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Dr. M. Khurshed Alam
Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) Trust
PhD in Sociology, India
Email: khurshedbisr@gmail.com, bisr@agnionline.com
No of Publication: 34 articles, 9 books, 5 book chapters

Dr. M. Khurshed Alam, a lead social scientist of South Asia, is the honorable founding Chairman of Bangladesh Institute of Social Research (BISR) Trust. After earning Ph.D. degree in Sociology, he worked for last 35 years with different national and international agencies like World Bank, ADB, JICA, Unicef, GiZ, CIDA, DANIDA, USAID, CARE, BIDS, etc. on poverty alleviation, community participatory rural development programs, gender-inclusive development programs, disaster and infrastructure development programs, etc.
In 2008 he was recruited by the Planning Commission, Government of Bangladesh as a National Expert for the preparation of national plan (PRSP-II) of Bangladesh and prepared a part of PRSP-II document covering social safety net, food security, disaster management, microcredit and rural non-farm activities. He also worked as a Senior National Expert for Water Resources Ministry with WARPO, where he was responsible for developing a national policy and strategy for coastal area development. He worked as a Mission Leader for DFID and Mission Member for GiZ and CIDA for evaluating works of leading NGOs or government projects of the country. He also worked as a Team Leader for 40 plus study & evaluation projects sponsored by different national and international organizations.
Dr. M. KhurshedAlam has attempted to develop several theories and concepts in the field of economic development, political system, sociology, and criminology with particular reference to Bangladesh which include A New Theoretical Approach for Poverty Reduction, A New Typology of Government, People’s Power in Democracy, etc. He is also an Editorial Board Member (former Associate Editor) of BMC Women’s Health Journal published from Biomed Central, Springer (Johns Hopkins University). He accomplished many research works and has 33 scientific peer-reviewed articles, 5 book chapters, and 9 books as publication to his credit. Moreover, he works as a referee to 12 different world reputed journals and Ph.D. thesis examiner of some reputed universities around the world.

Research Contributions
  • Max Weber postulated that a rational bureaucracy was a fundamental prerequisite for a modern state. He argues that the bureaucracy in a modernised Bangladesh has instead become transactional, working through relations of mutual influence and exchange rather than impersonal rules and rational calculations, to the detriment of the polity. Bureaucracy in Bangladesh is Transactional, Not Rational, in Nature
  • Research finds that after disaster (with Md. Habibur Rahman) women had to face challenges different from men where they have to face loss of livelihood opportunities, deprivation from relief materials, sexual harassment and enjoy little scope of participation in any response or management activities. Contrary to that, disaster also creates a condition to accrue diverse positive and constructive impacts including women׳s transformative role which often do not get reported. (Ref: Women in natural disasters: A case study from southern coastal region of Bangladesh)
  • In order to reduce poverty, rather than attempting to change the “culture of poverty,” remove the “structural trap,” or “kin system as poverty trap” it can be achieved through harnessing the enabling factors of poverty reduction. The study argues that rather than focusing on “barriers” to poverty reduction, a country needs to identify and focus on its “potential” factors of poverty reduction. Poverty reduction through enabling factors
  • While microcredit has helped improve the living standards of many, it has failed to meet the needs of the poorest in society. Using a new form of livelihood mapping, this model helps beneficiaries to identify as maximum Income Generating Activities (IGAs) as possible in a limited area of the country reducing a quick risk of saturation Extending the Reach of Microcredit: A New Model for Poverty Alleviation through Livelihood Mapping in Bangladesh.
  • This article is aimed to explore (with Aminur Rahman) the gender dimension of social response to survivors of trafficking in person (TIP) in Bangladesh. The paper reveals that while women survivors were often denied by their families being blamed to be sexually polluted, male survivors there often receive sympathy for their sufferings caused from trafficking. This distinctive social phenomena has been termed here as 'normative discrimination'. The study also reveals that the sexual purity of women is the precondition of reproductive purity. While most of the studies on TIP focused on the causes, discrimination, and exclusion against women survivors, this study offers a new analytical approach on the reasons of social exclusion Social response towards trafficked women: a gendered perspective
  • As a developing country experiences growth, a sense of entitlement and expectations of reward also grow among resource management groups. The article used a new term “bulge hunger” and claims that – if left unchecked – the growing greed can result in increased corruption among managerial and guardian classes at the expense of less powerful citizens. “Bulge hunger” in a developing country: understanding escalating corruption in Bangladesh
  • Classical political scientists categorized forms of governments into different types, which have been discussed in almost all standard textbooks. This study classified the government in terms of process of decision making what have been termed as government by public opinion (GPO-1), government by party opinion (GPO-2) and government by person’s opinion (GPO-3).Government and Politics: An Analytical Framework
  • In a developing country when government goes with misgovernance or misrules people may have three types of response to that what include: a. apathetic; b. evaluative and c. assertive. The paper argues that all people may not have attitude of resistance rather they may have different types of response to that as noted above.People’s Power in Third World Democracy
  • Different social scientists have already studied various aspects of social structure in rural Bangladesh where some of them even discussed the issues of Muslim social stratification. In this paper, an attempt has been made to identify the Muslim social stratification where it is said that not Sarafati but Tawangari was the basis of Muslim social stratification.Towards a Theory of Muslim Social Stratification