Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Md Saidul Islam

Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65921519
Office: HSS-05-44

  • PhD (Soc) York University 2008
  • MA (Soc) York University 2002
  • BA (Soc & Anthropology) (Hons) International Islamic U Malaysia 2000
Md Saidul Islam is Associate Professor of Sociology and a Coordinator of the Environment and Sustainability Research Cluster in the School of Social Sciences and Asian School of the Environment, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU). He’s currently a Visiting Scholar in the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fall 2018). He also taught at York University in Canada, the College of William and Mary in the United States, and Nankai University in China.

Prof. Islam’s research interests include international development and environmental sociology, with a particular focus on industrial aquaculture, global agro-food system, climate change, food security, and environmental sustainability. He has published five books on these topics. (1) Development, Power and the Environment: Neoliberal Paradox in the Age of Vulnerability (Routledge, New York, 2013) provides a robust conceptual and theoretical synthesis of development, power and the environment. With seven case studies on global sustainability challenges such as food regime and climate change, the book offers a new framework of a “double-risk” society for the Global South, and shows pathways for a sustainable earth. (2) Confronting the Blue Revolution: Industrial Aquaculture and Sustainability in the Global South (University of Toronto Press, 2014) examines the emergence of transnational environmental regulation and governance in industrial aquaculture and the intersections among changes in livelihoods, environmental change, labor patterns, gender relations, and various forms of conflicts, as sites of industrial aquaculture in the Global South become integrated into the global agro-food commodity chain. (3) Social Justice in the Globalization of Production: Labor, Gender and the Environment Nexus (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) unpacks a “critical nexus” comprised of flexible and exploitative labor conditions, the reincarnation and reinforcement of gendered ideologies in the workplace, and a treadmill of environmental destruction within globalization of production; and examines whether and how a broader global social justice can mitigate tensions and improve the conditions. (4) Education and Sustainability: Paradigms, Policies, and Practices in Asia (Routledge, 2017) aims to make significant pedagogical, theoretical, and policy-oriented contributions to sustainability across Asia and beyond. (5) Sustainability through the Lens of Environmental Sociology (MDPI, Switzerland, 2018) is a novel contribution to environmental sociology and sustainability science, covering a wide range of sustainability issues including climate change and resilience.

In addition to books, Dr. Islam also published over three dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters; notable amongst them is his co-authored article on sustainable seafood in the journal Science. He is the recipient of a number of awards including Early Investigator Award 2015 (Canadian Sociological Association) and the Outstanding Scientist Award for Publication Excellence 2017 (i-Proclaim Annual Research Award, Malaysia). His current projects include “Climate change and food security in the Asia-Pacific: Response and Resilience” and “The rise of ‘green’ movements in the global environmental politics”, both supported by Tier-1 grants from the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

Dr. Islam is the founder of various conceptual frameworks and paradigms such as (a) the Twin-driven Commodity Chain, (b) Double-Risk Society, (c) Neoliberal Paradox, (d) Development as a Historical Project of Power, (e) Islamic Ecological Paradigm, and (f) Plural Coexistence Model for disaster studies. He teaches Environmental Sustainability, Introduction to Environmental and Urban Studies, Environmental Sociology, Economy and Society, Global Sociology, and Cultural Politics of Development and Environment.
Research Interests
Within the two broad fields of his specialization, environmental sociology and international development, Dr. Islam is particularly known for his research on food and global aquaculture. His scholarship and interests also span in other substantive yet related areas such as neoliberal globalization, sustainability, gender and labor, social power, environmentalism, climate change, disaster vulnerabilities, social and environmental justice, and religion and human rights.
Current Projects
  • Bridging Research and Pedagogy in Sustainability
  • Climate Change and Food Security in the Asia-Pacific: Response and Resilience
  • Privatizing Environmental Governance and Global Food Security: The Neo-Liberal Restructuring of the Global Agro-Food System
  • The Rise of the “Green” Movement in the Global Environmental Politics
Selected Publications
  • Islam, Md Saidul. (2009). In search of ‘white gold’: Environmental and agrarian changes in rural Bangladesh. Society and Natural Resources , 22(1), 66-78.

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