget blogging!

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