Dr. Sarwar Jahan

Professor, DURP, BUET

Email: sarwarjahan@urp.buet.ac.bd

Academic Qualification

  • PhD (1987): Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.
  • M.A. (1982): M.A. in Regional Planning and Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Canada
  • MURP (1978): Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • M.A. (1974): M.A. in Economics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh
  • B.A. (1972): B.A.(Honours) in Economics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh

Research Interest

  • Urban and Regional Analysis,
  • Development Planning, Modeling

Journal publications

  • Haque, A. and Jahan, S. (2015) "Impact of Flood Disasters in Bangladesh: A Multi-Sector Regional Analysis" International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 13, pp. 266-275. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2015.07.001.
  • Land Use Planning for Development of Environmentally Sensitive Areas: Case Study of St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh" in Studies in Regional Science, vol.40, no.4., 2010
  • Shrinkage of Wetland of Dhaka: A Study from Institutional Perspective" in Studies in Regional Science, vol.38, no.4., 2009
  • Coping with Flood: The Experience of the People of Dhaka During the 1998 Flood Disaster" in The Australian Journal of Emergency Management (November, 2000 issue)
  • Distributive patterns of public Facilities in Dhaka City: A Quadrat Method Analysis" in BUET Studies, Vol. 2, December, 1999.
  • Planning for Urban Poverty Reduction: An Integrated Approach" in The Journal of Local Government, Vol. 26, No. 2, July-December, 1997
  • Some Considerations about Attitude and Behavior of People in Flood Affected Area in Bangladesh for Disaster Preparedness Planning” in Human Science Research, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1996
  • Spatial Distribution of Community Facilities in Dhaka City", The Bangladesh Urban Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, June, 1996
  • Sub-letting as a Housing Subsystem in Dhaka City” in Oriental Geographer (with Farzana Samiruddin), Volume 40, 1996.
  • Regional Impacts Assessments: An Alternative Approach" in Oriental Geographer, Vol. 37, No. 2, July, 1993 (with Randall W. Jackson)
  • The Economy of Dhaka Metropolitan Area: Growth and Change" in The Bangladesh Urban Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, December, 1992
  • The Impacts of Natural Disaster on Rural Housing" in Rural Housing News, September-October, 1992
  • Land Use Change Analysis in a Highway Corridor: A Markov Model Approach" in Journal of Bangladesh Institute of Planners, Vol. 1, No. 1 & 2, 1990
  • Dhaka 2000: Implications of Population Growth" in Bangladesh Quest, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1989 (with Golam Rahman)
  • The Determination of Stability and Similarity of Markovian Land Use Change Processes: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis" in Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 4, 1986
  • The Effects of Size and Tenure on Farm Efficiency" in Illinois Business Review, December, 1986, Vol. 43, No. 6 (with Salim Rashid and John T. Scott, Jr.)
  • Build Illinois: A Regional Impact Analysis" in Illinois Business Review, June, 1986, Vol. 43, No. 3 (with William Syversen and Randall W. Jackson)
  • Sharecropping and Illinois Agriculture" in Illinois Business Review, December, 1983, Vol. 40, No. 6 (with Salim Rashid and John T. Scott, Jr.)

Contribution in published books

  • Dasgupta, S., Zaman, A., Roy, S., Huq, M., Jahan, S., & Nishat, A. (2015). Urban Flooding of Greater Dhaka in a Changing Climate: Building Local Resilience to Disaster Risk. World Bank Publications.
  • Jahan, S., Debnath, A.K. and Rahman, M. (2015). Communication and Transportation Problem of Dhaka. In A. Mahmud & M. Jahangir (Eds.), Dhaka for Future Generations: Our Action . Dhaka, Bangladesh: Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) and Centre for Development Communication (CDC). 
  • “Spatial and Temporal Patterns of Urbanization in Bangladesh” in Urbanization in Bangladesh: Patterns, Issues and Approaches to Planning, Bangladesh Institute of Planners, 2008  (With M. A. Rouf).
  • Planning for a Viable Water Supply System for Barisal City” in Water and Sanitation for Cities, Bangladesh Institute of Planners and Centre for Urban Studies, 2003.
  • Structure of The Bangladesh Interregional Social Accounting System: A comparison of Alternative Decompositions" in Hewings, G.J.D. and Madden, Moss (Eds.) Social and Demographic Accounting, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995 (with G.J.D. Hewings, Michael Sonis and Jong-Kun Lee)
  • Urban Planning in Bangladesh: A Review" in Islam, Nazrul (Ed.) Urban Research in Bangladesh, Centre for Urban Studies, Dhaka, 1994
  • "Integrated Approach to Cyclone Disaster Management and Regional Development Planning: Lessons from April 29, 1991 Cyclone" in Cyclone Damage in Bangladesh, United Nations Centre for Regional development, Nagoya, December, 1991

Edited Book

  • Urbanization in Bangladesh: Patterns, Issues and Approaches to Planning (With K.M. Maniruzzaman), Bangladesh Institute of Planners, 2008

Conference and seminar proceedings

  • “Land Use Change Analysis in a Highway Corridor in Southern Bangladesh” in Proceedings of the Map Asia Conference, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 13-15 October, 2003.
  • Distribution of Public Facilities in Dhaka City: A Spatial Analysis" in Proceedings of the Seminar on Problems of Dhaka Metropolis and Integrated Approach Towards Solution, organised by the Institution of Engineers (Dhaka Centre), Bangladesh and held on October 16-17, 1998 in Dhaka.
  • Coping with Flood: The Experience of the People of Dhaka During the 1998 Flood Disaster" in Proceedings of the International Conference on Disaster Management: Co-operative Networking in South Asia, held on November 28-30, 1999 in New Delhi
  • Health Care Delivery System in Dhaka City: A Study of Private Clinics and Hospitals" in Cities for All, published by the Ministry of Housing and Public Works on the occasion of the World Habitat Day, October, 1999.           
  • Neighbourhood Recreational Facilities in Dhaka City: A Study of Parks and Play-Grounds" in Proceedings of the National Seminar on 'Our Neighbourhood' held in Dhaka on October 4, 1995
  • Development of Databases, Database Frameworks and Key Indicators for Integrated Disaster Management and Rural Development" in Proceedings of the UNCRD-CIRDAP Workshop on Development of Modules for Training on Integrated Approach to Disaster Management and Regional/Rural Development Planning, Phase IV, held in Dhaka on 7-11 February, 1993
  • Disaster and Socio-Economic Consequences" in Proceedings of the UNCRD-CIRDAP Workshop on Development of Modules for Training on Integrated Approach to Disaster Management and Regional/Rural Development Planning, Phase III, held in Dhaka and Chittagong on 25-30 January, 1992
  • Judgements and Actions Taken by the People after the Cyclone Warnings in Bangladesh" in Proceedings of the Fifth International Research and Training Seminar on Regional Development Planning for Disaster Prevention held on 9-11 November, 1991 in Nagoya, Japan
  • Flood Countermeasures and Rural Development in Bangladesh" in Proceedings of the IDNDR International Conference 1990, Japan, held on September 27 - October 3 in Yokohama and Kagoshima, Japan
  • Forecasting Changes in Urban Land Use: A Markov Model Approach" in Proceedings of the AIT-BUET Seminar on Technology and Self-Reliance, held on November 2-3, 1988 in Dhaka
  • Effects of Greater Dhaka Town Protection Embankment on the Changes in the trend of Settlement Patterns and Land Use in the Fringe Areas of Embankment" in Flood Disaster Management and Environmental Impact Studies for Urban and Rural Areas, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Nagoya, 1997
  • Institutional Framework for Cyclone Disaster Management in Bangladesh Including Awareness Generation, Warning Dissemination and Plannrd Evacuation" in Towards an Improved System for Cyclone Disaster Management in Bangladesh, United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Nagoya, 1997
  • Development of an Information System for Local Level Cyclone Disaster Management in Bangladesh", in Towards an Improved System for Cyclone Disaster Management in Bangladesh, United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Nagoya, 1997
  • Annual Conference of the International Regional Science Association, held in Chicago in November, 1983
  • Annual Meeting of the Association of the American Geographers, held in Detroit in April, 1985
  • Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, held in Portland in April, 1987
  • AIT-BUET Seminar on Technology and Self-reliance, held in Dhaka in November, 1988
  • National Seminar on Social Science Information and Documentation Process and Their Utilization System in Bangladesh, Organized by Asia-Pacific Information Network in Social Sciences (APINESS) and Social Science Research Council, Bangladesh, 12-13 October, 1989
  • Urban Land Management Seminar, organised by Ministry of Land, Government of Bangladesh and UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand, 17-19 January, 1990, in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • UNCRD-CIRDAP Workshop on Integrated Approach to Disaster Management and Regional Development Planning with People's Participation, 28 January - 1 February, 1990, in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • IDNDR International Conference 1990, Japan, held on September  27 to October 3 in Yokohama and Kagoshima, Japan
  • Fourth International Research and Training Seminar on Regional Development Planning for Disaster Prevention, held in Nagoya on 5-6 October, 1990
  • Fifth International Research and Training Seminar on Regional Development Planning for Disaster Prevention, held on 9-11 November, 1991 in Nagoya, Japan
  • UNCRD-CIRDAP Seminar and Workshop on Development of Modules for Training on Integrated Approach to Disaster Management and Regional/Rural Development Planning, Phase III, held in Dhaka and Chittagong on 25-30 January, 1992
  • Workshop on Urban Research in the Developing World: Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, held in Dhaka on 23-24 June, 1992
  • The Second Summer Institute of the Pacific Regional Science Conference Organization, held in Taipei, Taiwan on 20-23 July, 1992
  • IDNDR International Conference 1992, Japan, held on 27-30 November in Chiba, Japan
  • UNCRD-CIRDAP Workshop on Development of Modules for Training on Integrated Approach to Disaster Management and Regional/Rural Development Planning, Phase IV, held in Dhaka on 7-11 February, 1993
  • UNCRD-BUET International Seminar on an Improved System for Disaster Mitigation and Environmental Management in Bangladesh, held in Dhaka on 24-26 February, 1997
  • International Conference on Disaster Management: Co-operative Networking in South Asia, held on November 28-30, 1999 in New Delhi
  • Global Conference on Economic Geography, held in Singapore on 5-9 December, 2000
  • Map Asia 2003 Conference on GIS and Remote Sensing, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 13-15 October, 2003

Organised the following Seminars, Workshops and Training Courses during the last five Years

  • National Seminar on Urbanization in Bangladesh: Emerging Challenges, held on September 30, 2000 (Sponsored by the Bangladesh Institute of Planners).
  • Seminar on City to City Cooperation held on the occasion of the World Habitat Day in Dhaka on October 24, 2002 (Sponsored by the Bangladesh Institute of Planners).
  • Seminar on Problems of Big Cities held on the Occasion of the World Town Planning Day in Dhaka on November 9, 2002 (Sponsored by the Bangladesh Institute of Planners).
  • Seminar on Current Issues in Urban and Regional Planning held in Dhaka on May 8, 2003 (Sponsored by the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladeh).
  • Seminar on Underground Mass Rapid Transit System for Dhaka held on July 4, 2003 (Sponsored by the Bangladesh Institute of Planners).
  • Training Workshop on the Application of Remote Sensing and GIS in Urban Land Use Planning for Flood Mitigation held in Dhaka on 24-29 August, 2003 (Sponsored by NASDA/RESTEC, Japan)
  • First Annual Conference on Regional Science, held in Dhaka on 16 – 17 March, 2007 (Sponsored by Bangladesh Regional Science Association (BRSA) and Department of Urban and Regional Planning, BUET)

Research, projects and experiences

  • Worked as Team Leader in the Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene Planning (GOB-UNICEF) Project started from May, 2011.
  • Worked on a project titled “Impact of Climate Change in Bangladesh: A Multi Sector Analysis” by the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE) from November, 2009.
  • Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction Project (UPPRP): United Nations Development Program (Worked as National Consultant, 14 – 28 May, 2010)
  • Sector Assistance Program Evaluation (SAPE): Urban Sector and Water Supply and Sanitation, Conducted by Operation Evaluation Division (OED), Asian Development Bank (Worked as Domestic Consultant, Urban Development, July to September, 2008)
  • GoB-UNICEF Project on Integrated WES (Water and Environmental Sanitation) Planning at Union Parishad level (Worked as Team Leader, October to December, 2008)
  • Integrated Development of Hatirjheel Area including Begunbari Khal (in Dhaka), sponsored by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Capital Development Authority) and conducted  by  Bangladesh University of  Engineering and Technology (Worked as Senior Urban Planning Specialist, 2007-08).
  • Feasibility Study of Circular Waterway around Dhaka City, Phase-2, sposored by Bangladesh Water Transport Authority (Ministry of Shipping, Government of Bangladesh) and conducted  by  Bangladesh University of  Engineering and Technology (worked as Socio-Economic Expert, 2006-2007).
  • Development Proposals for Uttara Residential Model Town (3rd Phase) Project sponsored by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Capital Development Authority) and conducted  by  Bangladesh University of  Engineering and Technology (worked as Senior Urban Planner in 2006).
  • Upazila Towns Master Plan Project (under TA No 4003-BAN: Supporting Urban Governance Reform), Asian Development Bank (Worked as Urban Planner in 2005).
  • Supporting Urban Governance Reform, A TA Project (TA No 4003-BAN) of the Asian Development Bank for providing technical assistance to the Committee on Urban Local Governments for strengthening Paurashavas (Municipalities) in Bangladesh (worked as Team Leader, 2004-2005).
  • Preparation of Detailed Area Plan for Airport-Demra By-pass Area of Dhaka City, sponsored by RAJUK (Capital Development Authority) (worked as Team Leader in 2003).
  • Project Formulation Study for the Establishment of High-Tech Park at Kaliakoir, Gazipur, sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology,  Government of Bangladesh and conducted  by  Bangladesh University of  Engineering and Technology (worked as Leader for Planning Group, 2001-02 ).
  • NGO Experience in Urban Sector   Programming   in Bangladesh   conducted   by   the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, BUET and sponsored by CARE-Bangladesh (worked as Team Leader in 1997).
  • Feasibility Study  of  Floating  Pump  Station in  G-K  Project,   conducted  by  Bangladesh University of  Engineering and Technology, and   sponsored    by    Bangladesh   Water  Development Board (worked as Socio-Economist, 1995-96 ).
  • Multipurpose  Cyclone  Shelter  Programme, a  project of the Government of  Bangladesh, the   United   Nations  Development   Programme  and  the world   Bank,  and    conducted  by  the Bangladesh University  of  Engineering and Technology  and  the  Bangladesh Institute of              Development Studies (worked as Rural Infrastructure Planner, 1992-93).
  • Pilot Programme to Improve Management of Flood Control,  Drainage and Irrigation Projects, conducted by Bangladesh  University of Engineering  and  Technology and sponsored by Ford  Foundation (worked as group leader for Socio-economic analysis, 1988-92).
  • The Effects of Electricity Rate Increases on Employment: A case Study of Chicago, a project of  the Center for  Governmental Studies,   Northern Illinois   University,  USA   (worked as  Principal Investigator in 1987).
  • The Economic Impacts of Northern Illinois University on the Local Economy, a  project of Northern Illinois University, USA (worked as Principal Investigator, 1986-87).
  • Build Illinois: A Regional Impact Analysis, a project of the  Centre for Governmental  Studies, Northern Illinois University,  USA (worked as Principal Investigator, 1985-86 ).
  • Rural  Finance Experimental  Project of the Bangladesh Bank sponsored by US AID  (worked as Economist, 1978-79 ).
  • Service  Delivery System  and  Locational  Analysis of the Union Welfare  Centres,  a  project of the Ministry of Health, Family   Planning and population  Control and US AID  (worked as Chief  Analyst, 1978)
  • Rural Development  Project II  of  the IRDP,   Government of   Bangladesh/ World Bank (worked as senior planner, 1977-78).
  • Worked as Planner, Proggani Consultants Ltd., Dhaka in 1978.

Member to Professional and other bodies

  • Member, Bangladesh Institute of Planners (Elected President of Bangladesh Institute of Planners for 2008 and 2009), www.bip.org.bd.
  • Member, Bangladesh Regional Science Association (also its President), www.brsa.org.bd.
  • Member, Commonwealth Association of Planners
  • Founding Member, International Group on Environment, Locational Decisions and Regional Planning, based in Athens,  Greece