Jagannath University (JnU) as a govt. financed full pledged public university of Bangladesh is situated in the old Dhaka. This prestigious educational establishment has a history of about 156 years which started in 1858 as school and was upgrade as college in 1884. Jagannath College into the Jagannath University in 2005. Department of Geography and Environment is one of the oldest departments of Jagannath University as well as Bangladesh.
Geography as a subject was first introduced in Jagannath University (Former Jagannath College) at the degree level and MA level in the years of 1953-54 and 1972-73 respectively and continued as honors course from 1976. Apart from academic training the Department of Geography and Environment is contributing significantly with 20 dedicated faculties to the national and international scientific community through a wide spectrum of scientific studies and research.
Keeping in harmony with the long drawn glorious history of the Jagannath University, the Department of Geography and Environment has earned a golden past with remarkable present contributing to the nation through different tiers of activities and programmes. The main task of this department is to facilitate students to understand the practical problems and issues of the society and environment and train them on the solution through an integrated theoretical and practical approach. The RS-GIS lab of the department is aided with modern spatial tools e.g. Remote Sensing and GIS to help facilitate students, teachers and researchers to draw solution to the spatial problem through geospatial analysis, database preparation and visualization. Besides, the Department has environment lab offering various opportunities to explore and analyse various environmental problems through environmental analysis and recommending solutions.
Professor Mohammad Abdul Quader, Ph.D.
Professor Mohammad Abdul Quader works on the interaction of the human and nature targeting disaster risk reduction. He uses both qualitative and quantitative techniques in his research with extensive advanced use of geospatial techniques. He received B. Sc. Honors and M.S. in Geography and Environment from Dhaka University in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Later he has completed his second M.S. in Physical Land Resource Engineering in Ghent University and VUB, Belgium in 2013. He also obtained a PhD degree from VUB, Belgium in 2022 which is funded by VLIR-UOS ICP scholarship.
Dr Quader has published around twenty scientific articles in peer-reviewed international and national journals. He has expertise in disaster management, natural hazard and risk assessment, climate change, remote sensing, GIS, and refugee crisis. He is proficient with quantitative methodologies, including the use of SPSS and STRATA. He also has excellent spatial data analysis skills, including the uses of ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, Google Earth Engine, and QGIS. He has done several works on disaster management, including landslides risk assessment on the Chittagong hill track. He has supervised several bachelor’s and master’s thesis students. Currently, he is serving as Professor and chairman of the Geography and Environment department..
Md. Abdul Malak, Ph.D.
Dr Malak is a human geographer with over ten years of research and teaching experience in climate change adaptation, livelihoods, resilience, migration, refugees, the political economy of environmental change, and critical review in Bangladesh and overseas. He has been engaged in both qualitative and quantitative analysis. His skills cover both academic and development research. He has obtained PhD degree in Human Geography under the School of Geography and Sustainable Communities at the University of Wollongong, Australia. He also received his B.Sc. and M.S. degrees in Geography and Environment from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He has published 15 research articles/book chapters in peer-reviewed international and national journals. He has supervised several bachelor’s and master’s thesis students. He has done several research projects. Currently, he is working as an associate professor of Geography and Environment at Jagannath University, Bangladesh.