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 Assistant Professor-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 Environment & Development Studies. Further, the concentration of his master’s program was in Environmental Policy and Administration. Prior to 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 of working in 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. Besides, he assisted professors in different research activities in the fields of environmental sciences, rural sociology, and community capacity development. Furthermore, he served as an Intern with the Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Dr. Shantanu has received several scholarships and research grants throughout his academic career. He has presented number of papers in international conferences as well as to the academic society. He has also participated in various seminars, workshops, and round table discussion.

Dr. Shantanu is familiar with both qualitative and quantitative research methodology as well as data analysis. His research interest includes issues related to society, development and the environment. He is currently engaged in research on rural coping strategies in developing countries affected by extreme weather events and interested in pursuing further research in the field of climate change and sustainable development.


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.




Research Assistant and Interns

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