Asif Ishtiaque

Ph.D. Geography
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


2019- PhD (Geography) Arizona State University, USA (Expected)

2013- M.S. (Disaster Management) University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. 

2011- B.S. (Geography & Environment) University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Research Interests

Climate adaptation; Resilience; Hazard vulnerability; Environmental governance; Environmental management; Environmental conservation; Land use land cover change; Climate change impacts; Applied remote sensing and GIS; Social network analysis, Local statistical modeling.


Journal Articles:


Ishtiaque, A., Eakin, H., Chhetri, N., Myint, S., Dewan, A., and Kamruzzaman, M. (2019) Examination of coastal vulnerability frameworks at multiple levels of governance using spatial MCDA approach. Ocean & Coastal Management (Accepted)

Chhetri, N., Stuhlmacher, M., Ishtiaque, A. (2019) Nested pathways to adaptation. Environmental Research Communications. (Accepted)


Estoque, R., Myint, S., Wang, C., Ishtiaque, A., Aung, T., Emerton, L., Ooba, M., Hijioka, Y., Mon, M., Wang, Z., and Fan, C. (2018) Assessing environmental impacts and change in Myanmar's ecosystem service value due to deforestation (2000-2014)Global Change Biology.


Ishtiaque, A., Shrestha, M., and Chhetri, N. (2017) Rapid Urban Growth in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: Monitoring Land Use Land Cover Dynamics of a Himalayan City with Landsat Imageries, Environments 4(4): 72.

Ishtiaque, A., Sangwan, N., and Yu, D.J. (2017) Robust-yet-fragile nature of party engineered social-ecological systems: A case from BangladeshEcology and Society 22(3): 5.

Ishtiaque, A. and Nazem, N.I. (2017) Household-level disaster-induced losses and rural–urban migration: Experience from world’s one of the most disaster-affected countries, Natural Hazards 86: 315-326.


Ishtiaque, A., Myint, S.W., and Wang, C. (2016) Examining the ecosystem health and sustainability of world's largest mangrove forest using multitemporal MODIS products, Science of the Total Environment 569-570: 1241-1254.

Ishtiaque, A. and Chhetri, N. (2016) Competing policies to protect mangrove forest: A case from Bangladesh, Environmental Development 19: 75-83.


Ishtiaque, A., Mahmud, M.S., and Rafi, M.H. (2014) Encroachment of Canals of Dhaka City, Bangladesh: An Investigative Approach, GeoScape 8(2): 48-64.

Jerin, T. and Ishtiaque, A. (2014) Detailing rural land use of coastal BangladeshGeografia 10(3): 1-17.


Ishtiaque, A. and Ullah, S. (2013) Influence of factors of migration on the migration status of rural-urban migrants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Human Geographies 7(2): 45-52.


Mahmud, M.S., Masrur, A., Ishtiaque, A., Haider, F., and Habiba, U. (2011) Remote Sensing & GIS Based Spatio-Temporal Change Analysis of Wetland in Dhaka City, Bangladesh, Journal of Water Resource and Protection 3(11): 781-787.

Ishtiaque, A. and Mahmud, M. (2011) Migration objectives and their fulfillment: A micro study of rural-urban migrants of the slums of Dhaka cityGeografia 7(4): 24-29.


Riadh, S.M., Chowdhury, R.M., and Ishtiaque, A. (2012) Community-based Climate Change Adaptation Plan, Dhaka: USAID Bangladesh. Report produced for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the supervision of International Resources Group (IRG).

Oral Presentations:

1. Ishtiaque, A. and Yu, David (2017) Resilient yet vulnerable: A case of scale challenges posed by adaptation actions in coastal Bangladesh, paper presented at  American Association of Geographers Conference held on April 05-09 in Boston, Massachusetts.  

2. Myint, S.W., Wang, C., and Ishtiaque, A. (2017) A Space-time Analysis Approach to Tackle Some Emerging Environmental Issues, paper presented at Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty held on March 20-24 in Washington DC.

3. Ishtiaque, A., Myint, S.W., and Wang, C. (2016) Modeling spatiotemporal dynamics of Sundarban Mangrove Forest, paper presented at American Association of Geographers Conference held on March 29 - April 02 in San Francisco, California.

4. Ishtiaque, A. and Yu, J.H.D. (2015) Robustness of a coupled infrastructure system: A case of Southwest Bangladesh, paper presented at the satellite session on ‘The robustness of coupled infrastructure and complexity’ at Conference on Complex Systems (CCS) held on September 28-October 02 in Tempe, Arizona.

5. Ishtiaque, A. (2012) How rural-urban migration contributes to the development of a mega city: A case from Bangladesh, Proceeding at International Congress on Social & Cultural Studies at Port Harcourt, Nigeria, September 4-8, pp. 366-376.    

Poster Presentations:

1. Ishtiaque, A., Nazem, N. I., and Jerin, T. (2015) Natural disaster induced losses at household level: A study on the disaster affected migrants, poster presented at American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference held on December 14-18 at San Francisco, California.  

2. Jerin, T. and Ishtiaque, A. (2015) Groundwater Depletion in Dhaka City, Bangladesh: A spatiotemporal analysis, poster presented at American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference held on December 14-18 at San Francisco, California.

Research Activity

- Multilevel governance of adaptation to climate change impacts in coastal social-ecological systems

- Vulnerability framing by multilevel organizations.

- Powering & puzzling in climate policies in Bangladesh & India.



Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
GPH 314 Global Change
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GPH 112 Intro to Phys Geography Lab
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
GPH 111 Intro to Physical Geography
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
GPH 111 Intro to Physical Geography
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
GPH 111 Intro to Physical Geography


- Graduate Excellence Award, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Arizona State University.

- Jeanne X. Kasperson Student Paper Award (AAG 2018).

- Matthew G. Bailey Fellowship, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University.

- Graduate & Professional Student Association Travel Grant, Arizona State University.

- Bangladesh-Sweden Trust Fund Travel Award.

Professional Associations

1. Student Member: Association of American Geographers (AAG) [2014- Present]

2. Student Member: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) [2015- Present]

3. Student Member: American Geophysical Union (AGU) [2015- Present]

4. Student Member: Arizona Association of Environmental Professional (AZAEP) [2014- 2015]


  • Session Chair at AAG 2017.
  • Research and Travel Grant Reviewer: ASU Graduate Professional Student Association.
  • Founding General Secretary: Environment Club, Department of Geography & Environment, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Organizer: UN-WOMEN activism against Gender Violence.
  • Reviewer of Journals:
    • Applied Geography
    • ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
    • The Professional Geographer 
    • Environment, Development and Sustainability
    • Science of the Total Environment 
    • Remote Sensing
    • Sustainability (2)
    • Environmental Development (2)
    • Climate Policy
    • Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 
    • Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology
    • GeoScape.

Work History

2016- Graduate Service Assistant, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University.

2012 - Intern, USAID Bangladesh.

2011 - Note Taker, Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh Resident Mission.

2011- GIS Facilitator, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2010 - GIS Analyst, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.