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Rabiul Islam

Rabiul Islam

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

Rabiul Islam is an Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh and Head of ‘Environment, Ecology and Climate Justice’ of the Development Synergy Institute. He received his PhD from the Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University, Australia in December 2015. His dissertation title was “Social capital and cyclones: how households’ social networks contribute to disaster resilience and recovery in Bangladesh.” Islam holds a M.Sc. degree in Disaster Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Islam's PhD thesis is entitled “Social capital and cyclones: how households’ social networks contribute to disaster resilience and recovery in Bangladesh.”

Rabiul Islam has been teaching for more than 16 years at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He has taught courses on social development, policy and planning, disaster management and rehabilitation, environmental management, human rights and social welfare. He was also involved in teaching at the Department of Geography and Panning, and the Institute of Early Childhood in Macquarie University, Australia. His research interests focus on humanitarian disasters, community based disaster risk reduction, social capital and disaster resilience, climate change adaptation, and gender and development. Islam has worked on disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects in India, Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre in Bangkok. He has published articles on disaster resilience, human rights, rural and urban poverty, drug addiction, and gender violence.

SELECT PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH

  1. Islam, R. Walkerden, G. A. Marco. Households’ experience of local government during recovery from cyclones in coastal Bangladesh: resilience, equity and corruption. Natural Hazards, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-016-2568-6.
  2. Islam, R. and Walkerden, G. How do links between households and local NGOs promote disaster resilience and recovery? A case study of linking social networks on the Bangladeshi coast. Natural Hazards, 2015. DOI 10.1007/s11069-015-1797-4.
  3. Islam, R. and Walkerden, G. How bonding and bridging networks contribute to disaster resilience and recovery on the Bangladeshi coast. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 2014, 10:281-291.