Saher Hasnain is the Research and Community of Practice Coordinator for the Foresight4Food Initiative based at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute. With the Foresight4Food Initiative, she is focused on developing a mechanism to better understand and synthesize key trends and possible futures in global food systems and to support informed and strategic decision making between food systems stakeholders.
Formally trained as an environmental scientist, she has conducted research on food systems and environmental health in urban areas. For her doctoral research at Oxford, she examined the influence of factors like energy system disruption, urban design, and regional and global food system transformation on food environments in urban Pakistan. She has also been involved with the Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme (IFSTAL), where she collaborated with colleagues from the IFSTAL consortium to help equip students with the critical interdisciplinary systems thinking needed to re-orient food systems.
Saher has previously worked on exploring environmental health issues through photovoice and mapping at the University of Pennsylvania, and the development of national energy management cultures at Bahria University, Pakistan.