Dr.Mohammed Moniruzzaman Khan
Department of Sociology

Biography of Dr.Mohammed Moniruzzaman Khan

Mohammed Moniruzzaman Khan, Ph.D


Email: mmk@soc.jnu.ac.bd and zontu75@yahoo.com

Biographical Note:

Dr. Mohammed Moniruzzaman Khan has been involved in academia and research in the areas of disaster, gender, environment, climate change, globalization, women empowerment, development of agency, consumption, social exclusion, indigenous community and other areas of social development and social sciences since late nineties. He joined as lecturer in the Department of Sociology in 2008 and got promoted as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor with and for excellence in academia and research in 2010, 20016 and 2020 consecutively in the same department. After obtaining BSS and MSS in Sociology from the University of Dhaka Dr. Khan has achieved his 2nd Masters (Master of Science in Sociology) Degree from London School of Economics and Political science (LSE), London, UK.  Then he has achieved his Ph. D from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University Canterbury, New Zealand which further developed and enriched his research, academic and professional experience and knowledge. His dissertation for Ph. D research was “Disaster and Women: The Wave of Change in the Position and Status of Women in the Coastal Bangladesh” which is one of the pioneer Ph. D research in the context of  disaster prone coastal Bangladesh and has been highly appreciated by the reviewers and examiners. After Professor Nasreen (the first woman in Bangladesh attained Ph. D research since mid-90s and arguing that women are agent of change and contributors as well as internationally recognized disaster expert) Mr. Khan’s Ph.D research is the only research that addresses disaster from gender perspectives and also argued there are changes in the role and status of coastal women. He has participated and contributed as young researcher and potential disaster experts from Bangladesh in different international and national seminar, conference, workshop, symposium etc. Dr. Khan has a large number of publications in national and international books, journals and periodicals.

Research Interest: 

Vulnerabilities to disaster are not equally distributed all over the world because of variations in economy, culture, development processes, settlement processes, politics, resource management etc. which is certainly putting an increasing group of people at higher risk than others. Experience of environmental hazards and risks of catastrophic disaster are shaped by elements of social structures including class, religion, age, physical ability and gender. Different social groups and different individuals carry disproportionate ‘vulnerability bundles’. For example, women are the most at risk when hazardous conditions unfold in disastrous events such as cyclones. And gender in this regard is a pervasive division taking access to social and economic resources away from women.

  • How do disaster, women and vulnerability function in disastrous times in the coastal area in Bangladesh?

  • What are the local practices that are causing disproportionate vulnerability for women?

These are two of many research questions that disaster researcher Dr. Mohammed Moniruzzaman Khan, Associate Professor has focused on in his research work ‘disaster and gender’ in the rural area in Bangladesh.

Disaster has obvious and devastating effects on the people whose everyday lives they touch. But what is the nature of impact and how does it differ for men and women? These questions led Dr Khan to explore in-depth on some other question such as:

  • Is only gender matter or something else make the women disproportionately vulnerable?

  • How do unequal access and entitlements to resources impact women in vulnerable situations?

  • How does involvement and participation of women/women reduce vulnerability, develop agency and empower women?

  • How are GO and NGOs interventions contributing in reducing vulnerability and mainstreaming women with decision making process?

  • Are there any changes in local practices, cultural context, lifestyle, livelihood options, participation with decision making process for women in facing disaster?

Taking teaching and research as career with an expertise on ‘disaster, gender and environment’ Dr. Khan’s one and only mission and vision is to ‘empower and develop agency of women’ in DRR institutionally through sustainable development in the most disaster prone coastal area and for most vulnerable people which will ultimately assist the government to achieve SDG.

 Research Interest/Expertise at a Glance: Disaster, Gender, Environment, Climate Change, Globalization, Women Empowerment, Development of Agency of Women, Consumption, Social Class, Indigenous Community