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Karim-aly Kassam

Karim-aly Kassam


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Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam is International Professor of Environmental and Indigenous Studies at Cornell University.  Since 2013, he serves as Associate Editor of the Journal Action Research. In 2013, Karim-Aly received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity Award for creating and fostering diversity in research and teaching. Since 2012, he has led the conceptual development of the Earth and Environmental Science Major of the University of Central Asia. From 2008 to 2011, he was Director of Graduate Studies of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. Prior to joining Cornell, Karim-Aly was Associate Professor with the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary, Canada. In 2003, he was the first Canadian to receive the Organization of American States – Fulbright Ecology Fellowship. He developed and established the Theme School in Northern Planning and Development Studies in 1995 and until 2003 was its Director. From 1998 to 2001 Karim-Aly was the first Murray Fraser Professor of Community Economic Development at the University of Calgary. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Central Asia, Fellow of the Commonwealth Society at Cambridge University, Research Associate of the Arctic Institute of North America, Faculty Fellow of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, and Elected Member of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Tajikistan.

Karim-Aly’s objective is to seamlessly merge teaching with applied research in the service of communities. His research focuses on the complex connectivity of human and environmental relations, addressing indigenous ways of knowing, food sovereignty, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change. This research is conducted in partnership with indigenous communities in the Alaskan, Canadian, and Russian Arctic and Sub-Arctic and the Pamir Mountains in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.


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Karim-aly Kassam joined the Climate CoLab communityNov 3, 2014