Mastura Safayet

Mastura Safayet

Ph.D. Student

Graduate Research Assistant

  CSA 205E


Food security; food access; hazards, risks, and vulnerability; geospatial analysis


My research focuses on understanding the linkages between climate hazards, vulnerability to food insecurity, and food access. I characterize and improve the spatial distribution of food access for socially vulnerable and food-insecure populations, explicitly focusing on disruptions to food access following extreme hazard events using geospatial and spatial optimization techniques.

Selected Publications

Rosenheim, N., Watson, M., Casellas Connors, J. P., Safayet, M., & Peacock, W.G. (2024). Food Access after Disasters: A Multi-dimensional View of Restoration after Hurricane Harvey. Journal of American Planning Association

Casellas Connors, J. P., Safayet, M., Rosenheim, N., & Watson, M. (2023). Assessing Changes in Food Pantry Access after Extreme Events. Agriculture and Human Values, 40(2), 619-634.

Safayet, M., Arefin, M., & Hasan, M. U. (2017, December). Present practice and future prospect of rooftop farming in Dhaka city: A step towards urban sustainability. Journal of Urban Management, 6(2), 56-65.

Moazzem, K. G., Halim, S. B., & Safayet, M. (2018, July). Can a Sustainable Inspection System be Developed? The Case of RMG Sector in Bangladesh (CPD Policy Brief 12).


Ph.D. Geography, Texas A&M University (Aug 2020-Present)

Master of Urban and Environmental Planning, Arizona State University (2020)

Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (2016)


Applied Geography Specialty Group Travel Award, American Association of Geographers – March 2024

Graduate Research and Presentation Travel Award, Texas A&M University – February 2024

Jeanne X. Kasperson Student Paper Award, Hazards, Risks & Disasters Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers – November 2023

Graduate and Professional Student Government Travel Award, Texas A&M University – March 2023 and November 2021

Geography Graduate Travel Award, Texas A&M University – November 2023 and November 2022

Brian & Leah Swanton Urban Planning Scholarship, Arizona State University – May 2020

Dan Dworkin Award, Arizona State University – March 2019

Additional Information

Professional Experience:

Research Assistant, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Apr 2018-July 2018

Programme Associate, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Sep 2016-Apr 2018

Advisor: John Patrick Casellas Connors

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