Director, Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Dr. Mahbuba Nasreen has been involved in research in the areas of theory, gender, disasters, climate change, education, social inclusion, indigenous community and humanitarian issues since late eighties.
Obtaining Master degree in Sociology from the University of Dhaka she has joined as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology (1988). She has received Commonwealth Scholarship for pursuing PhD Degree in New Zealand. Her dissertation topic Coping with Floods: the Experiences of Rural Women in Bangladesh (1995) is the pioneer PhD research within South Asia and has been widely used in the areas of disaster and gender issues. She became Professor in the Department of Sociology in 2005 at the University of Dhaka and later, as one of the two founders, she has been appointed as Director and Professor of the Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies at the same university in 2012. Dr. Nasreen has been honored with Mary Fran Myers Award, 2016, (Gender and Disaster Network), Natural Hazards Center, Colorado University (Boulder), USA for her three decade long contributions. She has participated in several national and global forums on humanitarian issues in Bangladesh, Tajikistan and finally as a panelist at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS, UN) at the Special Session in the academia category held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2016.