Prof. Dr. Abul Hossain | Green University of Bangladesh

Prof. Dr. Abul Hossain


Ph.D in Sociology, Dhaka University

M. Phil in Sociology, Dhaka University

M.A. in Sociology, Rajshahi University

B.A. (Hons) in sociology, Rajshahi University

01/2017 – 01/2023

Associate Professor (Chairman)

Sociology and Anthropology Department

Green University of Bangladesh.

01/2009 – 12/2012

Part-time Faculty (Associate Professor)

Development Studies

United International University, and

Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

01/2009 – 12/2016

Chief Executive

Development Link Foundation (DevLink), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

01/ 2004 – 12/2008

Senior Research Fellow

Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

01/1995 – 12/1999

Research Associate with Dr. Kirsten Westergaard, Dr. Kirsten Westergaard was the research Director of Centre for Development Research (CDR), Copenhagen, Denmark. Work involved research on micro-sociological and ethnographic studies, NGO governance, development and policy, local government, governance, and power relations.

01/1989 – 12/1994

Research Supervisor and Research Associate

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)

Dhaka, Bangladesh.


1.    Book: Revisiting the Local Power Structure in Bangladesh: Economic Gain, Political Pain? (a joint publication with David Lewis), Sida, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017.

2.  Book: Understanding the Local Power Structure in Rural Bangladesh (a joint publication with David Lewis), Sida, Stockholm, Sweden, 2008. 

3. Book: Boringram Revisited: From Agricultural Stagnation to Economic Growth, Changes in a Village in Bangladesh during the last Quarter of the 20th Century (Joint publication with Dr. Kirsten Westergaard), UPL, Dhaka, 2005.

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5.      Article: Local Political Consolidation in Bangladesh: Power, Informality and Patronage (a joint article with David Lewis), Development and Change, 2019.

6.      Article: Dealing with the Local Level Power Structure: Findings from a Qualitative Study of Three Villages in Greater Faridpur District (a joint article with David Lewis), Journal of Bangladesh Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1&2, 2019.

7.      Article: Dynamics of Local Government and Governance in the Context of Bangladesh (a joint article with Ahsan Habib), Green University Review of Social Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2018.

8.      Article: A Tale of Three Villages: Power, Difference and Locality in Rural Bangladesh (a joint article with David Lewis), Journal of South Asian Development, 3:1, SAGE, 2008.

9.      Article: ­Changing Local Rural Power Structure: The Elites and NGOs in Bangladesh, the Journal of Health Management, the special Issue on the Non-government sector Asian perspectives ,   Volume 8  Number 2, Sage publications ,  New Delhi , India, July – December,  2006.

10.  Article: ­ Local Government in Bangladesh(a joint article with KirstenWestergard), Sociologus, No. 2, Vol. 49, Berlin, Germany, (New Series 1999).

11.  Article: ­ The Green Revolution and the Growth of the Informal Sector in Bangladesh, (a joint article with Kirsten Westergard), The Journal of Social Studies, Dhaka, 1998.

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15.  Book Chapter: Boringram Revisited: How to Live Better on Less Land (a joint article with Kirsten Westergaard), in the book entitled BANGLADESH: Promise and Performance, edited by Rounaq Jahan, the University Press Limited, 2000.

16.  Book Chapter: Mapping Community Capacities, in the book entitledLocal Governance and Community Capacities (Hossain Zillur Rahman and S. Aminul Islam edited), UPL, Dhaka, 2002.

17.  Book Chapter: Mobilization for Khas Land: Two Experiences from Pabna, (a joint article with Kirsten Westergaard) in the book entitledBangladesh in the 1990s: Selected Studies, edited by Willem Van Schendel and Kirsten Westergaard, UPL, Dhaka, 1998.

18.  Book Chapter: Local Institutions in Bangladesh: An Analysis of Civil Society and Local Elections, an article jointly prepared with Dr. Kirsten Westergaard, in the book entitled ‘In the Name of the Poor.  Contesting Political Space for Poverty Reduction.’ Neil Webster and Lars Engberg- Pedersen (eds.) London and New York, Zed Books, 2002.

19.  Book Chapter: Rise of Industrial Hubs: 2 case studies, in the book entitled Bangladesh Urban Dynamics, edited by Hossain Zillur Rahman Published by PPRC, 2012.

20.  Book Chapter: Mobilization and Struggles of the Poor, in the book entitled Researching Poverty from the Bottom Up, edited by Hossain Zillur Rahman and KhondokerShakhawat Ali, Published by PPRC, 2007.

21.  Book Chapter: Beyond the Net? Institutions, Elites, and Changing Power Structure in Rural Bangladesh, (a joint article with David Lewis), in the book entitledLocal Democracy in South Asia: Micro-processes of Democratization in Nepal and its Neighbours, edited by David Gellner, Sage, Delhi, 2008.

22.  Book Chapter: Access to Justice: A Review of ADR Experiences (a joint article with S. Aminul Islam), in the book entitled Unbundling Governance, Bangladesh Governance Report, Published by PPRC, 2007.

23.  Book Chapter: NGOs and Elites in Changing Power Dynamics, in the book entitled Unbundling Governance, Bangladesh Governance Report, Published by PPRC, 2007.

24.  Report: Local Institutions and the Political Space: A Study on Political Dynamics inBangladesh (unpublished Ph.D. Thesis), 2004

25.  Seminar Paper: Context Analysis: Establishing Community Timelines, A paper on Qualitative Research Methodology presented at the national Methodology Workshop held in Dhaka, July 2004.

26.  Report: Livelihood in Charlands of Northwest Bangladesh: Analysis of Governance Issues and Institutional Arrangements, report prepared for DFID (B), 2000.

27.  Report: Reaching the Poorest of the Poor: Revising NGO Approaches and Strategies, (a report jointly prepared with Dr. Abdul Ghafur and Prof. Mesbah Kamal), report prepared for CARITAS Development Institute, Dhaka, 1999.

28.  Seminar Paper: The 1997 Union Parishad Election in Bangladesh: A Case Study of a Village in Bogra, paper presented at the ENBS Workshop in Bath, England, April 16-18, 1998.

29.  Seminar Paper: Local Governance in Boringram (a joint article with Kirsten Westergaard), paper presented for the LORPA Seminar at ISEC, Bangalore, November, 1997.

30.  Conference Paper: Boringram  – A Restudy of a Village in Northern Bangladesh: How to Live Better on Less Land, (a joint paper with Kirsten Westergaard), paper presented at the Conference on Columbia University, “Bangladesh at 25” New York, December, 5-7, 1996.

31.  Book Chapter: The Rights of Sharecroppers: A Case Study of Ranisankail, published on ‘Dinajpur: History and Traditions’, edited by Prof. Sarifuddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Itihas Samity, Dhaka, 1996.

32.  Report: Nationalism and Durkheim, a term paper submitted to Sociology Department as   Requirement of M. Phil, 1st Part, Dhaka University, Dhaka, 1994.

33.   Report: Anatomy of Water body Leasing System at the Haor Basin in Bangladesh, published by PPRC, 2009

34.  Report: Context study and actor mapping in the South Asian Region ,LogIn , SDC ,   Delhi, 2010

35.  Report: Bypass Roads and Growth of Towns:  A Study on the aspects   of planning, human settlement and town development in Bangladesh, VSO and NILG, 2011

36.  Book: Social Formation in Dhaka City , 1985-2005:   A Longitudinal  Study of Society in a Third World  Megacity  (a joint publication with Kamal Siddique et al), published by ASHGATE, London, 2011



Challenges of tourism and Capacity building of Bangladesh Tourist Police: A Critical analysis


Bangladesh Tourist Police


Role of Industrial Police in Maintaining Workplace Environment and Industrial Growth: An Empirical Analysis”.

Bangladesh Industrial Police


Current Investigation tools and its competitive strength: Bangladesh Police Perspective

Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI)


Strategic Role of Tourist Police in Promoting Tourism in Bangladesh: Challenges and Opportunities.

Bangladesh Tourist Police


Impact Evaluation of SOLAR Project CDA Dinajpur

Bread for the World (BftW), Germany


Ex-Post Evaluation of four completed Micro-Credit-Projects in  Bangladesh

DLB, Germany


Road accident and Safety  Study,  as  a political economist

World Bank


Proposed Pro-poor Slums Integration project , Social specialist

World Bank


Ex-post Evaluation of “Integrated Credit Project with Pre-School Education, Health Service and Arsenic Mitigation, Madaripur (ICP Madaripur Project)”

DLB, Germany


‘A Review the Local government Acts / Ordinance and relevant policies and legal framework related to child migration and recommendations on how to adjust the ordinance and implement the policies and plans of actions’.

Save the Children International (SCI)


Governance Trends  Study

PPRC, Dhaka


Shrimp farmer’s need assessment and Curriculum Development for Staff in Khulna division Value Chain and Agribusiness.

USAID/PRICE/ World Fish Center


Ex-post Evaluation of “Self-sustained Development for Rural Women, Mollahat Upazila, Bagerhat (SDRW)”

DLB, Germany


Ex-post Evaluation of “People’s Initiative for Sustainable Development of the Poor Families in Rural Area of Delduar (PISDP), Tangail”

DLB, Germany


Rapid Assessment of Slums in Chittagong: Understanding and Identifying the Slums.


World Bank


Understanding of the De-facto situation to Support the Social Aspects of the LIC component.

World Bank


Water Logging  and  plights of people in  Jessore district  of  Bangladesh



Co-ordination of Power and Authority of Upazila Chairmen and Members of Parliament (MPs): Problems and Prospects



Political Economy study of the Energy Sector in Bangladesh (National consultant)

IFC and World Bank


Ex-post Evaluation of “Credit Programme for Poorest Families in Tangail (CPPFT)

DLB, Germany


Qualitative Study on Four Union Parishsds

World Bank


Bangladesh Water body Leasing system in Haor Basin (A policy Research

 Concern Worldwide


Context study and actor mapping in the South Asian Region

Swedish Development Cooperation (SDC)


External Review and Curriculum Development on Safety Nets, PROLOG, Policy Reform on Local Governance

World Bank Executed Trust Fund


Economic Study on Footprint Estimate



Research on the “Expert Capabilities of the Poor

World Bank


The Institutional Landscape for Urban Service Delivery



Bypass Roads and Growth of Towns:   A selected case study on the aspects   of planning,   human settlement and town   development in Bangladesh



PROLOG, Policy Reform on Local Governance

World Bank


Land Acquisition Footprints – An Investigative Study



Overview of Decentralization and Local Governance in Bangladesh – actor mapping

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


Governance and Development at the Union Parishad Level – A Comparative Study



Mid Term Review (MTR) of the Project titled ‘An Alternative Programmatic Intervention to Develop Grassroots Women Leadership in Union Parishads’ implemented by Rupantar

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)


Operational Risk Assessment (ORA) for Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) in Bangladesh

World Bank


Information flows at Local Government Level in Bangladesh: A Scoping Study



Political-Economy Analyses of two Key Industry Sectors (Bus and Brick) in Dhaka



An Operational Risk Assessment of the Bangladesh Economic Processing Zone Program and Relevant Private Sector and GOB



Management of Water bodies and policies



Political Economy and Institutional Arrangements of IWT: Some Issues and Analysis

World Bank


Operational Risk Assessment of Roads and Highways Department (RHD), Bangladesh – A political economy study

World Bank


Qualitative study on political participation and gender norms in Bangladesh

World Bank

Works of Dr. Abul Hossain during the Pandemic exposure by COVID-19

The year 2020 had been a year of anguish, despair and uncertainty. The unforeseen effect of the novel Coronavirus has challenged humanity to a great extent and the world seemed to have been stirred by the shock. However, in this time of pandemic, some people have been relentless in spreading awareness, presenting facts, challenging the misconception about the virus and discussing various topics in the social and mainstream media regarding Covid-19 and its impact on the society and the world.


Dr. Abul Hossain, Associate Professor & Chairperson, Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology, Green University of Bangladesh is amongst those voices that have been diligently active during this stressful time. He has spoken about the impacts of Covid-19 on people’s personal and social life, on the society and the state and how it has affected life in general. He has discussed, from the point of view of a Sociologist, about how the social stigma caused difficulties for the people affected by the Coronavirus, how violence against women has been increased amidst lockdown, how to overcome the loss of education and how the overall lifestyle has been impacted due to the lockdown and so on. He has appeared on Clio Television, as well as on various Facebook live sessions arranged by Daily Shatkhira Live and Green University of Bangladesh. His article on Local government and Election and Rural power structure have also been published by online and print media.



1.                   Video link:

Topic: COVID-19 : Impacts on Social Relations and Social Networks

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Topic: Corona Virus & Social Stigma: Bangladesh Context

3.                   Video link:

Topic: Rumour Encompassing COVID-19: Impact on Society and State

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Topic: HSC and Equivalent 2020: examination and Analysis

5.                   Video Link:

Topic:  Society and Culture – Past and present

6.                   Video Link:

Topic: Covid19 – Partial Lockdown: Withdrawal or Extension

7.                   Video Link:

Topic: Violence against women: Analysis of recent trends

8.                   Video Link:

Topic:  Governance and corruption

9.                   Video Link:

Topic: Lockdown and social crisis

10.               Video Link:        

Topic: How to overcome the loss of education?

11.               Article LINK:

Topic: Rural power structure

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Topic: Local government and Election