Professor in the Department of Anthropology (Retd.), Jahangirnagar University having 40 years of teaching and research experience in anthropology and economics. Received M. S. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA. Prior to studying anthropology, Dr. Alam has obtained B. A. (Honours) and M. A. degrees in Economics from Dhaka University. He taught economics at Chittagong University until April 1987. Dr. Alam teaches at the Master of Development Studies Programme of the Economics Department of North South University (NSU) and also at the Independent University of Bangladesh (IUB).
His major areas of interest include Development, NGOs, Women’s Empowerment, Health and Survival Strategies in Disaster. In recent years, Dr. Alam have been involved in conducting and guiding research on NGOs, development, reproductive health, drug abuse, arsenic, natural disaster and other contemporary development issues. As a keen observer of NGOs involvement in the development activities in Bangladesh, he has conducted research and written on NGO in Bangladesh. Over the years he was involved in evaluating the activities of many NGOs in Bangladesh. In April 2008, Dr. Alam have completed a study on the Dynamics of GO-NGO relations in basic service provisioning as Bangladesh Country Researcher for the Birmingham University.
Dr. Alam edited books, published numerous articles both at home and abroad and completed several research and consultancy reports on health, environment, development, NGOs and natural disaster. He has significant experience as consultant/Principal Investigator at various times for the World Bank, DFID, SIDA, UNDCP, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICDDR, B, UNESCO, Oxfam-Bangladesh, Action Aid, CARE-Bangladesh, Concern-Worldwide, WaterAid, PRIP, ITDG. NGO Forum and Bangladesh Mohila Parishad (BMP).