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Raju Sarkar

Raju Sarkar

PhD candidate and Associate Researcher, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Raju Sarkar is a PhD candidate and associate researcher in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Born in Khulna, Bangladesh, he received his bachelor degree in urban and rural planning from the Khulna University, Bangladesh. In 2011 he received his Master of Science degree in regional science and spatial planning from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. During his academic career, Mr. Sarkar has been awarded scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Programme (DAAD), the provincial, and the university fellowship programme for Graduate students in Germany. 

Sarkar's academic research focuses on community management of drinking water and natural hazard oriented social and spatial development planning in the global south. In 2007, Sarkar worked on a research project with Khulna University, where an ‘all hazard early warning dissemination system (EWDS)’ was developed for the coastal community of southwest Bangladesh. The project developed and piloted a cell phone based dissemination network to ease the then existing dissemination processes and strengthen coordination among the actors of the dissemination structures. In 2010, Sarkar analyzed the drinking water management of a coastal community in southwestern Bangladesh after a tropical cyclone. The empirical study followed the theoretical concept of natural hazard oriented social vulnerability and used primary quantitative data to assess the scopes, practices, limitations, and required interventions of the affected community. To address the spatial and contextual variability of the vulnerability in terms of drinking water management, the study developed a sector-specific vulnerability index. This indexing methodology added significant dimension to the scientific discourse of choosing sector specific ‘descending’ indexing principals instead of a sector overlapping ‘ascending’ indexing approach.

As a recipient of a research seed grant awarded by Brown University, Sarkar and his team members conducted a baseline survey in the refugee camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2015, collecting data to assess the health care support for gender based violence survivors in refugee camps. The outcomes of the survey are expected to be published in a research article by the end of 2017.


  1. Sarkar R, Vogt J. Drinking water vulnerability in rural coastal areas of Bangladesh during and after natural extreme eventsInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Vol. 14, Part 4, December 2015, 411–423
  2. Mallick B, Witte S.M, Sarkar R, Mahboob A.S, Vogt J. Local Adaptation Strategies of a Coastal Community during Cyclone Sidr and Their Vulnerability Analysis for Sustainable Disaster Mitigation Planning in BangladeshJournal of Bangladesh Institute of Planners. Vol. 2, December 2009, 158-168