Hey there, I’m Asif

Asif Hussain, PhD, is a passionate advocate for community well-being, firmly believing that collective community resilience is crucial for long-term sustainability. His diverse range of roles as a dedicated social entrepreneur, social worker, and philanthropist reflect his commitment to making a positive impact on society. Throughout his career, Asif has developed innovative solutions and facilitated numerous community projects on an international scale, leading to transformative and life-changing outcomes for individuals and communities alike. His remarkable ability to engage with communities has earned him recognition through prestigious scholarships, including the esteemed Fulbright scholarship.

What sets Asif apart is his unique perspective as an indigenous person with ancestral ties spanning an impressive 30,000 to 50,000 years to the mountainous region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Situated at the intersection of the Himalayas, Karakoram, and Hindukush, this culturally rich and historically significant area has faced the distressing loss of indigenous traditions, customs, knowledge, and cultural memory. This disheartening reality compelled Asif to embark on a personal journey to study the impacts of transport infrastructure development on isolated indigenous communities.

Undertaking extensive fieldwork in one of the most isolated, remote, and politically insecure regions, Asif navigated the complexities of multiple languages, intricate social and political structures, and security threats. His doctoral research focused on mega-transport infrastructure development, specifically examining the effects of China’s ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ project on tourism-based livelihood strategies within isolated communities.

Asif’s educational background complements his fieldwork and research endeavors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, providing him with a strong foundation in understanding the socioeconomic factors that shape communities. Additionally, his master’s degree in environmental economics equips him with the knowledge and tools to analyse the intricate relationships between environmental sustainability, economic development, and community well-being.

Through his multidisciplinary expertise and dedication to his work, Asif Hussain strives to empower marginalised communities, revitalise indigenous knowledge and traditions, and promote sustainable development in isolated regions. His commitment to fostering community resilience and his deep understanding of the complex dynamics at play within communities make him a catalyst for positive change and a driving force in building a more inclusive and sustainable future.

Journal of Sustainability and Resilience

Project Regenerative Tourism

Climate Change Commitments and Challenges to Achieve Regenerative Tourism: A Case of Aotearoa New Zealand

Climate Change Commitments and Challenges to Achieve Regenerative Tourism: A Case of Aotearoa New Zealand

Abstract New Zealand heavily relies on nature-based tourism for its popular "100% pure New Zealand" brand. However, the country faces challenges in mitigating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to the significant contribution of long-haul destination. Despite various...

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