Profile of Dr. Samina Luthfa

Profile of Dr. Samina Luthfa

Dr. Samina Luthfa
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Phone: 880-2-9661900, 8955649
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Short Biography:

I am an activist researcher interested in environmental justice movement, political ecology, gender and media. I use qualitative and mixed method research. My general geographical focus is on South Asia. I am currently working on labour rights in the apparel industry, feminist analysis of voices of theatre actors, and Mandi peasants, popular culture and youth preference in music, creative musings in political protests and so on.

Degree Name Group/Major Subject Board/Institute Country Passing Year
Ph.D. Sociology University of Oxford United Kingdom 2014
Masters Sociology Lehigh University United States 2006
Masters Sociology University of Dhaka Bangladesh 2001
Bachelor Sociology University of Dhaka Bangladesh 1999
Award Type Award Title Year Country Description
National British Council Balance for Better 2019 Bangladesh
International Commonwealth Scholarship 2008 United Kingdom Received this award from Commonwealth Scholarship commission to complete my DPhil in Oxford. It was a 36-month long scholarship from UK government.
International Junior Fulbright Scholarship 2004 United States Junior Fulbright Scholarship was granted for my MA at Lehigh from The J William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and United States Department of State
National Nurunnesa Khatun Bidda-Binodini Gold Medal 1998 1998 Bangladesh For securing highest marks in the MSS examination
National Nazmul Karim Gold Medal 1998 1998 Bangladesh For securing the first position in MSS in Sociology
Research Interest
Subject Description
Qualitative Research Methodology

I am interested in exploring action based research in feminist political ecology

Indigenous knowledge My focus is on the agro-ecological knowledge of an indigenous group. Also how their identity is constructed and deconstructed in the context of politics with the majority is my focus.
Political Ecology I look at environmental justice movements, discourses and their impact in the global south

I work on discrimination against and vulnerabilities of female workers in Bangladesh, their movements and roles in everyday politics.

I also study the voice of women peasants of Mandi community and theatre actors of Bangladesh

Project/Research Supervision
Level of Study Title Supervisor Co-Supervisor(s) Name of Student(s) Area of Research Current Completion
Ph.D. Overpowering Climatic Constraints:Social Innovation and Gender Dynamics in Bangladesh Professor Constanza Parra, KU Leuven, Belgiam Samina Luthfa, DU Jinat Hossain

Women and gender studies

Current Year
Ph.D. Women labor force participation and the status conflict within the family: A Case study Samina Luthfa Fatema Akhter


Current Year
Project/Research Work
Subject Project Name Source of Fund From Date To Date Collaboration
Youth and Cultural Consumption Study on perceived patters of consumption of Korean Culture (KPop) buy Bangladeshi youth Own fund 01-01-2019
Female Garment Workers' Rights V Vulnerable Empowerment- a study of the perceived vulnerability and capability of female garment workers of Bangladesh Bangladesh Mahila Parishad 01-06-2013 01-07-2016
Environmental Justice Movement Confronting the Juggernaut of Extraction Commonwealth Scholarship Commission 01-09-2008 01-05-2014
Indigenous Knowledge Debunking the Myths of Indigenous knowledge Fulbright Scholarship Commission 01-07-2005 16-05-2006
Gender Advisor Power and Politics in Land Administration Reform Erusmus and EU University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Invited Talk
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No invited talk is found
SL Collaboration & Membership Name Type Membership Year Membership Expire Year
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Title Organization Location From Date To Date Description
Visiting Scholar South Asian University New Delhi, India 02-04-2017 10-04-2017 As their Traveling South Asian Scholar, I delivered lectures on social movement, labour rights and gender. I also demonstrated part of a play written and acted by me.
Associate Professor University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh 24-08-2016 Currently Working Teaching and Research are major responsibilities. Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology, Economy and Society, Research Methodology, Social Research Methods.
Part-time Teacher University of Asia Pacific Dhaka 01-04-2016 25-08-2016 Bangladesh Studies: Society and Culture
Athena Swan Gender Consultant University of Oxford Oxford, UK 01-01-2013 15-04-2013 Research design, data collection and analysis, presentation of data on gender scenario of Department of Mathematics, UoOxford to prepare the department to apply for the Athena Swan Award. I was employed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford
Athena Swan Gender Researcher University of Oxford Oxford, UK 01-02-2012 30-11-2012 Research design, data collection analysis, and presentation of data on gender scenario of all departments of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division of University of Oxford to prepare the departments to apply for the Athena Swan Award. I was employed by the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford
Assistant Professor University of Dhaka Dhaka, Bangladesh 18-09-2008 23-08-2016 Teaching and Research are major responsibilities. Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology, Economy and Society, Research Methodology, Social Research Methods.
Senior Lecturer Independent University, Bangladesh Dhaka 11-01-2007 17-09-2008 Social Psychology, Research Methodology, Introduction to Sociology
Assistant Professor Bangladesh Agricultural University Mymensingh, Bangladesh 06-06-2005 10-01-2007 Teaching and Research are major responsibilities. Courses taught: Introduction to Sociology, Research Methodology, Social demography, Agrarian Societies.
Lecturer Bangladesh Agricultural University Mymensigh, Bangladesh 02-11-2002 05-06-2005 Introduction to Sociology
Tutor New College, UoOx Oxford, UK Introduction to Sociology
Tutor University College, UoO Oxford, UK Sociology of Education
Samina Luthfa, Tanzimuddin Khan and Munasir Kamal The Bangladesh Environmental Humanities Reader: Environmental Justice, Developmental Victimhood and Resistance. Maryland: Lexington, 2020 (under review) .
Zahid Arefeen Chowdhury, Samina Luthfa and Kaberi Gayen Vulnerable Empowerment: Understanding Capabilities and Vulnerabilities of Female Garment Workers in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, 2016 .
Book Section
S Luthfa "Can female performers be heard? Her stories in Theatre of Bangladesh." Her Body, Mind, and Sexuality: The Evolving(?) Woman in Bengali Theatre. Manujendra Kundu (Ed.) New Delhi, India: OUP, India, Forthcoming .
সামিনা লুৎফা "বাংলাদেশে তৈরী-পোশাক শ্রমিকের জীবন ও কর্মক্ষেত্রঃ রাষ্ট্র ও পুঁজির বিপরীতে শ্রমজীবি নারীর আপোস-রফা ও লড়াইগাঁথা." ইতিহাসে নারীঃ দক্ষিণ এশিয়া প্রসঙ্গ. বাংলাদেশ ইতিহাস পরিষদ, Forthcoming .
Samina Luthfa "Aftermath of Rana Plaza Collapse: Framing injustice through Creative Avenues." Poetic Imaginings of South Asia. Mallika Shakya Forthcoming .
Samina Luthfa "Resisting a Coal Mine in Bangladesh and Immigrants in the United Kingdom: the new agent/actors in transnational environmental politics." The Bangladesh Environmental Humanities Reader: environmental justice, developmental victimhood and resistance. S Luthfa, TU Khan and M Kamal (eds) Maryland: Lexington Books, 2020 (under review) .
Samina Luthfa "Neo-Liberal Agenda and Gender: The Case of Mandi Women." Neo-liberal [Development]: People in the Margins.. T. Khan and S. Rahman (Eds.) Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2020 .
Journal Article
Samina Luthfa : [In Bengali] Rana Plaza Bhaban Dhas and Sompadito cuktisomuher Porjalochona” (Rana Plaza building collapse and new policies: an analysis), Sarbajankotha, pp.27-30, May 2015 .
Samina Luthfa : [In Bengali] "Phulbari andolon: protirodhershokti (Phulbari movement: the strength of resistance)"., Sarbojonkotha, pp.54-63, August 2015 .
Samina Luthfa : Showcasing Environmental Justice Movements from the South: comparing the role of media in Bangladesh, Society and Culture in South Asia, vol.5, no.2 pp.290-328, 2019 .
Samina Luthfa : Transnational Ties and Reciprocal Tenacity: Resisting mining in Bangladesh with transnational coalition” In: February 2017, Sociology, Vol 51(1), (impact factor:2.537) pp.127-145, 2017 .
Samina Luthfa and Shahadat Hossen : After Rana Plaza: Why were NGOs left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse?, Open Democracy - free thinking for the world, 2014 .
Samina Luthfa : Debunking the Myths of Indigenous Knowledge: towards a political ecology of the Mandi of Madhupur, Bangladesh, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Hum.), 59(1), pp.211-237, 2014 .
Samina Luthfa and Lutfur Rahman : Market-led initiatives for Seed production and Product Processing in Bangladesh, Bangladesh Journal of Political Economy Vol. 20(1), 2004 .
Samina Luthfa : Structural Adjustment Policy, Agriculture and Pauperization in Bangladesh, The Social Science Review. The Dhaka University Studies Part D Vol. 12 (1), 2004 .
Conference Proceedings
Samina Luthfa "Everything Changed after the 26th: Repression and Resilience against Proposed Phulbari Coal Mine in Bangladesh." QEH Working Paper no. 193 ODID Oxford: Oxford Department of International Development, 2011 .