M. Anwar Hossen

University of Dhaka



I am a Professor of Sociology Department, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and a co-editor of Brill Journal, Bandung: Journal of the Global South. I received my Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Canada. My Ph.D. research project, Water Policy and Governance for the Empowerment of River Basin Communities in Rural Bangladesh, was awarded as the best project in 2010. At UBC, I was recognized as the Nehru Humanitarian Award scholar in 2010 for my research contribution. In 2009, I received a Master of Arts (MA) degree from Carleton University, Canada with the dissertation title, climate change issues, Natural Disaster, Inequality, and Vulnerability: A Case Study in Rural Bangladesh. I have twenty-four years of teaching and research experience in four major universities in Bangladesh and Canada. In Canada, this experience was gained at Carleton University and the University of British Columbia during my MA and PhD studies in 2006-2014. In Bangladesh, I served at ShahJalal University of Science & Technology in 1998-2003 and the University of Dhaka in 2003-2006 and 2014-present.

I am also active in collaborative research at national and international levels. Based on this research contribution, I have presented research papers in the United States of America, Canada, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Qatar, South Korea, and Bangladesh. Recently, some of my major projects include, (i) (2022-2023) Effects of Livelihood Conflicts between Rohingya and Local People on Environmental Sustainability in Cox Bazar, Bangladesh, Funded by the University Grants Commission, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (ii) (2021-2022) Sustainable Development and Food Security: Assessing the Interface between Global and Local perspective on Environmental Sustainability in Bangladesh, Funded by the Centennial Grant Program, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (iii) (2019-2022, External C-Investigator) Reconstruction of Shabolombee Gram: Exploring Local People’s Practices of Sustainable Development and Sustainability. Funded by United International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

My research findings have also been published at the national and international level with leading academic publishers: e.g., Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Brill, Elsevier, Routledge, Sage, Sustainability, MDPI Water, and Springer, and Social Science Review. For example, I have published three articles and three book chapters in 2022 mostly in the world-renowned publication houses such Elsevier and Sage: e.g., (i) As the Lead Author with Corinna Netherton, David Benson, Mohammad Rezaur Rahman, Mashfiqus Salehin. A governance perspective for climate change adaptation: Conceptualizing the policy-community interface in Bangladesh. Environmental Science and Policy. 137: 174-184. DOI: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1462901122002787. (ii) Decolonizing Sociology for Social Justice in Bangladesh: Delta Scholarship Matters. Critical Sociology. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F08969205221085687

In addition to this publication tract record, I have reviewed research reports, government documents, and journal articles regularly at national and international levels. In 2018 I was a Founding Advisor of the Institute of Development Studies and Sustainability (IDSS), United International University (UIU), Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2021-present, I was appointed as an Academic Adviser of the National Defence College in Dhaka. In 2022, I was appointed as the Vice Chancellor by Stamford University authority and currently under the process of government’s approval in Bangladesh. In 2022, I also contributed as the UN Expert Panel Member, violence against women and girls in the context of the climate crisis, including environmental degradation and related disaster risk mitigation and response, Southeast Asia region. I am a member of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and International Sociological Association (ISA).

My research interests focus on civil society role in environmental sustainability, environmental sociology, political ecology, women empowerment, riverbank communities, sustainable development, climate change, agricultural communities, environmental justice, and South Asia. I can be reached at anwar_sociology@du.ac.bd