Paul has a PhD from Middlesex University for work on the impacts of flood protection on rural development in Bangladesh. Has been associated with the Centre since 1981, up to 1996 as a staff member, then as an associate. Since 2004 he has been a part time staff member based largely in the Centre’s Bangladesh office. After early work on urban flood protection benefits and coastal protection in the UK, he has specialised on social research related to the floodplains of Bangladesh including evaluation of flood protection works, adaptations in the active floodplain, and community based fisheries and natural resource management. For 8 years worked for the WorldFish Center in Bangladesh, where he led a number of projects including a large one on community based fisheries management. He also has experience on flood impact studies in India, Australia, Argentina. In addition to work for the Centre, he undertakes various consultancy and project related work largely in Bangladesh including advising UNDP and GTZ on project design and sustainable development, implementation of community based wetland conservation, and socio-economic aspects of integrated protected area co-management.

Current work administrative and professional duties/roles

Current projects include:

  • 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.)

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.

Valbo-Jorgensen, J. and Thompson, P.M. 2008. Culture-based fisheries in Bangladesh: a socio-economic perspective. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper No. 499. Rome, FAO.

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.

Thompson, P.M., Khan, A.K.M. F., and P. Sultana. 2006. Comparison of aquaculture extension impacts in Bangladesh. Aquaculture Economics Management 10(1):15-32.

Viswanathan, K., M Ahmed, P Thompson, P Sultana, M Dey, and M Torell. 2005. Aquatic Resources: Collective Management Patterns and Governance for the World's Fish Wealth, In M. M Cernea and A.H. Kassam (Eds.) Researching the Culture in Agri-Culture: Social Research for International Development. CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK. pp 209-218.

Thompson, P.M., Sultana, P. and A.K.M. Firoz Khan. 2005. Aquaculture Extension Impacts in Bangladesh: a case study from Kapasia, Gazipur. Technical Report 63, WorldFish Center, Penang.

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.M., P. Sultana and N. Islam, 2003, Lessons from community based management of floodplain fisheries in Bangladesh. Journal of Environmental Management 69(3): 307-321.

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.

Middendorp, A.J., Thompson, P.M., and R.S. Pomeroy (eds.). 1999. Sustainable inland fisheries management in Bangladesh. ICLARM Conf. Proc. 58, Manila, 280p.

Thompson, P. and I. Tod, 1998, Mitigating flood losses in the active floodplains of Bangladesh. Disaster Prevention and Management 7(2): 113-123.

Thompson, P.M. and P. Sultana, 1996, Distributional and social impacts of flood control in Bangladesh. The Geographical Journal 162(1): 1-13.

Current research interests include integrated floodplain management, community based fisheries management, wetland conservation and co-management, and institutional aspects of local management of floodplain resources.

Current Research:

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)