Dr Nazia Mintz-Habib is a University Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre of Development Studies, a fellow of the Isaac Newton Trust and the Cambridge Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Center (MCSC).
Along with her academic appointments, Nazia is also involved with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to implement an institutional feasibility study framework (IFS) that she developed.
She leads several knowledge products and dialogues at the United Nations (UN) on sustainable development related thematic areas including inclusive growth strategy, climate change, renewable energy, governance and green economy. Her publications can be found both as working papers for the United Nations and in academic journals on food security, renewable energy, poverty, and climate change and governance systems.
Nazia received her PhD from University of Cambridge in Development Studies. Prior to joining Cambridge, she was a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Her research interests focus on identifying pathways to improve sustainable development in developing countries by scaling up global value chain of primary commodities and catching up on institutional innovations. She studies the political economy sustainable development as a comparative development approach. She is currently authoring a book on biofuels and food security.