Dr. Taiabur Rahman is Professor of Development Studies and Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB). Currently, he is on extraordinary leave from the University of Dhaka where he had been a Professor of Development Studies since 2009. He had been the Chair of the Department of Development Studies at the University of Dhaka from 2006 to 2009. He served as Associate Professor and Chair of Public Administration at the Kazakhstan Institute of Economics, Management and Strategic Research (KIMEP University) from January 2011 to June 2014. Previously, he taught at the University of Rajshahi from 1998 to 2004. He served as an adjunct professor at North South University, BRAC University, East West University and Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP). He started his career as a Deputy Manager in Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Dhaka in 1995 and served the same for three years. He earned his PhD. in Public Policy and Governance from the City University of Hong Kong. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Dhaka and obtained his MPhil degree in Public Administration from the University of Bergen, Norway. He has published extensively in national and international referred journals and contributed chapters to numerous books. He is the author of ‘Parliamentary Control and Government Accountability in South Asia: A Comparative Analysis of Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka’ (London, Canada and USA: Routledge, 2008, 2012). He is a reviewer of article submissions to a good number of international journals and manuscripts submissions to reputed international Publishing Houses such as Routledge, Sage and Springer. His research interests are in the broader areas of Public Policy and Governance, Comparative Politics and Development Studies. He has traveled extensively and presented papers in many international seminars and conferences. A prolific author, resource person and development researcher/practitioner Dr. Rahman has rendered extensive consultancy services (including program evaluation and survey) to a host of national and international organizations. It is worth mentioning that he had been the Research Director of Unnayan Shamannay (a reputed think tank in Dhaka) from September 2009 to December 2010. Moreover, he is an expert in the realm of international accreditation for tertiary educational institutions
- December 31, 2020- continuing: Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and Dean (from February 01, 2021) School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS), IUB
- June 1, 2014-December 30, 2020; Professor of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh ( On extraordinary leave from Dhaka University)
- February 15, 2012-May 31, 2014; Chair of Public Administration (Accredited by EAPAA and AQAAA), KIMEP University, Kazakhstan (on extraordinary leave from Dhaka University)
- January 1, 2011- February 14, 2012; Associate Professor of Public Administration, KIMEP, Kazakhstan ( on extraordinary leave from Dhaka University)
- October 2009- December 31, 2010: Professor of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- November 2006- October 2009: Associate Professor in the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
- June 2006-June 2009: Chair of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
- July 2004- November 2006: Assistant Professor in the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- February 2001-July 2004: Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
- February 1998-February 2001: Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.
- September 1995-February 1998: Deputy Manager, Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Dhaka.
- January 1995-September 1995: Research Associate, Unnayan Shamannay, Dhaka.
- ‘Parliamentary Control and Government Accountability in South Asia- A Comparative Analysis of the Role of Parliamentary Committees in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka’. London, Canada and New York: Routledge (2008) and 2nd Edition in Paperback (2012).
- ‘Bureaucratic Accountability in Bangladesh: The Role of Parliamentary Committees’ Dhaka: Organization for Social Development and Research (OSDER) (January 2009).
- Does Citizen Participation Make Public Servants more Satisfied with their Jobs? It Depends on whether they are Spectators or Participants (Co-author, Jan Meyer-Sahling, Kim Mikkelsen, Christian Schuster, Kazi Maruful Islam), Review of Public Personnel Administration ( A Sage Journal), 2021 (forthcoming).
- Agro-information Service and Information Seeking Behavior of Small-scale Farmers in Rural Bangladesh’. (with Niaz Ahmed Khan and Shifat Ara), Asian Pacific Journal of Rural Development (A Sage Journal), 2020, Vol-30, No-1-2, pp-175-194.
- Tapping into the Potential of Academic Diaspora for Homeland Development: The Case of Nigeria (Co-author Francis Amagoh), Journal of International Migration and Integration. ( A Springer Journal), 2016, Vol-17, No-1, pp-35-53.
- Multipurpose Community Telecenters in Rural Bangladesh: A Study of Selected Union Information and Service Centers (Co-author Shahjahan Bhuiyan), Information Development (Social Science indexed Sage Journal) ,2016. Vol-32, No-1, pp-5-19.
- Reckoning Electronic Government Progress in Bangladesh, International Journal of Public Administration Vol-35, No-2, 112-121, 2012(co-author- Niaz Ahmed Khan) (Routledge, London and New York)
- Corporate Environmental and Climate Change Disclosure: Empirical evidence from Bangladesh, Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, Volume 10, 147–169, 2010 ( Belal Ataur et. al) (Emerald, UK)
- ‘Preventive Democracy in South Asia: Parliamentary Government in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka’ Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) Journal, Vol-28, No-1, 2007 (with Ian Holliday and Ahmed Shafiqul Huque)
- ‘Mode of Deliberation in Constitution-making of Bangladesh: Experiences from France and the USA’. Social Science Review (The Dhaka University Studies, Part-D), Vol-22 (2) 2005 (December), pp.117-136.
- ‘Feminist Research Methodology in Social Sciences: What is so Special about It?,’ Journal of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Vol-48, No-2 ,2003, pp.-157-176.
- ‘From Domination to Alliance: Shifting Strategies and Accumulation of Power by the Bureaucracy in Bangladesh’, (with Ahmed Shafiqul Huque) Public Organization Review, (A Springer Journal) Volume-3, No-4, 2003, pp-403-418
- The Chronological Growth of Bureaucracy in Bangladesh: Search for Politico-administrative Nexus, Asian Affairs, 24 (1), 2002, PP-47-69.
- ‘A Comparative Analysis of Management Practices in Japan and Bangladesh: In Search of the Influence of Culture on Management and Organizations’, Journal of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Vol-47, No-1, 2002, pp.-77-
- ‘The Retrospect of Parliament in Bangladesh’, Asian Affairs, Vol-23, No-1 June, 2001, 43-67.
- ‘Development and Democracy: Conceptual and Operational Linkages’, Bangladesh Journal of Administration and Development Vol.4&5, No.2&1 July-December 1996 and January- June, 1997, pp-77-97.
- ‘Shrimp Culture: Its impact on Society, Economy and Environment in Bangladesh’ (in Bengali), Samaj Nirikhon (Social Review), Dhaka University No.60, May 1996.
- ‘From Marginal to Minimal Legislature: Role of Parliament in the Public Policymaking Process in Bangladesh’ in Ali and Bhuiyan (eds) Institutional Reforms, Governance and Service Delivery in the Global South. London : Palgrave Macmillan. (Forthcoming 2021)
- ‘From Brain Drain to Brain Gain: Leveraging the Academic Diaspora for Development in Bangladesh’ in Yong, T. T and M.M. Rahman (eds.) Diaspora Engagement and Development in South Asia. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (October 2013), pp 124-144.
- ‘Introduction’ in Young Pyoung Kim and Tae Young Kim (eds.) Public Management. Seoul: Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy and Korean International Development Agency. (January 2010, pp 2-14.)
- ‘Transparency in Public Management’ in Young Pyoung Kim and Tae Young Kim (eds.) Public Management. Seoul: Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy and Korean International Development Agency. (January 2010, pp 105-124.
- ‘Deregulating Government’ in Young Pyoung Kim and Tae Young Kim (eds.) Public Management. Seoul: Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy and Korean International Development Agency. (January 2010, pp 125-144.
- ‘Downsizing in Public Management’ in Young Pyoung Kim and Tae Young Kim (eds.) Public Management. Seoul: Bangladesh Civil Service Administration Academy and Korean International Development Agency. (January 2010, pp 145-166.
- ‘Life and Livelihood of the Poor Children Living in Metropolis Dhaka: Problems, Prospects and Challenges’ in A. Singh (et el.) Governance and Poverty Reduction. New Delhi: PHI Learning (January 2009), pp 200-221
- ‘Problems of Democratic Consolidation in Bangladesh: A Cultural Explanation’ in R. Ahmed (ed.) The Role of Public Administration in Building Harmonious Society. Manila: Asian Development Bank. December 2006, pp.-569-588
- Parliament and Governance: Does the Jatiya Sangsad Matter in Promoting Good Governance in Bangladesh’ in S. Aminuzzaman (ed.) Governance and Development. Dhaka: Department of Development Studies, Dhaka University. September 2006, pp.-33-55.
Discussion Paper/Working Paper
- ‘Parliamentary Power of the Purse: Stocktaking the Role of Jatiya Sangsad in the Public Policy Process in Bangladesh’ (with Lamia Mohsin). Dhaka. Center on Budget and Policy, University of Dhaka. (June 2020)
- The Role of Organization in the Growth of Rural Non-farm Sector in Bangladesh: The Case of LGED. IPPG Discussion Series no-11, 2007, IDPM, University of Manchester, UK. (With Dr. Atiur Rahman and Taifur Rahman)
- Delivered lectures on Resistance /Barrier to Change Management and Overcoming Resistance to Change’ in training session for class I officials of Bangladesh Civil Service at National Planning and Development Academy, Dhaka, November 16, 2020.
- Chaired a session on ‘Migration and Rohinga Crisis’ in the 6th International Integrative Conference on ‘Governance in Society, Business and Environment held at BARD Comilla, Bangladesh from 18-19 December, 2019.
- Chaired a session on ‘Geopolitics, Conflicts and Terrorism’ in the 5th International Integrative Conference on ‘Governance and Modernization in Changing Society’ held at BARD Comilla, Bangladesh from 18-19 December, 2018.
- Chaired a session on ‘Environmental Governance and Migration’ in the 5th International Integrative Conference on ‘Governance and Modernization in Changing Society’ held at BARD Comilla, Bangladesh from 18-19 December, 2018.
- Delivered lectures on governance and good governance in Training Course on Good Governance for government officials held from 25 February to March 01, 2018, at the National Agriculture Training Academy, Gazipur.
- Worked as Designated Discussion in a session on ‘Entrepreneurship Economics’ in the International Conference on ‘Growth with Equity: Bangladesh’ held at PKSF Auditorium 9 January, 2018. Organized by Dhaka School of Economics.
- Chaired a session on ‘Investment, Financial Inclusion and Development’ in the International Conference on ‘Education, Governance and Development’ held at BARD Comilla, Bangladesh from 18-19 December, 2017.
- Worked as Designated Discussant in a session on Administration, Management and Local Government’ in the International Conference on ‘Education, Governance and Development’ held at BARD Comilla, Bangladesh from 18-19 December, 2017.
- ‘Information Needs and Information Seeking Behavior of Small-scale Farmers in Bangladesh’ paper presented in the International Conference on ‘Inclusive Governance in South Asia’ held at BIAM, Dhaka on May 8-9, 2016 (Coauthor Shifat Ara).
- Chaired a session on ‘Law, Rule of Law and Human Rights’ in the International Conference on ‘Governance in Transition: Perspectives and Practices’ held at BARD Comilla, Bangladesh from 27-28 December, 2016.
- Participation ( as a Key Resource Person) in the ICSSR sponsored International Seminar on ‘Poverty Beyond Borders: Understanding Poverty in the North East India and its Neighboring Countries’ held at Pramathesh Barua College (Gauripur, Assam, India) campus from February 10 to February 12, 2016.
- Chaired a session on ‘Tradition, Transformation and Development’ in the International Conference on Governance in Transition: Perspectives and Practices held at BARD Comilla, Bangladesh from 18 -19 December, 2015.
- Worked as inaugural speaker of a public lecture (hosted by Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka and BIGD, BRAC University) on ‘Technology Adoption in Developing Countries’ Delivered by Dr. Ahmed Mushfiq Mubarak, Professor of Economics at Yale University held on December 12, 2015 at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka.
- Worked as a Designated Discussant of a session on ‘Industries and Business Governance’ in the International Conference on Governance in Transition: Perspectives and Practices held at BARD Comilla, Bangladesh from 18 -19 December, 2015
- Key Note Speaker on ‘Eradication of Extreme Poverty-Challenges for Rangpur Division, held at Hotel Caspia Home, Rangpur on August 24, 2015 Organized by Unnayan Shamannay in collaboration with Shiree Project, UKAid.
- Key Note Speaker on ‘Eradication of Extreme Poverty-The Role of National Budget’ held at Reporters’ Unity, Dhaka on June 24, 2015 Organized by Unnayan Shamannay in collaboration with Shiree Project, UKAid.
- Key Note Speaker on ‘Eradication of Extreme Poverty by 2021: The Budget We want’ held at National Press Club Auditorium, on June 2, 2015 Organized by Unnayan Shamannay in collaboration with Shiree Project, UKAid.
- Worked as moderator of a public lecture on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ Delivered by Kailash Satyarthi, Co-winner of Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 held on May 30th, 2015 at Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Auditorium, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Dhaka.
- Key Note Speaker on ‘Eradication of Extreme Poverty-Challenges for Sylhet Division’, held at Rainbow Hotel on November 26, 2014 Organized by Unnayan Shamannay in collaboration with Shiree Project, UKAid.
- Key Note Speaker on ‘Eradication of Extreme Poverty-Challenges for Chittagong Hill Tracks, held at Bandarban Zila Parishad Auditorium on September 23, 2014 Organized by Unnayan Shamannay in collaboration with Shiree Project, UKAid.
- Key Note Speaker on ‘Eradication of Extreme Poverty-Challenges for Khulna, held at CSS Ava Center on August 6, 2014 Organized by Unnayan Shamannay in collaboration with Shiree Project, UKAid.
- ‘From Brain Drain to Brain Gain: Leveraging the Academic Diaspora for Bangladesh’s Development’ Paper presented at an international conference on ‘Diaspora and Development: South Asian Diaspora Engagement in South Asia’ held on September 27-28, 2012 at the Singapore National University.
- National Consultation on Mixed Migration in Kazakhstan June 1, 2012 UN House Astana organized by UNHRC, Almaty Kazkahstan.
- Visit to Aston University, UK for doing joint research on ‘Corporate Environment and Climate Change Disclosure’ sponsored by British Council’s INSPIRE project. January 16-26, 2010.
- Regional Conference Asia on ‘Quality in Growth: Approaches to Inclusive Development in Asian Societies’ organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany and Planning Commission, India held on September 14-16, 2009 held at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India.(Participant).
- South Asian Consultation on ‘Trade, Climate Change and Food Security’ organized by South Asian Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment(SAWTEE), held on September 9-11, 2009 at Gokharna Forest Resort, Kathmandu, Nepal. .(Participant).
- ‘Stocktaking the Progress Towards Attaining MDG 1: How distant is the destination of poverty Alleviation in Bangladesh’ paper presented to the ‘In-Country Symposium 2009 on Millennium Development Goals: Achievements and Challenges’ organized by the Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka in Collaboration with UNFPA, held on June 23, 2009.
- Exchange Visit to Korea as preparation for writing a Handbook on Public Management for BCSAA officials drawing learning from Korean Innovation in Public Management, Seoul 24-30 May 2008.
- ‘The Role of Parliamentary Committees in Curbing Corruption in Bangladesh’ and ‘Effective Public Personnel Management and Controlling Corruption in Bangladesh’ lectured delivered as a resource person in ‘Senior Executive Certificate Course for Strategic Management of Anti-corruption program for government officials’ organized by the Department of Development Studies, University of Dhaka in collaboration with NAPSIPAG, Malaysia and ADB, Manila held on October 19-31, 2007.
- ‘Development Debate on Globalization’ and ‘Human Development; Concept, Theories and Trends’ lecture delivered as resource person in Training of Trainers (TOT) course Development and Development Issues Jointly organized by BRAC Training Division and Development Studies Department, BRAC University held during September 01 – 20, 2007 at BRAC TARC Gulshan, Dhaka
- ‘Leadership in Parliament’ organized by The World Bank Institute (WBI), Washington D.C, CPA and Royal Roads University held on 6-11 May 2007 at Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada
- ‘Role of Institutions in the Growth of Rural Non-farm Sector in Bangladesh: The Case of LGED’ paper presented at the IPPG Workshop held on April 28-May 5, 2007, at Manchester University UK.
- Worked as resource person and delivered lectures on ‘Parliament and Governance’ and ‘E-Governance and ICT’ in the International Training Course on “Good Governance in Rural Development” organized jointly by Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) and Commonwealth Secretariat, U.K held on 09-21 April 2007 at BARD, Comilla.
- The Political Economy of Trade Liberalization in Bangladesh’, paper presented to an Inception Workshop on Mainstreaming International Trade into National Development’ organized by CUTS International held on February 7-9, 2007 at Kenilworth Hotel, Calcutta.
- ‘What Works for the Poorest? Knowledge, Policies and Practices’ Convened Jointly by BRAC, Chronic Poverty Center and University of Manchester. BRAC Center, Dhaka, December 2-6, 2006.
- ‘Life and Livelihood of the Poor Children Living in Metropolis Dhaka: Problems, Prospects and Challenges’ paper presented to the International Conference on Poverty, Inequality and Access to Justice for the Poor in South Asia organized by the Center for the Study of Law and Governance (CSLG), Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, held on 7-9 November, 2006.
- The Role of World Bank in developing Countries: A Critical Review’ paper presented to the seminar on ‘International Forum against Unjust Global Order’ Jointly organized by ActionAid Bangladesh, Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty (APNFS), South Asia Network on Food, Ecology and Culture (SANFEC) and Department of Development Studies of Dhaka University held on September 13-14, 2006 at BIAM Auditorium, Dhaka.
- ‘Research Workshop on Institution, Development and Pro-poor Growth’ worked as Resource Person jointly organized by London School of Economics, CUTS, India and Unnayan Samannay Dhaka, Dhaka, 31 July-4 -August 2006.
- ‘Problems of Democratic Consolidation In Bangladesh: A Cultural Explanation’ Paper presented to the Network of Asia-Pacific Schools and Institutes of Public Administration and Governance (NAPSIPAG) Annual Conference 2005, Beijing, PRC, 5-7 December 2005
- 11th EADI Conference on ‘ Insecurity and Development’ Bonn, September 19-27, 2005
- Training Workshop on Processes and Approaches in Gender Studies organized by the Department of Population Sciences, University of Dhaka in Cooperation with UNFPA, Dhaka, June 25-26, 2005, Academy of Planning and Development, Dhaka.
- Parliamentary Control and Government Accountability in Sri Lanka: The Role of Parliamentary Committees paper presented at BASAS conference 2005, March 30-1 2005, Devonshire, University of Leeds, UK.
- Parliamentary Oversight and Government Accountability in Bangladesh: The Role of Standing Committees on Ministries, April 4, 2004, Hotel Sheraton, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- Parliamentary Control and Financial Accountability in Bangladesh: The Role of Financial Committees, December 15,2003, Hotel Sheraton, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- The Role of Congress in American Foreign Policy, August 5-10, 2002. American Studies Institute in Asia, Hong Kong.
- Orientation Course on the Operations of Micro Credit Program of Grammen Bank B), Grameen Bank, Dhaka, 1995.
- Orientation Course on Rural Development and Cooperatives in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla, 1995
- First Communication Skill Development Course, Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center (BPATC), Savar, 1995.
- Courses on Micro Credit operations, Training, Monitoring and Evaluation of Credit program at the field level, Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Dhaka, 1995.
- Orientation Courses on Banking & Financing and Projects on Rural Development in Bangladesh, Sonali Bank Staff College, Dhaka, 1995
Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance, Parliamentary Studies, Development Studies, South Asia, Financial Management, Rural Development, Third Sector Development, Local Government, Child Right, Governance, Water and Sanitation, Public Management, Project Management, Education, ICT and E-Governance, Diaspora and Development
Public Administration and Management, Public Policy, Governance and Development, Rural Development Politics and Development, Development Policy Economics, Financial Management, Political Economy, NGOs and Development, Research Methodology, Gender and Development, Project Management, Financial Management, Administrative Ethics, Development Management
Course Taught at the Undergraduate Level: Public Budgeting, Fundamentals of Financial Management, Fundamentals of Public Administration, Children, Youth and Development, NGOs and Development, Research Methodology, Local Government, Introduction to Political Science, Political Economy, Women in Development, Feminist Research Methodology, Governance and Development, Micro-finance, Development Management, Public Policy Analysis, Emergence of Bangladesh
Courses taught at the Masters Level: Introduction to Development Studies, Development Theories and Approaches, Development Policy Economics, Public Policy Analysis, Governance and Development, Administrative Ethics, Project Management and Analysis, Politics and Development, Introduction to Governance Studies, Sustainable Development, Polity, Policy Process and Institutions, Public Policy Making in Bangladesh, Local Government, Globalization and Civil Society, Development Management, Sustainable Development, M&E, EIA, Microfinance, Qualitative Research Methodology, Research Design and Writing Proposal, Microfinance, Entrepreneurship and Development, Rural Development, Public Budgeting, Entrepreneurship for Development, Leadership in Development, Power, Politics and Governance.