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