BiographyDr Mohammad Tarikul Islam is a Professor of Government and Politics at the Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh. In South Asia, he is highly regarded as an emerging political scientist. Prior to joining the University in 2014, Dr Islam worked with the United Nations Development Programme Bangladesh for a period of seven years. During these roles and during brief missions at UNDP country offices in Indonesia, Nepal and China, Professor Islam gained hands-on experiences that continue to inform his research and teaching. He has made significant contributions to his fields through scholarship and research that is shaping the future of his respective professions.
Dr Islam is a regular contributor to the South Asia Blog of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Oxford Political Review, SOAS Blog and the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He has a good number of publications to his credit mostly appearing in international outlets (Routledge, Elsevier, Cambridge, SAGE, Oxford and Springer). His edited volume ‘Human Security, Peace and Development: South Asian Perspective’ published in India, has gained significant scholarly reviews. He has delivered lectures, seminars and workshops at Cambridge, LSE, SOAS, Oxford and different universities in China, India, Indonesia and Nepal.
Professor Islam also acts as a Research Guide to different courses (Senior Staff Course-SSC and Advanced Corse for Administration and Development-ACAD) at Bangladesh Public Administration Training Centre. He is recently engaged by the National Defence College (NDC) to participate in its academic affairs as an Expert. His articles regularly appear in some of the leading English dailies of South Asia such as the Daily Star, the Daily Independent, the Financial Express, the Business Standard, the South Asia Monitor and the Khabarhub (Nepal). His forthcoming book is ‘Local Government in Bangladesh: Contemporary Issues and Challenges to be published by Routledge. His other important book ‘Disaster, Governance and Development: Bangladesh Perspective’ is recently published by Springer Nature.
Professor Islam is currently co-editing a book "COVID-19 in South Asia: Its Impact on Society, Economics and Politics" with two young scholars from the University of Oxford and the University of Leeds, to be published by Routledge. The ‘Higher Education Digest’ one of the most popular global higher education magazines publishes from Bangalore, Dubai and London simultaneously, had featured Dr Islam as the most promising young scholar of Asia in 2020.
Professor Islam is perhaps the rare academic with a PhD from Bangladesh who has been affiliated with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of London in different prestigious capacities (Visiting Scholar, Post Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Research Fellow). Dr Islam is recently named a Visiting Scholar (Post-Doctoral Researcher) at Harvard University. His fellowship begins early next year (2024).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Local Government, Human Security, Sustainable Development, Foreign Relations of Bangladesh, Climate Diplomacy, Politics of Migration and Disaster Management