Professor Mohammad Jasim Uddin
Department of Sociology
Shah Jalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh.

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Educational Qualifications

PhD, University of Helsinki
Master of Development Studies, University of Uppsala
BSS (Hons) & MSS in Sociology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

I trained at three different universities: University of Helsinki, University of Uppsala, and University of Dhaka. I have been serving as a public university teacher since December 1998. I served as a lecturer in sociology at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh before joining as a faculty in the department of sociology at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet, Bangladesh in April 2001. I was appointed as a professor of the same department in November 17, 2013. I recently completed my tenure (June 8, 2015 to June 7, 2018) as the head of the department of sociology. I was a member of the Academic Council, Board of Advanced Studies, and IQAC Self-Assessment Committee during my span as head of department. I am also now a member of the Board of Governance of Institute of Modern Languages, SUST.

Teaching Interests

My area of teaching includes courses on undergraduate and graduate levels. Much of my teaching is closely connected with my research interests. I teach on State, Civil Society and Development (graduate level); Advanced Research Methodology (graduate level); Sociology of Development and Underdevelopment; Qualitative Research Methods; Social Demography; Social Statistics; Rural Sociology; and Introductory Sociology (undergraduate level).

Research Interests

My research bridges the fields of sociology, gender, development and underdevelopment. My work demonstrates the importance of understanding of neoliberal development policies and practice at the intersections of class, caste and gender in everyday social relations in rural and urban spheres, and in the global dynamics of knowledge generation. I have carried out both quantitative and qualitative-ethnographic fieldwork both in rural and urban Bangladesh.

Five broad foci of my current research are:

  •   Postcolonial state, social capital, and civil society
  •   Gender politics of development and underdevelopment
  •   Environmental displacement and vulnerability
  •   Migration, modernity and alienation
  •   Study of South Asian societies

My doctoral research, carried out during 2008-2013, attempted to grasp and to understand how microcredit relates to the social, cultural and economic processes affecting the lives of women and their household in rural Bangladesh, and resulted in my book The Micro-politics of Microcredit: Gender and Neoliberal Development in Bangladesh (Routledge, 20015).

I also conducted research on female sex workers; internal migration, modernity and alienation of the slum dwellers; fertility behavior; and patient satisfaction with health care services in Bangladesh. I have published articles in such peer review journals as Journal of Contemporary South Asia; Hong Kong Journal of Social Work; Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society; Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies; Asian Affairs; Asian Social Sciences; and BARD Palli Unnyan Journal.

At present I am working as a senior researcher at an Academy of Finland funded project Sustainable Livelihoods and Politics at the Margins: Environmental Displacement in South Asia under the supervision of Professor Sirpa Tenhunen of Helsinki University.

I am interested in supervising Master’s, M.Phil. and PhD students working on issues of poverty, development, and its moral economies, corruption, social capital and civil society, climatic displacement and vulnerabilities.


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