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 for 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 focuses on solutions for biodiversity, ecosystem, and people.


Dr. Rumana Sultana 

IMG_6427Dr. Rumana Sultana is an Assistant Professor-cum- Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). She has completed her PhD in Environment and Energy Systems from Shizuoka University, Japan.  Prior to her doctoral study, she completed her M.S. and B. Sc. (hons) in Geography and Environmental Studies from Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. She is a gold medalist of Rajshahi University for achieving first position both in her department and Faculty of Life and earth Science. Her specialization is in the areas of marine ecosystems response and resilience to climate change.

Dr. Sultana has experience of working in marine ecosystems of coastal areas in Pacific Ocean (Okinawa, Japan and Ishigaki Island, Japan), Indian Ocean (Albion, Mauritius) and Andaman Sea (Phuket, Thailand). She also worked on Disaster Risk Reduction in Gangetic Islands of Bangladesh. She delivered oral presentation in different international and national conferences in United States of America, Japan, Taiwan and Bangladesh. She participated in more than 20 international and national seminars and conferences.  She has published several original articles in internationally and nationally renowned journals.  Currently she is a member of Japanese Coral reef Society (JCRS), Japan and Scientific Society of Advanced Research and Social Change, India.

Dr. Sultana has received a number of scholarships (Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship, Shizuoka University, Japan; National Science and Technology fellowship, Ministry of Science and Technology, Bangladesh; Rajshahi Board Scholarship, Bangladesh etc), research and travel grants and best presenter awards  throughout her academic career. She is currently engaged in research on ecosystem based management of Sundarbans mangrove forest areas in Bangladesh.




Joy Bhowmik

Mr. Joy is a Lecturer-cum-Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development. His research interests focus on climate change adaptation and resilience, disaster management and risk reduction, social vulnerability, biodiversity and conservation, corporate social responsibility and sustainable livelihoods. Mr. Joy has two masters. He received his first masters in Botany from University of Chittagong and the second one from University of Cologne, Germany with the major in Environmental Sciences. He has more than 3 years of working experience in environmental education, conservation volunteering and community capacity development. He worked on the assessment of floral diversity of the Kutubdia Island including ecosystem conservation and explored the impact of climate change on the coastal ecosystems. He has qualitative research experience on disaster risk reduction, focused on landslide hazard in Chittagong Metropolitan City.

He has also worked as a research intern at the adaptation programme of the UNFCCC secretariat in Bonn, Germany. His works include climate finance, implementing National Adaptation Plans and preparing policy discussion document on sustainable livelihood diversification. He was engaged in the communication and outreach of the worldwide successful adaptation activities and social media promotion of the UNCCD. He assisted several NGOs in different research activities in the field of environmental law and natural resource management. He is interested in perusing further research on ecosystem and community based adaptation, land use and food security, renewable energy and the community development activities that focus on lifestyle improvement for the marginalized communities.


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. She is now on study leave to pursue her PhD.


Dr. Oliver Scanlan                                                                                                                                                      

Oliver has a Ph.D.  in Politics and International relations from Dublin City University, focusing on customary  land and forestry rights in India and Bangladesh. He is a Fellow of the Oxford Research Group’s Sustainable Security Program, specializing in climate change and its implications for global security. He is a member of the UN Environment Program’s Geneva-based Science Policy Platform. He has worked for several International NGOs and multilateral organizations, including Oxfam, Save the Children and UN Environment.



Dr. Haseeb Irfanullah

Dr. Irfanullah is a part-time visiting research fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) of ULAB. Over the past 19 years, he has evolved from being an algal taxonomist to an aquatic ecologist, from a conservationist to a development practitioner. At the current stage of his evolution, Dr. Irfanullah finds his niche in nature-people-knowledge nexus. Over these years, he has developed interest in and understanding of natural resource management, environmental governance, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, technological innovation, and poverty alleviation – all focusing on human well-being.

Dr. Irfanullah has worked for and have been associated with many national and international environmental, development, learned, and research organizations, donors, and government agencies in different capacities. He is also associated with many peer-reviewed journals, learned societies, funding agencies, and knowledge and professional networks. He helps his organizations with strategic direction and expert opinion; influencing policies and practices; planning, managing and ensuring quality of programmes; and fundraising and financial management.

Dr. Irfanullah brings in expertise in creating, capturing and communicating knowledge; testing and promoting new ideas; and facilitating collaboration and network. He and his co-workers have so far published 35 research papers; have authored, edited and contributed to more than 45 books and other publications; and have written more than 75 articles and thought pieces on diverse topics − from freshwater ecosystems to climate change adaptation to poverty-technology link to wildlife conservation to research communication. As a research enthusiast, Dr. Irfanullah collaborates with researchers, journal editors, and pertinent national and international agencies for improving research system.


Sayeda Zeenat Karim 

Sayeda Zeenat Karim is a Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). She has studied and worked in Melbourne, Australia and has a keen interest in sustainable development, gender, and climate issues. Her area of specialization includes public policy and gender, conflict & security.

Ms. Karim has two masters; one in International Development Practice from Monash University, Australia and another in Development Studies from East West University, Bangladesh. Previously she has worked in Education Support in Melbourne, as a fundraiser for Red Cross, Australia and Salvation Army which aimed to help marginalized women and refugees in Melbourne, Australia. Besides, as a project consultant for ‘Journey to Smile’, a local NGO in Bangladesh, Ms. Karim maintained the project guidelines and ensured task completion according to the scope of work and was responsible for the annual reports.

Currently at CSD her research includes climate change and migration, climate change and health, and gender mainstreaming in climate action.


Sameera Zaman

Ms. Sameera Zaman is a Lecturer-cum-Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development. She is an experienced environmental and social researcher, with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from Independent University, Bangladesh, and a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from the University of Freiburg, Germany. By employing different research tools and designs, she manages to pursue her passion in finding sustainable solutions to new-age problems and understanding the complex nature of the environment and its interactions.

Her previous work experience in Research includes working as a Graduate Research Assistant for a few years at the Institute of Hydrology, Chair of Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation as well as the Chair of Remote Sensing and Landscape Information Systems. In Bangladesh, Ms. Zaman has conducted research on diverse thematic areas including sustainable fashion, implementation of the circular design, and socio-economic impacts of climate change. Apart from research, her previous professional experience includes working with gender equality and disaster management in the development sector, in addition to working with Environmental Management Systems in different industries.


Sabiha Ahmed Diba

Sabiha Ahmed Diba is a Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) of ULAB. She completed her graduation and post-graduation in Disaster and Human Security Management from Bangladesh University of Professionals. She has almost 2 years of working experience for different NGOs and INGOs. She has conducted research on Indigenous Knowledge as Adaptation strategies against cyclone impact on agriculture in Baliatoli Union, Patuakhali District, Bangladesh for her Masters Thesis and also “the Assessment of the Community Resilience Against River Bank Erosion for Kazipur Upazila, Sirajganj district” in her undergrad research project. She has also experience in working on the Flood Risk and Protection Study of the Padma River near Maowa back in 2016 and Sirajgonj River Bank Erosion Protection Embankment and Settlement Study in 2015.

Ms. Sabiha has worked for a National NGO- Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS), as  “Research Officer” in a project named “Covid-19 Affected Persons with Disabilities Rights to Rehabilitation (CAPRR)” funded by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) of Switzerland Government. She has successfully and efficiently assisted in completing the project activities that included providing nutrition supports to children with disabilities, providing capital supports to persons with disabilities (PWDs), conducted research solely on the “Effects of Covid-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh” along with successfully published the research as a journal article in an international journal. Besides, she also did an internship in International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and worked as a “Research Intern” in the Centre for Disability in Development (CDD).

Her publications and research interest include Social Sciences, Disaster Management, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Public Health, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Women Empowerment, Child Rights, Human Security, Persons with disabilities (PWDs), Humanitarian Crisis, Emergency Response, etc.


Md. Emon Rahman

Md. Emon Rahman is a Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD). He has completed his graduation and post-graduation in Disaster and Human Security Management from Bangladesh University of Professionals. His research interests focus on disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, social vulnerability, refugee, and migration. He worked on the assessment of landslide risk and explored landcover changes in Chittagong Metropolitan Area. Mr. Rahman has also carried out qualitative research on the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and the challenges of national and regional security in terms of socio-cultural aspects.

Previously, He has worked as a Research Consultant at the Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) and was responsible for digitizing updated mouza boundaries of 64 districts of Bangladesh. He has also worked as an intern faculty at Gulzar Group of Institutes, India, and was involved in a cross-cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India. He also facilitated training sessions and group activities on global warming and Sustainable Development Goals. He is interested in pursuing further research on GIS and IT-based disaster preparedness, community resilience, disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction, and nexus approach toward climate change.

Research Assistant and Interns

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