Geog 151 Geography and Contemporary Society (UH Mānoa, Summer 2019)
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to some of the pressing issues and problems in contemporary society using different geographical ‘lenses’. Two of the basic concepts that geographers have consistently focused on their studies are space and place. However, with the advancement of technology and communication, the recent global patterns and processes have come to be known as globalization and has become another significant focus of interest. While globalization immensely influences almost every space and place that we can think of, in turn, those spaces and places influence the process of globalization, as well. Thus, understanding contemporary society needs an understanding of space, place, and globalization. In this course therefore, we will examine contemporary society by using these three key concepts- globalization, space, and place.
In each week, we will focus on different broader fields of geography with globalization, space, and place to be our key lenses. Using these lenses, we will explore, question, discuss, and debate cultural, economic, political, and population geography around the world including the Global South.
Geog 102 World Regional Geography (UH Mānoa, Spring 2017, Fall 2019)
This is an introductory course for the students in human/political/cultural geography. The purpose of the course is to familiarize students to the human-environment interaction in various regions of the world. In doing so, the course brings the socio-economic, political, cultural, and geographical conditions of different regions from a critical view point. The course also introduces basic analytical tools and concepts that geographers bring into the study of the world regions. For each world region considered in the course, selected contemporary issues and specific case studies are discussed to show students how to apply the tools provided in this course. Using this approach, students will acquire introductory knowledge of the processes by which world regions are shaped and defined.
Soc 232 Sociology of Environment (University of Dhaka)
Sociology of environment is a field that offers insight into the multifaceted interaction between human society and the natural environment. In this course, we will focus on the structural issues in human society and how those lead to environmental degradation. By incorporating sociological theories, we will understand the policies and planning regarding the governance of the environment. Not restricting ourselves to the causes of environmental hazards and disasters, we will examine major environmental issues in relevance to our contemporary society and explain the ongoing transformation. All through the course, we will discuss and learn how human society is both causing environmental problems and responding to them. This course is an introduction to the field, which can layout further interests in environmental issues.
Research and Affiliations
'After the exchange: Citizenship and territory in the former Bangladesh-India border enclaves.’ Doctoral dissertation research currently ongoing.
Moving towards Climate Smart BRAC: Strategies and action plans at district level. Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University and BRAC. May 1, 2013- July 31, 2014.
Environmental Management Framework for pro-poor slum integration project. Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University and the NHA, Bangladesh. January 15, 2013- April 30, 2014.
Access to safe drinking water in coastal areas of Bangladesh. Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University and BRAC. December 9, 2013- January 30, 2014.
Multi Hazard Risk Atlas for 10 selected upazilas in Bangladesh. Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research (C3ER), BRAC University and CDMP, Bangladesh. December 9, 2013- March 18, 2014.
Behavior pattern and development of sexual identity: A case study on the Kotis in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2010). Unpublished Master’s Thesis.