Independent University, Bangladesh
Dr. Marufa Akter
Dr. Marufa Akter
Assistant Professor
Department of Global Studies and Governance,
School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Room No: 8004
Email Address: marufa@iub.edu.bd
Phone Number: Ext: 2492

    Research Profile






Legends:
Patent,
Journal Paper,
Conference Paper,
Book Chapter,
Others

  1. Project Title: Women as a Transformative Agents: Trajectories of Women Empowerment (an IUB 2021 Sponsored Research project, whose manuscript will be deposited one year from receiving the formal notification (likely end of 2021-22 fiscal year))
    Project Manager: Marufa Akter

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 Assistant Professor (from September 2019- till date)

Faculty of Global Studies & Governance (GSG), School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Independent University of Bangladesh

 Senior Lecturer (from July 2018- August 2019)

Faculty Bangladesh Studies, BILS Residential Semester, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 Teaching Assistant (from 15 September 2017- April 2018)

BIGSSS Methods Center, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Bremen, Germany

Co-organized and instructed regular seminars on research methods for post-graduate and young PhD students

 Visiting Lecturer (Summer and Fall Semester, 2016)

Department of Political Science, University of Bremen, Germany

Organized and co-taught a Post-Graduate Seminar: International Security and Human Rights (course shared with Professor Peter Mayer, University of Bremen)

 Visiting Lecturer (Fall Semester, 2016)

Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany

Taught an undergraduate-level course titled ‘Academic AND Professional Skills’ (APS) for the first-year students of the Department of Political Science

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

 Co-Principal Investigator  (September 2020- May 2021). Gender and Social Transformation Cluster, BRAC Institute of Governance and Development, BRAC University. The project titles ‘Access to Justice during Covid-19 for Survivors of Domestic Violence’, funded by GIZ, Bangladesh

GBV Consultant  (January 2019- till 2020). World Bank, Dhaka Office, Bangladesh. Worked for South Asia GBV Team and Gender Platform

Research and Program Officer   (September 2012-August 2014). South Asia Secretariat for Women Parliamentarians, Centre for Gender and Social Transformation (CGST), BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University, Dhaka.

Consultant  (August-September 2011) Germanwatch, Kaiserstr, Bonn, Germany          

Project Associate and Media Focal Person (April 2008- April 2010) International Organization for Migration (IOM), Dhaka, Bangladesh, House: 136, Road: 13/A, Gulshan 1, Dhaka, Bangladesh                                                                                           

Research Officer. (May 2007- March 2009). Pathways for Women Empowerment, South Asia, BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University, 65 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh                                                                                        

Research Assistant (Sep 2005 –May 2006). Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh.

 



AWARDS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE & RESEARCH GRANTS

 2022     Fellowship for Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship Programme, Beyond Borders, Scotland.

2020     Fellowship Grant for the research on Women and Work in South Asia: Rights and Innovations, Firedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Dhaka

2017     Dissertation Completion Grant, International Center of Bremen University, Germany.

2017     DAAD Mirror Stipend for research stay abroad, Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Bremen, Germany.

2015     Bremen IDEA-OUT Grant for field research, Bremen University, Germany.

2014   Doctoral Fellowship (2014-2015 to 2016-2017), Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Bremen, Germany.  

2013     Graduate School Certificate Course Grant, SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA.

2012     US State Department Fund sponsorship for three weeks International Conference in Nepal and Bangladesh.

2012     ‘Commitment Award 2012’ First prize winner; awarded by Willy Brandt School of Public Policy and the Engagementpreis Foundation for an outstanding social project. The project dubbed “Open Sky Class for the Street Children of Dhaka City” received a first prize cash amount of 2,500 Euros for the implementation in Bangladesh.

2010     German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Scholarship for Masters in Public Policy and Good Governance (2010-2012).

 

2005     University Merit Scholarship awarded by the University of Dhaka for the year 2004-2005 on Master’s result: full tuition fees waiver.


  • PhD in political Science, 2019
    Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science (BIGSSS), University of Bremen, Germany.
  • • Graduate Certificate Program on Peace Building and Conflict Transformation , 2014
    SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA.
  • Master of Arts in Public Policy , 2012
    Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, Germany
  • Master of Social Sciences in International Relations, 2007
    Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Relations, 2005
    Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka