N. M. Rabiul Awal Chowdhury

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N. M. Rabiul Awal Chowdhury

Associate Professor

Comilla University
Cumilla-3506, Bangladesh

rachowdhury@cou.ac.bd robi285@hotmail.com

I dream to be in the leading edge at academic field as well as in development practices through research and program initiatives. Currently I am working as an associate professor in the dept. of Anthropology, Comilla University, Comilla, Bangladesh. Along with teaching; i am contributing in various development research projects as consultant with different national and international organizations. I am also experienced to work with well-reputed national or international organizations (icddr,b, PKSF, CIPRB, Plan international, and BRAC, RED) as full time professional. I prefer to work in a favorable environment with challenge and creativity and contribute in national development from my level through innovative ideas and research initiatives. My core areas of works are teaching, research (health and health related issues), training, monitoring and evaluation, report writing and documentation, program design, planning and management.

MSS Shah Jalal University of science and technology, Sylhet Anthropology 2002
BSS Shah Jalal University of science and technology, Sylhet Anthropology 2001
HSC Comilla Victoria College Science 1997
SSC Comilla Zila School Science 1995

Comilla University, Comilla, Bangladesh
Associate professor
October 2021 - Present

Comilla University, Comilla, Bangladesh
Assistant Professor
November 2013 - October 2013

Comilla University, Comilla, Bangladesh
October 2011 - November 2011

ICDDR,B, Bangladesh
Research Investigator
May 2011 - October 2011

Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF)
Research Associate
October 2010 - May 2010

Center for Injury Prevention and Research Bangladesh (CIPRB)
February 2010 - October 2010

ICDDR,B, Bangladesh
Research Officer
November 2008 - February 2008

Plan Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Deputy area co-ordinator
September 2007 - November 2007

BRAC, Research and Evaluation Division, Bangladesh
Staff researcher
December 2005 - August 2005

Urme, S.A., Islam, M.S., Chowdhury, N.M.R.A. (2023). Family and Suicide in Bangladesh. In: Arafat, S.M.Y., Khan, M.M. (eds) Suicide in Bangladesh. New Perspectives in Behavioral & Health Sciences. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-0289-7_6  


Urme SA, Islam MS, Begum H, Chowdhury NR. Risk factors of suicide among public university students of Bangladesh: A qualitative exploration.Heliyon.2022.Jun8:e09659.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2405844022009471,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2022.e09659  


Miah, M.S., Mamun, M.R., Hasan, S.M., Sarker, M.G.F., Miah, M.S., Khan, M.G.U., Kabir, A., Haque, M.A. and Chowdhury, N.R.A., 2022. COVID‐19 transmission flow through the stigmatization process in Bangladesh: A qualitative study. Lifestyle Medicine, 3(1), p.e52. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/lim2.52https://doi.org/10.1002/lim2.52


Chowdhury, N. M., Lipa, I.J., Fazle Sharior, F., Patterns and mechanisms contributing to the males’ positive involvement in reproductive health issues: cases from a peri-urban area of Bangladesh, Journal of Public Health and Development Vol.19 No.1 January-April 2021. https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/AIHD-MU/article/view/245796


Nasrin, S, Chowdhury, R. A., 2021. Dealing with tuberculosis: factors of the tuberculosis medication adherence among marginalized communities: a scoping literature review, International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, Vol 8, No 5 (2021), Print ISSN:2394-6032,OnlineISSN:2394-6040,https://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20211389, https://www.ijcmph.com/index.php/ijcmph/article/view/7953


Gurley, E. S., Chowdhury, R. A., Luby, S. P., et al., 2013. Behaviour change intervention to reduce caregivers’ exposure to patients’ oral and nasal secretions in Bangladesh. International Journal of Infection Control, v9:i2, ISSN 1996-9783, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3396/ijic.v9i2.11121, http://www.ijic.info/article/view/11121


Chowdhury, R.A., Ainul, H., Nasrin, S. 2020. Exploring cultural beliefs and practices associated with maternal health-care: a qualitative study of Salmanpur village in Cumilla city, Comilla University journal of social sciences, Faculty of social science, Volume 3, Number 1, ISSN 2663-2659


Chowdhury, S. M., Svanström, L., Hörte, L.G., Chowdhury, R. A., Rahman, F., 2013. Children’s perceptions about falls and their prevention: a qualitative study from a rural setting in Bangladesh. BMC Public Health, 13:1022 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/1022


Chowdhury, R. A., Ainul, H., 2013 “Role of Anthropologist in Behavior Change communication development” Ideas and Practices in development, Department of Anthropology, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh, ISBN 978-984-33-7516. www.ru.ac.bd/anthropology


M.H. Khan, F. Islam, N.M.R.A. Chowdhury, U. Masako, S.M. Chowdhury, M.D. Delem, A.Rahman, Maternal and newborn health situation of Rohingya migrants in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Annals of Global Health, Volume 82, Issue 3, 2016, Pages 429-430, ISSN 2214-9996, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2016.04.194. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214999616302211)


Wadhwaniya S, Baset KU, Chowdhury  RA, Hyder,  A. A,.  Acceptability of child drowning prevention interventions in rural bangaladesh Injury Prevention 2016;22:A241.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042156.672

Chowdhury, R. A., Ainul, H., et al. 2013. “Population Dynamics of Bangladesh: where number mater”, RABINDRA JOURNAL, VOL.09, NO.01, MARCH 2013, ISSN 2477-1714


Baset M, Towner E, Noor T, Chowdhury  RA, et al, Understanding road traffic injuries and prevention measures for children in rural Bangladesh: a qualitative study of community members' views Injury Prevention 2012;18:A102. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040590d.19


Akter, H., Islam, F., Chowdhury, R.A., 2013. Affinal Kin's belief and attitude towards pregnant women concerning antenatal care at home in rural Bangladesh, The Journal Of Comilla University, Volume 2,Number 1, ISSN 2308-698X www.cou.ac.bd


Chowdhury, R. A., 2016. Acceptable healing-forbidden healers: Life and lives of the Bedey, the indigenous healers of north-east of Bangladesh. Social Justice and Development of Indigenous People in Bangladesh, Man and culture, ISBN: 978-984-8878-37-4, Institute of Social Research and Applied Anthropology (ISRAA), Bangladesh.


Islam F, Khan MH, Chowdhury RA, Ueda M, et al Situation of sexual and gender based violence among The Rohingya migrants residing in Bangladesh Injury Prevention 2016;22:A260. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2016-042156.724


Chowdhury, R. A., Haque, M. A., Lipa, I. J. & Sharior, F., 2017. “Response to Cyclone Early Warning in a Coastal Island of the Southern Bangladesh”, CULTURE, ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE-Essays on Climate Change Regime in South Asia,Chapter ten. Bangladesh Climate change trust (BCCT) and department of anthropology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


Chowdhury, R. A., Begum, H., et Al, 2018. Vulnerabilities of Women in a Geographically Marginalized Area. Man and culture, Volume 4, Number 1, ISBN: 978-984-34--5157-6, Institute of Social Research and Applied Anthropology (ISRAA), Bangladesh.


Chowdhury, R. A., 2018. (Eds). Peoples’ preface A journal of research initiatives, Special issue 01, Vol 01, ISSN 2520-7679.


Lipa, I.J., Chowdhury, R. A., 2018. Black Spot- a phenomenological Approach of studying beliefs surrounded with black spot in Dhaka-Chittagong highway, Bangladesh. Peoples’ preface A journal of research initiatives, Special issue 01, Vol 01, ISSN 2520-7679.


Sharior, F., Chowdhury, R. A., et al, 2018. Cyborg- Identity, experience and the body-Ontological Standpoint of Performativity. Peoples’ preface A journal of research initiatives, Special issue 01, Vol 01, ISSN 2520-7679.

2022, invited speaker, International Conference & Pre-Congress of “UIAF World, DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI, Rescripting the Anthropocene: Health, Happiness and Hope, Foremost health burden but least in consideration: is the low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are towards paradigm shift in addressing non-Communicable diseases (NCDs)!


2020, invited speaker of a session at International Conference on “Anthropology of Food and Health” 27th to 29th February, 2020 Venue: Shankar Lal Concert Hall, department of anthropology, University of Delhi


2020, oral paper presenter, The 11th International Graduate Students Conference on Population and Public Health Sciences (IGSCPP) July 14,The College of Public Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


2019, International Short course on Ecosystem Health (THOHUN-TELI), Thailand One Health University Network and supported by USAID


2019, a oral presenter in International Conference of Occupational Health Safety (ICOHS) 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia


2017,    46" Annual Conference of the Indian Anthropological society and National  Seminar On Anthropological Research in North East India: Retrospect and Prospect (Novembe&r 10,2 010


2017, Annual seminar on Social Inclusion of Indigenous People of Bangladesh, Organized by;  Institute of social research & applied anthropology (ISSRA) and department of anthropology, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh, Date: January 27-28,



Organized by: Department of Anthropology, University of Dhaka, Website:www.anthropology.du.ac.bd


2016,   International Conference On Critical Engagement in Anthropological Landscape in Bangladesh, Central Auditorium, Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh, 06 – 07 February 2016

  • Health care system, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Reproductive health, Behavioral change intervention, person to person diseases transmission, Injury prevention