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Meet the Team

Dr. Nathalie Peutz


LPI, based in Abu Dhabi

Nathalie is an associate professor of Arab Crossroads Studies at NYU Abu Dhabi. An anthropologist, she is the author of Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Yemen (Stanford UP, 2018), an ethnography of Socotran pastoralists’ reactions to an environmental conservation project in the 2000s. Drawing on research in Yemen, Djibouti, and Somaliland, she is writing a book about refugees and migrants in the Horn of Africa. Dr. Peutz brings her comparative ethnographic field experience and this past year’s leadership experience to this project.

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Dr. Alden Young


Co-PI, based Los Angeles

Alden is an assistant professor in the International Development Studies Program at the University of California-LA and the author of Transforming Sudan: Decolonization, Economic Development and State Formation (Cambridge UP, 2017). His current project examines the economic, political and labor relationships between Sudan and the Gulf region. Dr. Young brings his historical and regional expertise to this project and will oversee the impacts surveys and coordinate the projects written outputs and public outreach.

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Dr. Dheaya Alrousan


Co-PI, based in Amman

Dheaya is an assistant professor of Nanotechnology and Water Treatment in the Department of Water Management and Environment at the Hashemite University in Amman, Jordan. A chemical engineer by training, Dr. Alrousan is now researching the effectiveness of projects to improve environmental awareness among children and the consumer perceptions of new sanitation systems. Skilled in the use of survey instruments and SPSS data analysis,  Dr. Alrousan will run the “perceptions” surveys in all nine countries and analyse this data set.

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Dr. Aisha Al-Sarihi


Team Member, based in Riyadh

Dr. Moustapha Nour Ayeh


Team Member, based in Djibouti

Dr. Ahmed Alhuseen


Team Member, based in České Budějovice and Khartoum

Aisha is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and the coordinator of the T20 Climate and Environment Task Force. A political scientist, her research examines the political economy of environmental sustainability, energy policy, renewables, and climate policies in the Arab region. Dr. Sarihi will bring her deep knowledge of climate change policies in GCC and other countries to this project.

Moustapha is an associate professor of Geography and Director of the Social Sciences at the University of Djibouti where he manages the master's degree in “risk and disaster management.” He has published on urban fragmentation and rising temperatures in Djibouti. Through his research lab, L@bTes, he is studying the impacts of global warming and drought on pastoralists in Djibouti and will help develop and run the impacts survey.

Ahmed is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Landscape Carbon Capture at the Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. A geographer familiar with green infrastructure, GIS, and climate change vulnerability, and natural resource governance, Dr. Alhuseen will assist in the implementation and evaluation of the impacts survey in Sudan, Somililand, and Yemen.

Project Associates

Fahmi Binshbrak, Environment and Climate Change Consultant, Mukalla, Yemen

Tareq Hassan, Climate Action Network Arab World, Sanaa, Yemen

Dr. Abdullahi Elmi Mohamed, Environment and Water Management Consultant, Mogadishu, Somalia

Hussein Yusuf Ali, Researcher, Transboundary Water Diplomacy, Mogadishu, Somalia

Abdikarim Aden Omar, Ecological Consultant, Hargeisa, Somaliland

Ahmed Derie Elmi, Ecological Consultant, Hargeisa, Somaliland

Dr. Ismael Abdillahi Guirre, Associate Professor, Department of Logistics and Transportation, University of Djibouti

Dr. Liban Ali Sougueh, Engineer Forecaster, National Meteorological Agency, Djibouti

Muez Ali, PhD Candidate, UCL Energy Institute, London

Dr. Samia Satti, Professor of Economics, Khartoum University

Dr. Khalid Siddig, Senior Researcher, International Agricultural Trade and Development Group, Humboldt University of Berlin

Yaser Zaidan, PhD Candidate, National University-Sudan

Abdallah Dreait, Green Generation, Youth Advocate, Amman, Jordan

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Yesmine Abida

NYU Abu Dhabi '2022

United Arab Emirates


Ian Hoyt

NYU Abu Dhabi '2021

United States

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Rifal Imam

NYU Abu Dhabi '2023

Egypt and United States

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Anatoli Lemma

NYU Abu Dhabi '2022

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