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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 have recently completed (as the Principal Investigator) a British Academy funded inter-disciplinary research project that explores 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 twenty 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 eighteen years of teaching experience in International Development, Sociology, Anthropology, and Politics at 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.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD (Sociology and Social Policy)

MSS (Anthopology), 1st Class

BSS (Hon) (Anthropology) 1st Class


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