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Masood Ur Rehman

Ph.D. Researcher

School of Geosciences

The University of Edinburgh

Room: M.02 (Barra), Institute of Geography, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP



Masood is a Computer Engineer and a Geographer. He is currently working on his PhD project, titled ‘Denaturalizing vulnerability to drought: A case study of Balochistan, Pakistan’, focusing on the political ecology of droughts in the South-Western province of Pakistan, Balochitan. Masood is interested in exploring the human dimensions of natural hazards and de-engineering the ‘fatal attraction’ of techno-fixes.

Before starting his PhD, Masood served a public-sector university in Balochistan as Lecturer. He also worked as a consultant on various GIS-based projects for the Government of Balochistan and UNDP. He is also a keen observer of Pakistani Politics and has been a member of the Youth Parliament of Pakistan.



Dr. Mikaël Attal & Dr. Giovanna Gioli


Dr. Eric Laurier

Research Interests:

  • Natural Hazards
  • Political Ecology
  • Disaster and Risk Reduction
  • Disaster Governance
  • Geographic Information System

Academic Qualifications:

  • PhD, Human Geography – The University of Edinburgh (ongoing)
  • MS, Computer Engineering – BUITEMS
  • BS, Computer Engineering – BUITEMS

Professional Memberships:

  • Fellow – Royal Geographical Society
  • Professional Engineer – Pakistan Engineering Council

Team Member of Projects:

  •  Drought Risk Assessment in the Province of Balochistan, Pakistan
    • A project of the Government of Balochistan and UNDP
  • Balochistan District Profiles and Atlases – 2010-11
    • A project of the Government of Balochistan and UNICEF



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