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researcher , Geography educator

Rais Akhtar, Indian geography educator, researcher. Leverhulme Trust fellow Liverpool (England) University, 1980-1981, fellow French Government, 1984, Commonwealth Secretary, London University, 1995. Member Indian Society Social Science and Medicine (honorary vice president since 1994).


Akhtar, Rais was born on June 21, 1946 in Mainpuri, India. Son of Ali Akhtar and Asgari Begum.


Bachelor, South Carolina College, Mainpuri, 1966. Master of Arts, St. John's College, Agra, India, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Geography, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, 1976.


From senior research fellow to research associate Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1975-1980, assistant professor, 1981-1982. Senior lecturer University Zambia, Lusaka, 1982-1984, associate professor, 1984-1986. Reader Kashmir University, Srinagar, India, 1986-1989, professor department geography India, since 1989.

Invited lecturer over 50 universities. Full member International Geographical Union Commission on Health, Environment and Development, 1988-2000. Member United Nations Intergovtl.

Panel Climate Change & Health, since 1999. Dean Faculty Social Sciences, University Kashmir, 1998-2001.


  • Other Work

    • Author 11 books. Contributor over 56 research articles to international journals. Advisory editor Social Science and Medicine, 1996-2000.


Member Indian Society Social Science and Medicine (honorary vice president since 1994).


  • Other Interests

    Reading, movies, badminton.


Married Nilofar Izhar, November 21, 1978. 1 child, Shirin Rais.

Ali Akhtar

Asgari Begum

Nilofar Izhar

Shirin Rais Akhtar