Until June 2014, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh in the Land Use Research Group, where I worked on projects related to land use change and climate adaptation. Before joining the University of Edinburgh, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in the Koopman Lab (Dynamic Causal Systems in Epidemiologic Analysis) on HIV transmission dynamics.
I did my PhD in social simulation from the Centre for Policy Modelling, which was supervised by Scott Moss and Bruce Edmonds. Before that, I studied computer science, masters from the University of Saarland and bachelors from the University of Karachi. I have previously worked as a research assistant in the Multiagent Systems Group at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI GmbH). I am also a former member of the National Growth and Development Pilot Project team at the University of Karachi.
My current interests include agent-based modeling, climate change and adaptation, land use change, dynamic networks, social and cultural anthropology, HIV transmission dynamics, socio-political conflicts and social movements.