Zafar Adeel

Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering


BSc, Civil Engineering, Univ. of Engg. & Tech, Lahore, Pakistan

MSc, Environmental Engineering, Iowa State Univ., USA

PhD, Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA


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Edited Journal Issues

  • Current Opinions in Sustainable Science, Vol. 3 No. 6. 2011, Guest Editor
  • Global Environmental Change: Human and Policy Dimensions, Vol. 14 Supp. 1 2004, Special Issue: Focus on the International Year of Freshwater, Guest Editor

Research Papers:

  • Adeel, Z., 2018. Re-imagining Water (and Energy) Sharing in South Asia, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, 27 Feb 2018.
  • Adeel, Z., 2017. A renewed focus on water security within the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, Sustain. Sci., 12:891-894.
  • Switzman, H., B. Salem, M.Gad, Z. Adeel, and P. Coulibaly, 2017. Conservation planning as an adaptive strategy for climate change and groundwater depletion in Wadi El Natrun, Egypt, Hydrogeol. J., (DOI 10.1007/s10040-017-1669-y).
  • Adeel, Z., 2014. Engaging and Incentivizing the Private Sector: An Emerging Opportunity for the Water World, New Water Policy and Practice Journal, Vol. 1 No. 1, 20-25.
  • Adeel, Z., 2014. Knowledge Challenges for Policy Integration of Water and Energy Domains. Water Monographies II: Water & Energy. United Nations Office to support the Decade ‘Water for Life’ 2005-2015 / UN-Water Programme on Advocacy and Communication in the framework of the Decade, WCCE - World Council of Civil Engineers, Fundación Aquae.
  • Adeel, Z., 2014. Water, Food and Energy Security in Drylands: Challenges Triggered by Global Changes, International Drylands Development Commission.
  • Adeel, Z., and U. Safriel, 2008. Achieving Sustainability by Introducing Alternative livelihoods, Sustainability Science, Vol. 3 (1).
  • Safriel, U., and Z. Adeel, 2008. Development Paths of Drylands — Is Sustainability Achievable? Sustainability Science, Vol. 3 (1).
  • Adeel, Z., and R. Pomeroy, 2002. Assessment and management of mangrove ecosystems in developing countries, Trees, 16: 235-238.
  • Adeel, Z., 2002. The disaster of arsenic poisoning of groundwater in South Asia – a focus on research needs and UNU’s role, Global Environmental Change, 12(1): 69-72.
  • Adeel, Z. and M. Glantz, 2001. El Niño of the Century: Once Burnt, Twice Shy?, Global Environmental Change, 11(2): 171-174.
  • Adeel, Z., D.A. Edwards, and R.G. Luthy, 1995. Modeling transport of multiple organic compounds: Segregated transport-sorption/solubilization numerical technique, Water Resources Research, 31(8): 2035‑2045.
  • Edwards, D.A., Z. Adeel, and R.G. Luther. 1994. Distribution of nonionic surfactant and phenanthrene in a sediment/aqueous system, Environmental Science and Technology, 28(4): 1032-1042.
  • Adeel, Z., and A.D. Levine, 1994. Solubilization and methanogenesis of a particulate industrial waste: Impact of solids loading and temperature, Waste Management, 14(8): 693‑702.

Book Chapters

  • Adeel, Z., 2020. Ethical Dimensions of the Water-Related International Development Agenda, in Ethical Water Stewardship, Stefanovic, I.L., and Z. Adeel (Eds.), Springer Publisher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Stefanovic, I.L., and Z. Adeel, 2020. Ethics of Shaping Water Futures, in Ethical Water Stewardship, Stefanovic, I.L., and Z. Adeel (Eds.), Springer Publisher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Adeel, Z., 2017.  Managing Water, Energy, and Food for Long-Term Regional Security, in Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus in the Arab Region, Amer, K.M., Z. Adeel, B. Böer, and W. Saleh (Eds.), Springer Publisher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Adeel, Z., 2017. Water Security as the Centerpiece of the Sustainable Development Agenda, in The Human Face of Water Security, Devlaeminck, D., Z. Adeel, and R. Sandford (Eds.), Springer Publisher, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Adeel, Z., 2016. Placing Canada’s Water Policies in an International Context, in Water Policy and Governance in Canada, S. Renzetti and D.P. Dupont, Springer, The Netherlands.
  • Adeel, Z., and P. Newberg, 2016. The Role of International Development in Reimagining the Indus Basin, in Imagining Industan - Overcoming Water Insecurity in the Indus Basin, Adeel, Z. and R. Wirsing (Eds.), Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Adeel, Z., 2012. A Human Development Approach to Water Security, in The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue, United Nations University, Hamilton, Canada
  • Chociej, Z. and Z. Adeel, 2012. Legal and Ethical Dimensions of a Right to Water, in The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue, United Nations University, Hamilton, Canada
  • Adeel, Z., 2009. Societal Vulnerability to Desertification and Policy Response Options, in Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks, Brauch, H-G., U. Spring, P. Kameri-Mbote, C. Mesjasz, J. Grin, B. Chourou, and J. Birkmann (Eds), Hexagon Publishers, Germany.
  • Koshy, K., Z. Adeel, M. Lal, and M. Mataki, 2006. Impacts of Pollutants in the Asia-Pacific Region, in Global Change and Integrated Coastal Management – The Asia-Pacific Region, Nick Harvey (ed), Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Safriel, U. and Z. Adeel, 2005. Dryland systems, in Ecosystems and Human Well-being: Current State and Trends, Volume 1, by Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, Island Press, Washington DC, USA.
  • Adeel, Z., and N. Miyazaki, 2005. Overview of global marine and coastal challenges, in Mankind and the Oceans, by Miyazaki N., Z. Adeel, and Kouichi Owada (Eds.), UNU Press, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Adeel, Z., 2004. Mangrove action plan, in Mangrove Management and Conservation – Present and Future, by Marta Vannucci (Ed.), UNU Press, Tokyo.
  • Adeel, Z., J.W. Mercer, and C.R. Faust, 2000. Models for describing multiphase flow and transport of contaminants, in Kaluarachchi, J. (Ed.) Groundwater Contamination by Organic Pollutants – Analysis and Remediation, American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, USA.

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