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Principal Investigators


Sara Amin AUWSara N. Amin is Associate Professor of Sociology. She has been teaching at the Asian University for Women (AUW) since July 2009. Dr. Amin received her PhD in Sociology from McGill University, Canada and teaches courses in the Asian Studies program including Civil Society and Social Movements, Political Identities in Asia, and Education in Asia as well as in the Core Curriculum on Sociological Perspectives, Social Inquiry, Qualitative Methods, Quantitative Reasoning, and Ethics of Inquiry. Her research interests include migration, identity politics, citizenship, social movements, and gender relations.  Sara is also the Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Scholarship at AUW and firmly committed to providing transformative education.



Varuni Ganepola Varuni Ganepola specialises in psychology, sociology, and psychosocial work. She received her degrees in psychology and sociology at Australia’s Monash University and the University of Wales Swansea, UK. Her academic career spans 17 years of teaching in the UK, Sri Lanka, and in Bangladesh. Her introduction to research was at 19 years, when she was recruited as a research assistant to a study on institutionalised children conducted by the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Colombo. Since then, her research interests have included conflict and coping, displacement and refugeehood, distress, vulnerability, and resilience;  understanding lives of former child soldiers; and more recently domestic violence and suicide in South and South East Asia, and currently the study on Muslim women’s empowerment in South Asia.


Faheem Hussain 2Faheem Hussain
is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Technology and Society, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at State University of New York (SUNY), Korea. He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), an M.S. degree in Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University, and a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Dhaka University. His principal research interests encompass techno-economic analyses of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) interventions, impact assessment of Social Media, Net Freedom, Privacy, ICT for Women, and evidence based policy research of ICT and Telecom regulatory environment. Before SUNY Korea, Faheem Hussain worked as a founding faculty in Asian University for Women in Bangladesh and also taught in CMU’s Qatar Campus. Dr. Hussain has been involved as a Technology Policy Specialist in various projects with UNDP, ITU, IDRC, DFID, Freedom House, Ford and Rockefeller Foundations in the fields of Technology, Public Policy, and Development. He is moreover attached with LIRNEasia, a regional think tank on ICT and Telecommunications Policy, as a research fellow. There he researches on measuring efficiency of telecom sector and regulatory performance.


Research Associates


MS KaiserMd Shahidulla Kaiser is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Development Studies at the Asian University for Women. He is teaching courses like ‘Introduction to Development Studies’, ‘Gender and Development’ and ‘Globalization and Development’ at Asian University for Women. He is also a lecturer in the department of Public Administration at University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He holds an MSc in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh, UK where he studied as a Commonwealth Shared Scholar. He also holds an MSS degree in the field of Public Administration from University of Chittagong. He was also engaged with a good number of consultancy works with UNDEF, BRAC and UN Women, among others. His research interests lie in the area of governance, gender and development, public policy, social inclusion and migration.


Sarah FardeenSarah Fardeen has been a research associate with the Ford Foundation project since January 2014. She completed her Masters degree in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. Prior to this, she earned a double Bachelors degree in Psychology and Religion from Carleton University, Canada. Sarah’s broader research interests lie in the psychosocial field.

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