With more than 9 years of work experience with World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan), I had a chance to develop my insight into environmental challenges and nature conservation in Pakistan. Working with the organization, I learnt about different environmental issues from climate change to watershed management and species conservation. Being Coordinator Communications at WWF-Pakistan, it required me to engage with various government and non-government organizations including media on the issues related to conservation. It was during that time that I could observe how the narrative of conservation organizations was inclined to be more political rather than environmental. This developed my interest in politics of conservation and I intended to explore how conservation and politics interplay and interact with each other at different scales; and politics within or between the conservation organizations and government institutes impacts the wildlife.
I earned my Bachelors in Political Science from Shah Abdul Latif University in 2004 and did Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad in 2007. For my M.Sc. I did extensive research work on role of indigenous knowledge in fish catching practices at coastal town in Karachi. Moreover, having MPhil in Sociology from University of Karachi, I did ethnographic fieldwork on climate change induced human migration in the Indus delta, Pakistan. With relevant work experience and educational background, I find the PhD Program at Department of Anthropology, UGA very exciting. I will be enjoying to learn more about environmental anthropology and integrated conservation, a joint initiative to refine my skills and bring new experience.
Publications: Stories and edited work
Dawn (May 2021): Rise seen in migratory birds' population in Pakistan’s water bodies despite threat https://www.dawn.com/news/1622771
Sandeelo, Asif Ali (2018) Tackling Climate Change through Symbols of Life https://forestsolutions.panda.org/insights/tackling-climate-change-thro…
Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2017). Climate Induced Human Migration. Express Tribune https://tribune.com.pk/story/1428916/climate-induced-human-migration/
Sandeelo, Asif Ali (2018). Conserving Our Endangered Dolphins: Express Tribune. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1617060/3-conserving-endangered-dolphins/
Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2018) Exploring the unexplored. Published in the News on Sunday (TNS) https://www.thenews.com.pk/tns/detail/566162-exploring-unexplored
Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2018) A Step Forward or Backward. Published in The News on Sunday (TNS) https://www.thenews.com.pk/tns/detail/566103-step-forward-backward
Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2016) Farewell to Pangolin https://medium.com/panda-musings/farewell-to-pangolin-7b6e977e2f80
Sandeelo, Asif Ali (2018). At the Coast of Sindh. The News on Sunday (TNS). https://www.thenews.com.pk/tns/detail/566002-coast-sindh
Sandeelo, Asif Ali (2016). The Ghost of Mountains. The News on Sunday (TNS). http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/79107-the-ghost-of-the-mountains
Sandeelo, Asif Ali and Zabreen Hassan (2018). Ecological Baseline and Resource Use Profile: Astola Island https://www.iucn.org/sites/dev/files/astola_island_study.pdf
Sandeelo, Asif Ali. (2018). Study on Governance and Value Chain of Fisheries Resources http://www.mangrovesforthefuture.org/assets/Repository/Documents/Study-…
Sandeelo, Asif Ali and Mirza Hassan Zia (2019). WWF-Pakistan’s Annual Report https://wwfasia.awsassets.panda.org/downloads/annual_report_2019_web.pdf
Asif Ali Sandeelo, Tunio, Shahzadi and Memon Sassi (2014). Dictionary of Environment and Climate Change (English to Sindhi) https://foreverindus.org/pdf/Dictionary%20of%20Environment%20and%20Clim…