Dr. Irfanullah is a part-time visiting research fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) of ULAB. Over the past 19 years, he has evolved from being an algal taxonomist to an aquatic ecologist, from a conservationist to a development practitioner. At the current stage of his evolution, Dr. Irfanullah finds his niche in nature-people-knowledge nexus. Over these years, he has developed interest in and understanding of natural resource management, environmental governance, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, technological innovation, and poverty alleviation – all focusing on human well-being.
Dr. Irfanullah has worked for and have been associated with many national and international environmental, development, learned, and research organizations, donors, and government agencies in different capacities. He is also associated with many peer-reviewed journals, learned societies, funding agencies, and knowledge and professional networks. He helps his organizations with strategic direction and expert opinion; influencing policies and practices; planning, managing and ensuring quality of programmes; and fundraising and financial management.
Dr. Irfanullah brings in expertise in creating, capturing and communicating knowledge; testing and promoting new ideas; and facilitating collaboration and network. He and his co-workers have so far published 35 research papers; have authored, edited and contributed to more than 45 books and other publications; and have written more than 75 articles and thought pieces on diverse topics − from freshwater ecosystems to climate change adaptation to poverty-technology link to wildlife conservation to research communication. As a research enthusiast, Dr. Irfanullah collaborates with researchers, journal editors, and pertinent national and international agencies for improving research system.