Fouad Khan

Foaud Khan - © Future Earth

Foaud Khan PhD. Photo © Future Earth

More than half of humanity now lives in cities, a proportion that is projected to rise to 70% by 2050 – representing a doubling of the global urban population by mid-century. While such urban growth presents enormous social, economic and environmental challenges, it also offers an opportunity: to unlock cities’ potential to contribute to sustainable development.

Seizing this opportunity, the institute’s cities project seeks to understand how urban systems can be reinvented to achieve sustainable outcomes. One of the project’s researchers is Luc Hoffmann Institute fellow Fouad Khan PhD, who is exploring the ecological, social and economic aspects of consumption and urbanisation processes.

“Luc Hoffmann Institute is a very interesting trans-disciplinary institute working at the cusp of science and policy,” says Fouad. “It is at the meeting point of all the different disciplines that must come together to pave the way for a transition to a more sustainable future. Working at the institute allows me to indulge in my passion for research while at the same time producing policy-ready intellectual products for consumption by the decision-makers.”

Fouad is an environmental sustainability and complex systems researcher with nearly a decade’s experience in sustainable development, water resources and environmental engineering. He has worked on projects for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Shell and Korea Water Resources Corporation, among others, and is the author of peer-reviewed work and several award-winning essays and opinion pieces in popular journals. He has been a recipient of Fulbright scholarship (2005) and is a Future Earth Fellow (2014).


2014 PhD, Environmental Science and Policy, Central European University.
MSc, Environmental Engineering, University of Houston.


  • Khan, F. (2012). An initial seed selection algorithm for k-means clustering of georeferenced data to improve replicability of cluster assignments for mapping application. Applied Soft Computing, 12(11), 3698–3700.

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