Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Postgraduate







Weeks BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Abdulla is an interdisciplinary PhD student at the Centre for Environmental Policy who is undertaking research in sustainable development and road electrification. Abdulla is a sponsored student from the Qatar Research and Leadership Program (QRLP) which is an organization dedicated to producing homegrown scientists who are capable of steering the continuous development and sustainability of Qatar’s research agenda and adding to the nation’s pool of science and research talent.  

The aim of Abdulla’s research is to quantitively assess the environmental and economic impacts of the electrification of road transport in Qatar. It is intended that the research findings will contribute to the development of a framework or toolkit designed to inform policy / decision makers about the impacts of electrification.


Before starting his PhD, Abdulla earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis where he majored in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Sustainability in the Built Environment. He also received his Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in the City of New York.

During his time at Columbia University, Abdulla worked as a Teacher’s Assistant where he provided quality help within classroom environments, addressing student inquires while grading assessments and examinations, determining areas of improvement in future course curriculum. Designed new lesson plans aligned with university guidelines and requirements.

Moreover, Abdulla interned at the United Nations (UN) as a Sustainable Development Advisor for Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the UN. During his time there, he delivered specialized consultation for strategies involving programs and initiatives for the region, designing and deploying national, sustainable development strategies for the 2030 UN plans.

While in New York, Abdulla worked at the Davlin Development Group where he was tasked with analyzing environmental compliance, climate-smart development and investment services, supporting program operations through data review and operational planning. His role also encompassed established quality support for the development of a new environmentally sustainable residential micro-grid complex.