Azra Meadows

  • Honorary Lecturer - University of Glasgow

Research interests

Azra Meadows has an international record of research, teaching and advice on environmental sustainability, rural communities, clean water issues and biodiversity. 

She has participated in a number of Oceanographic Deep Sea Research Cruises in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Arabian Sea. She has been a Trustee and Member of Council of the Zoological Society of London with particular interests in conservation in developing countries, and a member of the Environment Committee of the Institute of Biology (now Royal Society of Biology). She is also a trustee of the Hindu Kush Conservation Association (a UK registered charity) which aims to preserve and protect the environment and its inhabitants. 

Dr Azra Meadows has regularly conducted projects in Pakistan over many years, where she and her husband Peter Meadows work jointly with universities and NGO’s including WWF, IUCN, and Heritage Foundation on rural communities in the coastal zone and in the northern mountainous areas – those affected by the October 2005 earthquake.

In 1999 Peter and Azra Meadows jointly led the 44-person, three-month, Royal Geographical Society International Multidisciplinary Hindu Kush Expedition to Chitral, Pakistan.

Azra Meadows has jointly led two 3-year British Council Higher Education Link Programmes funded by DFID/British Council in Pakistan; both have been on sustainable development of rural communities in the coastal zone. She acted as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank on a six-year US$35 million “Sindh Coastal Community Development” project in Pakistan. 

Dr Meadows has recently been one of the lead co-ordinators of two Scottish Government funded programmes on disaster preparedness and management in Pakistan. These projects were jointly led by her, Peter Meadows and Mrs Yasmeen Lari, CEO of Heritage Foundation, Pakistan. The first a 3-year project focussed on providing disaster preparedness and management training to village communities especially women and children, in the Siran Valley, KPK. A “Disaster Preparedness Manual” and DVD for rural communities have also been published (in English and Urdu) as a sustainable output of this project. The second 6-month project involved building more than 250 post-disaster emergency homes in Swat KPK. This is now being replicated in Sindh province.