Research interests

I come from a multi-disciplinary background combining degrees in Anthropology; Sociology and Social Policy. Before joining the University of South Wales, I worked at the University of Bath, University of Leicester, Nottingham University, the University of Liverpool, and Independent University, Bangladesh.

One of my current research projects focuses on expertise in development policies and aid ethnographies. I argue that there is a gap in the existing scholarship as very little is known about the creative roles, agency, and interests of experts from the global South (a group I describe as National Development Experts). I also lead a British Academy funded inter-disciplinary research project that aims to explore the experience of violence and loss of dignity among the forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Internally Displaced People in Afghanistan. My other research interests are approaches to development, participation in policy-making, international aid and conditionalities, civil society, and extreme poverty.

I welcome PhD enquiries and applications in the above and cognate areas.

Research interests

I have over seventeen years of research experience in the areas of international development and aid; participation in policy-making; civil society; global poverty and measurement of extreme poverty, education; counter-terrorism; and expertise in policy-making. I also have nine years of teaching experience in International Development, Sociology, Anthropology, and Politics in four British and one Bangladeshi universities. This has allowed me to undertake individual and collaborative research involving extensive field experience; carry out consultancy work for NGOs; publish research findings as academic and policy orientated outputs; bidding for research grants; make public presentations and media interviews.

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