Najam Named Mahatir Mohamad Visiting Fellow at University of Oxford

Adil Najam, Dean Emeritus and Professor of International Relations and Earth and Environment at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, has been named the Mahatir Mohamad Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies. During the winter and spring terms of 2023, he will also serve as a Visiting Fellow at Oxford’s Wolfson College.

Najam, currently on sabbatical from the Pardee School, will use his time at Oxford researching, writing, and interacting with scholars and research programs in the U.K. He plans to work on two research projects during these fellowships: one on elaborating an Islamic vocabulary for environmentalism and particularly for climate change at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and another related to elaborating policy pathways for the “Age of Adaptation” and particularly for Loss and Damage climate policy with colleagues at Oxford’s Wolfson College. Earlier in 2021, Adil Najam delivered the Annual Sarfraz Lecture at Wolfson College and he will also be delivering a series of seminars at Oxford in the coming weeks.

The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies was founded in 1985 for the advanced study of Islam and Muslim societies. His Royal Highness the former Prince of Wales, now King Charles, was the Centre’s founding patron. The Centre is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of all aspects of Islamic culture and civilization and of contemporary Muslim societies.

Wolfson College is one of the University of Oxford’s largest graduate colleges, founded in 1966 by Isaiah Berlin, who was also its first President, with the egalitarian ethos of being “new, untrammelled, and unpyramided.”

Adil Najam is a global public policy expert who served as the Inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and was the former Vice-Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development. Read more about Professor Najam on his Pardee School faculty profile.