Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Ms. Sadia Chowdhury

Full Time Faculty

MSc., Amsterdam University, The Netherlands

Phone: +880-2-55668200 Ext: 6251
Office: SAC820 

Curriculum Vitae



Possessing a Bachelor and Master (National and International degree) in Anthropology coupled with more than twelve years of professional experiences in qualitative research teaching and practice, Ms. Chowdhury is currently teaching at Department of Public Health in North South University. She has co-authored and published peer reviewed articles, presented in international conferences in the relevant fields pertinent to her work.  

Ms. Chowdhury has completed post graduation in anthropology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and advanced Masters in Medical Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. A large portion of her career time has been spent in anthropological studies in the field of gender and violence against women; maternal morbidity and sexual and reproductive behavior and public health hazards, health rights in different research, hygiene and sanitation; urban livelihood; academic and developmental organizations. Before joining North South University, Ms. Chowdhury worked as a Senior Research Fellow, at James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) in BRAC University. There her responsibilities included, but was not limited to- leading capacity strengthening activities that conduct and use health systems research for improving the ‘close to community’ (CTC) services of the multicounty REACHOUT consortium, overseeing the qualitative component of a European Commission funded 8-partner (from Africa, Asia and Europe) consortium research project. Besides this, she also took part in teaching the Anthropological Approaches to Public Health and Qualitative Research Methods modules in the MPH programme. Briefly, her duties and responsibilities included lecturing graduate level students, evaluating students’ post course aptitude in anthropology and qualitative research skills, and supervise in their initiation of small scale qualitative research projects towards submission of a mini thesis. I also mentored MPH students in their MPH dissertation. Before joining JPGSPH at BRAC University, Ms. Chowdhury worked for icddr,b as a Research Investigator leading their qualitative research teams. She has designed and has been providing numerous trainings on topics such as, Overview of Qualitative Research Methods; Ethical Issues on Research; and Use of Atlas-ti in Qualitative Research at Masters in Public Health (MPH) programme in James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University since 2009. Ms. Chowdhury has also been a trainer for Use of Atlas-ti in the Qualitative Research course, embedded in the bi-annually offered Introductory Course on Qualitative Research Methods, at icddr,b.

  • Journal articles:

 1. Ilias Mahmud, Sadia Chowdhury, Bulbul Ashraf Siddiqi, Sally Theobald, Hermen Ormel, Salauddin Biswas, Yamin Tauseef Jahangir, Malabika Sarker and Sabina Faiz Rashid (2015) Exploring the context in which different close-to-community sexual and reproductive health service providers operates in Bangladesh: A qualitative study, Human Resources for Health. 13:51.

 2. Ruchira T. Naved, Lauren S. Blum, Sadia Chowdhury, Rasheda Khan, Sayeda Bilkis, Marge Koblinsky (2012) Violence against Women with Chronic Maternal Disabilities in Rural Bangladesh, Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 30(2): 181-192.

 3. Ruchira T. Naved, Sadia Chowdhury, Shaila Arman, Kavita Sethuraman (2007) Mobility of unmarried Adolescent Girls in Rural Bangladesh, Economic and Political Weekly, 42(44): 63-70).  

  •  Conference proceedings:

 1. Sadia Chowdhury (2017) Sharing responsibility: Perceptions and awareness of male partners regarding the effects of female contraception, Medical Anthropology in Unstable Globalizing World, Moscow, Russia, June 29- July 01.

 2. Sadia Chowdhury, Tamanna Majid, Sumona Siddiqua, Sabina Faiz Rashid (2016) Experience of women on Menstrual Regulation (MR) services in Bangladesh:  Findings from REACHOUT Research project, The Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Vancouver, Canada, November 14-18.

 3. Ilias Mahmud, Sabina Faiz Rashid, Sadia Chowdhury, Salauddin Biswas, Irin Akhter, Mahfuza Rifat, Malabika Sarker (2016) Implementation research on strengthening service provision of reproductive services by close to community providers: lessons from REACHOUT, Bangladesh, The Fourth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Vancouver, Canada, November 14-18.

 4. Sadia Chowdhury, Laura Dean, Stefanie Gregorius, Beth Hollihead, Ilias Mahmud, Malabika  Sarker, Sabina Rashid, Kate Hawkins, Sally Theobald, Miriam Taegtmeyer, (2015) Strengthening capacity to conduct research on close-to-community providers: a case study from a research consortium working in Africa and south-Asia, 22nd Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH), Montreal, Canada, November 5-7.

 5. Chowdhury, S., Arman, S., Naved, T. N., (2014). Do Family Planning Policies Influence Teen Pregnancy? A Qualitative Study in Bangladesh and India, 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSH), Manila, Philippines, January 21- 24.

 6. Rahman, T., Chowdhury, S., Farhad, S., M., Naved, T. N., (2014). Choice and Consent of Women in Marriage in Dhaka Slums, 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSH), Manila, Philippines, January 21- 24.

 7. Naved, T. N., Arman, S., Chowdhury, S.. (2007). Communication and Negotiation Around First Conception and Contraceptive Use in Rural Bangladesh, 11th Annual Scientific Conference (ASCON), icddr,b, Dhaka. March 04- 06.

  • Full scholarship to present two papers at 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSH), Manila, Philippines, January 21- 24, 2014.
  • Awarded by The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) in 2008-2009 at the Universiteit Van Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands.
  • Awarded a merit scholarship for B.S.S. (Hons.) course at Dhaka Board Scholarship.
  • Best Cadet Award in Annual Training Camp, 2001, Air Wing, Bangladesh National Cadet Corps (B.N.C.C.).
  • Lecturer at Department of Public Health, North South University; September 2016- till date


  • Teaching Fellow at James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University; November 2014- August 2016
  • Senior Research Fellow at James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH- in BRAC University; November 2014- August 2016
  • Research Investigator at icddr,b (; January 2011-October 2014
  • Senior Research Officer at icddr,b (; December 2006- December 2010
  • Research Officer at icddr,b (; December 2004- November 2006
  • Research Assistant at Southampton University, UK

PBH101- Introduction to Public Health

PBH713- Research Methodology ll

  • MAYS - Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (EASA)


  • NAAB- Netherlands Alumni Association of Bangladesh

  • Women rights and gender equality
  • Gender and health care in Bangladesh
  • Violence against Women and Girls
  • Sexual and reproductive health rights
  • Adolescent health and emotional well being
  • Indigenous culture and society