Academic Background

MSc Climate Change Science and Policy, University of Bristol (Commonwealth Scholarship) PGDip Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, University of Peshawar. BE Environmental Engineering, NUST.

Research Experience

Sidra began to work as a research associate for the Collective in April 2020 where her main focus was on manipulating GIS and RS to understand vulnerability in an urban setting through Quantifying Cities for Sustainable Development: Transforming urban data collection to support research and policy making in developing countries spearheaded by the University of Bristol. Sidra has worked with UN Habitat on baseline research survey for 18 Kachi Abadis in Karachi where she was the survey lead survey and coordinated social mapping efforts as a project coordinator to facilitate Korean Housing Corporation to assess the needs of the communities to enable sustainable development. For WWF and OXFAM, Sidra developed a framework for Climate Change Loss and Damage in coastline communities of Sindh. This framework will help government and non-profits to assess losses and damages in said communities and plan relief efforts accordingly. Currently, Sidra is a visiting researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research. She is currently engaged in a project led by CEGA in the area of social protection in Sindh, and an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) project for Karachi funded by Tearfund.

Research Interest

Climate justice, wealth inequality, poverty, earth observation, disaster risk response, climate modelling, environmental analytics, data analytics, social protection