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Rabiul Islam

Rabiul Islam

Rabiul Islam

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

Rabiul Islam is a Professor at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, and head, ‘Environment, Ecology and Climate Justice’ of 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”. He completed his M.Sc. degree in Disaster Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

He was earlier educated in Dhaka University for his Bachelor and Masters degree in Social Work. He has been teaching more than 17 years at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He taught social development, policy and planning, disaster management and rehabilitation, environmental management, human rights and social welfare at the department of social work, Rajshahi University. He also teaches Global Environmental Politics at the Department of International Relations, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh. He was also involved in teaching at the Department of Geography and Panning, and at the Institute of Early Childhood in Macquarie University, Australia, where he focused environmental decisionmaking, environmental management for changing world, legal, ethical and policy directions in health and contemporary health issues.

His research interests are— humanitarian disaster, community based disaster risk reduction, social capital and disaster resilience, and climate change adaptation. He has conducted several research projects and published journal articles. He worked on disaster risk reduction projects of India, Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre in Bangkok. He also completed research on education and development, social capital and community development, flood disaster risk management and labour rights with the World Bank, Heifer International, Swiss Contact, and Impactt Bangladesh. He has published articles on social capital and disaster resilience, human rights, rural and urban poverty, drug addiction, and gender violence. 


  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.