Shamsul Arefin

Before enrolling in this program, I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees in sociology from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. In my master's thesis, I examined Bangladesh’s neoliberal policies and how they restricted the city's poor from exercising their right to the city. Using David Harvey's theoretical framework, I also looked at the accumulation and dispossession processes of real estate housing businesses in Dhaka city during my undergraduate studies. My research interests, however, extend over a broad spectrum of sociological fields, including political sociology, urban sociology, social movements, critical Muslim studies, and public health.  In addition, I am a full-time faculty member at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University in Bangladesh. There, I supervised four master's and fifty undergraduate sociology students. Furthermore, I've obtained research grants of $45,000 USD from several government and non-governmental organizations in Bangladesh. My current research aims to develop an evidence-based e-health intervention for transgender women in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  On top of that, I am a reviewer for Sage Open, Frontiers in Public Mental Health, The Social Science Journal, and the International Journal of Health Planning and Management.