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Parvin has a PhD from Colorado State University in natural resource management. She has been associated with the Flood Hazard Research Centre and Middlesex University since 1994, and since 2004 has been a member of staff. After early work on agricultural pest management, she has specialised on research on water resources, fisheries and integrated floodplain management mainly in Bangladesh but also in South-east Asia. She has also conducted extensive impact surveys, long term participatory household monitoring, and developed participatory planning methods.
Current research interests include integrated floodplain management, adaptive learning networks working with a large number of community based organisations, community based fisheries management, participatory planning methods, enclosure of floodplain commons, and institutional aspects of local management of floodplain resources. Parvin leads the Centre's small office in Bangladesh which was opened in 2005 and now has expanded to include a team of five nationally recruited staff, working with a network of community based organisations and local monitors along with partner NGOs. She also undertakes consultancies for international agencies in Bangladesh and elsewhere on natural resource management and impact assessment, including recent assignments for World Bank, USAID, FAO, and IFAD.