Prof. Shahab Fazal





    Urban Fringe; Land Use, Land Transformation; GIS


    D-12, Monarch Apartments, Manzoorgarh Bypass Road, Near FM Tower, Aligarh, 202002





Shahab Fazal is Professor of Geography. He obtained his graduation and post graduation from Rajasthan University in Ist Division. Later he joined AMU and completed his Ph.D. Prof. Fazal started his teaching career in 1994 as Lecturer at Aligarh Muslim University. His research interests are in Land use, Land transformation issues in urban fringe, Remote Sensing and GIS. He has published Fourteen books and more than Seventy Five research articles in various national and international journals.  

He is recipient of prestigious fellowships such as- 

1.  United States of America - Fulbright Fellowship (2013-14). 

2. British Government-Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship (2004) 

3. Netherlands Government- NWO-ICSSR Visiting Professor (2011). 

4. Canadian Government-Shastri Faculty Research Fellowship (2003 and 2009) 

5. DST-DAAD Fellowship (2000-2001).

6 DST Young Scientist Award 2000 

7. CSIR Fellowship (1991-93)  

He was also member of Indo -German Joint Research Team working for DST - DAAD Research Project. He has successfully completed four Major Research Projects sponsored by DST, ICSSR, DST-DAAD and SICI (Canada). 

Prof. Shahab Fazal has extensive collaborative research with some of the leading institutions from western world. His academic visits and research includes United States of America; Great Britain; Canada; Germany; The Netherlands; Sweden; Belgium; France; Switzerland; Italy etc. 

Prof. Fazal has also coordinated several Refresher Courses/Winter Schools on Disaster Management for UGC-Academic Staff College at AMU. He was also coordinator of DST Sponsored Winter School on Application of RS&GIS for Natural Resource Management. He also coordinated MHRD Sponsored GIAN Course (ID-174025N01) in 2018.  

Prof. Shahab Fazal has been awarded "Distinguished Scientist" award for his contribution in Land Use Studies by Centre for Advanced Research and Design, Venus International Foundation, Chennai (2015). Presently he is on the editorial board of Research Journals such as for Journal -  Research in Globalization, An Elsevier Science Publication;  THE GEOGRAPHER - (India); South Asian Journal of Social Science and HumanitiesNational Geographical Journal of India (Banaras Hindu Universityand PUNJAB GEOGRAPHER - (India).



  1. Publication


    1. GIS Basics, New Age International Publishers, New Delhi (2008).                                                      

    2. Remote Sensing Basics, Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi. (2009).                                          

    3. Land Use Dynamics in a Developing Economy. Regional Perspectives from India. Springer International Publishers.  The Netherlands. (2013)

    4. Peri – Urban Livelihoods: Opportunities and Challenges.  Concept Publications . New Delhi     (2014)

    5. Livelihood and Wellbeing in the Urban Fringe. Springer International Publishers, Switzerland. (2016)


    Research Articles

    1. Land-use change in the ‘edgelands’: Policies and pressures in London's rural–urban fringe.  Land Use Policy, Elsevier Science Publication, Vol.  28, No.1 United Kingdom. 2011, pp 266-279.                 

    2. Addressing congestion and transport-related air pollution in Saharanpur, India. Environment and Urbanization, IIED, Vol.18. No.2, London. 2006. pp 141-154.    

    3. Boatmen and Status of Dal Lake and Its Environs: A Tale of Srinagar. Environment and Urbanization Asia, SAGE, 2013, 4(1) 73–92.                                

    4. The Need For Preserving Our Farm Lands. A Case Study from a Predominantly Agrarian Economy. Landscape and Urban Planning, Vol 55, No.1, Elsevier Science Publication, United Kingdom. 2001. pp l -13.    

     5. A pragmatic assessment of livelihood status in the peri-urban interface: a case from developing India. Asian Geographer, Volume 34, 2017 - Issue 1, Routledge Publication, Hong Kong, 2017, pp 1-24.

    6.  Dynamics of Land Use Trends and Patterns in Uttar Pradesh: A Sectoral Perspective. Journal of Land and Rural Studies, SAGE Publication, Volume 10 Issue 2, July 2022, pp. 196-219.

    7. Urban Expansion and Characteristic Features of Suburbanization Process in Aligarh, A Case Study. Annals of the National Association of Geographers, India, Volume XXXXII, No. 1  2021 pp 194-213.

    8. Effects of Land Transformation on Water Quality of Dal Lake, Srinagar, India. Journal of  Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Springer Publications. (2013).

    9. Transforming Rural Livelihoods and their Sustainability in India: A State-wise Analysis. Asian Profile, Vol. 48. No.3. Canada 2020. pp 253 – 280.

    10.  Monitoring Urban Sprawl Using Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques of a Fast Growing Urban Centre, India. IEEE JOURNAL OF SELECTED TOPICS IN APPLIED EARTH OBSERVATIONS AND REMOTE SENSING, VOL. 4, NO. 1, March 2011. pp 56 – 64.       

    11. The Realities of Urban Landuse Planning in India, A Case of Aligarh City. Urban India, A Journal of National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA),  Volume 42, Issue 1, January 2022, pp 88 – 112. 12. Livelihood status and sustainability in rural india: a geographical analysis. Punjab Geographer Volume 17, pp. 01-26, 2021.  

    13. Exploring the importance of accessibility in evolving land use pattern in Aligarh city, India. Transactions, IIG - Contents Volume. 41 No. 1 pp 67-79 . 2020.

    14. Effects of Land Transformation on Water Quality of Dal Lake, Srinagar, India. Journal of  Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Springer Publications. (2013),

    15. Transforming Land. Span (The US Embassy Magazine), May/June 2016.