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Dr Murodbek Laldjebaev is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UCA’s School of Arts and Sciences in Khorog, Tajikistan. His scholarship is aimed at better understanding and identifying ways to address pressing societal challenges emanating from human-environmental relations, where humans impact the environment and are impacted by the environment. The driving question is: How can humans improve their lives, while using the natural resources sustainably? Within the sustainability challenge, his research focus is on energy security, energy poverty, environmental sustainability, water resources management, and local indigenous knowledge systems. His teaching includes human geography, research methods, indigenous knowledge, sustainable energy and environmental governance. 

Dr Laldjebaev has held fellowships with UCA’s Central Asian Faculty Development Programme (CAFDP) and Central Asia and Afghanistan Research Fellowship (CAARF), and worked as a Research Associate on undergraduate core curriculum development for UCA. Previously, he also headed curriculum development and programme evaluation for the Institute for Professional Development of teachers in Khorog, consulted the World Bank on pre-service education, and worked as a Senior Specialist with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Tajikistan. Dr Laldjebaev holds a PhD in Natural Resources from Cornell University (USA), a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (Singapore), and a Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in English Language from Khorog State University (Tajikistan).