Professor Ibrahim’s interests include international development, urban geography, resource management and environmental studies. Within the area of international development his research focuses on drinking water management, the development of governmental policies on pastoral nomads, the effect of globalization on small farmers and pastoral nomads, and urban geography of developing countries. Professor Ibrahim’s interest also includes the new field of investigation into “cultural climatology”. This field investigates the knowledge of weather and climate by resource users in the developing world and how they use their knowledge in agricultural production. He presented the findings of research in this field in several AAG annual meetings and wrote three papers.
Professor Ibrahim teaches "People and Their Environment; Geography of Development;" specialized courses on African environment and development, and rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene education; and Geography of Sustainable Development in the Developing World at both the graduate undergraduate levels. In addition, he teaches a graduate-level course in Research Topics in Geography.