Dr. Marufa Akter

Assistant Professor



  • Name:
    Dr. Marufa Akter
  • Email: marufa@iub.edu.bd

Dr. Marufa Akter is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Global Studies and Governance in Independent University, Bangladesh. She obtained a PhD in Political Science from University of Bremen, Germany and her dissertation titled: Women’s Political Participation in Bangladesh Parliament: A Case Study Analysis of Women’s Substantive Representation. She has obtained a Masters degree in Public Policy from Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, University of Erfurt, Germany under DAAD scholarship. She also holds a Bachelor and a Master of Social Sciences degree in International Relations from University of Dhaka. She has attended a one-year graduate course on Peace building, and Conflict Transformation at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, USA. She works in the areas of women and politics; gender and governance; women, peace and security; conflict resolution and peace building.


Academic Papers
Akter, Marufa, “Pathways to Women’s Substantive Representation: An Assessment of Enactment of the
Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010 in the Bangladesh Parliament”, Journal of the
Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), June 2019 (forthcoming).
Akter, Marufa, “Conceptualizing Environmental Governance on the GBM Basin”, Bandung: Journal of
the Global South 3: 25, (30 June 2016).
Akter, Marufa and Nazneen, Sohela, “Engendering Democracy: Women, Political Parties and Inclusion in
Bangladesh”, The State of Governance Bangladesh 2013: Democracy Party Politics, BRAC Institute of
Governance and Development, BRAC University (November 2014).
Akter, Marufa and Ashequa Irshad, “The Role of the World Bank in Combating Corruption: Achievements
and Challenges”. Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) Journal, Vol. 34,
NO. 4, (October 2013). http://www.biiss.org/biiss_journal/october2013_issue.html
Akter, Marufa and Niloy R. Biswas, “Coercive State Intervention in Conflict Resolution: The Case of Sri
Lanka”, Social Science Review (Dhaka University Studies, Part D), Vol. 29, No. 2 (December 2012).

Policy Advocacy/Technical Briefs/Working Papers
Akter, Marufa, ‘Women in Politics in South Asia’, Technical Background Paper Issue 1, Centre for Gender
and Social Transformation, BRAC Development Institute, University (February 2013). The paper is available
on, http://sarswp.weebly.com/womens-political-participation-in-south-asia.html
Akter, Marufa, ‘UN Security Council Resolution 1325 And its Implementation, Technical Background Paper
Issue 4, Centre for Gender and Social Transformation, BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University
(February 2013). The paper is available on, http://sarswp.weebly.com/unscr-1325.html
Akter, Marufa, ‘Situational Analysis of Women’s Representation in National Politics of Bangladesh’,
Technical Background Paper Issue 5, Centre for Gender and Social Transformation, BRAC Development
Institute, BRAC University (February 2014).
Akter, Marufa, ‘Women in Bangladesh Politics: Existing Challenges and Future opportunities’, Technical
Background Paper Issue 6, Centre for Gender and Social Transformation, BRAC Development Institute,
BRAC University (April 2014).


2017 ‘Women in Bangladesh Parliament: Power, Politics and Substantive Representation’, presented in a
panel titled Unexplored Aspects of Women’s Substantive Representation: Considering New Settings, Actors,
Institutions and Interconnections in 5th European Conference on Politics and Gender, 8-10 June,
University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
2016 ‘Representation of Women in Bangladesh Parliament- Does the Presence of Women Reflect their
Substantive Representation?’, presented in a panel titled Explaining the Representation of Women and
Minorities in Parliament in 10th ECPR General Conference, from 7-10 September, Charles University,
Prague, Czech Republic.
2016 Oxford Spring School Course in Advanced Research Methods, from 11 – 15 April, organized by
University of Oxford, UK.
2015 ‘Women’s Substantive Representation at the Parliament of Bangladesh’, presented PhD project in
Contested Narratives: International Workshop with PhD Course, from 23-24 April, University of
Copenhagen, Denmark.
2013 Women Delegate from Bangladesh in Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice
and Economic Development, at the Institute of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a twoweek program of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. The program is co-hosted by Mount
Holyoke, Simmons, and Smith colleges, from May 25 to June 6, 2014 in South Hadley, Boston, and
Northampton, Massachusetts in the Northeast of the United States.
2012 CONTACT South Asia Education and Peace Building Program for Emerging Leaders. Organized by SIT
Graduate Institute, USA, from 1-16 December.
Course Instructor: Tatsushi Arai, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Peace Building and Conflict
Transformation, SIT Graduate Institute, USA.
2007 Training Course on Research Methodology for Social Science Research, from June 30- July 06, organized by
BRAC University.
Course Director: Professor Naila Kabeer (Institute of Development Studies, UK).


Education & Training