American University Research Team Visited Bangladesh

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American University Research Team Visited Bangladesh

A two membered research team from American University, Washington D.C, visited Bangladesh from 12th of August 2017 to 21st August 2017. The team was led by Dr. Todd Eisenstaedt, Professor at the School of Public Affairs, and Dr. Jie Lu, Professor from the same university accompanied him during the visit.

Public Policy and Governance (PPG) Program of North South University (NSU) and American University, Washington are working together in a research project on climate migration and a proposal for a national survey has been developed for National Science Foundation (NSF) of the USA.   

The purpose of the visit was to explore the factual scenario of Climate Change-Induced Migration in Bangladesh. Faculty members and research staffs of PPG and Researchers from American University, Washington conducted series of Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and interviews in three districts (Dhaka, Kurigram and Cox’s Bazar) of the country to reveal the actual situation of migration due to climatic change.

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Focus Group Discussions were held with Local community people, elected representatives (UP Chairmen, members), school teachers, local level government officials and NGO representatives in Korail Slum of Dhaka District, Mugol Basha Upazila in Kurigram District, Pekua and Kutubdia in Cox’s Bazar District.

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Moreover a FGD was also held with the students from Public and Private Universities. In addition to the FGD, meetings with the Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forest, Meteorologists from Bangladesh Meteorological Department and Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar district were held.  A workshop with the experts in climate and environmental issues also took place at PPG office.

Official diner was offered in the honor of the visiting professors by the BoT Chair and Vice Chancellor of NSU.