Dr. Zainab Khalid

Post Doctor


My research focus is mainly on the disasters and human societies. I have worked with intersecting themes of gender, governance, migration, culture and norms in relation to disasters. I am currently working on the impacts of disasters on culture and identity in the pretext of loss and damage.

Interest and Expertise 

I have had a very interdisciplinary experience during my research. Primarily, I have been working with climate change, hazard vulnerabilities and disaster resilience in the local communities. In the past years, I have had the opportunity to collaborate internationally in projects where the focus has been on the local and indigenous knowledge, community based DRR and cocreation of knowledge. The multidimensional nature of evolving concepts in Climate Change and Disaster Studies require the practitioners to be not only conceptually sound, but also open to new working systems and contextually viable solutions to global issues. Therefore, I am interested to understand the socioeconomic, cultural and religious dynamics ever transitioning societies especially in the Global South where different sectors are interdependent and quite complex. I My research focus is on finding participatory and inclusive local solutions that can be linked together to make a difference to the global problems. 

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Dr. Zainab Khalid

RG Schipper - on leave


Geozentrum - Meckenheimer Allee 176

53115 Bonn

Office Hours

10 am - 12 am  (Mondays and Tuesdays)

Research Areas

  • Disasters
  • Gender
  • Culture
  • Identities
  • Migration

Research Theses

PhD Thesis Title 

Exploring Multiple dimensions of Hazard Vulnerability and Disaster Resilience in the Rural Mountain communities in Northern Pakistan 

Master’s Thesis Title 

Restructuring of WAPDA: a reality or a myth 

Bachelors Thesis Title 

Phosphorous Fractionation in human and cattle wastes

Curriculum Vitae



  • PhD in Geography (Disaster studies) / College of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lanzhou University

  • Summer course in Bringing meaning to statistical practice in climate science using R/organized by ICIMOD and The Walker Institute, University of Reading (World Climate Research Program WCRP)

  • Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI), Brisbane, Australia/ Organized by Future Earth and Belmont Forum. 


  • iRALL Fall School on Field data collection, monitoring and modelling of large landslides /Organized by State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP) at Chengdu University of Technology, China 


  • Summer course in on Climate Science and Adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region a Transdisciplinary Approach /organized by ICIMOD and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


  • Summer course in Disaster Risk and Water Management /Organized by ICIMOD and The World Bank 


  • MS -Energy Management / COMSATS University, Islamabad Pakistan (Distinction) 


  • BSc-Environmental Sciences/, COMSATS University, Abbottabad Pakistan (Gold Medal) 


  • F.Sc. (Pre-Engineering) B.I.S.E. Abbottabad, Pakistan 


  • S.S.C (Science) B.I.S.E. Abbottabad, Pakistan 

Worked as team member in 

  • “Environmental Humanities in the New Himalayas: Symbiotic Indigeneity, Commoning, Sustainability” (completed project) 
  • “Geohazard detection and Analysis along Pak-China Economic Corridor (CPEC) (completed project) 

Work experience 

  • Worked as an Assistant Program Officer, High Mountain Research Center, Department of Development Studies, COMSATS Abbottabad
  • Extensive field research experience in Gilgit region on natural hazard, disasters and community based DRR practices as PhD Research
  • Worked as a team member in Environmental Humanities Thematic Working Group at Himalayan University Consortium (ICIMOD)
  • Working as a member of HUC Thematic Working Group on My Climate Risk, (as part of the WCRP’s Lighthouse Activity)
  • Worked as a faculty member at the Center for Climate Research and Development, COMSATS University, Islamabad. 

Conferences Attended 

  • Publishing workshop on Storying the sustainable intelligence of the Earth in the new Himalaya. Organized by Yunnan University, China and Himalayan University Consortium/ICIMOD. Online on MS Teams. Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2020. 
  • Workshop on Water-Energy-Food Nexus in HKH region. Organized by Himalayan University Consortium/ICIMOD. May 19 - June 4, 2020. 
  • Publishing workshop on Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities: Integrating Indigenous Mountain Knowledge, Modern Sciences, and Global Endeavors for a Sustainable Himalayan Region. Organized by Yunnan University and Himalayan University Consortium/ICIMOD in Kunming, China. 3-6 November, 2019 
  • The 3rd International Symposium on New Techniques for Geo-hazard Research and Management. Organized by Lanzhou University and Xi’an Centre of China Geological Survey. 17-21 September, 2019. Lanzhou and Xi’an, China. 
  • The 5th International Symposium on Mega Earthquake Induced Geo-Disasters and Long-term Effects (MEGE). Organized by State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP) at Chengdu University of Technology, China. 11-16 May, 2018
  • Workshop on Satellite-based Applications in Climate Change. Organized by Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and COMSATS University. September, 2016. Abbottabad, Pakistan.
  • 31st Annual General Meeting and Conference on Vision 2025: Effective Strategies for Transformational Growth. Organized by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE). 17-19 December, 2015. Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Third International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESDev.). Organized by COMSATS University. 16-18 August, 2009. Abbottabad, Pakistan
  • Second International Conference on Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESDev). Organized by COMSATS University. 26-28 August, 2007. Abbottabad, Pakistan 

Presentation in International/National Conference Proceedings 

  • “Effective Indigenous Water Management practices in HKH Region” –International Web Conference ANRCM, 2020. Lacknow, India.
  • “Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies along KKH, Pakistan” – Geohazard Symposium, 2019. Xi’an, China.
  • “Attabad Lake Formation, Mechanism and Aftereffects” – MEGE, 2018. Chengdu, China.
  • “Restructuring of WAPDA; a reality or a myth” – 31st AGM & Conference on Effective Strategies for Transformational Growth, 2015. Islamabad, Pakistan 


Khalid, Z., Meng, Xingmin, Rana, Irfan Ahmed, Ur Rehman, Mohib, Su, Xiaojun. 2021. “Holistic Multidimensional Vulnerability Assessment: An empirical investigation on rural communities of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, Northern Pakistan”. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 62 (102413). 

Khalid, Z., Xingmin Meng, Abda Khalid. 2021. “A qualitative insight into gendered vulnerabilities: A case study of the Shishper GLOF in Hunza Valley, Pakistan”. Sustainability. 13(16):8798 

Khalid, Z. 2021. “Rajaki: An Indigenous Approach to Commoning in Hunza, Pakistan.” Dan Smyer Yü and Erik de Maaker, eds. Environmental Humanities in the New Himalayas: Symbiotic Indigeneity, Commoning, Sustainability. London: Routledge Environmental Humanities Series 

Goodall, Susana, Khalid, Z., Khalid, Del-Pinto, Monia. 2021. “Disaster conversations: intersecting perspectives on cross cultural disaster research.” Disaster Prevention and Management. Disaster Prevention and Management. 

Su, Xiao Jun, Zhang, Yi, Meng, Xingmin Meng, Yue, Dong-xia, Ma, Jin-hui, Guo, Fu-yun, Zhou, Zi-qiang, Ur Rehman, Mohib, Khalid, Z., Chen, Guan, Zeng, Run-qiang, Zhao, Fu-meng. 2021. “Landslide mapping and analysis along the China-Pakistan Karakoram Highway based on SBAS-InSAR.” Journal of Mountain Science (18). 

Ur Rehman, Mohib, Yi Zhang, Xingmin Meng, Xiaojun Su, Filippo Catani, Gohar Rehman, Dongxia Yue, Khalid, Z., Sajjad Ahmad, and Ijaz Ahmad. 2020. “Analysis of Landslide Movements Using Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar: A Case Study in Hunza-Nagar Valley, Pakistan.” Remote Sensing 12 (12): 1–17. 

Khalid, Z. & Husnain Iftikhar ul. 2016. “Restructuring of WAPDA; A reality or a myth.” Pakistan Development Review, 55(4), 349-360 

Faridullah, Khalid, Z., Irshad Muhammad, Alam Ahmed, Ahmed Touqeer, Bhatti Zulfikar Ahmed. 2015. “Fractionation of phosphorus in human and animal wastes.” Minerva 27(2):63-70 

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