Wasifa Tasnim Shamma

PhD Student

Research interests:

Urban Informality, Homelessness, and Neo-liberal Governance

Supervisor: Dr. Daniel Kudla

Contact Information:



Social Media:

Academia URL: https://independent.academia.edu/ShammaWasifaTasnim

Dhaka University Web Profile: https://www.du.ac.bd/faculty/faculty_details/SOC/2436

LinkedIn URL: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wasifa-tasnim-shamma-8ab43835/

ResearchGate URL: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Wasifa-Shamma

Area of Expertise:

Urban Sociology, Sociology of Crime and Deviance, Social Theory, Qualitative Methods

Personal Profile:

Wasifa Tasnim Shamma is a PhD candidate and a Graduate Assistant and Research Assistant in Sociology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Ms. Wasifa has been working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Dhaka since 2022. Formerly, she was a Lecturer of Sociology at the University of Dhaka, and a Course Contract Faculty of Sociology at the Brac University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She completed her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Sociology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh where she specialized in urban ecology, urban space, and spatial practices of women. Her doctoral work focuses on Governance Responses to Urban Informality across the Global North-South Divide.    

Research Highlights:

Published Papers:

Shamma, W. T. (2020), ‘Urban At-risk to an Environment of the City’s Septic Fringe: A Study on Living and Livelihood of the Workers of Hazaribagh Tanaries, Dhaka’, Journal of Sociology, Vol. 11 (2), pp. 7-30

Shamma, W. T. (2020), ‘Gendering and Spatializing the New Urban Space: A Study on Working Women in the City of Dhaka, Bangladesh’, Social Science Review (Part D), Vol. 37 (2) pp. 125- 144

Shamma, W.T. (2017), ‘Women’s Mobility, Mental Mapping & Margin of Freedom: Case of Women Working in New Service Sectors of Dhaka City’, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Hum), Vol, 62(2), pp:233-249

Roy, Shamma, and Khan (2013), ‘Exploring perceptions of Mangrove Forest "Sundarbans" goers’ Women about Environmental Security’, Macrotheme Review, January 2013 Volume 2 Issue 1

Contributor to report: Shamma, W.T. (2020) ‘Bangladesh Health Facility Survey 2017’, National Institute of Population, Research and Training (NIPORT), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh and ICF, Rockville, Maryland, USA

Major Research Experiences:

Name of the project: ‘Developing Evidence-based E-Health Intervention for Transgender Women in Dhaka City, Bangladesh’; Role: Principal Investigator, funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Name of the project: Identifying needs and mental healthcare-seeking behavior among people with disabilities for inclusive mental health services in Bangladesh; Role: External reviewer Organization: ICDDR, B

Name of the project: ‘Court User survey’ under ‘Justice Sector facility’, a project funded by UNDP from June to August 2013; Role: Field investigator

Project name: Comprehensive mapping & size estimation of children infected & affected by HIV/AIDS (CABA) in Bangladesh. The project was funded jointly by UNICEF, Bangladesh, and the National AIDS/STDs Control Program (NASP), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh from January to May 2013; Role: Field investigator

Study name: ‘Improving Democracy- Parliamentary Development IPD, Bangladesh ‘funded by UNDP from June to July 2012; Role: Co-facilitator, responsible for collecting information and opinion from female leadership and entrepreneurship on the improvement of democracy in Bangladesh.

Project name: ‘Female Education & Maternal Health’ at Patia, Chittagong district funded by Research & Development Collective (RDC) from April to May 2012; Role: Research assistant and data enumerator

Conference Presentation:

Shamma, W. T., Kudla, D. & Tenkorang. E. (2024). Factors Associated with Women's Attitudes Toward Intimate Partner Violence: An Analysis from Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey 2017-18 in the session (VLS8a) Violence and Society I: Private and semi-private violence, Annual Conference of Canadian Sociological Association

Conference Organizer:

2nd International Conference on ‘Democracy, Citizenship, and Urban Violence’ organized by Urban Research and Development Society (URDS) on 12-13 March 2014 at the University of Dhaka

1st International Conference on ‘Urbanization, Sustainability and Governance’, on December 5 to 6, 2012 at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh organized by Urban Research and Development Society (URDS)

Bi-annual conference on ‘Social Justice, Equality and Modernization in South Asia: Nations, Regions and Beyond’ arranged by Bangladesh Sociological Association (with support from International Sociological Association) on December 21-22, 2012, at the Senate House Auditorium, University of Dhaka.