Afroja Khanam

Sunday October 04, 2015

 

afroja-khanam

 

Afroja Khanam

GESA 2015  |  Bangladesh  |  Political Scientist

 

Through my research, I would like to contribute in societal and political arenas to “give voice” to people whose lives climate change concretely affect, and who are not often heard in political decision-making.

I am a doctoral student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland and assistant professor of political science at the Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am also a Finnish Cultural Foundation Research Fellow at the University of Lapland. I studied political science at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh, Bachelor of Laws at Northern University Bangladesh.

My primary research interests include voluntary and involuntary migration including trafficking, development, human rights; politics and elections. I have worked in various research projects and presented papers in national and international workshops, conferences and seminars in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Belgium and Finland.

I am currently on study leave to pursue my PhD studies. My research aims to study forced migration and displacement in Bangladesh, focusing particularly on development and climate change induced migration and displacement. The purpose is to produce new empirical and theoretical knowledge on different dynamics of and power relations related to forced migration and displacement in the context of development and climate change while also investigating causes of forced migration and its social, cultural and political impacts in detail. In regard to climate change, the research will concentrate on the coastal regional context of Bangladesh. When exploring the development-migration dynamics, the research focuses on urban regions, especially the Dhaka area.

By analyzing power relations, dynamics and linkages between forced migration, development and climate change, the study contributes not only to theoretical debate but also to socio-political discussions on forced migration in developing countries such as Bangladesh. Moreover, by studying individuals, groups and organizations engaged in the migration process through ethnographic and participatory research methodology, the research aims to produce new knowledge on social, political and cultural impacts of forced migration from the perspective of those affected.

Char Batia is a small village in the Bogra district in Bangladesh where inhabitants have been forced to migrate on multiple occasions due to river erosion.

Char Batia is a small village in the Bogra district in Bangladesh where inhabitants have been forced to migrate on multiple occasions due to river erosion.

Although the Char is not safe in many aspects, the community can still raise cows. They do not want to leave this area as their livelihood is intact.

Although the Char is not safe in many aspects, the community can still raise cows. They do not want to leave this area as their livelihood is intact.

Cattle is used to transport large amounts of goods; no other mode of transportation exists.

Cattle are used to transport large amounts of goods; no other mode of transportation exists.

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