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Habibullah Magsi awarded 2014 Aydalot Prize for his thesis work

Habibullah Magsi, a former PhD student at INRA Versailles-Grignon, was awarded the 2014 Aydalot Prize for his work on prevention strategies and conflict management.

Habibullah Magsi, INRA Versailles-Grignon, recipient of the Aydalot Prize for the best French-language thesis in the field of regional science. © INRA
Updated on 07/22/2014
Published on 07/04/2014

Habibullah Magsi is the proud recipient of the 2014 Aydalot Prize, which he was granted for his doctoral work. His thesis is entitled: “Land use conflicts in developing countries: framing conflict resolution and prevention strategies to ensure economic growth and human welfare. The case of Chotiari water reservoir from Pakistan”. Magsi was a student of André Torre and worked in the Joint Research Unit—Science for Action and Sustainable Development: Activities, Products, Territories (INRA Versailles-Grignon). The award was announced on June 18, 2014.

Land use conflicts in developing countries

Habibullah Magsi's thesis work focused on the conflicts created by infrastructure projects that entail the expropriation of homes, commercial farms, and other resources found in rural areas. Specifically, he used the case study of the Chotiari water reservoir project in Pakistan: he examined the project's effects on regional socio-economic conditions and natural resource values. Magsi successfully defended his thesis in February 2013 (Abies Doctoral School; AgroParisTech).

A prestigious award given to Francophones

The ASRDLF (Association de Science Régionale de Langue Française) awards the Aydalot Prize to the person it deems to have produced the best French-language thesis in Regional Science; candidates come from France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Quebec. This international prize is given annually, and the recipient is chosen by a panel of experts who judge, for example, the originality of the thesis topic, the rigor of the scientific process used, and the quality of written expression. Magsi is the 35th recipient of this prize.

At present, Habibullah Magsi is an assistant professor of economics at Sindh Agriculture University (Tandojam, Pakistan).