Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future

Pardee Center Director

Adil Najam

Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy
Director, Pardee Center
Professor, International Relations, Boston University
Professor, Geography and Environment, Boston University


PhD, MSc, MSc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Specialization in Negotiation, Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School; BSc, University of Engineering and Technology (UET)


South Asia; Pakistan; Islam; Developing Countries; Diasporas; Philanthropy; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Environment; Development; Climate Change; Trade; Future Studies.

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Prof. Adil Najam's research focused on issues of global public policy, especially those related to South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human well-being. He served as a Lead Author for the Third and Fourth Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), work for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Prof. Najam has written nearly 100 scholarly papers and book chapters, and his recent books include: Pakistanis in America: Portrait of a Giving Community (2006); Trade and Environment Negotiations: A Resourcebook (2006); Envisioning a Sustainable Development Agenda for Trade and Environment (2006); Environment, Development and Human Security: Perspectives from South Asia (2003); and Civic Entrepreneurship (2002).

He is a past winner of MIT's Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching, the Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award, and the Stein Rokan Award of the International Political Science Association, the ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award, and the Pakistan Television Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Prof. Najam also serves on the editorial boards of various scholarly publications, including Global Governance, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, The Journal of Ecological Economics, Annual Editions: Environment, and The Encyclopedia of Earth. Prof. Najam is frequently interviewed by and writes for the popular media and is the founding editor of the blog