Dr Nazia M Habib, FRSA, is the Founder and Research Centre Director for the Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Development (CRSD). She holds a Professor equivalent post with appointments at the Department of Engineering and Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge.

Trained at Oxford University and at University of Cambridge, Dr Habib believes that to reduce inequality, inability and inefficiency experienced globally, the decision makers and Social Science academics need to improve the methods used to create evidence for decision making. Out of that quest to find better answers to these complex problems, Prof Habib has dedicated her scholarship to develop twenty-first century action-research methodologies that will harness the power of collective intelligence, smart technologies and open innovation to aid and add greater resilience to the cohesive decision-making process.

Her research currently focuses on integrating systems thinking for applied resilience and sustainable development in the context of good governance, responsible innovation and sustainable investment. Leaders of more than 57 countries have benefited from her research methods and have seen improvements in their abilities to manage uncertainty.

Dr Habib has also advised over 20 governments on sustainable development and climate change related policy issues. She was recognised on the Commonwealth Day 2023 by the King of England at Buckingham Palace for her research on the Commonwealth Small States. 

Prior to founding CRSD, Dr Habib was a founding University Lecturer for the MPhil in the Public Policy degree programme at Cambridge. She has been awarded Newton Fellowships, Commonwealth Scholarships and numerous research grants. She has been a Sustainability Science fellow at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Cambridge, Dr Habib received the Claydon Prize for her outstanding PhD thesis in Economics, and her book ’Biofuels, Food Security, and Developing economies’ (2016) was ranked among the top three highly influential books of 2016 by Food Tank. Dr Habib is a Board Member of the University of Cambridge’s Board of Scrutiny, Special Advisor for the EAT Foundation, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), among others. Previously was a Fellow with the World Economic Forum (WEF), Non-Executive Board member for TISATech to help improve thinking around resilience and technology. Dr Habib is active within several Cambridge University based research centres: Sanger Institute, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSAP), Cambridge Global Food Security (CGFS), Cambridge Zero and Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment (CFSE) to name a few.