This blog is founded and managed by Dr. Farhad Mukhtarov. Below is a brief biography. See here for research interests and publications.  Farhad took a Master’s degree in environmental sciences and policy at Central European University and Manchester University (a joint-degree programme administered 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. He worked with various colleagues under supervision of Caroline Sullivan and Edmund Penning-Rowsell (OBE). 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. Farhad worked with Dave Huitema, Frank Biermann and various junior colleagues. In 2012-2014, Farhad developed a research line on bio-economy and the plurality of knowledge at Delft University of Technology with the focus on biofuels. He was based at the Department of Biotechnology and the group Biotechnology and Society led by Prof. Patricia Osseweijer. Farhad also worked with Robin Pierce and Martin de Jong at TU Delft.

In 2014-2016, Dr. Mukhtarov has been appointed Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, 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. Farhad worked with Peter Driessen, Carel Dieperink, Stef Koop and various other colleagues while in Utrecht.

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. He teaches courses on development, policy analysis and discourse analysis, supervised MA and Ph.D. students pursues various research projects. 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).

Farhad is an avid chess player, a former Junior U16 Champion of Azerbaijan (1999) and champion of Baku multiple times. He enjoys learning languages, dancing and reading novels and non-fiction books. Lately, he has been mastering his tango moves next to his chess moves.

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