Profile of Dr. Samina Luthfa

... Name Dr. Samina Luthfa
Designation Associate Professor
Last Degree DPhil (Oxford)


Phone: 01841034481 Email:,

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Room – 528, Social Sciences Building, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000


Work Experience: Academic (Medium: English)

2008 - 2016                  Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka,


2010: Tutor, University College, University of Oxford

2009:                      Tutor, New College, University of Oxford

2007-2008:           Senior Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Independent

University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2002–2007:          Lecturer & Assistant Professor, Rural Sociology, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh

2001–2002:         Part-Time Teacher of Sociology, Department of History, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Work Experience: Research


2013-                     Researcher, Study on the perceived status of women workers of RMG sector in

Bangladesh, Bangladesh Mohila Parishad, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2013:                      Athena Swan Gender Consultant, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Division, University of Oxford

2012                       Athena Swan Gender Researcher, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

Division, University of Oxford

2011-2012:           Research Assistant to Dr. Heather Hamill, Sociology, University of Oxford

2011:                      Research Assistant to Professor Barbara Harris-White, International Development, University of Oxford

2009:                      Research Assistant to Dr. Michael Biggs, Sociology, Oxford    

2002:                      Research Assistant, Health Sector Reforms in Bangladesh, a Project of Columbia

University, USA and World Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

2001-2002:           Research Assistant, Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK), PuranaPaltan, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2001:                      Research Assistant, Second Non Formal Education Project, ADB TA no. 3465BAN.





2008-2013:          DPhil Sociology: “Confronting the Juggernaut of Extraction: Local, National and

(Passed)                Transnational Mobilisation against Phulbari Coal Mine in Bangladesh”

(Supervisor: Dr Michael Biggs), St Cross College, University of Oxford.


2006:                      MA Sociology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA: “Debunking the

(GPA: 3.97/4)       Myths of Indigenous Knowledge: a Case Study on the Mandis of Madhupur,


2001:                      Master of Social Sciences in Sociology 1998, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh:

(1.1-70.6%)          “Dynamics of Poverty: Structural Adjustment Policy and Pauperization in a

Selected Area of Bangladesh” (First Class First)

1999:                      Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology 1997, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

(1.1-66.2%)         (First Class First)







Under Review or Consideration


Awaiting Decision. [with S. Hossain as first author], “ State, NGOs and Victims after the collapse of Rana Plaza” In: Social Text, an International Journal.




In Press

 Forthcoming. “Neo-Liberal Agenda and Gender: The Case of Mandi Women”. In: Neo-liberal [Development]: People in the Margins. T. Khan and S. Rahman (Eds.). University Press Limited: Dhaka.





Published research__________________________________________________________________________________


2017. “Transnational Ties and Reciprocal Tenacity: Resisting mining in Bangladesh with transnational coalition around the globe” In: Sociology, an International Journal. 


 2016. (Book with Z. Chowdhury, and K. Gayen). Vulnerable Empowerment: Capabilities and Vulnerabilities of Female Garment Workers in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Mohila Parishod: Dhaka.


2015. - [In Bengali] "Phulbari andolon: protirodher shokti (Phulbari movement: the strength of resistance)". In: Sarbojonkotha, August 2015

2015. – [In Bengali] “Rana Plaza Bhaban Dhas and Sompadito cuktisomuher Porjalochona” (Rana Plaza Building Collapse and new policies: an analysis). In: Sarbajankotha May issue


2014. - “Debunking the Myths of Indigenous Knowledge: towards a political ecology of the Mandi of Madhupur, Bangladesh. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Hum.), 59(1: 211-237)


2004.   “Structural Adjustment Policy, Agriculture and Pauperization in Bangladesh”. The Social Science Review. The Dhaka University Studies Part D Vol. 12, no. 1. Dhaka, Bangladesh.


2004. (with L Rahman), Market-led initiatives for Seed production and Product Processing in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Political Economy Vol. 20, No. 1 edited by R.K. Talukdar and M.A. S. Mandal. Dhaka, Bangladesh: Bangladesh Economic Association.



Working papers:

2011. Everything changed after 26th: Repression and Resilience against proposed Phulbari Coal Mine in Bangladesh. QEH Working Paper no.193. Oxford: ODID


2003. Health Sector Programme in Bangladesh: Promoting participation and Gender Equity Report No. 53.           Dhaka, Bangladesh: Center for Policy Dialogue (with R.Jahan, I Kabir andT Dewan)





Awards and Scholarships:


2011:               British Sociological Association Support Fund 2011, Wisconsin-Madison

2011:               St Cross College Travel Grant, Wisconsin-Madison

2009-2010:   Commonwealth Research Travel Grant, Phulbari-Dhaka, Bangladesh

2008:                3 years Commonwealth Junior Scholarship for PhD (Open competition)

2008:               Nurunnessa Khatun Bidda-Binodini Gold Medal, 1998 for MSS, University of Dhaka.

2006:               Runner-up, Donald T Campbell Social Science Research Prize 2006, Lehigh, USA

2004-2006:   Junior Fulbright Scholarship, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA

2001:                Nazmul Karim Memorial Gold Medal 1998- MSS, University of Dhaka, Dhaka,



Conferences Organised__________________________________________________________________________________

Aug 2015               1st International Interdisciplinary conference on Ecocritisism, Environmental Justice and Literature, ASLE Bangladesh, University of Dhaka.

Feb 2014               2nd URDS Annual International Conference on Globalization, Democracy and

Governance, University of Dhaka,

Nov 2011              ‘South Asia in Transition’ for early career researchers, Department of Sociology,

University of Oxford, Oxford.

Jan 2010                ‘Remembering Claude Levi Strauss: Structuralism and Beyond’, Department of

Sociology and Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka.

May 2010              ‘Chetonay Augusto Boal: Theatre for Development in Bangladesh’, Shilpokola Academy, Seminar Room, Dhaka

2008                       Bi-annual meeting of South Asia Sociological Association, University of Dhaka and Independent University                            



Recent Presentations_________________________________________________________________________________

Aug 2015               Transnational Network confronting the Phulbari Open mine in Bangladesh In: Ecocriticism conference: Dhaka.

Dec 2014               Genocide in Bangladeshi Plays: imagi+nation in Representing Women. In: International Conference on Genocide studies, Liberation War Museum, Dhaka.

Nov 2014              Three lectures on Current Situation of the Textile Industry of Bangladesh after

the collapse of Rana Plaza in Hamburg University and Gottingen University,


Feb 2014               Women in Shahbag movement: Representation and Rhetoric in URDS Conference: Dhaka.

Sept- Nov 2013    Political Ecology Lecture Series on Confronting Open-pit mining: Phulbari

resistance in local, national and transnational politics

Dec  2012              Everything Changed after the 26th, Biennial Meeting of Bangladesh Sociological

Association, University of Dhaka, Dhaka

August 2012         Slowing down the Juggernaut, Workshop of Special Group on Negotiating Politics, LSE, London

June 2012              Accepted: Phulbari Resistance: Transnational ties and actions to stop an open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh, Global Social Activism Conference, St Mary’s University College, London

April 2012            Dialogue of Frames and Strategic Identity, Political Studies Association, Belfast

March 2012          Bangladesh against Open-cast Coal. Coal Ceilidh, London Mining Network Seminar. London

Feb 2012               Accepted: Confronting human rights violation by extractive industry through transnational activism: towards a global ‘Political Society’? Human Rights Conference, New Delhi

Nov 2011              Dialogic Framing and Strategic Identity, South Asia in Transition, University of Oxford.

Oct 2011               Everything Changed after the 26th: Repression and Resilience against Proposed Phulbari Coal Mine in Bangladesh. South Asia Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.

August 2011         Accepted for Roundtable: Dialogue of Frames and Collective Identity. American

                                Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas

June 2011              Everything Changed after the 26th. DGD Conference, University of Oxford.

April 2011            Round-table: Confronting Phulbari Coal Mine, BSA Annual Conference, LSE

Oct 2010               Poster: Confronting the Juggernaut of Extraction. Social Sciences  Induction, Oxford.

­Sept 2009              Resisting the Juggernaut of Extraction, Challenging Globalization Conference,

Royal Holloway, London

April 2009            Resistance against the Phulbari Coal Mine. AFPP Conference, Manchester Metropolitan, Manchester

March 2008          Indigenous Knowledge: towards a Post-colonial Critique. South Asian Sociological Association Conference, Independent University, Bangladesh

Nov 2007              Strong Women of Madhupur: Loosing Strength? Societies in Transformation APSA Conference, Penang, Malaysia

Feb 2006               Place of Mandi in Bangladesh, Eastern Sociological Society Conference, Boston.


Language and Computer Skills_________________________________________________________________________


Excellent command over English and Bengali and working knowledge of Hindi. Good command over SPSS, STATA, NVivo and MAXQDA. Extensive experience working with HEIDI and Census of India data.