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Dr. Umer Khayyam
Assistant Professor
Development Studies

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
School of Social Science and Humanities (S3H) H-12 Sector, Islamabad
Tel : +92-51-90853561

Rural Development Paradigm: Theory, Policy and Practice, Climate Change

PhD (University of Münster, Germany), M.Phil. (University of Applied Sciences, Osnabrück, Germany)

Dr. Umer Khayyam is serving as Assistant Professor at Development Studies department, S3H NUST, since Sep. 2016. Dr. Umer Khayyam holds doctoral degree in Development Studies from University of Münster, Germany. Before that he earned M.Phil. degree in Management of Non-Profit Organisation from University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany and M.Sc in Development Studies from COMSATS Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Dr. Umer Khayyam has a professional experience of over 6 years in both academia and industry.  He has won several research projects (i.e. HEC Thematic Research Grant 2017/18) and he contributes scholarly articles in journals and conference proceedings of national and international repute. Likewise, he has won several scholarships (i.e. HEC Ph.D scholarship, and DAAD PPGG Master scholarship, DAAD research grant) and he is awarded membership of several distinctive organisations/research institutes (i.e. German Sociological Association-Deutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, European Association of Development Research and Training Institute (EADI), German Geographical Society (DGfG)–South-Asia Group) as well editorial membership of ‘International Journal of Regional Development (USA)’. His broader research interests include: Rural Development Paradigm: Theory, Policy and Practice, Local and Regional Politics in Development, Climate Change and Global Environmental Politics, likewise, Methods of Empirical Social Research.​​
(Selected) Ongoing/Completed research projects:

1.  Adaptation to Climate Change: Building Resistant Livelihood for the Vulnerable Communities of Hazara and Malakand Divisions of KPK, Pakistan – HEC Funded.

2. The Impacts of CPEC on NOx, CO2 & Tropospheric Ozone Concentration in Pakistan.

3. UNFCC obligations, GHGs Vis a Vis CFPP (CPEC) & Implication on Pakistan

4. Assessing the Impacts of Deforestation on Climate Change in Islamabad: 1990-2017 Scenario

5. Assessing the awareness of Climate Change among non-/environmentalists in the higher education institutes of Islamabad.

6. Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity: Comparative Study in Light of the New Global Development Paradigm - A case of China’s Giant Pandas vs. Pakistan’s Markhors​

1.  Khayyam, U., et al. (2017). Assessing Elite Capture and its linkage with the Resource Hijack: Empirical Evidences from FATA, Pakistan.  Transylvanian Review, 25(14)

2. Khayyam, U., et al. (2016). Evaluating Drinking Water Contamination in Post Disaster Scenario and its Effects on Human Health: A Case Study of District Mansehra, Pakistan. Transylvanian Review, (2)

3. Khayyam, U., & Edling, H. (2016). Public-Private Nexus for the Educational Development of Central-Tribal Region of Pakistan. Journal of Public Administration and Governance6(1), 20-34.

4.  Khayyam, U. (2016). Waziri Culture and Pashtun Tribal Governance System: A Missing Link to Halt the Deadliest War in Wild Waziristan. Asian Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities Vol. 5, 1.

5.  Khayyam, U., (2014). Crossroads Kashmir & Karabakh – Post-Independence Territorial and Ethnic Conflicts in the Asian Continent. Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences and Sakarya University, Istanbul Conference Publication.

Magazine & Newspaper Articles

1.  China-‘Pakistan’-Russia – A Counter Wave of Obama-Modi Nuclear Deal, Asien Monitor 2/15, WWU Münster, Germany

2. Nuclear Arm’s Race between Pakistan & India: an Escalating Threat to Regional Peace and Security’, Asien Monitor 1/15, WWU Münster, Germany

3.  China Beyond its Borders: Strategic Interests In Pakistan’. SADF, Brussels (2014)​

Sep. 16 – present:                Assistant Professor, Department of Development Studies, S3H, NUST, Islamabad, Pakistan.

April. 13 – March.16:         Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Münster, Germany.

July 12 – Aug. 12:               Internee, UNCCD Secretariat, Bonn Germany

Sep. 08 Dec. 09:               Assistant Coordinator, PERRA, Abbottabad, Pakistan

June 06 – May 07:               Internee, Mercy Corps Intl., Mansehra, Pakistan