Nahid Naghizadeh

Senior Expert & Research Associate
Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA)

Nahid has worked at CENESTA since 1994.Her primary focus on field activities started in1998 in “Area Based Development Project in Iran”after which she took on roles such as; social facilitator, senior expert, research associate and project manager in a number of CENESTA’s projects. She has close to two decades of field experience with Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and Local Communities (LCs) of Iran in the field of endogenous development, facilitating self-organisation of IPs and LCs, combating desertification and developing community driven projects. She has participated in more than 35 international conferences and forums relevant to rural development, land and the environment.

Since 2007, she has been actively engaged in Drynet Network (, and was elected as chair in 2015. She is now a member of the Board of the network. Inspired by all her experiences, she started her PhD in 2018. The title of her dissertation is, “Land Governance Assessment in Customary Territory of Indigenous Mobile Pastoralists”. The dissertation is a case study on one of the nomadic pastoralists territories of Iran.