Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad is an FRQSC doctoral candidate in Social and Cultural Analysis at Concordia University, Montreal. His research focuses on the constructions of diasporic masculinities among Bangladeshi men in Canada. He is also working as a research professional in the Research Chair on Gambling at Concordia University, Montreal, where he leads the research team on gender and gambling. Previously, he obtained an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where his thesis focused on the aftereffect of migration on the deconstruction of masculinities among Bangladeshi immigrant men in the United Kingdom. He also has an MSS and a BSS degree in Women and Gender studies from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been working as a faculty member in the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, since 2014 and is currently on study leave. He also has extensive experience workings as a consultant with various INGOs like ActionAid Bangladesh, NETZ Bangladesh, OXFAM and USAID/Bangladesh.
|Degree Name||Group/Major Subject||Board/Institute||Country||Passing Year|
|Ph.D.||Social and Cultural Analysis||Concordia University||Canada||2024|
|Masters||Gender, Development and Globalisation||London School of Economics and Political Sciences||United Kingdom||2013|
|Masters||Women and Gender Studies||University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||2012|
|Bachelor||Women and Gender Studies||University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||2010|
|Title||Organization||Location||From Date||To Date|
|Research Professional||Research Chair on Gambling - Concordia University||2070 Mackay Street, 3rd floor, Montreal, QC, H3G 2J1||03, Feb 2020||Currently Working|
|Assistant Professor||University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||01, Nov 2017||Currently Working|
|Lecturer||University of Dhaka||Bangladesh||21, Apr 2014||31-10-2017|
|Young Researcher||NETZ Bangladesh||Bangladesh||01, Feb 2014||31-08-2014|
|Consultant||OXFAM International||Bangladesh||01, May 2012||31-07-2012|
|Research Assistant||Centre for Men & Masculinities Studies (CMMS)||Bangladesh||02, Jan 2011||30-04-2002|
|Subject||Description||Research Interest (Goal, Target Indicator)|
|Gender; Development; Globalisation; Masculinities||Masculinity and Male Beauty: Changing Perception Among the Male Students of the University of Dhaka|
|Gender; Natural disaster; Development; Masculinities||Ambiguities in Masculinities: Locating The Shifts in Attributes of Masculinities During Post Disaster Situation in Cyclone Aila Affected Areas|
|Gender; Migration; Globalisation; Masculinities||New Place, New Masculinities: The after effect of migration on Bangladeshi immigrant men in the United Kingdom|
|Level of Study||Title||Supervisor||Co-Supervisor(s)||Name of Student(s)||Area of Research||Current Completion|
|Masters||Balancing parenting and profession: A study on female primary school teachers working at Shadullahpur Union in Chandpur district||Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad||Md. Atiqur Rahman||2019|
|Masters||Contextualizing the Humanitarian Aid Situation in the Kutupalong Rohingya Refugee Camp||Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad||Mohammad Saifur Rahman||2019|
|Masters||Generational Culture of Gendering Biology: Perception, Knowledge and The Passing Down Process of Menstrual Knowledge from Mothers to Adolescent Daughters||Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad||Khondaker Nusrat Sharmin Tumpa||2018|
|Masters||Pathways of being a man: construction of masculinity among high school boys in school environment - A qualitative study in Chatmohor, Pabna||Abu Saleh Mohammad Sowad||Swandipta Sadique||2014|
|Subject||Project Name||Source of Fund||From Date||To Date||Collaboration|
|Women’s Empowerment and Child Nutrition: Reducing the Gap with Dairy Cow Rearing||Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project||INGENAES project||03-01-2016||29-12-2016||University of Illinois|
|Organizational gender audit||SHE CAN project (safe cities for women campaign)||ActionAid Bangladesh||01-06-2015||01-10-2015||Population Services and Training Center (PSTC)|
|Gender analysis to measure the effectiveness of development interventions especially by ngos on women’s position in gender power relationships||NETZ Bangladesh||01-02-2014||31-08-2014|
|Study to measure the success of promoting women as non-state actors||Strengthening NSAs to claim rights and services for extreme marginalized and socially excluded communities of Bangladesh||Oxfam Bangladesh||01-05-2012||31-07-2012|
|Gender analysis of the project||Post-Cyclone Sidr Livelihoods Reconstruction Program (PCSLRP)||USAID Bangladesh||01-12-2010||30-11-2011||World Vision Bangladesh|
Conducted a Webinar titled "Step Up, Speak Out: A Comprehensive Understanding for Awareness and Prevention of Campus Sexual Violence" at East Delta University, Chattogram, Bangladesh on Jun 10, 2021
Presented a paper titled “Influences of emerging beauty industries for men on the construction of masculinities of male students of Dhaka city” in International Conference on Gender, Diversity, and Development organized by the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh from March 27 - March 29, 2015
Presented a paper titled “New place, new masculinities: the aftereffect of migration on Bangladeshi immigrant men living in London” in International Conference: Gender Relations and Rising Inequalities organized by University of East Anglia, Norwich, the UK from July 06 - July 08, 2015
Presented a paper titled “Empowering Women through Encouraging Leadership: Government and Non-Government Approaches in Noakhali District of Bangladesh” in 4th KANITA International Conference on Gender Studies organized by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia from November 27 - November 28, 2018
|SL||Collaboration & Membership Name||Type||Membership Year||Expire Year|
|1||Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities||General Member||2022|
|2||American Men's Studies Association||Student Member||2022|
|3||Canadian Sociological Association||General Member||2022|
Imtiaz, S. S., Yasmin, F. and Sowad, A. S. M. Knowledge and Perception of Youth On Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls in Dhaka City. Dhaka: Department of Women and Gender Studies, 2018 .
Mahtab, N., Parker, S., Kabir, F., Haque, T., Sabur, A. and Sowad, A. S. M. (Eds.) Revealing Gender Inequalities and Perceptions in South Asian Countries through Discourse Analysis. Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2016 .
Mahtab, N., Parker, S., Kabir, F., Haque, T., Sabur, A. and Sowad, A. S. M. (Eds.) Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Understanding Gender Identity, Representation, and Equality. Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2016 .
Sowad, A. S. M. "Migration Affecting Masculinities: The Consequences of Migration on the Construction of Masculinities of Migrant Bangladeshi Men Living in the United Kingdom." Discourse Analysis as a Tool for Understanding Gender Identity, Representation, and Equality. Mahtab, N.; Parker, S.; Kabir, F.; Haque, T.; Sabur, A. & Sowad, A. S. M. (Eds.) Pennsylvania: IGI Global, 2016 50-73 .
Kairouz, S., Sowad, A. S. M., Lambo, L., Le Mesurier, J. and Nadeau, J. : Mapping the Conceptualization of Gender in Gambling Literature: A Scoping Review, Critical Gambling Studies University of Alberta Libraries , 2022 .
Sowad, A. S. M. : Is Gender a More Important Axis of Representation than Race, Ethnicity or Class in Politics?, International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD) , vol.10 , no.2 , pp.29-36 , 2019 .
Sowad, A. S. M. : Influences of Emerging Beauty Industry for Men on Construction of Masculinities of Male Students of Dhaka City, Masculinities and Social Change , vol.6 , no.1 , pp.1-16 , 2017 .
Haque, T. and Sowad, A. S. M. : Impact of NGOization on Women’s Movement Organizations: A Critical Analysis from Bangladesh Perspective, Social Science Review , vol.33 , no.2 , pp.29-36 , 2016 .
Sowad, A. S. M. : Picking the People up from Poverty: Urban Labour Market Deregulation Vs. Encouraging the Development of Micro-Enterprises, International Journal of Sustainable Economies Management (IJSEM) , vol.5 , no.4 , pp.1-9 , 2016 .
Sowad, A. S. M. "Empowering women through encouraging leadership: Government and non-government approaches in Noakhali district of Bangladesh." Kanita international conference on gender studies (KICGS 2018) proceedings: selected full papers , pp. 114-123. Penang: Centre for Research on Women and Gender (KANITA), 2018 .
|International||FRQSC doctoral research scholarship||2021||Canada||
Awarded “FRQSC doctoral research scholarship” (worth 57,000 USD approx.) to Pursue a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Analysis at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University; 05/2021 – 08/2024
|International||Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence||2019||Canada||
Awarded “Concordia International Tuition Award of Excellence” (worth 28,000 USD approx.) to Pursue Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Analysis at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; 09/2019 – 08/2023
|International||Concordia University Graduate Doctoral Fellowship||2019||Canada||
Awarded “Concordia University Graduate Doctoral Fellowship” (worth 41,300 USD approx.) to Pursue Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Analysis at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; 09/2019 – 08/2023
|International||LSE Postgraduate Progmamme Scholarship||2012||United Kingdom||
Awarded “London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Postgraduate Programme Scholarship” (worth 35,000 USD approx.) to Pursue an M.Sc. in Gender, Development and Globalization (Gender Institute); 10/2012 – 10/2013
|National||USAID small research grants for master’s students and young teachers 2010||2010||Bangladesh||
Awarded in “USAID small research grants for master’s students and young teachers 2010” (worth 1,200 USD approx.) program to conduct a research titled “Towards an Egalitarian Stand: Development Initiatives in Post Disaster Situation for a Positive Social Change”; 12/2010 – 11/2011
|International||Special Student Exchange Program to AIT, Thailand||2008||Bangladesh||
Selected by the Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka to attend “Special Student Exchange Program” (worth 10,000 USD approx.); A one-month course in Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand on Gender and Development Studies; 25/08/2008 – 29/09/2008