People / Alumni

Samira Siddique

Development for the Stateless: the Displacement-Development Nexus and Implications for the Future (MS ’19)

Samira Siddique is a PhD candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Energy and Resources Group. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Her research is on global climate change justice, which she studies through her work on the politics of aid and development in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, post-colonial environmental history in the Global South, and on climate migration to Asian megacities. As a researcher at the Bangladesh-based International Centre for Climate Change and Development, she co-designed the first long-term environmental monitoring project in the Rohingya refugee camps. Her related research is on global displacement, climate change governance, and critical development and humanitarianism. More broadly, she is interested in how displaced populations, refugees, and migrants are integrated into existing development frameworks, and in conceptualizing a new development paradigm for those that have been systematically “othered” and persecuted.

Samira has presented her work to members of the US Congress, the State Department, the UN Refugee Agency, the International Organization for Migration, and the Bangladeshi government. She collaborates with activists, artists, practitioners, and scientists around the world on climate change justice for displaced communities. She received her MS in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and BA from Wesleyan University in the College of Social Studies and the College of the Environment. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.

ERG Water Group
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL)

What does Development Mean for the Stateless?
Visualizing the Policy Challenge of Global Urbanization