Dr. C. Emdad Haque

Natural Resources Institute
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2M6
Tel.: (204) 474-8375
Fax: (204) 261-0038
E-mail: cemdad.haque@ad.umanitoba.ca
Website: Environmental Governance


B.A. (First Class Honours), Geography, Jahangirnagar University, 1976.
M.A. (First Class) , Geography, Jahangirnagar University, 1978.
M.A., Geography, University of Manitoba, 1982.
Ph.D., Geography, University of Manitoba, 1988.


Dr. Emdad Haque was the Director of the Natural Resources Institute for two consecutive terms from 2001-2011. Prior to joining the University of Manitoba in 2001, Dr. Haque was a Professor of Geography at Brandon University where he had served as Chair of the Department of Geography during 1997-2000. Dr. Haque’s primary academic interest is to explore into the various facets of, and processes in the nature and society interface. His background is in the area of resource and environmental management, with concentrations in environmental risk assessment, hazard and disaster management, and water resource management. Dr. Haque offers courses in these areas by linking them to his experience in Manitoba and other parts of Canada, and many other countries of the world. In his academic and professional life, Dr. Haque has contributed chiefly, through both theoretical and applied research, to validate the need for integration of knowledge of social sciences and humanities with physical and biological sciences for addressing environmental problems effectively. Two of his recent contributions to the area of environmental hazards, from an integrative perspective, are the books, Hazards in a Fickle Environment (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1998) and Mitigation of Natural Hazards and Disasters (Springer, 2005).

Dr. Haque is very active regionally, nationally and internationally with a number of professional associations. He served as the President of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Prairie Division, and Vice President of the International Natural Hazards Society. Dr. Haque is the founding President of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet). He was awarded the Visiting Research Fellowship by the Queen Elizabeth House of the University of Oxford, Oxford, England in 1996-97 where he examined the effects of global environmental degradation and change on population displacement. Brandon University, Canada in 1999 recognized Dr. Haque’s research excellence with the 1998 Brandon University Senate Award for Excellence in Research. He served as an advisor and consultant to several ministries of the provincial government of Manitoba, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, the national government of Bangladesh, and United Nations agencies in the fields of social impact assessment, disaster mitigation and emergency management, community-based resource management, sustainable floodplain development and management, and water resource planning and program implementation.

Research Interests

Dr. Haque’s current research interest centers around human involvement in addressing problems concerning the environment and our natural and other resources. He has keen interest in the implications of the development gaps between the developed world and developing countries for common-property resources. At the present time, his research involvement encompasses the following multidisciplinary areas: formulation of a participatory decision-making framework for sustainable floodplain management; the nature and role of risk perception and communication in disaster management; an assessment of knowledge of, and research on environmental hazards and risks in Canada; and social and environmental impact assessment of water resource development projects. The significant on-going projects are the SSHRC-"Indigenous floodplain and fishery knowledge and management practices in Bangladesh", the climate change impacts and adaptation directorate of the Natural Resources Canada funded project, "Impact of climate change and extreme events on psychosocial well-being."

Dr. Haque invites inquiries from potential graduate students who wish to pursue a programme of study related to those areas of expertise of the Natural Resources Institute, as well as from students who have a keen interest in working on the integrative aspects of human and physical dimensions of common-property resources.

Selected publications (pdf versions)

Professional activities

  • President and Co-Chair, Canadian Steering Committee, Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet).
  • Editorial Board Member, Emergency Management Canada.
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Environmental Consumerism.
  • Editorial Board member, Natural Hazards Journal.
  • Referee for granting agencies: SSHRC; NSF (US). External referee for several national and international journals.
  • Member, International Association of Impact Assessment.
  • Member, Canadian Association of Geographers.
  • Member, Canadian Water Resources Association.
  • Member, Environment and Resources Working Group, Canadian Association of Geographers.
  • Member, Association of American Geographers.
  • Member, Canadian Asian Studies Association.