Department of Geography

Dr. Sahar Zia

Dr. Sahar Zia
Dr. Sahar Zia

Lecturer
Department of Geography
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Experience     

  • Lahore College for Women University, as Lecturer at Geography Dept. (8thJune 2015 to present) 

  • Lahore College for Women University, as Senior Manager (Research Management Wing) at Office of research, innovation and commercialization (9thJune 2021 to present) 

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    Lahore College for Women University, as In-charge at Geography Dept. (10thFeb 2018 to 20th December, 2020) 

  • University of the Punjab, as Visiting Lecturer at Geography Dept. (23rdOctober 2014 to May 2015)

  • Lahore College for Women University, as Visiting Lecturer at Geography Dept. (11thApril2014 to 23rdJune 2014) 

  • Lahore College for Women University, as visiting Teaching Assistant at Geography Dept (10th Oct 2013 to 9th April,2014)

  • SophianCollege of Arts and Sciences, as Lecturer for Pakistan studies (August 2013 to Oct 2013) 

  • Adabistan-e-Soophia, as a subject specialist for O-level (Sep 2012 to Oct 2013)

  • Urban Unit, Planning and Development Department of the Govt. of Punjab, Lahore as an Intern (July 2011 to Aug 2011)

Honor and Awards

  • Phil Geography (2011-2013) Roll of Honor with 3.78 CGPA
  • BS Geography (2007-2011) Roll of Honor with 3.79 CGPA
  • Punjab university Merit scholarships 2007-2011

Memberships

  • Member of S.U.R.E
  • PAP (Population Association of Pakistan)

Graduate Students/Postdocs/Undergraduate Students/Honour Students

Years             Degree                      Name

2016                BS Geography            Summaya Farooq

2016                BS Geography            Mahnoor Maqsood

2017                BS Geography            Khadija Aslam

2017                BS Geography            AneelaBoota

2018                BS Geography            Hajra Nisar

2018                BS Geography            Mishal Mehboob

2018                BS Geography            Mahrukh Tahir

2018                BS Geography            Zarish Abid

2019                BS Geography            Muntaha Mohsin

2020                BS Geography            Nikhat Zahra Butt

2020                BS Geography            Asia Yousaf

2020                BS Geography            Saba Shafique

Service Activity

Senior manager ORIC, Research

Team leader of SAR

Member of Purchase committee

  • Annual budget documentation every year
  • Contact with venders
  • Selection of equipment’s on suggestion of faculty members
  • Purchase tracking till Entrance of product in stock registry
  • Coordination of Qadeer sb and sheikh Ghais, estate officer for purchase

Web Coordinator

  • Keeping update official LCWU webpage of Geography department (Biannual)
  • Timetable
  • Faculty profiles
  • Society events
  • Keeping update Facebook page every time with Ms. Amna Afzal

Focal person to update Newsletter, LCWU

  • Keeping record of all events
  • Biannual coordination with editor shagufta Mughal, newsletter lcwu

Academic planning committee focal person for curriculum and workload documentation (biannual)

  • Preparation of semester courses
  • Allocation of courses, directed by chairperson
  • Workload justification
  • Coordination with QEC and Registrar office
  • Visiting faculty requirement assessment
  • Provision of course outlines and weekly plan

Timetable Manager

  • Coordination with faculty members inter and outside department for timetable management without clash
  • Timetable preparation before semester start
  • Changes on request during semester (on demand) and update
  • Timetable update on webpage and Facebook page (biannual)

Society Incharge

  • Develop linkages within and outside universities nationally/ internationally
  • Management and execution of events (monthly)
    • Selection of event themes
    • Seeking right resource persons and guest speakers for enhancement of Geographical knowledge
    • Contact with resource persons and guest speakers for their availability
    • Permission from VC office via Dean
    • Inform to security cell, estate officer prior to event conduction
    • Refreshment arrangement with the help of Mess Incharge
    • Arrangement of souvenirs/ shields/ bouquet or other necessary tokens from Geography society, LCWU to guests
    • Arrangement of certificates of appreciations
    • News updating to Mr. Naveed, Mass communication department.
  • Keeping updated Facebook page with Ms. Amna Afzal
  • Alumni and graduate student’s information record with Ms. Rehana Mehar Ali
  • Funding sources either faculty or students

Brief Statement of Research Interest

My research interest is aimed to explore growing concerns, particularly related to localized climate in urban environment by human encroachment and evolution of mitigation measures to ensure sustainability in response to any hazard in this regard. Being geographer, I try to bring a geographic perspective and an expertise in GIS and spatial data analysis to bear on interesting interdisciplinary questions of sustainability, and its spatial representation.
For example identification of urban floods hotspots or urban heat island generation that provides deep insight about the challenging spots in urban areas. I devise ways to represent and analyze climatic phenomena to capture spatial variability in the valuation of urban hazards. I have a vibrant, multi-pronged research agenda that serves my interests and provides opportunities for my students to make significant contributions to progress in Geography. The following is a summary of my research contributions and some information about my graduate students.
  • Temporal analysis of climatic factors impacting heat stroke in Karachi (1984-2014)
  • Morphological changes of Ravi river effecting settlements: A case study of Shahpur kanjara
  • Spatio-temporal rainfall patterns in Karachi
  • Relationship of built-up indices and its effect on Groundwater depletion in Faisalabad district
Effect of Baltoro glacier retreat on Shigar river flow

Publications

Published book chapter:

  • Chapter entitled “Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy”, by Nausheen Mazhar and Sahar Zia, in book “Sustainable Energy and Environment: An Earth System Approach”, by Apple Academic Press, Coming in Sep 2019. 

Short communication published by referred journals

  • Zia, S, S. Yaqoob , M. Nasar-u-Minallah, A. Hanif , A. Aslam. 2021. Analysis between Vegetation and Traffic Noise Pollution: A Case Study of Lahore, Pakistan 2021. International Journal of Economic and Environmental Geology, Vol. 12 (3) 65-70. 
Articles published by refereed journals:
  • Nasar-u-Minallah, M., Zia, S., Rahman, A.-u., & Riaz, O. (2021). Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Urban Expansion and Future Growth Patterns Of Lahore, Pakistan. GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY, 14(3), 41-53.
  • Zia, S., S. A. Shirazi, M. Nasar-u-Minallah. (2021). Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Floods in Lahore, Pakistan using GIS based integrated Analytical Hierarchy Approach. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: A: Physical and Computational Sciences 58(1): 85-96.
  • Zia, S., S. A. Shirazi, M. Nasar-u-Minallah, and M. Batool.(2021). Urban Floods and Suitability Analysis of Rainwater Harvesting Potential Areas in Lahore City, Pakistan. International Journal of Economic and Environmental Geology, 12(2), 13-20.
  • Zia, S., & Shirazi, S. A. (2019). Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Areas Vulnerable to Urban Flooding: A Case Study of Lahore, Pakistan. International Journal of Economic and Environmental Geology, 10(3), 85-89.
  • Abid, Z., & Zia, S. Mapping and Analysis of Baltoro Glacier And Shigar River. Pakistan Geographical Review. Vol. 74 (1), pp. 20-32. (Y category- HEC recognized)
  • Mazhar N., Mirza Ali., Zia S., Butt Z., Shahid M., and Mirza Ali (2018). “An Analysis of Glacial Retreat and Resultant Vegetation Expansion in the Karakorum: A case study of Passu Glacier in Hunza valley”. Biologia (Pakistan), Vol. 64 (1), pp. 135-145. (Y category- HEC recognized)
  • Zia S., Shirazi S.A, Bhalli M. N and S. Kausar (2015) “The Impact of Urbanization on Mean Annual Temperature of Lahore Metropolitan Area, Pakistan”. Pakistan Journal of Science, Vol. 67 No. 3 Sept.., 2015 pp.301-307. Lahore (Y category- HEC recognized)
  • Zia S., Shirazi S.A., M. N. Bhalli and Alam R (2014). Temporal analysis of temperature trends in the metropolitan area of Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan journal of science, 66 (1), 83-87. (Y category-HEC recognized)
  • Alam, Shirazi S.A, M. N. Bhalli and S. Zia (2014). “Spatial Distribution of Urban Green Spaces in Lahore, Pakistan: A Case Study of Gulberg Town”. Pakistan Journal of Science, Vol. 66 No. 3 Sept., 2014 pp.277281 Lahore (Y category-HEC recognized)

Research Grants and Contracts

Applied

  • A project entitled Field-based Assessment of Urban Floods Severity using Deep Learning Technique was submitted to HEC Competitive Research Grant of NRPU in July, 2021.

  • A project entitled Establishment of Geo-Database system for Urban Floods Risk Analysis and Management in Lahore” was submitted to HEC Competitive Research Grant of NCSGA on in April 2021.

Other Research or Creative Accomplishments

Since 2016 to till now, I have supervised 12 undergraduate students for carrying out their research.

Selected Professional Presentations

  • Monsoon Rainfall Variability and Its Effect on Urban Flooding: A Case Study of Central Lahore presented on: 16th All Geographical Conference of Pakistan” held at University of Punjab during 11-13th March 2021
  • Site Suitability for Urban Development Along River Jhelum Using Geospatial Techniques presented on: 16th All Geographical Conference of Pakistan” held at University of Punjab during 11-13th March 2021
  • An Ecosystem Services Based Approach to Identify Indicators for Quality of Life: A Case Study of Lahore, presented on: 16th All Geographical Conference of Pakistan” held at University of Punjab during 11-13th March 2021
  • Assessment of Urbanization and Urban Heat Island in Lahore Using Geo-Spatial Techniques presented on: 16th All Geographical Conference of Pakistan” held at University of Punjab during 11-13th March 2021.
  • Application of high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images to detect urban flooded areas of Lahore city” presented on: “International Conference on “Global Environmental Change and the Role of Geographers” held at Baragali Summer Campus, University of Peshawar during July 25-27, 2017
  • “Causes and consequences of urban flooding in Lahore: A study to evolve mitigation strategy” presented in a seminar held at CIMR, PU Lahore on 21st January, 2018.