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Anas Khan

Mohammad Anas Shoebullah Khan Title: Graduate Student
Phone: 204-698-1253
Room: Environment and Society Collaborative Lab
Building: 4CM46A Centennial Hall
Email: khan-m26@webmail.uwinnipeg.ca

Degree: Master of Arts
Thesis: A Human Rights-Based Perspective on Dried Fish Value Chains in Gujarat, India
Supervisor: Dr. Alan Diduck & Dr. Kirit Patel
Entry: Fall 2022

Research Interests:
My research interests include human rights-based approaches to development & conservation, institutional & legal analysis, commons governance, and public policy. As part of the MESC program, I will be working under the supervision of Dr Alan Diduck and Dr Kirit Patel. Through my thesis research, I seek to understand the substantive and procedural human rights in dried fish value chain in Valsad district of south Gujarat, India. Dried fish is an important source of nutrition and livelihood for some of the most marginalized communities such as women and tribal communities in southern Gujarat, India yet its policy and governance has been largely unexplored. Since dried fish value chains operate in the informal economy, human rights concerns are largely neglected. The goal of my research is to bridge this research gap through an enhanced understanding of the dried fish economy especially the post-harvest segments of processing and trade.

My name is Anas! I am originally from a small coastal town in Gujarat, India. My undergraduate degree is in law, and I also hold a diploma in human rights. I have previously worked as a Senior Associate (Policy Training & Outreach) with the Centre for Civil Society, India – a New Delhi based public policy think tank. My work primarily included policy advocacy, training and outreach on key environmental policy projects focusing on forest rights in India, and on making a case for rights-based regulatory governance of small-scale fisheries. I also teach a module on environmental policy as part of the Centre for Civil Society’s introductory course in public policy. I chose the MESC program because it offers me a unique opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research, broaden my understanding of different perspectives on environmental and social challenges, and learn from a diverse group of peers. In the longer run, I see myself at the intersection of academia and think-tanks – connecting academic knowledge to real world problems.

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