Profile of Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen

... Name Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen
Designation Professor & Director
Last Degree Ph.D (New Zeland)

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