BiographyDr Raqib Chowdhury taught English literature at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 1997 to 2004 as Lecturer and Assistant Professor, and then joined the Monash Faculty of Education upon completing his PhD here in 2008.
He holds a Bachelor's degree in English, a Master's degree in English Literature and a Master's degree in Education (TESOL). In his doctoral thesis he investigated how vested interest groups - such as universities and governments - construct and understand the term 'international' to establish the so-called 'needs' of international students in Australia and how such understanding is promoted for largely implicit commercial and hegemonic reasons. He is author of Desiring TESOL and International Education: Market Abuse and Exploitation (Multilingual Matters, 2014) and has published widely in the areas of TESOL and ELT, culture and pedagogy, English teacher education, international education, social justice and identity. Raqib has been invited as Keynote Speaker at three international conferences and he delivers seminars and workshops overseas on a regular basis.
His latest edited books are Engaging in Educational Research: Revisiting Policy and Practice in Bangladesh (Springer, 2018), Equity, Identity and Social Justice in Asia Pacific Education (Monash University Publishing, 2019), and Transformation and Empowerment through Education: Reconstructing Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2019). He is currently co-authoring a monograph entitled The Privatisation of Higher Education in Postcolonial Bangladesh: The Politics of Intervention and Control (Routledge, 2019 - upcoming).
Raqib received two Monash University Vice-Chancellor's Social Inclusion Awards in 2010 (Winner) and 2011 (Commendation), as well as the Dean's Award for Programs That Enhance Learning in 2012. In 2003 he won the Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Publication in the Faculty of Arts, Dhaka University, where he was teaching at the time.
Raqib is currently supervising 8 doctoral candidates and is involved in a number of collaborative research projects, including one that seeks to facilitate research capacity building for academics and English language teacher educators in Vietnam through a partnership project.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
• Culture and Pedagogy
• Education and Social Justice
• English as an International Language
• English Teacher Education
• International Education and International Students
• Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
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