Atiq Rahman, a global leader in the field of sustainable development and expert on climate change, recently traveled to Notre Dame to spend three weeks at the Keough School, teaching master’s and undergraduate-level courses and meeting with faculty. Rahman is the executive director of the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, a leading think tank in South Asia that focuses on sustainable development.
The 2008 recipient of the United Nations “Champion of the Earth” Award, Rahman holds a Ph.D. in industrial and applied chemistry from Brunel University in London. He served as lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change when the group was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Rahman’s current research focuses on global inequity and poverty, climate change, biodiversity, and relevant global institutions.
While at Notre Dame, Rahman delivered guest lectures for courses including Climate Change and Environmental Policy, Foundations of Sustainable Development, Law and Society, and undergraduate and graduate policy seminars. He also met with master of global affairs students participating in the Integration Lab, including those whose research is focused on Bangladesh,along with the Keough School’s South Asia research group and faculty from Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative.
In the photo above, Rahman is shown with master of global affairs students (left to right) Sangzhu Pubu (China), Derek Lee (United States/Taiwan), and Babajide Adebiyi (Nigeria). These students met with Rahman as part of their global policy seminar, a core part of the master of global affairs curriculum that enables students to meet in small groups with leading policymakers from around the globe.