Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
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Rabiul Islam

Rabiul Islam

Rabiul Islam

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

I did my PhD in Disaster Management from the Department of Geography & Planning, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Earlier I accomplished my master's in Disaster Management from, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand. I also did my bachelor's and master’s degree in Social Welfare from Dhaka University Bangladesh. I have about 21 years of teaching experience as a faculty at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. I also involved with teaching and research at Macquarie University, Sydney. I have been working as the Trustee, Development Synergy Institute (DSI), Dhaka, Bangladesh, an independent research organization. I have taught Disaster Management and Rehabilitation, Environmental Management, Social Development, Policy and Planning, Rural Development, Human Rights and Social Welfare, Environment, ecology and social work at the Department of Social Work. I conducted several research projects as well as published articles on social capital and disaster resilience, local government, and NGOs in disaster risk reduction (DRR), disaster management policies, local level disaster management committees, education and development, urban and rural poverty, and gender violence. I worked on DRR projects with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC), World Bank, Heifer International, Caritas International, World Concern Bangladesh, . I have presented papers at various national, international, and regional conferences.



  1. Islam, R. Wahab, G. M. Abdul. Households’ indigenous coping practices to face disaster-induced food and water challenges in coastal Bangladesh. Folklore Journal, Vol. 8, 2017. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.