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 the MSc / MRes in Global Food Security and Development courses at NTU.
- 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)
Dr Islam is an inter-disciplinary agricultural/environmental social scientist. The key themes underpinning his research interests include: food security, resilience and vulnerability relating to hazards (e.g. climatic extremes, conflicts), sustainability of agriculture and food systems, sustainable agricultural intensification, international agricultural development, 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 has been involved with the supervision of the following PhD research students:
- Dinish Nadaraja – Developing a Sustainability Assessment Toolkit for Abaca (Musa textilis) Plantation Agriculture (2017 – ongoing) (Director of Studies or Main Supervisor)
- Rashd Swesi – Household Resilience Against Food Insecurity in Areas of Protracted Conflicts – A Libyan Study (2015-2019) (Director of Studies)
- Joshua Wells – Natural Flood Management: Assessing the Barriers to Wider Implementation (2015-2019) (Co-Supervisor)
- Niamh Mahon – The Development of Stakeholder-Sensitive Indicators of Sustainable Intensification for UK Agriculture (2014-2018) (Director of Studies)
- Oluseun Akinsorotan – Status and Determinants of Large Mammal Occupancy in a Nigerian Protected Area (2013-2017) (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.
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- External PhD Examiner, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
- Reviewer, Newton Funds (UK)
- Reviewer, Sustainability, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, Resources, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Plos One, International Journal of Agricultural Management
- Member, Development Studies Association (DSA)
- Life Member, Bangladesh Agricultural Extension Society (BAES)
- 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.
- Bangladesh Agricultural University
- Forum for the Future
- Farmers Weekly
- Dept of Agricultural Extension (DAE), Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh
- RDRS Bangladesh (NGO)
- Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
- University of Reading (UK)
- Massey University (NZ)
- Wageningen University (Netherlands)
Research projects have included:
- Farmers’ climate change perception, adaptation, and wellbeing in risk-prone coastal areas of Bangladesh (2019 – ongoing). Funded by NTU.
- Developing a sustainability assessment toolkit for abaca (Musa textilis) plantation agriculture (2017 – ongoing). Funded jointly by a multinational company and NTU.
- The Farm as Power Station (2013-14). Funded by Ashden Trust and NTU.
- Enhancing SRUC's Impacts on the Rural Sector: Applying the Agricultural Innovation Systems Perspective (2011-2013). Funded by Scottish Funding Council.
- Global Power in Agriculture: Resources, Economics and Politics (2011-2012). Funded by the UK Oxford Farming Conference (OFC).
- Scottish Dairy Farmers' Perceptions of Climate Change (2011-2013). Funded by Scottish Government under the RSD funded research programme on Economic Adaptation.
- English-in-Action (a curriculum development and technology-mediated teacher training project implemented in Bangladesh by Open University and BBC World Services Trust) (2009- 2010). Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of UK Government
- Sustainability of Donor-Supported Reforms in Agricultural Extension: A Bangladeshi Case Study (2003- 2007). Funded by New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID).
- Agricultural Support Services Project (ASSP), and Agricultural Services Innovation and Reform Project (ASIRP) (1999-2003). Funded by World Bank and DFID.
- 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) (1996-1997). Funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS).
- Implications of Environmental and Sustainability Issues for the Organisation and Practice of Agricultural Extension (1995-96). Funded by the then ODA of UK Government.
Food insecurity coping strategies in conflict-affected Libya. Swesi RM, El-Anis I and Islam MM, Development in Practice, 2020, DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2019.1694644.
Beyond the risks to food availability – linking climatic hazard vulnerability with the food access of delta-dwelling households. Islam MM and Mamun AA, Food Security, 2019, DOI: 10.1007/s12571-019-00995-y.
Barriers to the uptake and implementation of natural flood management: a social-ecological analysis. Wells J, Labadz J, Smith A and Islam MM, 2019, Journal of Flood Risk Management, 2019, e12561, 1-12.
Sustainable intensification - "oxymoron" or "third-way"? A systematic review. Mahon N, Crute I, Simmons E and Islam MM, Ecological Indicators, 2017, 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.See all of Md. Mofakkarul Islam's publications...
Dr Islam can talk to the press about the following:
- global food security
- vulnerability and resilience relating to hazards, e.g. climatic extremes
- drivers of and barriers to agricultural innovation
- sustainability and sustainable intensification of agriculture
- institutional and governance issues in agrifood systems
- agricultural extension and advisory services