Dr. Rabiul Islam

Professor of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh


Rabiul Islam is a Professor at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, and head, ‘Environment, Ecology and Climate Justice’ of Development Synergy Institute. He received his PhD from the Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University, Australia in December 2015. His dissertation title was “Social capital and cyclones: how households’ social networks contribute to disaster resilience and recovery in Bangladesh”. He completed his M.Sc. degree in Disaster Management from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

   He was earlier educated in Dhaka University for his Bachelor and Masters degree in Social Work. He has been teaching more than 17 years at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He taught social development, policy and planning, disaster management and rehabilitation, environmental management, human rights and social welfare at the department of social work, Rajshahi University. He was also involved in teaching at the Department of Geography and Panning, and the Institute of Early Childhood in Macquarie University, Australia, where he focused environmental decision making, environmental management for changing world, legal, ethical and policy directions in health and contemporary health issues.

   His research interests are— humanitarian disaster, community based disaster risk reduction, social capital and disaster resilience, climate change adaptation, gender and development. He conducted several research projects and published journal articles. He worked on disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects of India, Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre in Bangkok. He also completed a research on education and development with the World Bank. He has published articles on disaster resilience, human rights, rural and urban poverty, drug addiction, and gender violence. He has been the keynote speaker in different national seminars in Bangladesh and in international conferences in Australia, India, Thailand, Switzerland, Philippines, and USA.