Somerville’s Research Fellow in International Relations, Dr Hussam Hussein has been selected as a fellow of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on “Cities of Tomorrow”.

The council focuses on how to build and plan for future inclusive, sustainable, affordable cities, and Dr Hussein will serve as a fellow from October 2021 to June 2022.

During his time, he will work with leading experts to discuss critical issues and share knowledge and insights from the council’s deliberations.

Dr Hussein is both a Somerville Research Fellow in International Relations and Fellow in Transboundary Resources Management at the Oxford Martin School. His expertise is on water politics, and on supporting a transformation towards a sustainable use of water resources in arid and semi-arid regions.

In particular, he is leading a John Fell funded project titled “Analysing change in transboundary freshwater agreements” investigating how and why agreements change over time.

‘I am very happy to be able to work on the Council of “Cities of Tomorrow”,’ he said.

‘This experience will allow me to be involved in identifying how cities can be re-thought and re-designed to build back better and provide the climate and resilience, social and digital infrastructure to do so.’

The World Economic Forum’s network of Global Future Councils is the globe’s foremost multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary knowledge network aimed at promoting innovative thinking to shape a more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future. 

The network brings together more than 1,000 thought leaders from academia, government, international organizations, business and civil society, grouped in expertise-based thematic councils. It is an invitation-only community and members are nominated for a one-year period.

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