Details Profile of Researchers in BIISS

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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 recently accomplished her PhD under the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Razia’s PhD research interest is on issues of urban green infrastructure (UGI) technologies titled ‘Greening the Slums: Urban Green Infrastructure in Dhaka, Bangladesh’. Razia’s academic background is also anchored in International Relations and Population Sciences with a solid theoretical and empirical understanding of the disciplines. 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 the 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 that make her keen to undertake research in various sub-fields such as environment, migration, urbanization, urban greening, and ecosystem that is of interest to her. Razia, has participated in various development projects both individual and collaborative and presented scholarly research in 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

  • International affairs
  • Development at micro and macro levels,
  • Environment, climate change and ecosystem services
  • Urbanization and urban green technology
  • Migration and human security


BIISS Journal

  • 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. (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. (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. and Ishtiaque S. (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:

o    Thesis Name : Greening the Slums: Urban Green Infrastructure in Dhaka, Bangladesh
    Conducted for: University of Wollongong, Australia, Year: 2020

o    Thesis Name: Mal-urbanization and Human Security: A Case Study in Dhaka City
    Conducted for: University of Queensland, Australia, Year: 2009    

o    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

o    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:

o Position: Team Member
Project Name: India-China Competition and the Evolving Dynamics of South Asia: Imperatives for Bangladesh Foreign Policy
Funded by: Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Dhaka
Year: August 2020 - Present


Paper Presentation

Academic Awards and 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.