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Dr Ashraful Alam

Ashraful Alam imageLecturer
Master of Planning Programme Coordinator

B Arch(Khulna)
M Planning(Hong Kong U)
PhD(Macquarie)

 

Richardson Building, room 4N3
Office Hours: email to make an appointment
Tel +64 3 479 8769
Email ash.alam@otago.ac.nz

Teaching

Research interests

My research falls under the broad umbrella of urban and cultural geography and planning. I am interested in examining the structural dynamics of places creating conditions of otherness/othering and enabling more ‘subaltern’ and informal infrastructural politics. I am particularly interested in exploring the ways different marginalised, less-represented (e.g. migrants, refugees, climate-displaced families, the urban homeless, students and women) and sometimes more-than-human (e.g. plants and animals) communities use their own agencies to make and remake everyday places outside the expert frame. My research often employs innovative and creative methods and methodologies that empower my research participants to bring out alternative meanings and dynamics of the social worlds that may remain otherwise hidden through conventional methods.

Current research projects

  • Minority ethnic migrant's settlement experience in rural New Zealand (2021 - present)
  • Muslim migrant women’s politics of representation in New Zealand cities (2021 - present)
  • Changing geographies of cities (2020 - present)
  • Migrant imaginaries and the construction of Australian identities: the case of South Asian communities in Sydney and Perth (2018 – present)
  • Well-being in the cities of Global South: Perspectives of the internally displaced children (2016 – present)

PhD supervision available

I have the capacity to take on new PhD students. My current research projects align with following areas where I would be keen to supervise PhD students are as follows:

1. Politics of urban dwelling

  • Migrant identity politics in gateway cities
  • Politics of housing, home and homelessness
  • Urban (in)formality

2. Counter-Cities

  • multi-species and more-than-human cities
  • Care as infrastructure, and care-full approaches to planning
  • Beyond urban exceptionalism, alternate urban imaginaries

If you are interested in any of the above or in a related field of urban planning and development, urban political ecology, or urban and cultural geographies, please email me at ash.alam@otago.ac.nz. I am happy to supervise students who wish to do research in Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific or in the student’s home country or country of interest. Suitably qualified applicants would be supported to apply for the University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

Postgraduate student supervision

Students (current)

  • Rajan Ghosh, PhD – Social impacts of Pasifika ‘climigration’
  • Koritiemo James Fawei, PhD – Climate change vulnerabilities in the Niger Delta Region
  • Matthew Campbell, MPlan – Precinct planning in Dunedin
  • George Van Pelt, MPlan – Post-earthquake urban regeneration in Christchurch CBD
  • Josh Kenneally, MPlan – Resource Management Act (RMA 1991) Reform
  • Trent Lynch, MPlan – High-density low-rise apartments influencing housing affordability
  • Wanli Cheng, MIDP – Hong Kong’s education and the “one country, two systems”

Students (Completed)

  • Kelsey Newman, MPlan – Planning for Street Art in Aotearoa-New Zealand Cities
  • Jack Cowie, MPlan – Network-oriented public transport planning in medium and small New Zealand cities
  • James Nicol, MPlan – The influence of planning controls on the land market and urban development in New Zealand
  • Dermot Frengley, MPlan – Public Participation in Environmental Planning in New Zealand: A Look at Predator 2050
  • Brenna Sherson, MPlan – The impact of sea level rise on the residents of South Dunedin: learnings for future relocation planning
  • Kurt Bowen, MPlan - A study into the feasibility of a ‘land for affordable housing’ policy for private development in Dunedin City

Selected awards and grants

  • 2017 – Geography Society NSW (GSNSW) Photo Competition (1st place).
  • 2016 – Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) Alumni Funding (USD 10,000), Brown University, USA.
  • 2016 – Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fellowship (MQPGRF).
  • 2015 – European Network of Political Ecology (ENTITLE) Scientific Committee Travel Grant.
  • 2013-2016 – Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES).
  • 2012 –Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) Merit Award.
  • 2011 - Hong Kong Institute of Planners (HKIP) Prizes.
  • 2011 – Erasmus Mundus City Regeneration (reCity) Planning Competition (5th place).
  • 2010 – International Design Summer School (IDSS), Tongji University (1st place).
  • 2009-2011 – Asian Development Bank- Japan Scholarship Programme (ADB-JSP), Department of Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong.

Selected conference outputs

Alam, A.F.M.A. & Khalil, M.B. (2011). Mapping sustainability for Hong Kong: future direction. The 11th International Congress of Asian Planning Schools Association (APSA), September 2011, Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan. 958-968.

Rahman, M.S., Darain, K.M. & Alam, A.F.M.A. (2009). Waste generation scenario of fish processing industries at Khulna of Bangladesh. The International Conference on Solid Waste Management, WasteSafe 2009, 9-10 November, Department of Civil Engineering, KUET, Bangladesh. 377-385. (ISSN: 978-984-33-0761-3)

Alam, A.F.M.A., Hakim, S.S. & Khalil, M.B. (2008). Crisis in spatial order of public buildings: the experience from Khulna city, Bangladesh. 5th Great Asian Streets Symposium (GAAS): A Public Forum of Asian Urban Design, December 2008, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, 109. (ISBN: 978-981-08-2012-1), Proceedings CD: (ISBN: 978-981-08-2013-8).

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Publications

Alam, A., Minca, C., & Uddin, K. F. (2021). Risks and informality in owner-occupied shared housing: To let, or not to let? International Journal of Housing Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19491247.2021.1877887

Alam, A., McGregor, A., & Houston, D. (2020). Neither sensibly homed nor homeless: Re-imagining migrant homes through more-than-human relations. Social & Cultural Geography, 21(8), 1122-1145. doi: 10.1080/14649365.2018.1541245

Alam, A., & Houston, D. (2020). Rethinking care as alternate infrastructure. Cities, 100, 102662. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102662

Alam, A., McGregor, A., & Houston, D. (2020). Women's mobility, neighbourhood socio-ecologies and homemaking in urban informal settlements. Housing Studies, 35(9), 1586-1606. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1708277

Alam, A., & Miller, F. (2019). Slow, small and shared voluntary relocations: Learning from the experience of migrants living on the urban fringes of Khulna, Bangladesh. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 60(3), 325-338. doi: 10.1111/apv.12244

Alam, A., Minca, C., & Uddin, K. F. (2021). Risks and informality in owner-occupied shared housing: To let, or not to let? International Journal of Housing Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/19491247.2021.1877887

Journal - Research Article

Alam, A., McGregor, A., & Houston, D. (2020). Neither sensibly homed nor homeless: Re-imagining migrant homes through more-than-human relations. Social & Cultural Geography, 21(8), 1122-1145. doi: 10.1080/14649365.2018.1541245

Journal - Research Article

Alam, A., & Houston, D. (2020). Rethinking care as alternate infrastructure. Cities, 100, 102662. doi: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102662

Journal - Research Article

Alam, A., McGregor, A., & Houston, D. (2020). Women's mobility, neighbourhood socio-ecologies and homemaking in urban informal settlements. Housing Studies, 35(9), 1586-1606. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1708277

Journal - Research Article

Alam, A., & Miller, F. (2019). Slow, small and shared voluntary relocations: Learning from the experience of migrants living on the urban fringes of Khulna, Bangladesh. Asia Pacific Viewpoint, 60(3), 325-338. doi: 10.1111/apv.12244

Journal - Research Article

Alam, A., Binns, T., Cullen, N., Freeman, C., Nel, E., & Roche, M. (2021). Celebrating 75 years of geography teaching and research at the University of Otago. New Zealand Geographer. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/nzg.12306

Journal - Research Article

Alam, A. (2020) Home. Part of "An A to Z of shadow places", collection edited by F. Miller, D. Houston & E. Potter. Shadow Places Network. Retrieved from https://www.shadowplaces.net/concepts

Other Research Output

Sherson, B., & Alam, A. (2020). Planning for sea level rise: Adaptation in small coastal communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. Planning Quarterly, 217, 6-12.

Journal - Research Article

Rogers, D., Herbert, M., Whitzman, C., McCann, E., Maginn, P. J., Watts, B., Alam, A., … Caldis, S. (2020). The city under COVID-19: Podcasting as digital methodology. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 111(3), 434-450. doi: 10.1111/tesg.12426

Journal - Research Article

Ahmed, S., Meenar, M., & Alam, A. (2019). Designing a blue-green infrastructure (BGI) network: Toward water-sensitive urban growth planning in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Land, 8(9), 138. doi: 10.3390/land8090138

Journal - Research Article

Alam, A., McGregor, A., & Houston, D. (2018). Photo‐response: Approaching participatory photography as a more‐than‐human research method. Area, 50(2), 256-265. doi: 10.1111/area.12368

Journal - Research Article

Parvin, A., Alam, A. F. M. A., & Asad, R. (2016). A built environment perspective on adaptation in urban informal settlements, Khulna, Bangladesh. In M. Roy, S. Cawood, M. Hordijk & D. Hulme (Eds.), Urban poverty and climate change: Life in the slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America. (pp. 73-91). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Chapter in Book - Research

Alam, A. F. M. A., Asad, R., & Kabir, M. E. (2016). Rural settlements dynamics and the prospects of densification strategy in rural Bangladesh. SpringerPlus, 5, 254. doi: 10.1186/s40064-016-1883-4

Journal - Research Article

Alam, A. F. M. A., Asad, R., & Parvin, A. (2015). Climate change adaptation through grassroots responses: Learning from the “Aila” affected coastal settlement of Gabura, Bangladesh. In W. L. Filho (Ed.), Handbook of climate change adaptation. (pp. 2011-2034). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-38670-1_16

Chapter in Book - Research

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