Introduction and Profile:
Asst Prof Md Saidul Islam (PhD, York, Canada) has been working on issues related to sustainability, food, environmentalism, and development discourse for more than a decade; and has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and books. In his PhD work “Environmental Governance in the Global Agro-food System: A Study of Shrimp Aquaculture in Bangladesh”, he took shrimp aquaculture as an empirical lens to examine an intersection between contemporary neoliberal globalization and global environmental (in)justice, politics, governance, and sustainability. Since then he successfully completed two other grand projects: (a) “Privatizing Environmental Governance: A Global Study of the Effects and Effectiveness of Environmental Certification for Farmed Shrimp and Salmon” (2007-2012), supported by a Standard Grant from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada [CAD 98,000]; and (b) “Privatizing Environmental Governance and Global Food Security: The Neoliberal Restructuring of the Global Agro-food System” (2009-2012), supported by a Start-up Grant [SGD 85,847] from NTU. He is the author of two books: Development, Power and the Environment: Neoliberal Paradox in the Age of Vulnerability (New York: Routledge, 2013) and Confronting the Blue Revolution: Industrial Aquaculture and Sustainability in the Global South (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014). He’s currently the coordinator of Food and Agri/aquaculture under the Section of Development Sociology, American Sociological Association (ASA); and a coordinator of the Environment and Sustainability Research Cluster of HSS, NTU.Curriculum Vitae:
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Brief Write-Up on Proposed Work: Current research projects include:
Principal Investigator. From sustainability to ‘green’ discourse: Examining complexity, hybridity, and reflexivity in global food, energy and business. Tier 1 Grant from the Complexity Programme at NTU; 2013-2016; Value SGD $188,747.00. Application under review.
Principal Investigator. Climate change and food security in the Asia-Pacific: Response and resilience. Tier-1 Grant, NTU, 2013-2016; Value SGD $99,618. Application under review.
Co-Principal Investigator. Retelling Story of Rice: Companion Planting (Co-cultivation) of Rice with Ferns. Tier 1 Seed Grant, from the Silk Road Peak, NTU, 2013-2014; Value SGD49,500.00. Application under review.