Academic Profile

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 a former Visiting Scholar in the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab (J-WAFS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Fall 2018).

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 seven books on these topics:
(1) Development, Power and the Environment: Neoliberal Paradox in the Age of Vulnerability (Routledge, New York, 2013; solo-authored);
(2) Confronting the Blue Revolution: Industrial Aquaculture and Sustainability in the Global South (University of Toronto Press, 2014; solo-authored);
(3) Social Justice in the Globalization of Production: Labor, Gender and the Environment Nexus (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; co-authored);
(4) Education and Sustainability: Paradigms, Policies, and Practices in Asia (Routledge, 2017; co-edited);
(5) Sustainability through the Lens of Environmental Sociology (MDPI, Switzerland, 2018; edited); and
(6) Islam and Democracy in South Asia: The Case of Bangladesh (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020; co-authored).
(7) Climate change and food security in Asia Pacific: Response and resilience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021; co-authored).

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 the 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, Development and Social Change, Environmental Sociology, and Cultural Politics of Development and Environment.

Dr. Islam earned his MA and Ph.D. in Sociology from York University in Canada where he also taught Sociology and a bachelor in Sociology & Anthropology from International Islamic University Malaysia. He also taught at the College of William and Mary in the United States, and Nankai University in China.
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Assoc Prof Md Saidul Islam
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

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.
  • Developing a public-private partnership by crowdfunding to create sustainable plastics upcycling technologies

  • The Rise Of The "Green" Movement In The Global Environmental Politics
  • Islam, Md Saidul, Edson Kieu. “Sociological Perspectives on Climate Change and Society: A Review.” Climate 9(7):1-14.

  • Kais, S. M. and Md Saidul Islam. 2021. “Resilience to Climate Change in Industrial Shrimping in Bangladesh: Assessing the Comparative Role of the Stakeholders” Sustainability 13(307):1-21.

  • Simon, R. Bush, Ben Belton, Md Saidul Islam and David Little. 2019. “Emerging trends in aquaculture value chain research.” Aquaculture 498 (2019): 428-434.

  • Islam, Md Saidul and Andrea Wong. 2017. “Climate change and food (in)security: A critical intersection.” Environments 4 (38): 1-15.

  • Kais, S. M. and Md Saidul Islam. 2016. “Community Capitals as Community Resilience to Climate Change: Conceptual Connections.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13(12), 1211: 1-16.

  • Islam, Md Saidul, Yap Hui Pei and Shrutika Mangharam. 2016. “Trans-boundary haze pollution in Southeast Asia: Sustainability through Plural Environmental Governance.” Sustainability 8 (499): 1-13.

  • Islam, Md Saidul and M. Nazrul Islam. 2015. “‘Environmentalism of the Poor’: Tipaimukh dam, ecological disasters, and environmental resistance beyond borders.” Bandung: Journal of the Global South 2(27): 1-16.

  • Chan, Andrew and Md Saidul Islam. 2015. “State, Religion, and Environmentalism: Fostering social cohesion and environmental protection in Singapore.” Environmental Sociology 1(3):177-189.

  • Islam, Md Saidul and Lim Si Hui. 2015. “When ‘Nature’ Strikes: A Sociology of Climate Change and Disaster Vulnerabilities in Asia.” Nature and Culture 10(1): 57-80.

  • Bush, S., B. Belton, D. Hall, P. Vandergeest, F. Murray, S. Ponte, P. Oosterveer, Md Saidul Islam, A.P.J. Mol, M. Hatanaka, F. Kruissen, T. T. ThuHa, D. Little, R. Kusumawati. 2013. “Global Food Supply: Certify Sustainable Aquaculture?” Science 341(9 September 2013):1067-1068.

  • Islam, Md Saidul. 2012. “Old philosophy, new movement: The rise of the Islamic Ecological Paradigm in the discourse of environmentalism.” Nature and Culture 7(1):72-94.

  • Islam, Md Saidul. 2009. “In search of 'white gold’: Environmental and agrarian changes in rural Bangladesh.” Society and Natural Resources 22 (1):66-78.

  • Islam, Md Saidul. 2008. “From sea to shrimp processing factories in Bangladesh: Gender and employment at the bottom of a global commodity chain.” Journal of South Asian Development 3(2):211-236.

  • Islam, Md Saidul. 2008. “From pond to plate: Towards a twin-driven commodity chain in Bangladesh shrimp aquaculture.” Food Policy 33(3):209-223.