Dr Adil Najam Returns to Boston University
By Jessica Ullian
International diplomacy and development expert Adil Najam, who taught at Boston University from 1997 to 2003, returns to the University this fall as the new director of the Frederick Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Najam's appointment, which includes professorships in the College of Arts and Sciences Departments of International Relations and Geography and Environment, was approved at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, November 13. He joins BU and the Pardee Center effective immediately. Najam comes back to BU, where he was a CAS assistant professor of international relations and environmental policy, after a stint as an associate professor of international negotiation and diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He was a coauthor of the United Nations climate change report published last March. His other research interests include sustainable development, Muslim and South Asian politics, environmental politics in developing countries, and philanthropy among immigrant communities in the United States. Adil Najam, who taught international relations at BU from 1997 to 2003, returns to the University this month as the new director of the Frederick Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. "Adil's broad skills are well aligned with the focus of the center: the future of human development," says Provost David K. Campbell. "He's very experienced in international negotiation and in sustainable development and in human development and international security. He's involved in international environmental politics, including both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and he's also aware of the importance of religious and faith-based issues of human development. These are all issues that will affect the future." Najam holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan, and master's degrees in civil and environmental engineering and in technology and policy, as well as a doctorate in international environmental policy, from MIT. His books include 2002's Civic Entrepreneurship; 2005's Global Environmental Governance; and three books this year: Portrait of a Giving Community: Philanthropy by the Pakistani-American Diaspora, Trade and Environment: A Resource Book, and Southern Visions on Trade and Sustainable Development. In an email message Najam said about the appointment: "After four-and-half wonderful years at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University I have decided to return to Boston University as the Fredrick S. Pardee Chair for Global Public Policy, with Full Professor appointments at Department of International Relations and the Department of Geography and Environment. I will also be the Director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer Term Future. I am extremely excited about the possibilities and opportunities that this new position provides. We hope to expand the programs at the Pardee Center, especially in terms of establishing linkages with colleagues in within and outside academia. I will continue to seek your support and encouragement in this process. "Although the old email will also work for a while, please change the email in your records to email@example.com."