Mahbuba Nasreen
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Lecture Theatre Building
University of Dhaka Dhaka-1000

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By appointment.

Mahbuba Nasreen

Professor & Director

Research Interests:Disaster, Climate Change, Gender, Education, Sustainable Development, Enviromment

Biographical Note

Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen has been involved in research in the areas of theory, gender, disasters, environment, climate change, education, social inclusion, indigenous community and other areas of social development since late eighties. She has joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology in 1988 and became Professor at the same department in 2005, University of Dhaka. After obtaining MSS in Sociology from the University of Dhaka Dr. Nasreen has received Commonwealth Scholarship for pursuing her PhD Degree in New Zealand, which further developed her professional career.  Her dissertation topic Coping with Floods: the Experiences of Rural Women in Bangladesh (1995) is the pioneer PhD research within South Asia and has been widely used in the areas of disaster and gender issues. Prof. Nasreen is the first woman attaining the PhD research who, since the mid-90s, forcefully arguing that women are contributors to resilient rather than conventional viewing of them as mere victims of disasters. As a member of the National Disaster Management Advisory Committee, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh (GoB) Prof. Nasreen contributed to policy making in reducing disaster risks and other relevant areas of national and international drivers.


She has participated and contributed as Bangladesh delegation at the High level meetings both at home and abroad including at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (3WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, 13-18 March, 2015 as a member of Women Major Group of UNISDR and contributed significantly to the group as well as presented paper at the Bangladesh Side Event on ‘Gender and DRR’ as member of delegation. In 2nd April, 2015 IDMVS has organized a Roundtable Discussion on ‘From Sendai to Dhaka: Perspectives in SFDRR’ in collaboration with Duryog Nivaran, South Asia under her leadership, first time in Bangladesh. Since then she has been presenting papers/Keynote papers in several seminars/roundtable/workshops related to SFDRR. She was also one of the active members of Bangladesh delegation at the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (6th AMCDRR) held on 22 June -26 June at Bangkok, Thailand, 2014; Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) held in Geneva, Switzerland in 2013; the 5th Asian Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in 2012. She has also participated at the South Asian Regional Consultation in Nepal on DRR and relevant policies in 2014 and Inclusive Disaster Risk Management Framework based on practices in South Asia, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Nasreen was the member of the UNISDR Post HFA (HFA-II) thematic group on Gender and DRR since 2011 and is contributed to the HFA progress report of the MoDMR, GoB and thematic paper of Key Area 4 of HFA-II for the 6th AMCDRR. She has presented paper on ‘The Savar Project: a reference methodology to assess vulnerability in the aftermath of a human induced disaster in Bangladesh’ based on the methodology developed by the Crises Management Unit at the 6th AMCDRR.


Dr. Nasreen has a large number of publications in national and international books, journals and periodicals. She has published several books such as The Savar Project: A Reference Methodology in the Aftermath of Rana Plaza Disaster (2014 with Co-author), Women and Girls: Vulnerable or Resilient? (2012); Violence Against Women during Disaster and Post-Disaster Situations in Bangladesh (2008); Social Inclusion: Gender and Equity in Education SWAPs in South Asia (2007) and Comparing Food and Cash Transfer to the Ultra Poor in Bangladesh (with co-authors, 2010).  Sociology of Environment (in Bangla with co-authors, 2007); edited a translated book of Edward Said, Representatives of Intellectuals (2006, in Bangla). She is also the co-author of the ‘Gender Action Plan’ (ccGAP/MoEF, 2013) for the Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan and developed background study for the 7th Five year Plan of GoB on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (2015). Dr. Nasreen has developed the Gender Toolkit for the MoWCA, 2014. She is the supervisor of number of dissertations of PhD, Mphil, and Master level students at home and abroad. 



June, 2015 Senate member, University of Dhaka (Nominated by Chancellor and Honourable President of Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh as Academician June, 2015)

2015 Member, Board of Governance (nominated by Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka) Aichi Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2015

2015 Member, Women Major Group, UNISDR, 2015 (3WCDRR)

2014 Member, Board of Governance (nominated by Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka), Square College of Nursing, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2014

2011 Member of the UNISDR Post HFA (HFA-II) Thematic group on Gender and DRR, 2011

2010 Member, National Disaster Management Advisory Committee (NDMAC), Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, Government of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh (GoB), 2010

2010 Executive Member, South Asian Sociological Society Joint Secretary, Bangladesh Sociological Association (BSA), 2010

2009 Expert Member, National Professional Body, PLCEHD- 2, Bureau of Non-Formal Education, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, GoB, 2009

2009 Member, Appeal Committee, Bangladesh Film Sensor Board, Ministry of Information, GoB, 2009

2008 Associate Member, International Training Network (ITN) Bangladesh, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

2001 Executive Member, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Environment Movement/BAPA) and former Joint Secretar



Australia, Bhutan, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Malta, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Unites States of America & Vietnam

Personal: Place of birth: Faridpur; Married; Husband- Professor Khondoker Mokaddem Hossain, University of Dhaka and ProVice Chancellor of Bangladesh Open University (on deputation); one child.

Mahbuba Nasreen, PhD; Director & Professor, Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh




Phone: 00-8802-9661900-73/Extension: 4727; 4728 (work); 00-8802-9665274 (Home); 01552415763; 01771900999 (cell); email:;



Selected Publications

d‘Julia Kristeva: Toward a Postmodern Philosophy of Feminism’ published in the Postmodernism in a Global Perspective (Samir Dasgupta and Peter Kivisto eds), India/USA/UK, Singapore: SAGE, 2014

‘Flood induced Vulnerabilities and Problems Encountered by Women in Northern Bangladesh’, (with co-authors), International Journal of Disaster Risk Science, Springer, China, 2014

‘Ten Years of Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh’,, Special issue No.113, June, 2014

The Savar Project: A Reference Methodology in the Aftermath of Rana Plaza Disaster (2014 with Co-authors)

Women and Girls: Vulnerable or Resilient? Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka, 2012.

Comparing Food and Cash Transfer to the Ultra Poor in Bangladesh, published by the International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI), 2010

‘Rethinking Disaster Management: Violence against Women during Floods in Bangladesh’ published in Samir Dasgupta et al (eds.) Women’s Encounter with Disasters, 2010. London: frontpage.

‘Disasters and Disaster Research: A Case Study of Floods in Bangladesh’, published in Samir Dasgupta (ed.) Understanding the Global Environment, 2009. Delhi: Pearson- Longman.

‘Sustainable Development and Impact of Climate Change: A Gender Perspective’, 2009, paper published in Facing the Challenges of Climate Change: Issues, Impacts and Adaptation Strategies for Bangladesh, Edited by M. Habibur Rahman and Md. Jobair Bin Alam, ITN-BUET and British Council.

‘The Sociology of Monga: Some Illustration from Northern Bangladesh’, Joint article published in the Social Science Review (The Dhaka University Studies, Part D), Volume 25(2), December, 2008.

‘Disaster and Disaster Research: A Case Study of Floods in Bangladesh’ published in Understanding Global Environment (edited by Samir Dasgupta. 2008. Delhi: Pearson-Longman.

Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Food Security. 2008. Published by ActionAid International and ActionAid Bangladesh

Violence against Women during Floods and Post-flood Situations in Bangladesh, 2008. Published by ActionAid International and ActionAid Bangladesh.

Social Inclusion: Gender and Equity in Education SWAPs in South Asia, Bangladesh Case Study, published by United Nations Children's Fund, Regional Office for South Asia, (UNICEF ROSA), 2007.

'Women, Environment and Disaster' article published in Unnoyon Padakkhep by Steps towards Development, June 2007.

Women and Right to Information' (Nari-O-Totther Odhikar-Bangla Version) published in Bhabesh Das and Robaet Ferdous (eds.) book Right to Information, February 2007, Dhaka: Chardik.

Bangladesher Baul Somprodayer Udvab: Ekti Samajtattik Bislation (the emergence of the Baul Community in Bangladesh: A Sociological Analysis), published by Samajik Biggan Potrika (Dhaka University Studies, Part D), Vol 2, Number 2, December 2006.

‘Flood Management in Bangladesh: Analysis from a Gender Perspective’ article published in Flooding in Bangladesh and Germany: Causes, Control and Management, edited by M. Qumrul Hassan, Dhaka: GOETHE-INSTITUT, November 2006.

Poribesh Samajbiggan (Book on Sociology of Environment). August, 2006. Published by Tapan Prokashan, Dhaka.

‘PRSP and Environment’ paper published in the book Human Rights in Bangladesh 2005, edited by Hameeda Hossain, Dhaka: Ain-O-Shalish Kendra (ASK), 2006.


‘The Interrelationship between Poverty, Environment and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh: An overview', paper published in the Bangladesh e-journal of Sociology, Vol. 3. No.2. July 2006.

‘The Traditional Field Play and Games in Bangladesh’ paper published by the Youth Friendship Association in Japan, Institute of Field Culture and Research, Tokyo: Japan, January, 31, 2006

‘The Right to a Safe Environment’ published in the book Human Rights in Bangladesh 2004, Edited by Hameeda Hossain, Dhaka: Ain-O-Salish Kendra (ASK), 2005.

‘Ethno-Medicine: The Folk-Medicinal Practices of Some Ethnic Communities in Bangladesh, paper published in the Journal of the PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF BANGLADESH, Volume VIII, No. 1,2; 2005.

‘Gender and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh: Myths and Realities’ paper published in the Environment and Sustainable Development, edited by Prof. Vo Quy et al. Hanoi, Vietnam: Agriculture Publishing House, 2004.

‘Transboundary Rivers: Socio-economic and environmental challenges in Bangladesh’ published in Feroze M. Ahmed et al (eds.) Regional Cooperation on Transboundary Rivers: Impact of the Indian River linking Project, Dhaka: BAPA, BEN, DU, BUET and Others, December, 2004.

Disaster Research: Exploring Sociological Approach to Disaster in Bangladesh, published in the Bangladesh e-journal of Sociology, Volume 2, number 2, July, 2004.

‘Ethnobotanic practices of the ethnic communities in Bangladesh: Some case studies’ published in the book entitled Bon, Bonbinash O Bonobashir Jibon Sangram (Forest, forest depletion and the life struggle of forest people), edited by Philip Gain, Dhaka: SEHD, 2004.

‘Socio-cultural Impact of Arsenicosis in Rural Bangladesh’ paper published in the Golden Jubilee Issue on Transformations in Knowledge: Paradigm Shifts and Changes in the Study of Man and Nature in Asia, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Volume 47, Number 2, December, 2002

‘Environment and Sustainable Development: Bangladesh Perspective’ published in Bangladesh Environment 2002, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA).

‘Gender and Local Governance: A New Discourse in Development’ published in The Journal of Social Studies, Volume 94-95, October2001-March, 2002.

‘The Past and Present of Maori Culture: A Sociological Study’ (Bangla Version), published in Samaj Nirikkhon, No. 82, November-February, 2001-2002.

‘Interface o Decentralization and Local Government for Promoting Participation of People in the Development’ (Bangla Version), published in Dhaka University Potrika, June 2001-February 2002.

Environment and Bangladesh: Our Responsibilities’ (Bangla Version), published in Samaj Nirikkhon, No. 83, May, 2002.

'Development, Women and Gender in Bangladesh: From Theory to Practice', Paper published in the Social Science Review, Volume 17, Number 2, December 2000

''Flood Management in Bangladesh: Experience of Rural Women', paper published in Bangladesh Environment 2000, Edited by M. Feroze Ahmed, Dhaka: Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), December, 2000

'Sociology of Environment: Theoretical Framework and Practice in Bangladesh' (Bangla Version), published in Samaj Nirikkhon, No. 18, November 2000

'Indigenous Coping Mechanisms: The Role of Rural Women During Non-Flood and Flood Periods', paper published in Grassroots Voice, Volume III, November 2000, Issue III

'Is Open University able to meet the demands for creating educated human resource through information technology?' (Bangla Version), published in Communication, New Technology and Development, Dhaka: Center for Development Communication, October, 2000.

‘Floods in Bangladesh: Strategies of Women for Household Survival’ (Bangla version), paper published in the Samaj Nirikhkhon, No. 75, February, 2000


‘Coping With Floods: Case Studies of Rural Women in Bangladesh’, Paper published in the proceedings of the First International Conference of the Bangladesh Sociological Association, Sociology, Health, Women and Environment, Edited by Nazrul Islam, Dhaka: October 1999

Coping With Floods: Contributions of Women in Bangladesh, Paper published in The Dhaka University Studies, vol.55, No.2, Pp. 129-157, December, 1998.

Coping with Floods: Structural Measures or Survival Strategies? Published in the Book Living with Floods: An Exercise from Alternatives. Edited by Imtiaz Ahmed. Dhaka: UPL, 1999, Pp. 32-39.

`Floods and Gender in Bangladesh: A Historical Perspective' published in Bangladesh Historical Studies, Dhaka, August, 1998, Pp. 134-149.

`Family Health Care and Women in Floods' in Social Science Review, Dhaka, June, 1998, Volume xv, Number 1, Pp. 205-216.

"Women in the Food Chain: Contribution of Rural Women in Household Food Consumption" published by the Environmental Policy and Management Research Centre, University of Otago, Dunedin, February 1994

"Women in Disaster: An Analysis of Division of Labour and Survival Strategies in Disaster" in S.M. Nurul Alam (ed.) Society, Disasters, and Environment: Theories and Experience, Academic Publisher, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1994

"Economy, Employment Situation, and Education-Related Aspects: Bangladesh Context" (Bangala Version) published in Bikkhon, February 1991

"The Present Situation of Primary and Secondary Education of Bangladesh: What We Have to Do" published by the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bangladesh, 1989

"Foreign Aid in the Third World and Food Politics in Bangladesh" (Bangala Version) published in Samaj Nirikkon (34), November 1989

"Education and Development of Women (Bangala Version) published in a book entitled Kaler Samukh Vela (a collection of essays on the progress of women in Bangladesh), 1987

A translated article on "Prebendalization and Bengal Society" of A.K. Nazmul Karim, published by the Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka, 1984 

Research Reports :

Effectiveness of Resilient Livelihood Framework, 2015, Christian Aid

Strengthening Resilience and Safety in Schools and Communities in Bangladesh, 2014, DeSHARI Consortium, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Gender Equality Analysis and Inputs on CAA-DRR (Background Study for the 7th Five year Plan of GoB), UNWOMEN, 2014

Rapid Assessment on the situation of Sexual and Reproductive Health during emergencies, Family Planning Association of Bangladesh and SPRINT, 2014

‘Gender Toolkit’, 2014, Department of Women Affairs (DWA), Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), 2014, Government of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Climate Change and Gender Action Plan, Ministry of Environment and Forest, GoB, 2013

Impacts of Climate Change on Livelihood in Coastal Regions of Bangladesh, National Academy of Planning and Development, (2013).

‘Global Survey Progress Report on Violence against children’, 2013. Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), Government of Bangladesh

Role of Food Security and Nutrition interventions in Empowering Women’ (2012).

‘Report of UNICEF Education and Child Protection Portfolios’ (‘Evaluation Report), 2011, UNICEF