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Dr. Asmat Ullah

Assistant Professor

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USPCAS-W Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan

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Dr. Asmat Ullah is currently working as Assistant Professor in the US. – Pakistan Centre for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCASW) at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), Jamshoro, Pakistan. He is an environmental and resource economist with scientific and professional interests in crosscutting issues, including life cycle assessment, circular economy, sustainable consumption and production, farming and natural resource sustainability, contemporary discourse analysis, regional institutional analysis, contextual analysis, regional policy analysis, environment, and society, and participatory irrigation management. He has more than ten years of working experience in various national and international organizations. He was involved in different research projects related to sustainable consumption and production, circular economy, water resources management, agriculture, food security, and agricultural water productivity. He has a strong interdisciplinary background, good research experience with more than 18 scientific publications, and a good grasp of community engagement and field activities. He has a decent command to collect and handle data and processing and qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis using different econometric tools and models. He has excellent data analysis skills using various statistical packages, including R, SPSS, and Stata.


  • Zhong, F., Cheng, W., Guo, A., Song, X., Cheng, Q., Ullah, A., & Song, Y. (2022). Are Chinese social scientists concerned about climate change? A bibliometric analysis and literature review. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 1-22. Springer, [Impact Factor: 4.223 (2020)]
  • Panhwar, V., Zaidi, A., Ullah, A., EdgarI, T.N. (2021). Impact of water sector interventions on the economy, equity, and the environment in the rainfed region of Punjab, Pakistan. Environment, Development and Sustainability. 23, 2190–2203. Publisher: Springer, [Impact Factor: 3.219 (2020)]
  • Panhwar, V., Zaidi, A., Ullah, A. (2021). Performance Evaluation Methods for Check-Dams in Balochistan: A Review. Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering and Technology. 40 (01), 671-679.
  • Imran, U., Mahar, R. B., Ullah, A., & Shaikh, K. (2021). Seasonal variability of heavy metals in Manchar lake of Arid Southern Pakistan and its consequential human health risk. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 30(1). [Impact Factor: 1.699 (2020)]
  • Ullah, A., Silalertruksa, T., Gheewala., S.H. (2020). Epistemic uncertainty and stochastic analysis in the sugarcane production systems in Thailand – quantifying the confidence in comparative results. Journal of Cleaner Production. 124095. Publisher: Elsevier, [Impact Factor: 9.297 (2020)]
  • Talpur, B.D., Ullah, A., Ahmed, S. (2020). Water consumption pattern and conservation measures in the academic building: a case study of Jamshoro Pakistan. S.N. Applied Sciences, 2. 1781. Publisher:
  • Arfan, M., Ansari, K., Ullah, A., Hassan, H., Siyal, A.A., Jia, A. (2020). Agenda Setting in Water and IWRM: Discourse Analysis of Water Policy Debate in Pakistan. Water, 12(6) (1656). Publisher: MDPI,[Impact Factor: 3.103 (2020)]
  • Ghani, H.U., Mahmood, A., Ullah, A., Gheewala, S.H (2020). Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Performance Analysis of Bagasse-Based Electricity in Pakistan. Sustainability. 12(24). 10594. Publisher: MDPI, [Impact Factor: 3.251 (2020)]
  • Zhong, F., Jiang, D., Zhao, Q., Guo, A., Ullah, A., Yang, X., Cheng, Q., Zhang, Y., Ding, X., (2020). Eco-efficiency of oasis seed maize production in an arid region, Northwest China. Journal of Cleaner Production. 268, 122220. Publisher: Elsevier, [Impact Factor: 9.297 (2020)]
  • Imran, U., Ullah, A., Shaikh, K. (2020). Pollution loads and ecological risk assessment of metals and a metalloid in the surface sediment of Keenjhar Lake, Pakistan. Polish Journal of Environmental Studies, 29(5), 3629-3641. [Impact Factor: 1.699 (2020)]
  • Imran, U., Weidhaas, J., Ullah, A., & Shaikh, K. (2020). Risk associated with spatio-temporal variations in trace metals and a metalloid in a major freshwater reservoir of Pakistan. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal, 1-20. Publisher: Taylor and Francis, [Impact Factor: 5.190 (2020)]
  • Mehmood, R., Imran, U., Ullah, A., Ullman, J. L., & Weidhaas, J. (2020). Health risks associated with accumulation of heavy metals in fish of Keenjhar Lake, Pakistan. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27(19), 24162-24172. Publisher: Springer, [Impact Factor: 4.223 (2020)]
  • Ullah, A., Silalertruksa, T., Pongpat., P., Gheewala., S.H. (2019). Efficiency analysis of sugarcane production systems in Thailand using Data Envelopment Analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production. 238 (November). 117877. Publisher: Elsevier,[Impact Factor: 9.297 (2020)]
  • Imran, U., Ullah, A., Shaikh, K., Mehmood, R., Saeed, M., (2019). Health risk assessment of the exposure of heavy metal contamination in surface water of lower Sindh, Pakistan. SN Applied Sciences, 1(6), 1-10. Publisher: Springer,
  • Nizamani, Z., Khan, I., Gheewala, S.H., Ullah, A. (2019). Life cycle environmental impacts of rice production systems in Sindh province of Pakistan. Journal of Sustainable Energy & Environment. 10. 51-55.
  • Ullah, A., Perret, S.R., Gheewala, S.H. & Soni, P. (2016). Eco-efficiency of cotton-cropping systems in Pakistan: An integrated approach of life cycle assessment and data envelopment analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production. 134, 623-632. Publisher: Elsevier,[Impact Factor: 9.297 (2020)].
  • Ullah, A., & Perret S.R. (2014). Technical- and environmental- efficiency analysis of irrigated cotton-cropping systems in Punjab, Pakistan using data envelopment analysis. Environmental Management. 54(2), 288-300.Publisher: Springer, [Impact Factor: 3.266 (2020)]

Technical Paper and Book Chapter:

  • Technical paper: Gheewala, S. H. & Ullah, A. (2020). Technical report on Life Cycle Costing and Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Public Procurement and Circular Economy submitted to the United Nations Environmental Program Bangkok Office.
  • Ullah, A., Hussain, A., (2017). “Sustainable Development, published in Agricultural and Resource Economics, HEC. Pakistan.


  • Water Governance
  • Research Methodology
  • Environmental Economics
  • Professional Development and Practices
  • Innovations in Agricultural Water Management


Natural Resource and Environmental Economics; Eco-efficiency Analysis; Food and Nutritional Security; Life Cycle Assessment; Life Cycle Costing; Sustainable Consumption and Production; Circular Economy; Ecological Economics; Innovation Adoption; Sustainability in Resource Management; Environment and Society Studies; Water Governance; Contemporary Discourse Analysis; Project Management; Community Engagement and Development.

  • Impact Assessment/ Performance Evaluation of 14 Small Dams in Sindh Province of Pakistan: (Co-Lead). Duration: six months. Funded by Government of Sindh Pakistan, Budget: PKR 9.46 million
  • Evaluation and Adaptation Mechanism of Water-Energy-Food Nexus in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPAC) under Climate Change. (Co-Lead). Duration: 2 years. Funded by Pakistan Science Foundation and National Science Foundation China. Budget: PKR 12.00 million
  • Adapting to Salinity in the Southern Indus Basin – A networking project (Collaborator). Duration: 2.5 years. Funded by the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research. Budget: AUS$ 2.312 million
  • Mainstreaming coherent and effective sustainable consumption and production policies, including through circular economy models: Best practices and recommendations in the Asia-Pacific region (Co-lead). Duration: 1 year. Funded byUnited Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Budget: US$ 38,000
  • Crop Water Productivity Assessment of Major Cropping Systems in Sindh and Punjab Pakistan (Principal Investigator). Duration: 1 year. Funded The United States Agency for International Development through US. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water. Budget: PKR 2.90 million.
  • Role and Loss of Biodiversity: Implications for Local Community of Hangu District Khyber Pakhtunkwa Pakistan (Principal Investigator). Duration: 1 year. Funded by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Budget: PKR 1.192 million
  • Keenjhar Lake Water Quality Assessment and Valuing Ecosystems Services. (Co-Principal Investigator). Duration: 1 year. Funded by The United States Agency for International Development through US. Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water. Budget: PKR 2.80 million.
  • Water Scarcity at Lower Sindh – Reality vs. Myth: An Exploratory Study of Akram Canal Command Area. (Co-Lead). Duration: 1 year. Funded by Budget: PKR 1.350 million.
  • Identifying the likely impacts of coal combustion residues from the Thar coal-fired power plant on the Region’s ecosystem (Co-Principal Investigator). Duration: 1 year. Funded byHeinrich-Böll-Stiftung-Pakistan. Budget: PKR 2.00 million.
  • Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Situation Analysis of Thatta City Pakistan (Co-Principal Investigator). Duration: 6 Months. Funded by the national Rural Support Program, Pakistan. Budget: PKR 0.60 million.

Ph.D. Dissertation:

Topic: Exploring the Water Governance Policy Framework for Improving Participatory Irrigation Management Reforms.

  • Student: Mr. Muhammad Arfan.
  • Role: Co-Supervisor.
  • Status: Completed in 2022.

Masters’ Thesis:

Topic: Impact and Risk Assessment of Glacial Lake Outburst Floods in District Ghizer, Gilgit Baltistan.

  • Student: Mr. Imran Khan
  • Role: Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2018.

Topic: Impact Assessment of Water Sector Interventions in Potohar Region.

  • Student: Ms. VengusPanhwar
  • Role: Co-Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2018.

Topic: Thesis title: Agricultural Water-use Optimization using Cropping Systems Simulation Model (CropSyst).

  • Student: Mr. Faris Bhatti
  • Role: Co-Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2018.

Topic: Human Health Risk Assessment of Heavy Metals in Fish Species of Keenjhar Lake, Thatta.

  • Student: Ms. VengusPanhwar
  • Role: Co-Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2018.

Topic: Crop Water Stress Detection by Remote Sensing.

  • Student: Ms. VengusPanhwar
  • Role: Co-Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2018.

Topic: Environmental Impacts and Economic Performance Analysis of Rice Production Systems in Sindh Province of Pakistan Using Life Cycle Assessment Approach.

  • Student: Mr. Zohaib Nizamani
  • Role: Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2017.

Topic: Analysis of the Environmental Impacts Building through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

  • Student: Ms. Bushra D. Talpur
  • Role: Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2017.

Topic: Socioeconomic and Health Impact Assessment of Environmental Degradation of Manchar Lake.

  • Student: Ms. Hiba Muzamil
  • Role: Co-Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2017.

Topic: Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Municipal Supplied Water – A Case Study of Hyderabad.

  • Student: Mr. Usama Imad
  • Role: Co-Supervisor
  • Status: Completed in 2017.