With research that bridges the gap between science and the humanities, Arif is looking at the economic, political, and scientific contexts of climate change.
“Being a citizen of Bangladesh, one of the most climate vulnerable countries in the world, I was always passionate about finding solutions to potential climate change effects. This persuaded me to delve deeper into the fields of environmental management and climate change.”
Since beginning a PhD at Victoria University of Wellington, Arif has looked closely at climate change mitigation, particularly transportation emissions, policy analysis, and econometrics. His thesis aims to understand the costs, benefits, and mitigation potential of New Zealand’s transport emissions reduction policies.
“The multi-disciplinary emphasis of the Environmental Studies programme, supplemented by the renowned research institutes such as the New Zealand Climate Change Research Institute and the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies, offer invaluable opportunities and resources for the doctoral programme in Environmental Studies.
“I want to pursue a career in academia and contribute to filling the knowledge gap in environmental and climate change research. To achieve this goal, I would like to secure a teaching and research position in an academic or research institution, and exchange knowledge and expertise with students and the research community.”