Dr. Muhammad Arfan

Assistant Professor

Academic Degrees

• Ph.D. in Integrated Water Resources Management with specialization in Participatory Irrigation Management Reforms, US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan.

• MSc in Engineering Hydrology, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.

• BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Engineering, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.


Senior Fellow Research and Development, Centre for Climate and Environmental Research Studies, Institute for Art and Culture Lahore, Pakistan.
2018-2022 Research Fellow US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water, Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan
2015-2017 Senior Project Officer, World Wide Fund for Nature–Pakistan, Sustainable Agriculture Programme, Bahawalpur.
2013–2014 Research Fellow, International Institute of Social History, South Asia Region, Netherlands.




Research and Report Writing, School of Art, 8th Semester (Fall 2022).
Academic Writing and Critical Reading, School of Art, 3rd Semester (Fall 2022).


2023 “Politicizing Water Governance and Canal Allocations: Realizing Sustainable Development and Water Justice”, 6th International Karachi Water Conference, 27-28 November, Hisaar Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan
2023 “Decolonizing Climate Smart Agriculture: Climate Justice and Global Value Chain in Pakistan”, International Conference: Critical Agrarian Studies in 21st Century (10-12 October, College of Humanites and Development & Journal of Peasant Studies, Beijing, China.
2023 “Neoliberal Reformism and the Resilience of the Agrarian Irrigation Bureaucracy: A Case Study of Pakistan” Association for Asian Studies 2023 Annual Conference, 16-19 March 2023, Boston, USA.
2022 “Civic Habitus and the Challenges of Depoliticized Participatory Irrigation Management Reforms: Insights from Pakistan, Paper presented in a Journal of Peasants Studies Writeshop, 5-10 December, 2022, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
2022 “Mapping Impact of Farmer’s Organization on the Equity of Water and Land Productivity: Evidence from Pakistan.” ADBI Conference themed “Farmers Organization and Sustainable Development”, 7-9 September 2022, Japan.
2019 Poster presentation in research symposium organized by Global Change and Sustainability Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, US.
2016 Participate and represent WWF-Pakistan in the national consultative workshop on developing water research agenda in Pakistan from 23-24 May 2016 at the HEC Auditorium, Islamabad, organized by PCRWR and USPCAS-Water
2015 Presented a paper in the “International Conference on Mountain and climate change” organized by KIU in collaboration with WWF-P, ICIMOD, and WILDLIFE Department (17-19 Sept 2015).
2015 International conference in “Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies” organized by Agroclimatology lab the University of Agriculture Faisalabad.


2022-2023 “Cultivating the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant” sponsored by Sweden ($11,850) Ongoing
2022 Feasibility Study for Developing a Sustainable Water Quality Testing Model funded by Water Aid and Civil Society Human and Institutional Development Programme ($3000) Completed
2021-2022 “Research for Social Transformation and Advancement” Competitive Research Grant ($14,000) Completed
2020 Water (Switzerland) Honorable Mention Award for Editor Choice Article (Lead Author)
2019 Student Exchange Award ($ 20,000) Completed
2019 American Water Resource Association (AWRA) Student Best Paper Award ($250)