Prof. Dr. Md. Ashiq Ur Rahman

Prof. Dr. Md.  Ashiq  Ur Rahman

Prof. Dr. Md. Ashiq Ur Rahman

Research Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 04/2017–03/2019

Degree: PhD in Urban Studies, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Degree: MSc in Urban Development Planning, University College London, United Kingdom

Degree: Bachelor of Urban and Rural Planning, Khulna University, Bangladesh

CV Summary

Being a researcher and academic based in a developing country and educated in United Kingdom, Prof. Dr. Md. Ashiq Ur Rahman would like to describe himself as a professional who is able to blend international practices and local contexts. He is a faculty member of Urban and Rural Planning Discipline of Khulna University, Bangladesh and was upgraded as a professor in 2016. He is highly motivated in working in the field of pro-poor housing initiatives in Bangladesh and other developing countries. This motivation was influenced by the technical skills and theoretical knowledge he gained from his MSc in Urban Development Planning programme of Development Planning Unit of University College London. Having this strong theoretical background, he started working on his PhD research in Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Awarded with PhD in Urban Studies in 2012, he started to frame his understanding of enabling approach for pro-poor development. He has reframed his experiences and theoretical considerations of urban development through different scholarly articles and research projects. He was awarded with Commonwealth Scholarship, James Watt Fellowship, Swedish Institute Fellowship, TIB Fellowship for Innovative Research on Corruption and Governance and Georg Forster Research Fellowship by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His field of research interest and career motivation lies in pro-poor urban development initiatives. He believes that individuals have their own capabilities and combining those capabilities towards democratic development is essential. The focus of his career is to contribute in research-policy continuum highlighting the synergy of community based organizations for pro-poor urban development. Right now he is working as Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Department of International Urbanism of Institute of Urban Planning and Design, University of Stuttgart, Germany.


Rahman, Md Ashiq Ur (together with Ley, A.) (eds.) (2020): Housing and Human Settlements in a World of Change, Habitat-International Series on International Urbanism, transcript, Bielefeld,

Rahman, M. A. U. (2015): ‘Coordination of urban planning organizations as a process of achieving effective and socially just planning: A case of Dhaka city, Bangladesh’. In: International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment, no. 4, pp. 330–340.

Rahman, M.A.U. (2016): ‘Urban sustainability through strategic planning: A case of metropolitan planning in Khulna city, Bangladesh’. In: Journal of Urban Management, no. 5, pp. 16-22.

Rahman, M. A. U., Hossain, M. Z. and Kabir, M. E. (2016): ‘Operationalizing community-led housing in practice: Lessons from Bangkok, Thailand and Mumbai, India’. In: International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment, no. 5(2), pp. 564–578.

Hossain, M. Z. and Rahman, M. A. U. (2017): ‘Pro-poor adaptation for the urban extreme poor in the context of climate change: A study on Dhaka City, Bangladesh’. In: International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, no. 10(3), pp. 389–406.

Hossain, M. Z. and Rahman, M. A. U. (2018): ‘Adaptation to climate change as resilience for urban extreme poor: lessons learned from targeted asset transfers programmes in Dhaka city of Bangladesh’. In: Environment, Development and Sustainability, no. 20(1), pp. 407–432.