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Critical Geopolitics and Border Theories (w/ James W. Scott, UEF, Senior Seminar, Autumn 2023)
This course provides a broad introduction to the theoretical understanding of borders and critical geopolitics. Starting with a brief historical genesis of these theories the course transitions into the real-life applications of borders and geopolitics in the contemporary world. Students will be motivated to read and discuss key works that have characterized the state of the art and to contribute their insights into the politically charged debates related to borders and geopolitics (e.g., human mobility, citizenship, responses to regional conflicts, European Union policies). As such, the course bridges theoretical perspectives to practical and policy aspects of borders.
Geography and Contemporary Society (UH Mānoa, Online Summer Course 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.
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 viewpoint. 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.
Sociology of Environment (University of Dhaka, Fall 2014)
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
“Let Live” but “Make Wait?”: Exploring Violent Inaction in the Camps and Reception Centers of Bangladesh and Finland, 2022-25.
Advancing Trans-Regional Border Studies (Eur-Asian Border Lab) 2022-25.
Government responses to high influxes of protection seekers (GOVREIN) 03/ 23- 12/23.
Transformation and transnationalization of state spaces: Geopolitics of borders, mobilities, and planning in the Arctic (SPARCTIC), 2019-21.
After the exchange: Citizenship and territory in the former Bangladesh-India border enclaves. Doctoral dissertation research 2015-19.
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.
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