Khalid Kadir, PhD




PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
MSE, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
BSE, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


As a Lecturer at UC Berkeley, Khalid has taught courses on Global Poverty, Political Economy, and Environmental Engineering. He has also served as a Core Faculty member of the Blum Center’s Global Poverty & Practice program and a Faculty Advisor to the Engineering Scholars=Engaged Scholars (ES2) program.

Khalid received his PhD in 2010 from Berkeley in Civil and Environmental Engineering, where his research focused on pathogen removal in natural water and wastewater treatment systems. While completing this research, Khalid was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to work on water and wastewater treatment systems in Morocco. During this time, he began studying the complex role that engineering expertise plays in the politics of international development and poverty alleviation. His current research focuses on engineering pedagogy, the political economy of household water treatment, and the ecological-engineering of water and sanitation systems.

In 2013 Khalid was selected as a Chancellor’s Public Scholar to create and teach an innovative interdisciplinary engineering course that combines community-engaged scholarship with classroom learning to train future engineers to engage with the social and political roots of their technical work. In recognition of his work on this unique course and of his teaching in the GPP program, Khalid was awarded the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service for Service-Learning Leadership. More recently, in 2015-16, Khalid was selected to be a UC Berkeley Lecturer’s Teaching Fellow.

In addition to his teaching and research, Khalid has worked on a number of consulting projects for non-profit organizations related to water, sanitation, and poverty, both internationally and domestically. In all of these projects, Khalid has sought to address the needs of underserved communities while at the same time applying innovative approaches to complex problems.

In a broad sense, the themes that run through all of Khalid’s work are justice and sustainability. To that end, Khalid seeks to apply his advanced skills to tackle complex problems in innovative ways that prioritize social justice and environmental sustainability.


SUST6120: Economy and Society – Governance and Business