I am a post doctoral scholar in the department of Anthropology at The University of South Florida. My research focuses on the human dimension of environmental change, livelihood, governance, resilience, 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 researched 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 PH.D. 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.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
- PhD in Anthropology (major-Socio-cultural, minor-Environmental Anthropology), August 2015 University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Dissertation: Governance Matters: Power, Corruption, Social exclusion, and Climate Change in Bangladesh
Committee: Dr. Tim Finan (chair), Dr. James Greenberg, Dr. Mamadou Baro, Dr. Saleemul Huq
- Certification in College Teaching, December 2014, Office of Instruction and Assessment, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
- MSC in Development Studies (with distinction), March 2010, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Thesis: Salt is killing us: Salinity and livelihood in a Bangladesh Village
- Summer school, July 2009, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, U21 summer school on Climate change Adaptation
- MSS in Anthropology, February 2000, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thesis: Application of indigenous knowledge: A case study on Sampan boatmen in Chittagong, Bangladesh
- BSS (Honors) in Anthropology, November 1998, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monograph: Changing marriage pattern of Marma ethnic community in Bangladesh
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 here