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Dr. Razia Sultana
Senior Research Fellow

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Razia Sultana is currently working at Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) as a core Senior Research Fellow. Razia has accomplished her PhD under the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Further attainment to her academic achievement is added with the securing of an Advanced Master’s degree in Development Practices from the University of Queensland, Australia. Razia unfalteringly exhibited her utmost sincerity and a keen interest in research works of multi-fold nature. In her capacity as a Senior Research Fellow at BIISS, Razia looks into foreign policy and non-traditional security issues in world affairs especially in South Asia. In addition, in many of her research works, she has amply demonstrated her research skill and tact which makes her keen to undertake research in various sub-fields such as security, foreign policy, environment, migration, urbanization, urban greening, and ecosystem which is of interest to her. Razia, has participated in various development projects both individual and collaborative and presented scholarly research at many national and international conferences. She has quite a good number of publications to her credit in academic journals both at home and abroad.

Areas of Expertise

• Bangladesh and international affairs (foreign policy, diplomacy and others) • Development at micro and macro levels, • Environment and ecosystem services • Urbanization and urban green technology (UGI) • Migration and human security


Publications Journal Sultana R (2023), Use of Soft Power in Diplomacy in a Changing Global Scenario: Bangladesh in Perspective, BIISS Journal, Vol. 44, No. 02, pp. 209-226. Sultana R (2022), Grassroots Innovation for Urban Greening within a Governance Vacuum by Slumdwellers in Dhaka, Sustainability, Vol.14, No.18, pp.11631 Sultana R (2021), Applying the SDG11 as a Move Forward to the MDG Agenda: To What Extent Does the Goal Reflect on Dhaka’s Urban Poor in the Era of Covid-19? BIISS Journal, Vol.42, No.1, pp. 55-74. Sultana R 2021 (Seminar Paper), Valuing Green Infrastructure Connecting People and Nature: An Approach for South Asia and Bangladesh in Particular for Urban Resilience, Presented the Paper for Asiatic Society, 28 February, 2021. Sultana R. (Co-authored) (2020), Urban greening and mobility justice in Dhaka’s informal settlements, Mobilities, available at Sultana, R (Co-authored) (2018), Sleeper cells for urban green infrastructure: Harnessing latent competences in greening Dhaka’s slums, Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Vol.40, pp.93-104. Sultana, R. (2013) Good Urban Governance in Managing Urban Security: The Developing Country Context, BIISS Journal, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 52-67. Sultana, R. (2012) Whether Decentralisation of Local Government is a Good Path towards Bangladesh? Evidence from Bangladesh, BIISS Journal, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 199-217. Sultana R (2012) Development of China and Indian Ocean Economies, Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 1 & 2, (June and December ), 2012, pp.109-122. Sultana, R. (2011) Political Turmoil in the Middle East: An Overview, BIISS Journal, Vol. 32, No.2, pp.130-147. Sultana, R. (2011) The 66th United Nations General Assembly Session and the Role of Bangladesh: An Evaluation, BIISS Journal, Vol. 32, No.4, pp.327-342. Sultana R. (2010) Climate Change, Gender, and Migration: The Vulnerabilities and Insecurities of Women in Southern Part of Bangladesh, Bi-Annual Journal of South Asian Studies Centre, Vol. 45, No.1, pp. 22-45. Sultana, R. (2010) Unplanned Rapid Urbanization in Bangladesh: A Threat to Human Security, BIISS Journal, Vol.31, No. 3, pp. 240-266. Sultana, R. (2010) Iran’s Nuclear Programme: Implications for Regional and Global Security, BIISS Journal, Vol. 31, No.4, pp.401-423. Sultana, R. (2009) Millennium Development Goals: An Evaluation, BIISS Journal, Vol. 30, No.3, pp. 271-295. Sultana, R. (2008) Quest for Energy Security in Bangladesh: Challenges and Prospects, BIISS Journal, Vol. 29, No.1, pp.64-89 Sultana, R. (2008) (Co-authored) Non-State Actor in the Middle East Peace Process and Involvement of Hezbollah in the 2006 Lebanon Crisis, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Vol. 53, No.2, pp.177-198. Sultana, R. (2007) Expansion of SAARC: Implications for South Asia, BIISS Journal, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 140-162. Book Chapters Sultana R 2022 (Co-authored), Glimpses on Bangladesh: A Country of Hope, Love, Courage and Resilience, Nymphea Publications, Dhaka. Sultana R 2021, Urban Green Infrastructure: An Approach for South Asia for Urban Resilience, Dr. M. Z. A Khan and Dr. Sunil Kumar Verma (eds.), Environment and Unsustainable Urban Life, (Vol.6), Sharp Digital Prints Pvt Ltd, Naraina, Delhi, India. Sultana, R. (2015) Migration Policy at SAARC Level: Need, Objectivity, and Issues, in Vinod K. Bhardwaj, Nandkumar N. Sawant (eds.), Human Migration in South Asia: Prospects and Constraints, New Delhi: G.B. Book Publishers. Sultana, R. (Co-authored) (2014) Bangladesh India Border Management: Migration Issues, in Vinod K. Bhardwaj & Nandkumar N. Sawant (eds.), Borders in South Asia: Interlinkages and Challenges, New Delhi: G.B. Book Publishers. Sultana, R. (Co-authored) (2014) Combating Human Trafficking: Bangladesh’s Experience and Challenges, Vinod K. Bhardwaj and Sherap Bhutia (eds.), Human Trafficking in South Asia, New Delhi: G.B. Book Publishers. Sultana, R. (2009) (Co-authored) Foreign Policy of Bangladesh: Reflection on Some Crucial Challenges, Dhaka

Research projects

Individual Academic Research Report • Thesis Name: Greening the Slums: Urban Green Infrastructure in Dhaka, Bangladesh Conducted for: University of Wollongong, Australia Year: 2020 • Thesis Name: Mal-urbanization and Human Security: A Case Study in Dhaka City Conducted for: University of Queensland, Australia Year: 2009 • Thesis Name: Awareness of HIV/AIDS Among the Urban Poor: A Case Study in Dhaka City Conducted for: Economic Research Division, Government of Bangladesh Year: 2006 • Thesis Name: Reproductive Health Behavior of Urban Poor: A Case Study on Urban Primary Health Care Project (UPHCP) in Dhaka City Conducted for: University of Dhaka Year: 2003 Ongoing Research Project Project Name: Assessing Security Development Nexus: A Lesson Learned from Padma Multipurpose Bridge Funded by: Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Dhaka Year: August 2022- Present Project Name: Look Africa: Exploring New Horizons Assessing Security Development Nexus: A Lesson Learned from Padma Multipurpose Bridge Year: November 2022- Present

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Academic Awards and Achievements

Academic Achievements 2017: Global Challenges Travel Scholarship Award, University of Wollongong, Australia 2015-2019: University Postgraduate Award (UPA), University of Wollongong, Australia 2015-2019: International Postgraduate Tuition Award (IPTA), University of Wollongong, Australia 2008-2009: AusAID Scholarship, University of Queensland, Australia Grant and Fellowship 2018: Grant from NCCARF for presenting individual work on climate change adaptation, Melbourne, Australia. 2006: Obtained fellowship for conducting research for six months on ‘Awareness of HIV/AIDS among the Urban Poor: A Case Study in Dhaka City’, Economic Relations Division, Government of Bangladesh.