International Research Initiative Bangladesh (IRIBD) is an online academic platform providing opportunities for research in a wide array of topics that include, but are not limited to: literature and culture; development and social justice; politics, peace and security; anthropology and sociology; and urban and regional planning.
Based at Dhaka, iribd seeks to promote a global research community dedicated to knowledge sharing and encourage social activism. As of now, the team consists of researchers from both within and outside the academia. The universities represented so far by the researchers are: in Bangladesh, University of Dhaka, Jahangirnagar University, National University, BRAC University and University of Asia Pacific; in Belgium, University of Leuven and University of Antwerp; and in the United Kingdom, University of Edinburgh, University of Warwick, University of Law, and King’s College London.
Research works and project activities within the IRIBD are coordinated and/or supervised through the following set up:
HEAD OF RESEARCH
Dr. Md Akter Mahmud. Akter is Professor at the Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning, Jahangirnagar University. Upon graduation in Urban and Rural Planning at the Khulna University, Akter completed MSc in Spatial Planning from Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) in 2004 and PhD from Jahangirnagar University in 2011, with a thesis on “Impact of Urbanization on Natural drainage System: Case Study on Dhaka Metropolitan Area”. Akter’s prolonged academic career dates back in 1997 when he joined Khulna Development Authority as an Urban Planner, and subsequently at the Jahangirnagar University (2000) where among other duties he also had been the Chairman at the Urban and Regional Planning department. Akter was project director for several projects with the World Bank, Bangladesh Local Government Engineering Department, Transparency International Bangladesh, and Khulna Development Authority. Currently he is the General Secretary of Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Executive Member of Updating of Bangladesh National Building Code, Life Member with Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), and Member with Bangladesh Urban Forum.
EXECUTIVE HEAD OF RESEARCH
Dr. Adil M Khan. Adil is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Urban & Regional Planning, Jahangirnagar University. Adil completed honours and master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology before joining Jahangirnagar University in 2006. He completed doctoral on ‘Developing Planning Standards for Community Facilities in Bangladesh (Urban Context)’ for which he received Bangabandhu Fellowship from Bangladesh Ministry of Information and Communication Technology. Adil has published extensively and presented papers in conferences at home and abroad. He was the General Secretary of BUET Planners (2010-12) and has currently been the Joint Secretary with Bangladesh Institute of Planners. Also a member with Commonwealth Association of Planners and Bangladesh Regional Science Association, Adil has beeen an ‘Award Leader’ in Bangladesh for The Duke of Edinburgh (UK) award since 2008. As a planner Adil participated in research projects funded by Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh Institute of Planners, and University Grants Commission. He was involved with the master plan and development plan projects for a number of cities in Bangladesh.
Helal Mohammed Khan. Helal’s interests in society, politics and religion are wide-ranging, although over the year they have assumed anthropological shades. Currently a doctoral researcher in anthropology & peace studies at the Department of Anthropology and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, within the University of Notre Dame (Indiana), Helal also directs iribd’s politics, peace and anthropology research. Having returned to academia after a period of government service in Bangladesh, he graduated in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Edinburgh (as a British Chevening scholar) and in Social & Cultural Anthropology at the University of Leuven (as a Flanders Government Master Mind scholar). Helal served in the Bangladesh Army (taught special warfare at the Infantry school), attended Command and Staff College, and participated in peacekeeping duties with the United Nations in Congo. He has published widely and presented research findings in the US, France, Belgium, and the UK, and contributed with a chapter to a volume on Myanmar edited at the Australian National University (Conflict in Myanmar: War, Politics, Religion, eds. Cheesman & Farrelly, 2016).
Sekander Zulker Nayeen. Nayeen is a Joint District and Sessions Judge in the Bangladesh Judicial Service and a former Chevening Scholar with the UK Government. He is the co-founder and director of SDG Lab, an initiative organized to generate and disseminate knowledge on Sustainable Development Goals, and adjunct faculty at the Department of Law & Human Rights in University of Asia Pacific. Formerly, he was a lawyer at the District Judge Court, Dhaka. He also served as adjunct faculty at the departments of Law and Business Administration in Northern University Bangladesh. Nayeen completed his LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution with distinction from the City, University of London. He studied LLB (Honours) and LLM (First Class) in the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
RESEARCH COORDINATOR, DEVELOPMENT
Rezwan Siddiqui. Rezwan finds interest in climate change, social entrepreneurship, urban human ecosystem and youth empowerment. A former Chevening scholar with the British government, Rezwan has recently been awarded Local Pathway Fellowship by the UN Sustainable Development Solution Network (SDSN-Youth). Rezwan is also the founding director for SDG Lab and working as expert researcher at BRAC University and University of Dhaka. He previously worked at Yunus Centre, Centre for Urban Studies (CUS), among others.
RESEARCH COORDINATOR, HUMAN RIGHTS
Mohammad Golam Sarwar. Sarwar is currently serving as a Lecturer, Department of Law, at the University of Dhaka. He is also working as a Law Desk Associate at The Daily Star, the largest circulated English Daily in Bangladesh. A former British Chevening scholar, Sarwar is also one of the promoters of SDG Lab, an organized youth empowerment initiative toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. He has worked in various human rights organizations including National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh; Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP, as a Coordinator of Street Law Program). Sarwar completed LLB (Hons.) and LLM from University of Dhaka, and pursued his second master’s in International Development Law and Human Rights from University of Warwick, UK.
Laizu Afsana (MBA, DU) and Marium Binte Rashid (MA, NU). Email: research(at)iribd.com
Md. Enamur Rashid (Civil Engineering, Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology); Tofayel Ahmed Shajeeb (Civil and Environmental Engineering, North South University); Iktither Hoque Chowdhury Sakib (Business Administration, Stamphord University). Email: office(at)iribd.com
Farah Farzana Khan (Finance and Banking, Jahangirnagar University). Email: farzana(at)iribd.com