Mofakkarul Islam

Md Mofakkarul Islam

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Islam is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Animal, Rural, and Environmental Sciences at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). He works in the field of agricultural and rural development, both in developed and developing country contexts. At NTU, Dr Islam is involved in teaching, research, and curriculum development activities, primarily in the broad area of Global Agriculture and Food Security, and engaging with national and international professional organisations within the global agrifood sectors. Dr Islam is the Programme Leader for MSc / MRes in Global Food Security and Development.

Career overview

  • Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University (2013-to date)
  • Researcher in Innovation Systems, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh (July 2011 – Feb 2013)
  • Researcher, The Open University, Milton Keynes (Dec 2008 – Dec 2009)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh (Nov 2000 – Mar 2003)
  • Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh (July 1997 – November 2000)
  • Research Assistant, Department of Agricultural Extension Education, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh (1995 – 1996)

Research areas

The key themes underpinning Dr Islam's academic research interests include: Sustainability of agriculture and food systems, international agricultural / rural development, food security, sustainable rural livelihoods, agricultural extension and communication, technology adoption and diffusion in agriculture, agricultural innovation systems, institutional and governance issues in agrifood systems, rural community organisation, and farmers' attitude and behaviour.

Dr Islam supervises the following PhD research students:

  • Dinish Nadaraja – Developing a Sustainability Assessment Toolkit for Abaca (Musa textilis) Plantation Agriculture (2017-) (Dr Islam is the Director of Studies)
  • Rashd Swesi - Food Security Resilience in Post-Conflict Libya (2015-) (Dr Islam is the Director of Studies)
  • Joshua Wells – Natural Flood Management: Assessing the Barriers to Wider Implementation (2015-) (Dr Islam is a Co-Supervisor)
  • Niamh Mahon - Measuring Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture (2014-) (Dr Islam is the Director of Studies)
  • Oluseun Akinsorotan – Status and Determinants of Large Mammal Occupancy in a Nigerian Protected Area (completed in 2017) (Dr Islam acted as a Co-Supervisor)

Opportunities to undertake postgraduate research towards an MPhil  / PhD exist in these or related areas. Please contact Dr Islam or the NTU Doctoral School for further information.

External activity

  • External PhD Examiner, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand (current)
  • Member Association of International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE), USA (current)
  • Member Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK (current)
  • Reviewer Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension (Taylor and Francis) (current)
  • Life Member (current), Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society (BAES) (current)
  • Joint Editor (2001-03), Bangladesh Journal of Extension Education (2001-03)
  • Exec Committee Member, Progressive Agriculturists, Bangladesh (2001-02)

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of the following.

Key sponsors:

Key collaborators:

Research projects have included:

  • The Farm as Power Station. Funded by Ashden Trust and ARES of NTU  (March 2013-present)
  • Enhancing SRUC's Impacts on the Rural Sector: Applying the Agricultural Innovation Systems Perspective. Funded by Scottish Funding Council (September 2011-February 2013)
  • Global Power in Agriculture: Resources, Economics and Politics. Funded by the UK Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) (July 2011-January 2012)
  • Scottish Dairy Farmers' Perceptions of Climate Change. Funded by Scottish Government under the RSD funded research programme on Economic Adaptation (July 2011-February 2013)
  • English-in-Action (a curriculum development and technology-mediated teacher training project implemented in Bangladesh by Open University and BBC World Services Trust). Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of UK Government (December 2009-December 2010)
  • Sustainability of Donor-Supported Reforms in Agricultural Extension: A Bangladeshi Case Study. Funded by New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) (March 2003-April 2008)
  • Agricultural Support Services Project (ASSP), and Agricultural Services Innovation and Reform Project (ASIRP). Funded by World Bank and DFID (1999-2003)
  • Towards Sustainable Agricultural Development: Use of Indigenous Technical Knowledge by the Farmers of Bangladesh and Japan (implemented jointly by Hiroshima University and Bangladesh Agricultural University). Funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) (1996-1997)
  • Implications of Environmental and Sustainability Issues for the Organisation and Practice of Agricultural Extension (funded by the then ODA of UK Government) (1995-96).


Sustainable intensification - "oxymoron" or "third-way"? A systematic review. Mahon N, Crute I, Simmons E and Islam MM, 2017, Ecological Indicators, 74, 73-97

Why bother with Bere? An investigation into the drivers behind the cultivation of a landrace barley. Mahon N, McGuire S and Islam MM, Journal of Rural Studies, 2016, 45, 54-65

Innovation in livestock genetic improvement. Islam MM, Renwick A, Lamprinopoulou C and Klerkx, L, EuroChoices, 2013, 12 (1), 42-46

Heterogeneity in climate change risk perception amongst dairy farmers: A latent class clustering analysis'. Barnes A, Islam MM and Toma L, Applied Geography, 2013, 41, 105-115

An investigation into climate change scepticism among farmers. Islam MM, Barnes A and Toma L, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 2013, 34, 137-150

Power in global agriculture: economics, politics, and natural resources. Renwick A, Islam MM and Thomson S, International Journal of Agricultural Management, 2012, 2 (1), 31-48

Developing sustainable farmer-led extension groups: lessons from a Bangladeshi case study. Islam MM, Gray D, Reid J and Kemp P, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 2011, 17 (5), 425-443

Beyond recurrent costs: an institutional analysis of the unsustainability of donor-supported reforms in agricultural extension. Islam MM, Gray D, Reid J, Kelly T and Kemp P, Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, 2011, 18 (3), 5-18

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Press expertise

Dr Islam can talk to the press about the following:

  • international agricultural development
  • agricultural innovation
  • food security
  • sustainable agriculture
  • technology adoption and diffusion in agriculture
  • farmers' attitudes and behaviour
  • sustainable rural livelihoods
  • rural community organisation
  • institutional and governance issues in agrifood systems
  • agricultural extension and advisory services
  • rural development.