Current work administrative and professional duties/roles:

  • Improving Floodplain Management through Adaptive Learning Networks in Bangladesh (funding from IDRC, partners: Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, Banchte Shekha, Independent University Bangladesh).
  • Integrated Floodplain Management in Bangladesh (funded under Research Into Use programme of DFID, partners: Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, Banchte Shekha, Center for Natural Resources Studies, MRAG Ltd.)
  • Distributional implications of enclosure of floodplain commons in Bangladesh (British Academy small grant)
  • Capacity building in Bangladesh for sustainable management of coastal natural resources in a changing climate (funded under INSPIRE programme of British Council, partners: Bangladesh Agricultural University and Independent University Bangladesh)
  • Research (e.g. Selected publications, Authored books, Co-authored books, Chapters in edited books, Referred articles, Recent Conferences, Editorships, Honours and Prizes, Links with partner/business orgs etc)

Selected Publications:

Sultana, P and Thompson, P.M. 2010. Local institutions for floodplain management in Bangladesh and the influence of the Flood Action Plan. Environmental Hazards 9(1): 26-42.

Sultana, P., Thompson, P. and C. Green. 2008. Can England Learn Lessons from Bangladesh in Introducing Participatory Floodplain Management? Water Resources Management 22(3): 357-376.

Sultana, P., and Thompson, P.M. 2008. Gender and Local Floodplain Management Institutions -- A Case Study from Bangladesh. Journal of International Development 20: 53-68.

Sultana, P. and S. Abeyasekera. 2008. Effectiveness of participatory planning for community management of fisheries in Bangladesh. Journal of Environmental Management 86(1): 201-213.

Sultana, P and P. Thompson. 2007. Community Based Fisheries Management and Fisher Livelihoods: Bangladesh case studies. Human Ecology 35 (5): 527-546.

Sultana, P., Abeyasekera, S. and P. Thompson. 2007. Methodological rigour in assessing participatory development Agricultural Systems 94: 220-230.

Sultana, P. and P. Thompson. 2007. Use of fishers knowledge in community management in fisheries in Bangladesh. In N. Haggan, B. Neis and I.G. Baird (eds.) Fishers' Knowledge in Fisheries Science and Management. Coastal Management Sourcebooks 4. UNESCO: Paris. pp 267-288.

Sultana, P., and P. Thompson. 2004. Methods of Consensus Building for Community Based Fisheries Management in Bangladesh and the Mekong Delta. Agricultural Systems 82(3): 327-353.

Thompson, P., Roos, N., Sultana, P. and S.H. Thilsted, 2002, Changing Significance of Inland Fisheries for Livelihoods and Nutrition in Bangladesh. Journal of Crop Production, 6(1-2): 249-317.

Thompson, P.M. and P. Sultana. 2000. Shortcomings of Flood Embankment Strategies in Bangladesh. p 316-333. In D.J. Parker (ed.) Floods (vol. 1). Routledge, London.

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.