Professor M. Manzurul Hassan has been in the university teaching and research for more than two and a half decades. He is interested in teaching on environmental health, research methodology, spatial epidemiology, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Professor Hassan is supervising a number of PhD candidates on environmental health and environmental legal issues. He is an Editor of different peer-reviewed International Journals e.g. Cogent Geoscience, Cogent Environmental Science, International Journal of Disaster Response and Emergency Management, and Public Health Open Access as well as a reviewer of numerous international scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with TIBG) and member of a number of international and national professional bodies. Professor Hassan was an Organizing Committee member of the 7th International Conference on Climate Change and Medical Entomology that was held on October 15-16 of 2018 in Dubai, UAE.
Professor Hassan graduated with his PhD in Social Sciences and Health from Durham University, UK in 2003 with Commonwealth Scholarships Programme. Earlier, he completed his MSc in Geographical Information for Development (GID) from the same university in 1997 with the British ODA (Overseas Development Association) Scholarship. He previously completed his BSc (honours) and MSc (thesis) in Geography from Jahangirnagar University in 1987 and 1988 respectively. He was also awarded with Merit Scholarships in both the SSC and HSC examinations held in 1982 and 1984 respectively. In addition, he was awarded with the Chancellor Prize by the honourable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in 1984 for his outstanding academic performance. He was a Commonwealth Fellow and a Researcher of the Institute of Hazard and Risk Resilience - IHRR, Durham University in 2009-10. He was nominated as Fellow of European Commission on environmental health risk policy under the scheme of Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns), Durham University.
Professor Hassan’s research delves in groundwater arsenic poisoning, water quality, air quality, medical waste, spatial decision, environmental health risk, and environmental security and justice. He is also experienced with environmental investigation, in terms of Initial Environmental Examination (IEE), Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), and Environmental Management Planning (EMP). He is concerned with the pattern of climate change and human health as well as climatic mitigation and adaptation strategy. He is also engaged in research and consultancy in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Air Quality Monitoring (AQM), Medical Waste Management (MWM), Digital Elevation Model (DEM), and Waste Water. Along with geostatistical analysis, he is familiar with spatial modelling for health risk assessment. Professor Hassan wrote a significant number of research papers and book chapters. His published papers are largely focused on GIS theories and methodologies, groundwater arsenic poisoning, medical waste management, and spatial health risk assessment. He is pioneer in Bangladesh for Public Participation GIS (PPGIS). He is the author of a book on “Arsenic in Groundwater: Poisoning and Risk Assessment” published from the CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group, USA) on 15 March 2018. Professor Hassan awarded with the “Bangladesh Education Leadership Awards 2019” in Environment Studies by the World Education Congress in September 2019.
Apart from his existing teaching and research at Jahangirnagar, he has also served as consultant to a number of world bodies, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB), UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), and UNDP. He formulated several policies in different development sectors (e.g., climate change & human health, medical waste management, water supply & sanitation) for different countries, e.g. Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia. Moreover, he developed a computer-based system having GIS mapping facilities for automated monitoring the progress of WASH programmes, as well as “Monitoring and Evaluation Protocol for the National Sanitation Monitoring in Bangladesh” with the WSP-World Bank.
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(a) Awarded with the “Bangladesh Education Leadership Awards 2019” in Environment Studies by the World Education Congress.
(b) He was awarded with Merit Scholarships in his SSC (equivalent to British “O” Level) and HSC (equivalent to British “A” Level) in 1982 and 1984 respectively.
(c) He received the Chancellor Prize by the honourable President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in 1984 for his performance in the HSC Examination.
(d) He was also awarded with Sohel Memorial Scholarship and the University Grants Commission Scholarship (Bangladesh) in 1989 for securing Top place in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Jahangirnagar University.
(e) He received British ODA scholarship (196-97), Commonwealth Scholarship (199-2003), Commonwealth Fellowship (2009-10), and Fellow of European Commission on environmental health risk policy (2010) for his higher studies and research in UK.
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Hassan MM & Ahamed R (2017): Arsenic-safe Aquifers in Coastal Bangladesh: An Investigation with Ordinary Kriging Estimation. The International Archives for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XLII-4/W5: 97-105, [https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-4-W5-97-2017].
Chakraborti D; Rahman MM; Alauddin M; Hassan M; Dutta RN; Pati S; Mukherjee SC; Roy S; Quamruzzaman Q; Rahman M; Morshed S; Islam T; Sorif S; Selim M; Islam MR; Hossain MM (2015): Groundwater Arsenic Contamination in Bangladesh-21 Years of Research. Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. 31: 237-248 [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtemb.2015.01.003].
Khan A; Hassan MM; Atkins PJ (2014): International Curriculum Transfer in Geography in Higher Education: An Example. Journal of Geography in Higher Education. 38 (3): 348-60. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2014.912617].
Hassan MM & Atkins PJ (2011): Application of geostatistics with Indicator Kriging for analyzing spatial variability of groundwater arsenic concentrations in southwest Bangladesh. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A (Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering), 46 (11): 1185-1196 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10934529.2011.598771].
Patwary MA; O’Hare WT; Elahi KM; Hassan MM; Sarker MH (2010): Domes and the Dead: An Example of Extreme Fatalism among Mortuary Workers in Bangladesh. Kaleidoscope, 4 (1): 10-18. [http://hdl.handle.net/10149/117306].
Jakariya M; Bhattacharya P; Hassan MM; Ahmed KM; Hasan MA; Nahar S (2009): Temporal Variation of Groundwater Arsenic Concentrations in Southwest Bangladesh. In; Bundschuh J; Armienta MA; Birkle P; Bhattacharya P; Matschullat J; & Mukherjee AB (eds). Natural Arsenic in Groundwater of Latin America - Occurrence, health impact and remediation. CRC Press/Balkema, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 225-233. ISBN: 978-0-415-40771-7. [https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780203886236/chapters/10.1201%2Fb11334-25].
Hassan MM; Ahmed SA; Rahman KA; Biswas TK (2008): Pattern of Medical Waste Management: Existing Scenario of Dhaka City, Bangladesh. Biomedical Central Public Health, 8: 36. [https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-8-36].
Hassan MM & Atkins PJ (2007): Arsenic Risk Mapping in Bangladesh: A Simulation Technique of Cokriging Estimation from Regional Count Data. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A (Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering), 42 (12): 1719-1728. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10934520701564210].
Atkins PJ; Hassan MM; Dunn CE (2007): Poisons, pragmatic governance and deliberative democracy: the arsenic crisis in Bangladesh. GeoForum, 38 (1): 155-170. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2006.07.009].
Atkins PJ; Hassan MM; Dunn CE (2007): Environmental irony: summoning death in Bangladesh. Environment & Planning A, 39 (7): 2699-2714. [https://doi.org/10.1068/a38123].
Hassan MM; Atkins PJ; Dunn CE (2006): Pattern of Groundwater Arsenic Concentrations in Different Aquifers. Oriental Geographers, 50 (2): 1-18.
Hassan MM & Atkins PJ: Arsenic in Bangladesh. Geography Review, 19 (4): 14-17 [www.philipallan.co.uk].
Atkins PJ; Hassan MM; Dunn CE (2006): Toxic torts: arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh and the legal geographies of responsibility. Transactions in the Institute of the British geographers, 31 (3): 272-285 [https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-5661.2006.00209.x].
Hassan MM; Atkins PJ; Dunn CE (2005): Social Implications of Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh. Social Science & Medicine, 61 (10): 2201-2211. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.04.021].
Hassan MM (2005): Spatial risk pattern for arsenic contamination: mapping with inverse distance weighting (IDW) method. The International Archives for Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XXXVI, Part 2/W29, pp:52-56.
Hassan MM (2005): Arsenic Poisoning in Bangladesh: Spatial Mitigation Planning with GIS and Public Participation. Health Policy, 74 (3): 247-260. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2005.01.008].
Hassan MM; Dunn CE; Atkins PJ (2004): Exploring risk from arsenic-contaminated drinking water in Bangladesh: GIS and participation. Proceedings of the GIS Research UK (GISRUK), 12th Annual Conference, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, 28-30 April, pp145-147. .
Hassan MM; Atkins PJ; & Dunn CE (2004): Suitable arsenic mitigation options in Bangladesh: voices of local people. Indian Journal of Landscape Systems and Ecological Studies, 24 (2): 1-7.
Hassan MM (2004): The applications of Landsat TM data for land use and land cover mapping. Journal of the Bangladesh National Geographical Association, 32 (1 & 2): 53-63.
Hassan MM (2004): Groundwater arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh: policies, activities and mitigation. The Jahangirnagar review – Part II: social Science, Vol. XXVIII, pp105-121.
Hassan MM; Atkins PJ; Dunn CE (2003): The Spatial Pattern of Risk from Arsenic Poisoning: A Bangladesh Case Study. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A (Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering), A38 (1): 1-24. [http://dx.doi.org/10.1081/ESE-120016590].
Hassan MM (2018): Arsenic in Groundwater: Poisoning and Risk Assessment. CRC Press (USA). [Published on 15 March 2018, pp377, https://doi.org/10.1201/9781315117034]
About the Book: The main focus of this book is to explore the untold stories of groundwater arsenic in view of its poisonous nature for human health, social implications, exposure and risk assessment, worldwide concentrations with space-time dimension, micro level GIS application in spatial arsenic concentration, policy response and mitigation options, and water right and legal issues of safe drinking water. There are very few books on arsenic issues and almost all the books are mainly based on geology, geochemistry and health issues. There is a gap in spatial, social and legal issues of arsenic toxicity, and the lack of literature on GIS-based modeling for spatial risk of arsenic contamination is a serious methodological limitation. Therefore, this book would be a departure for health geography with a social science and legal context. The book deals with the arsenic issue within a social science point framework, with the context being set by environmental and legal considerations. Due consideration will be given to the methodological issues of spatial, quantitative and qualitative enquiries on arsenic poisoning, for instance using GIS to investigate the distribution of arsenic-laced water in space-time to uncover the pattern of variations over scales from metres to kilometres. The production of spatial risk maps will provide an indication to researchers, policy makers, and politicians of possible long-term strategies of mitigation. Qualitative methodological approaches will uncover the hidden issues of arsenic poisoning on human health and their social implications as well as their coping strategies and adaptation in the face of community and in-family ostracism.
MSc (Advance Taught Course) on Geographical Information for Development (GID) from the Department of Geography, Durham University with the British ODA Scholarship. Produced a dissertation on “The Pattern of Suburban Development in Dhaka City (Bangladesh): A GIS Approach”.
Period: October 1999 to January 2003
PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health, University of Durham, England with the Commonwealth Scholarship Programme. Produced a PhD thesis on “Arsenic Toxicity in Bangladesh: Health and Social Hazards”.
Fellowship from the Institute of Hazard and Risk Resilience - IHRR, Durham University with the Commonwealth Fellowship Programme. Also, nominated as Fellow of European Commission on environmental health risk policy under the scheme of Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns), Durham University, UK.
Period: January 1992 to Continuing