Team Members

Dr. Samiya Selim

Dr. Samiya Selim is an Associate Professor and the Director of Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). She has studied and worked in the UK the past 12 years in the field of environment conservation, climate change and sustainable development. Her specialization is in the areas of ecosystem based management, sustainable livelihoods, socio-ecological systems, climate change adaptation and resilience, ecosystem services, and science-policy interphase.

Dr. Selim has two Masters in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Leeds and a PhD in Marine Ecology from Animal and Plant Sciences Department, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. She also has 10 years working experience in research, project management and policy advocacy in the NGO Sector in Bangladesh and England. She has been engaged in collaborative interdisciplinary research projects with DFID, SEI, BUET, and USAID and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Her previous work includes mobilizing hard to reach communities in getting involved in environmental activities – health/nature walks, food growing, conservation volunteering, green jobs, and environmental education. She has also worked in the textile industry in Bangladesh implementing alternate cleaner technology, use of effluent treatment plants and has organized multi stakeholders meeting to discuss issues of environment and health. Dr Selim is interested in pursuing further research on ecosystem based management and building a green economy that focus on solutions for biodiversity, ecosystem and people.


shafiqul1Md. Shafiqul Islam

Md. Shafiqul Islam earned a Master’s degree in Forestry from the Institute of Forestry & Environmental Sciences under Chittagong University in 1997. Mr. Islam is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the CSD, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He has seventeen years of experience in a range of fields, including NGOs, private companies and universities. He has conducted research in natural resources management, climate change adaptation, organic farming, sustainable development, economics, humanities and social sciences. His books, articles and research have been published in both national and international journals. He is interested in research in the field of organics, biodiversity, natural resources management and climate change adaptation.





Dr. Shantanu Kumar Saha

Dr. Shantanu Kumar Saha is a Senior Lecturer-cum- Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development. Academically he possesses a diverse and multi-disciplinary background. He has completed his Ph.D. and Master degree from the school of Asia Pacific Studies (Social Science), Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. His graduate course work has covered a wide range of topics in the field of Development Studies. Further, theconcentration of his master’s program was in Environmental Policy and Administration. Priorto his postgraduate study, he completed his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture [B.Sc.Ag (Hons)]from Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh.

He has experience in working in with a cross-cultural environment. Throughout the seven years of his postgraduate study, he simultaneously worked as a teaching assistant for both undergraduate and graduate level courses at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan. He is familiar with both qualitative and quantitative research methodology as well as data analysis. He assisted professors in several research activities in the fields of environmental sciences, rural sociology, and community capacity development.

He has received a number of scholarships and research grants throughout his academic career and has presented several papers in international conferences as well as to the academic society. He has also participated in seminars, workshops, and round table discussions. He served as an Intern with the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies(RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

He is currently engaged in research on rural coping strategies in developing countries affected by extreme weather events. His research interest includes issues related to society, development and the environment.


Basundhara Tripathy

Basundhara Tripathy is a Visiting Researcher cum Assistant Professor at the Center for Sustainable Development. Ms. Tripathy’s research interests include climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, climate induced human mobility, food security, education, religion, tribal culture, anthropology-development nexus and environment. She obtained her MSc. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2012 and completed her undergraduate studies from the University of Delhi in Sociology Hons. (2008-2011). She has worked in India on education projects for tribal communities (Santhals and Mundas) in Jharkhand and developed teaching material for their primary education. Her work in Odisha, a coastal state in India, focused on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, integrated water management, migration and ecosystems conservation. Ms. Tripathy has carried out collaborative research with the University of Southampton on ‘Pathways of Resilience for Future Storms’ and UNICEF India (‘Mother tongue based active language learning’) among others. Her published works include- ‘Climate induced human mobility: Adaptation strategy among rural communities in coastal Odisha’. She has experience of working with NGOs in India and has also been an International Development consultant for organizations such as UNDP, Practical Action and WaterAid.



Md. Saleh Al Mahmud

salehMd. Saleh Al Mahmud is the Admin officer who joined at the CSD in February 2010. He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2011 from University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) with a major in Marketing and Human Resource Management. Before joining ULAB he worked as a HR Executive in Liz Fashion Industry, Senior Officer (HR and Compliance) at Sea Tex Limited, and an Assistant Manager (Administration and Compliance) at Harvest Rich Limited. At CSD, he handles all the logistical and administrative issues, in addition to managing the seminars and events of CSD. Mr. Mahmud has received training on Professional Development, Customer Service, Business English and the German Language.





Research Assistant and Interns

The Universityof Liberal Arts Bangladesh and its curricula are accredited by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, and approved by the Ministry of Education, Government of People's Republic of Bangladesh.