Iffat Ara

Research Fellow in Spatial Science
University of Tasmania

Hobart, TAS

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Providing an expert opinion
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting


Imagine a world where no people sleep without food. One in nine people (nearly 805 million) goes hungry every day globally. Scientists are making progress towards eliminating hunger, boosting food production, improving livelihood and dietary requirement. It seems like huge to eliminate hunger, but through the advanced science and technologies along with its spatial context, hunger-free world could one day be a reality. This exciting area, and the potential it holds for the hungry free world, is the focus of Dr Iffat Ara's research work. Dr Ara is a research fellow in the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture with over ten years of research and teaching experiences at three different universities in Bangladesh. She holds a PhD in Science from the University of Adelaide (2017), a Master of Science (2003) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (2003) from the Jahangirnagar University Bangladesh. She is currently exploring the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) application for precision agriculture and natural resource management to support the decision and sustainable adaptation of this application in farming systems and environmental management, in Australia and developing world contexts. Iffat is passionate about science advocacy, research translation for policy and practice, and community engagement. She frequently presents to community groups and farmers to actively disseminate her research. She is a member of Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI), Food Security Network (FNS) and Bangladesh National Geographical Association (BNGA). Iffat came to Australia as an International Student with International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) (2011). She was a recipient of an International Student Award (Academic Excellence) (2017), a South Australia Spatial Excellence Award (2017), and an Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award (APSEA) student of the year award (2018).

Iffat identifies as culturally and linguistically diverse.