Research/Areas of Interest:

water systems analysis, urban water management, environmental justice and equity


  • PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst Center, United States, 2018
  • MS, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst Center, United States
  • BS, Lafayette College, Easton, United States, 2013


Hassaan F. Khan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. His teaching and research focus on issues of environmental justice and equity, combining rigorous systems analysis with mixed methods approaches, to study water management in the global south. He is the Founding Director of an interdisciplinary research group (KWP) that is developing technological and policy-based solutions to urban water challenges in South Asian cities. The goal of Khan's research on urban water systems is to inform the discourse on water beyond a simplistic and overly infrastructure focused centralized approach that overlooks the needs of and impact on marginalized communities.

In a parallel research stream, he develops and integrates hydrologic and socioeconomic models to aid decision-making for water managers across a wide-range of spatial scales ranging from basin-wide water management in transboundary Rivers Basins (Mekong, Niger, Indus, Kabul), to urban water systems planning (San Francisco, Pune, Karachi, Amman). He has worked on projects funded by the World Bank, USAID, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Belmont Forum, and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, among others.

Prior to joining Tufts, Khan was an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan. He was previously a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University in Earth System Science. Khan holds a Ph.D. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Lafayette College.