This book provides an overview of the emergence of geography as a discipline in Bangladesh and the contributions made by local geographers towards the development of the country. It explores problems associated with population growth and poverty, landlessness and food security, land use and natural resource management, urbanism, climate change, disaster management and human health.
The volume shows how research and the study of geography in the ‘periphery’ can contribute in achieving progress in countries like Bangladesh and help them prepare against imminent disasters, ecological, social, economic shocks and uncertainties.
This book will be useful to students and researchers of geography, environment studies, disaster management, development studies, geoinformatics, geology, demography, sociology and South Asian studies with a particular focus on Bangladesh. It will also interest various policy makers and NGO professionals working in these and related fields.
Table of Contents
1 Geography in Bangladesh: niche of the discipline in the context of global change PART I Human geography 2 Urbanization in Bangladesh and urban research by geographers: a review 3 Dimensions of gender geography in Bangladesh 4 Population geography in Bangladesh: in search of roots and approaches 5 Geographies of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh: global perspectives, local contexts and research gaps 6 Geographical perspectives of scarcity and landlessness in rural households of Bangladesh PART II Physical geography 7 Reconstruction of the palaeogeography and palaeoenvironment of Bangladesh: geographical perspectives 8 Environmental impact assessment in Bangladesh: applications of geographical tools and methods 9 Climate change crisis in Bangladesh PART III Applied geography (combining human and physical geography methods) 10 Geographical dimensions of food security in rural Bangladesh 11 Development induced displacement and resettlement practice in Bangladesh 12 Geographical methods in undertaking disaster and vulnerability research 13 Natural resource appraisal in Bangladesh 14 Literature reviews: searching for the deep roots of geographical knowledge 15 Local trends, the current state and the future of geography
Sheikh Tawhidul Islam is Professor at the Department of Geography and Environment, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been working in areas of environment, disaster management and climate change impacts for the last two decades. He has led more than 40 research projects and gained valuable experiences on environment and the development of Bangladesh and the region.
Alak Paul is Professor at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. His research, focused mostly on marginalized people, uses qualitative methods and ‘grounded theory approaches’ in conducting research in the fields of human health and disease, environmental health and issues of man-made disaster events.