Sadaqat specialises in multilateral cooperation on energy and sustainable development in conflict zones, with a particular focus on South Asia.

Sadaqat’s research experience broadly encompasses the areas of sustainable development, natural resource governance and conflict resolution.

At CSRM, he is involved in several research projects and is currently assisting with the development of a resettlement database for the Mining, Resettlement and Livelihoods Consortium. Sadaqat completed his PhD from CSRM in June 2017. His thesis explored the potential for multilateral cooperation on energy security in South Asia, and the impact of such cooperation on regional integration and peace-building.

In addition to his research experience in Australia, Sadaqat has worked in three South Asian countries - as a Senior Research Associate at the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, Dhaka, a Visiting Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi and a Visiting PhD Scholar at the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, Kathmandu. In these three countries, he worked on research projects on water and energy security, counter-terrorism, literacy, economic development and social cohesion. Previously, Sadaqat worked in the finance industry in Melbourne and Sydney.

Notable projects include: 1) “Imagining Water: Understanding the Political Economies of South Asia's Rivers” in collaboration with Chatham House U.K.; 2) “Safety and Security in the South-east Border Area of Bangladesh” with Saferworld, U.K.; 3)“Towards developing a better Counter-Terrorism Regime in Bangladesh” funded by the Danish International Development Agency; 4) “Financial Literacy in Bangladesh” funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Sadaqat has undertaken fieldwork in India, Nepal and Bangladesh and has interviewed members of the persecuted Rohingya community in remote regions of the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

He holds a Master of Security Studies from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canberra.


Key Publications

Huda, M.S. and Ali, S. 2017. ‘Energy diplomacy in South Asia: Beyond the security paradigm in accessing the TAPI pipeline project’, Energy Research & Social Science 34, (Dec), 202-213.

Huda, M.S. 2017. ‘Envisioning the Future of Cooperation on Common Rivers in South Asia: A Cooperative Security Approach by Bangladesh and India to the Tipaimukh Dam’. Water International 42, (1), 54-72.

Ali, S., and Huda, M.S. 2017. 'Constructive Consumption: Bridging Livelihoods and Conservation in Democratic Societies’, in Eweje, G. and Bathurst, R. (eds.), CSR, Sustainability and Leadership. Routledge: New Zealand.

Huda, M.S. and McDonald, M. 2016. ‘Regional Cooperation on Energy in South Asia: Unravelling the Political Challenges in implementing transnational pipelines and electricity grids’, Energy Policy 98, November, 73-83.

Huda, M.S. 2013. ‘Can Robust Bilateral Cooperation on Common Rivers by Bangladesh and India Enhance Multilateral Cooperation on Water Security in South Asia?’, Strategic Analysis 37 (3), 305-309.