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Palash kamruzzaman usw2

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PhD (Sociology and Social Policy)
MSS (Anthropology), First Class
BSS (Hon.) (Anthropology), First Class


I come from a multi-disciplinary background combining degrees in Anthropology; Sociology and Social Policy. Before joining the University of South Wales, I worked at the University of Bath, University of Leicester, Nottingham University, the University of Liverpool, and Independent University, Bangladesh.

One of my current research projects focuses on expertise in development policies and aid ethnographies. I argue that there is a gap in the existing scholarship as very little is known about the creative roles, agency, and interests of experts from the global South (a group I describe as National Development Experts). I also lead a British Academy funded inter-disciplinary research project that aims to explore the experience of violence and loss of dignity among the forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh and Internally Displaced People in Afghanistan. My other research interests are approaches to development, participation in policy-making, international aid and conditionalities, civil society, and extreme poverty.

I welcome PhD enquiries and applications in the above and cognate areas.


I have over seventeen years of research experience in the areas of international development and aid; participation in policy-making; civil society; global poverty and measurement of extreme poverty, education; counter-terrorism; and expertise in policy-making. I also have nine years of teaching experience in International Development, Sociology, Anthropology, and Politics in four British and one Bangladeshi universities. This has allowed me to undertake individual and collaborative research involving extensive field experience; carry out consultancy work for NGOs; publish research findings as academic and policy orientated outputs; bidding for research grants; make public presentations and media interviews.


Director, Centre for Social Policy, University of South Wales, UK


Kamruzzaman, P. (ed.) (2019), Civil Society in the Global South, Oxon: Routledge

Kamruzzaman, P., 2015. Dollarisation of Poverty:Rethinking Poverty Beyond 2015. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kamruzzaman, P., 2014. Poverty Reduction Strategy in Bangladesh:Re-thinking Participation in Policy-Making. Bristol: Policy Press

Book Chapters:
Kamruzzaman, P. (2019), Introduction – Civil Society in the Global South, in P. Kamruzzaman (ed.), Civil Society in the Global South, London: Routledge, pp. 1 – 24

Kamruzzaman, P. and White, S. C. (2018), Empowerment and Community Participation, In Callan, H. (eds.), International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology, London: Wiley-Blackwell

Mythen, G. and Kamruzzaman, P., 2010. Counter-terrorism and community relations : Anticipatory risk, regulation and justice. In: Quirk, H., Seddon, T. and Smith, G., eds. Regulation and Criminal Justice: Innovations in Policy and Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 211-234.

Journal Articles:
Kamruzzaman, P. (2020), Exploring the nexus between participation and empowerment, Journal of Development Policy and Practice, Vol./Issue tbc, pp. tbc

Kamruzzaman, P. (2019), Who pays the price for development? Evidence from selected videos, Visual Studies, Vol. 34, Issue, 2, pp. 119 – 135

Olawoore, B. and Kamruzzaman, P. (2019), NGOs, Partnership and Accountability – A Case Study of ActionAid and Its Local NGO Partners in Nigeria, Forum for Development Studies, Vol. 46, Issue 3, pp. 451 – 471

Kamruzzaman, P. and Cooper, S. J. G. (2018), Contrasting Political and Techno-Economic Perspectives on Energy Policies in Bangladesh, Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, Vol.19 No.3/4, pp.198 – 218

Kamruzzaman, P., 2017. Understanding the role of national development experts in development ethnography. Development Policy Review, 35 (1), pp. 39-63.

Tantua, B. and Kamruzzaman, P., 2016. Revisiting ‘Militancy’: Examining Niger Delta. Review of African Political Economy [Online]

Kamruzzaman, P., 2016. A Critical Note On Poverty Eradication Target Of Sustainable Development Goals. European Journal of Sustainable Development, 5 (2), pp. 87-110.

Kamruzzaman, P., 2013. Civil society or ‘comprador class’, participation or parroting?. Progress in Development Studies, 13 (1), pp. 31-49.

Kamruzzaman, P., 2009. Poverty reduction strategy papers and the rhetoric of participation. Development in Practice, 19 (1), pp. 61-71.

Roberts, K., Kamruzzaman, P. and Tholen, J., 2009. Young people’s education to work transitions and the inter-generational social mobility in post-Soviet Central Asia. Young, 17 (1), pp. 59-80.

Kamruzzaman, P., 2008. Re-visiting the role of primary education programmes to help reduce child poverty in Bangladesh. Journal of Social Studies, 118, pp. 1-19.

Kamruzzaman, P., 2006. Civil society participation in the development of Bangladesh’s PRSP. Journal of Social Studies, 112, pp. 1-27.

Kamruzzaman, P., 2006. Hierarchical approach glossed over again. Development and Cooperation (D+C), 33 (7).

Kamruzzaman, P. and Iles, M., 2003. Socio-economic factors influencing farmer adoption of pheromones in the integrated pest management of yellow stem borer (YSB) in Rice in Bangladesh. Syngenta/NRI/BRRI Rice Pheromone Project.

Non-Academic Press:
Kabir, E. and Kamruzzaman, P. (2020), Frozen repatriation, Development and Cooperation (D+C), e-Paper no. 2020/03

Kamruzzaman, P. and Kabir, E. (2019), Rohingya refugees: focusing only on their return home ignores the crime and health crises in Bangladesh’s camps, The Conversation, 20 June

Kamruzzaman, P. 2017. Bangladesh’s painful journey to democracy is still far from over, The Conversation, 11 August

Kamruzzaman, P. 2016. Industrial accidents are another symptom of an unequal society, The Conversation, 21 September

Kamruzzaman, P. 2015, Is Bangladesh Descending into Lawlessness, The Conversation, 30 November

Kamruzzaman, P. 2015. ‘Finding the People’ in Bangladesh’s Democracy, Centre for Development Studies (CDS) Blog, CDS, University of Bath

Kamruzzaman, P. 2009. ‘The Poverty of Poverty Reduction Strategies’, The Daily Star (Bangladesh)

Kamruzzaman, P. 2008. ‘Relief mission?’, Socialist Review, Vol. 321, pp. 10-11

Kamruzzaman, P. 2005. ‘MDGs and poverty reduction’, The Daily Star (Bangladesh)


Member, Academic Board, The University of South Wales, UK

Member, Faculty Research Programme Committee, Faculty of Business and Society (FBS), The University of South Wales, UK

Member, Faculty Research Committee, Faculty of Business and Society (FBS), The University of South Wales, UK


Conference Presentations and Public Talks (selected):
Dollarising Extreme Poverty: Linking a Bangladesh Case with Target 1/Goal 1 of Sustainable Development Goals, Keynote speaker for Essex Business School Seminar Series, University of Essex, 2017.

Convenor for the Panel ‘Bangladesh’s Journey from ‘Basket Case’ to ‘New Emerging Economy’’, British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 2017.

Sticking with Dollarised Poverty – A Critical Note on Goal-1/Target-1 of Sustainable Development Goals, Keynote speaker for DSG Seminar Series, University of Portsmouth, 2016.

Convenor for the Panel ‘Understanding the Role of National Experts in South Asian Development’, British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS) Annual Conference, University of Cambridge, 2016.

Convenor for the Panel ‘Understanding the Role of National Experts in Global Political Economy’ 24th World Congress of Political Science, International Political Science Association (IPSA), 2016.

Understanding the Role of National ‘Experts’ in Development, Paper presented at the EADI conference on ‘Rethinking Development Research – the post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals’, University of East London, UK, 2015.

Lead discussant about the film ‘Powerless’, Pop Up Docs, Eastern Eye, Bath, UK, 2015.

‘Bangladesh: A journey from “international basket case” to a “success story” -rethinking the role of international community’, Keynote Speaker, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI), Bath, UK, 2015.

‘People’s Participation in Bangladesh’s Democracy’, Invited Panel Speaker, the House of Lords, UK, 2014.

‘Dollarisation of Poverty: Understanding the Politics of Poverty Reduction’ Presented keynote paper at SLASS (IUB) Research Seminar, Bangladesh, 2011.

‘Civil Society or ‘Comprador Class’, Participation or Parroting?’, Keynote speaker at Development Research Seminar, University of East Anglia, UK, 2010.

‘Issues in comparative research in developing societies’, Keynote speaker at the post-graduate research seminar, University of Liverpool, UK, 2009.

‘Who cares about participation? All is needed another piece of paper to continue debts and loans’, Paper presented at the annual conference of (RC 19) International Sociological Association (ISA), University of Florence, Italy, 2007.

‘Civil society participation in the development of Bangladesh’s PRSP’, Paper presented at the annual conference of the British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS), University of London, UK, 2006.

Media Appearance:
Bangladesh Crack Down on Militants, ABC News (Australia)

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