Nadia Ali

Nadia Ali

PhD Researcher

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Research Profile

Nadia Ali is a doctoral researcher at Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies. For her PhD, she is studying the unfolding of BRI’s China-Pakistan Economic Corridor in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan and North-Rhein Westphalia through the conceptual lens of cross-border connectivity, vulnerability, and social conflict. Given her academic background in Environmental Governance, she is also interested in climate change, natural resource management, and sustainability research. 

Research Topics / Key Expertise

Cross-border (dis)connectivity  


Social Conflict  

Climate change adaptation and mitigation


Natural resource management

Countries Of Expertise

  • Germany,
  • Pakistan

Professional Career

Nadia Ali joined bicc as a doctoral researcher in May 2021. She holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Governance from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Before joining bicc, she worked as Climate Change Adaptation Officer at the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Pakistan and interned at UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) in Berlin. For her Master’s thesis, she investigated Financing Climate Adaptation using a political economy analysis framework. As a research assistant at the University of Freiburg, she contributed to an EU-funded project, "Urbana for Sustainable and Just Cities". At the World Wide Fund for Nature, Pakistan (WWF-P), she implemented an action research project on climate adaptation.