My research focuses on the human dimension of environmental change, livelihood, governance, and international development. Through the anthropological lens, I investigate challenges people face posed by environmental change and how they cope with the negative effects of that change in general, and particularly in developing countries. As part of my doctoral study, I conducted research on the role of governance in adaptation to climate change. More specifically, how corruption, uneven power relations, and social exclusion shape livelihood resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change in Bangladesh. I conducted long term fieldwork with coastal inhabitants in Bangladesh, who depend on Sundarbans, the world’s largest single block mangrove forest, which is also a UNESCO heritage site.
Before coming to The University of South Florida, I did my doctoral degree in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. I did my undergrad and a Masters degree in Anthropology from Dhaka University in Bangladesh. I have done a second Masters in Development Studies from the University of Lund in Sweden, where I focused on Sociocultural Anthropology. My thesis was titled “Salt is killing us: Salinity and Livelihood in a Bangladesh village”. Dr. Timothy Finan, an applied anthropologist, who is also the director of Masters in Development Practice program in The University of Arizona was my doctoral supervisor.
I talked on livelihood resilience as one of the six panelists organized by The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington DC on December 4, 2014. The talk was titled Living Through Extremes: Building Livelihood Resilience Across Sectors and Countries. The program is available herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSbFpR1vW7s