Dr. Sabina Shaikh

Director, Program on Global Environment
Associate Senior Instructional Professor, Environmental and Urban Studies in the College and Committee on Geographical Sciences in the Social Sciences Division
Faculty Director, Chicago Studies

Sabina Shaikh

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Dr. Sabina Shaikh is Director of the Program on Global Environment and a Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Urban Studies in the College, Committee on Geographical Sciences in the Social Sciences Division, and at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.  She is the faculty director of Chicago Studies and co-leads the Environmental Frontiers Initiative at the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation. Her research focuses on the relationship of humans to environmental change, related to health, livelihoods and migration. Her collaborative research on water sustainability in the Mekong Basin of Cambodia has been funded by the National Science Foundation and recently by through the Center for International Social Science Research, Social Science Research Center and the Neubauer Collegium at the University of Chicago.

In the News

July 2021: How Climate Change Impacts U.S. and Global Migration. Interview on Chicago Tonight, WTTW 

May 2021: UChicago scholar inspires students to engage with our environment, UChicago News

April 2021: The pandemic forced us to create habits that benefit the Earth and ourselves. Here's which behaviors to keep. CNN

December 2021: From his home, Attenborough shows viewers a perfect planet. Chicago Tribune

July 2020: Environmental Frontiers: "Environmental Frontiers: Collaborative Campus Sustainability Studies at the University of Chicago", presented at the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference.

January 2020: Faculty Fellowship, Center for International Social Sciences Research for Becoming Urban: Understanding the Urban Transformation of Migrants to Phnom Penh

December 2019: Becoming Urban: Understanding the Urban Transformation of Migrants to Phnom Penh receives funding award from the Neubauer Collegium on Culture and Society.

October 2019: “The Association between Environmental Quality and Diabetes in the U.S” published in Journal of Diabetes Investigation. (Jagai, J.S., A.K. Krajewski, S. Shaikh, L.A. Dwyer-Lindgren, D.T. Lob-dell, and R.M. Sargis)

October 2019: "Building Equitable Institutions for Coping with Environmental Change in Rural Cambodia" presented at the 2nd Annual Sustainability and Development Conference in Ann Arbor MI, October 2019 (with A. Kolata, J. Postigo, A. Oppenheimer & Y. Wen)

July 2019:  Op-ed in Crain’s Chicago, “It’s a challenge, but Chicago has opportunities to add parkland,”

May 2018: "Underutilized and Under Threat: Environmental Policy as a Tool to Address Diabetes Risk." Published in Current Diabetes Reports, (Shaikh, S., J S. Jagai, C. Ashley, S. Zhou and R.M. Sargis)

February 2018: View CISSR Faculty Fellows Alan Kolata and Sabina Shaikh's photographic account of their recent field work in Cambodia.

February 2018: Sabina Shaikh cited in City Lab article Big Data Suggests Big Potential for Urban Farming

February 2018: Sabina Shaikh and Alan Kolata receive faculty seed grants from the Social Science Research Center for their project "Economic, Social and Environmental Drivers of Rural to Urban Migration in the Lower Mekong River Basin of Cambodia."

February 2018: Sabina Shaikh and Alan Kolata receive 2018/19 CISSR Faculty Fellowship renewal awards for Cambodian Mekong research. 

October 2017: Sabina Shaikh interviews Impossible Foods CEO Dr. Pat Brown on Science, Sustainability and the Future of Food at the Polsky Exchange on 10/19. 

December 2017: "Economics, Sport and the Environment: Incentives and Intersections," with Allen Sanderson published as a chapter in the Handbook of Sport and the Environment.

Current Funding

Co-Principal Investigator (with Alan Kolata), Economic, Social and Environmental Drivers of Rural to Urban Migration in the Lower Mekong River Basin of Cambodia. Social Science Research Center, University of Chicago 2018-2020

Co-Principal Investigator (with Marco Garrido, Anni Beukes, Alan Kolata, Julio Postigo), Becoming Urban: Understanding the Urban Transformation of Migrants to Phnom Penh, Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago, University of Chicago 2020-2023

Faculty Fellow, Becoming Urban: Understanding the Urban Transformation of Migrants to Phnom Penh, Center for International Social Science Research, University of Chicago. 2020-2021.

Courses

BA Thesis Colloquium (Autumn 2021)

Economics and Environmental Policy (Autumn 2021)

Urban Design with Nature, co-taught with Emily Talen (Spring 2022)

Water: Economics, Policy and Society (Spring 2022)

Urban Spaces and Unnatural Disasters: Humans-Nature Connections in Cities (Winter 2021)