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Asib Ahmed Asib Ahmed

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
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Leeds LS2 9JT   UK



Project title

Assessment of agricultural vulnerability and adaptation to climate change and sea level rise in selected coastal small islands of Bangladesh

Project overview

Bangladesh has been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and sea level rise in the world. The coastal islands of Bangladesh face a number of vulnerabilities like erosion and accretion, loss of biodiversity, temperature and rainfall variability, loss of agricultural productivity etc. The proposed research will be an attempt to identify mainly the impacts of erosion and accretion on agricultural vulnerabilities to climate change and sea level rise of two selected small islands of Bangladesh and to investigate the agricultural adaptation strategies of the vulnerable people living in the islands.


  • To visualize the dynamic nature of land erosion and accretion of the selected islands for detecting the morphological changes over past 50 years (1964- 2014)
  • To examine all meteorological parameters like temperature, rainfall, wind direction and cyclone tracks for visualizing the past and present climate of the islands
  • To investigate the impacts of past morphological and meteorological changes on agricultural vulnerabilities of the islands
  • To model the future agricultural vulnerability of the selected islands
  • To analyze the current agricultural adaptation strategies and to simulate the future adjustments of the agricultural community of the islands



  • Leeds International Research Scholarship (LIRS)

Conferences/training courses

  • Advocacy workshop on Disaster Risk Management in Bangladesh organized by Disaster Management Bureau, Ministry of food & disaster management, held on 28th June 2005.
  • Cyclone disaster risk reduction & management in the light of indigenous knowledge &   innovative ideas organized by Disaster Research Training and Management Center (DRTMC), University of Dhaka, held from May 2005 to June 2005.
  • SAARC Training Programme on River Erosion and Embankment Safety Management in South Asia jointly organized by SAARC Disaster Management Center, New Delhi, India and Disaster Research Training and Management Center (DRTMC), University of Dhaka, held from 12 July 2012 to 18 July 2012.
  • Diploma Training Programme (Online) on “Managing Water in Asia’s River Basin” sponsored by Asian Development Bank (ADB) jointly organized by NARBO, Japan and CEDDET Foundation, Spain, from 01 March 2013 to 31 March 2013.

Research publications

  • Ahmed A., 2011. “Some of the Major Environmental Problems Relating to Land Use Changes in the Coastal Areas of Bangladesh: A Review”. The Journal of Geography and Regional Planning. Volume 4(1), pp. 1-8. URL:
  • Ahmed A., 2012. “Women’s Adjustment with Flood in Ganges Dependent Area of Bangladesh”. The edited book published by the SAARC Disaster Management Center, New Delhi, India, December, 2012. URL:
  • Ahmed A., 2012. “Hill Cutting in and Around the Chittagong City: A Geographical Study”. Journal of Nepal Geological Society. Vol. 42, pp. 183-188, ISSN: 0259-1316. URL: 
  • Ahmed A. and Huq-Hussain S., 2012. “Changing Urban Landuse and Agricultural Land Transformation: A Case Study of Narayanganj City”. ASA University Review. Volume 6 no. 1 (10th Issue), pp. 273 284, ISSN 1997-6925. URL:
  • PUBLISHED BOOK: The book entitled "Environment and Development" jointly written by Asib Ahmed, Md. A. Mannan and Bidita Beg, has been published from A.S. Publications, Dhaka, Bangladesh. June, 2015. Total Page: 206. ISBN: 978-984-33-9258-9


  • Research paper entitled “Man- Made Disaster in South Asia: Impact Analysis of India- Bangladesh River Water Sharing Dispute” has been presented in the National Geography Conference organized by the Department of Geography, University of Ruhuna, Matara, Sri Lanka, January, 2010.
  • Research paper entitled “Gender as a Cross –Cutting Issue in Disaster Management: A Case of Bangladesh” has been presented in the National Youth Conference on Environment, organized by Organized by The Himalayan Alliance for Climate Change (HIMCCA), Kathmandu, Nepal, held on 3rd June - 4th June, 2010.
  • Research paper entitled “Disasters arising from Common River Water in South Asia: A Case Study on the Impacts, Women’s Adjustment and Policy Guideline for Bangladesh” has been presented in the first national congress on “Role of Women in Disaster Preparedness”, held from 15-16 December, 2009, at American Center, 24 kesturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, India.


  • Master’s thesis grant from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Master’s thesis grant from NGO Forum for Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation, Bangladesh.


Short Curriculum Vitae

Educational Qualification

  • Bachelor of Science, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2005).
  • Masters of Science (Thesis) (2006), Department of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor (currently on study leave), Department of Geography and Environment, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Research Officer (Environmental Security Division), Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Dhaka, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
  • Lecturer in Geography, Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, Dhaka Cantonment, Dhaka.

Professional Membership

  • Country Representative (from 2011 to present): All India Foundation for Peace and Disaster Management (AIFPDM), New Delhi, India.
  • Country Representative (from 2012 to present): Himalayan Alliances for Climate Change (HIMCCA), Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Life Member:Bangladesh National Geographical Association (BNGA),JahangirnagarUniversity, Savar,Dhaka,Bangladesh.
  • Life Member: Bangladesh Geographical Society (BGS), University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Moderator (from January 2013 to December 2015): Environment Club, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh.