Dr. Edris Alam

Dr. Edris Alam

Associate Professor, BCM and IEM

Dr Edris Alam is as an Associate Professor in Integrated Emergency Management and Business Continuity Program. Dr Alam teaches courses on emergency management, business continuity planning, research methods, crowd and public safety, media response plans in emergencies, crisis leadership and strategic planning. Dr Alam has earned his PhD in Disaster Risk Reduction from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Dr Alam both studied and worked in Bangladesh, Australia and the United Kingdom. In the past, Dr Alam worked for the country governments, NGOs, and United Nations in different capacities. He has published as a lead author over thirty research papers on disaster risk management and sustainability science in major international journals. Dr Alam succeeded securing research funding from Governmental Organizations (GOs), NGOs, INGOs, UNDP, DFID and universities. Dr Alam’s research interests include mainstreaming climate change and disaster risk reduction (DRR), sustainability science, DRR policy planning, public health emergency and integration emergency management for resilience. Whilst working as a lead international consultant on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction cluster of different UN agencies, Dr Alam identified appalling strategic gap in program document development and implementation of agendas on climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. Advocating for the mainstreaming of environment, climate change and disaster risk reduction considerations throughout all sectors is the utmost thrust of his work.

  • 2010 2014: PhD thesis entitled ‘A new record and geography of tsunamis, earthquakes and tropical cyclones in Bangladesh and their relevance to disaster risk reduction.’ The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia.Doi: 10.13140/2.1.5141.2806.
  • 20062007: Master of Science in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development, Northumbria University, UK. Dissertation (20,000 Words) entitled Understanding vulnerability and local responses to disasters: experiences from Bangladesh coast.
  • 20012002: Master of Science in Geography & Environment, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dissertation (20,000 words) entitled Post cyclone adjustment process: the case of Sandwip Island, Bangladesh.
  • 19962000: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geography & Environment with minors in Economics, Sociology and History, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Disaster & risk management
  • Disaster, Environment and Development
  • Epidemiology of disasters and public health emergency management
  • Coupled human-environment systems
  • Sustainable development through post disaster reconstruction and humanitarian assistance and sustainable livelihood approaches
  • Climate change, migration, adaptation and policy
  • Integrated Emergency Management (IEM)
  • Business Continuity Management (BCM)

Journal papers


  • Alam, E. 2020. Earthquake hazard knowledge, risk perception and preparedness in readymade garment industry in Bangladesh. Sustainability12, 10147.
  • Alam, E., 2020. Landslide hazard knowledge, risk perception and preparedness in southeast Bangladesh. Sustainability12, 6305.
  • Alam,, 2019. Importance of long time data for disaster risk reduction in Bangladesh, Progress in Disaster Science 2: 1-9. Doi:org/10.1016/j.pdisas.2019.100019
  • Alam, , 2017. A historical and geographical analysis of earthquake and associated tsunami events in the northern Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh coast. Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International, 12 (2): 1-14. Doi: 10.9734/JGEESI/2017/31187.
  • Alam, E., 2017. Locational analysis of hill cutting areas in Chittagong City, Bangladesh, Journal of Earth Science and Climate Change, 8 (11). Doi: DOI: 4172/2157-7617.1000420.
  • Alam, E., 2017. Climate impacts and adaptation strategies of the Bangladeshi coastal communities, American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 14 (4): 195-202.
  • Alam, E., 2017. Food security and Food Security and Household Coping Strategies During Disasters in Bangladesh, International Journal of Natural Disasters & Health Security (IJNHS), 4(1), 30-35. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.19070/2572-7540-170006.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., 2016. Earthquakes in the north-eastern coastline of Indian Ocean with a particular focus on the Bay of Bengal – a synthesis and review, Natural Hazards, 81: 2031-2102. Doi: 10.1007/s11069-016-2174-7.
  • Alam,, 2016. Earthquake and tsunami knowledge, risk perception and preparedness in SE Bangladesh. Journal of Geography and Natural Disasters, 6:154. Doi: 10.4172/2167-0587.1000154.
  • Alam, ,Bhuiyan, H.U., 2015. Tropical cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis in SE Bangladesh coast: historical context, disaster effects, local adaptation and management. Journal of Social Development (in Bengali). 27 (1): 35-51.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., 2015. A new catalogue of tropical cyclone events, their spatial distribution and effects in Bangladesh. International Journal of Climatology, 35 (6): 801-835. Doi: 10.1002/joc.4035.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., 2014. An analysis of the AD1762 earthquake and tsunamis in the SE Bangladesh. Natural Hazards, 70 (1):903–933. Doi: 1007/s11069-013-0841-5.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Goff, J., Chagué-Goff, C., 2012. Tsunamis in the northeastern Indian Ocean with a particular focus on the Bay of Bengal region– a synthesis and review. Earth-Science Reviews, 114 (1–2): 175–193. Doi:1016/j.earscirev.2012.05.002.
  • Alam, E., Collins, A.E., 2010. Cyclone disaster vulnerability and response experiences in coastal Bangladesh. Disasters, 34 (4): 931–954. Doi:10.1111/j.0361-3666.2010.01176.x.
  • Alam, E., Tornado hazard in Bangladesh: nature, loss and coping, The Chittagong University Journal of Science, 29 (1): 33–30.
  • Alam, E., Chowdhury, M.A.T., Akbar, M.T, Islam, H., 2005. Prospect of ecotourism development in Cox’s Bazar coastal belt of Bangladesh. The Journal of Business and Society, 4 (3): 55–
  • Alam, E., Bhuiyan, R.H., Rahman, M.M., 2004. Loss pattern of cyclone 1991: a study on Sandwip Island, Bangladesh. The Chittagong University Journal of Science, 28 (2): 67–78.
  • Alam, E., Groundwater arsenic problem in Bangladesh: a field level observation. The Chittagong University Journal of Science, 28 (1): 123–132.
  • Alam, E., Chowdhury, AT., Akbar, MT., 2004. Aspects of socio-environmental problems resulting from hill cutting in Chittagong City of Bangladesh: local people’s perspectives, Pakistan Journal of Social Science 3 (8), 148-152.
  • Alam, E., Bhuiyan, R.H., Akbar, MT., 2004. Life and livelihood strategies of Char-land areas of Bay Bengal: a study on Urir Char, Pakistan Journal of Social Science 3 (2), 255-260.
  • Alam, E., Post cyclone adjustment processes: basic needs perspective. Oriental Geographer, 47 (2): 4760.
  • Alam, E., Bhuiyan, R.H., Akbar, M.T., 2003. Cyclone disaster in coastal Bangladesh: local knowledge and indigenous coping strategies, Bhugal Patrika (A Journal of Geography), 22: 124–133.
  • Alam, E., Coping with cyclone havoc: an occupational group perspective, Journal of Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), 48 (2): 59–74.


Books and Book Chapters


  • Ray-Bennett, N.S.R., Mendez, D., Alam, E., Morgner, C., 2020. Inter-Agency Collaboration in Natural Hazard Management in Developed Countries, in Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Alam, E., Momtaz, S., Bhuiyan, H.B., Baby, S.N., 2019. Climate change impacts on the Bangladesh coast: perspective on tropical cyclones, sea level rise and social vulnerability, in Islam, N., Amstel, A., Bangladesh 1: Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation in Developing Countries, Series: Springer Climate Change, pp. 145-166.
  • Sarkar, A., Alam, E., People’s experience of climate change impacts and community led adaptation in drought prone northern Bangladesh, Sage publisher.
  • Alam, E., Coping and adaptation: coastal communities with disasters, AHDP publishing house, Dhaka, pp. 105.


Conference Proceedings


  • Alam, E. 2012. Adaptation actions, migration and disaster vulnerability in Bangladesh: an analysis of disaster resilient mechanisms in the context of coastal hazards. The conference on ‘Tracing social inequalities in environmentally-induced migration’ Bielefeld, Germany, organised by the European Science Foundation and Bielefeld University, Germany, 9–13 December, 2012.
  • Alam, E., Dominey-Howes, D., Momtaz, S., Calgaro, E., 2012. A history of tropical cyclone events, their spatial distribution and effects in Bangladesh. The American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, USA, 3–7 December 2012.
  • Alam, E., 2009. Impact of climate change on human security in Bangladesh: an analysis in enhanced community response mechanisms for future resilience to disasters. World Conference of Humanitarian Studies, Groningen, the Netherlands, 4-7 February 2009.
  • Alam, E., Flash flood in southeastern region of Bangladesh: nature, causes and coping. Paper presented in the 17th Indian Social Science Congress, held on 19-20th December 2008 in Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, India.
  • Alam, E., 2007. Cyclone disaster responses in coastal Bangladesh. The Joint meeting of the Midwest Sociological Association, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 4–7April, 2007.


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