Tahera Akter

Tahera Akter is a Research Fellow at RED. She has started her research career at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand as project researcher. She had to apply GIS and remote sensing techniques in some project researches. Afterwards she moved to Bangladesh to work on environmental researches in several policy research organizations (IPSU, Unnayan Onneshan). Her research areas are water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and disaster, environment and climate change (DECC). She has contributed to journal publications, monographs, working paper and RED reports on WASH and DECC.


Personal data

Name : Tahera Akter

Address : BRAC Centre, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka 1212

E-mail address : tahera.a[at]brac.net

Nationality : Bangladeshi

Gender : Female




M.Sc. in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation: (2009), University of Twente, The Netherlands.

M.Eng. in Remote Sensing and GIS:(2003), Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand.

Bachelor of Urban and Rural Planning: (2001), Khulna University, Bangladesh.


Work experiences

Date : 2010- present

Present Position : Research Fellow

Employer : BRAC

Type of business : Non-profit organization/NGO

Area of work : Research and evaluation in WASH and DECC

Major responsibilities : Research


Date: 2006- 2010

Position: Senior Research Associate

Employer : IPSU and Unnayan Onneshan

Type of business : Policy Research Organizations

Area of work : Environmental research

Major responsibilities : Research


Date : 2004-2005

Position : Project Researcher

Employer : AIT, Bangkok, Thailand

Type of business : International Institute

Area of work : Integrated tropical coastal zone management and remote sensing and GIS

Major responsibilities : Application of RS and GIS techniques in project researches



List of publications


Journal publication

Akter T and Ali ARMM (2014). Factors influencing knowledge and practice of hygiene in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programme areas of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. Rural and Remote Health 14: 2628: 1-9

Available: http://www.rrh.org.au

Akter T, Ali ARMM and Dey NC (2014). Transition overtime in household latrine use in rural Bangladesh: a longitudinal cohort study. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:721. Available: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/14/721


Book Chapters

Dey NC, Akter T and Hossain M (2015). Environment: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. In M Hossain and A Bayes (Eds.), Leading Issues in Rural Development (pp. 147-163). Dhaka: A H Development Publishing House. 289 p.

Akter T and Dey NC (2013). Sanitation status at household level in BRAC’s WASH I programme areas: changes from baseline to end line survey. In: Achievements of BRAC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme Towards Millennium Development Goals and Beyond (pp. 33-50). Dhaka: BRAC.

Dey NC and Akter T (2013). Women in water-hygiene and sanitation management at households in rural Bangladesh: changes from baseline to end line survey. In: Achievements of BRAC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme Towards Millennium Development Goals and Beyond (pp. 69-83). Dhaka: BRAC.


Working paper

Dey NC and Akter T (2013). Environmental Sanitation at Rural Households in BRAC WASH-I Programme Areas. Dhaka: BRAC. 20 p. (RED Working paper no. 38)


Conference paper

Disaster, Environment and Climate Change (DECC)

Sleep disturbances among the adults living in disaster prone areas in Bangladesh (Presented in the Gobeshona Conference on Climate Change in Bangladesh, Dhaka, 8-11 January 2015)


Climate change and flow of environmental displacement (presented in international conference of Interfaith Consultation on Climate Change, Bangkok, Thailand, 1-2 October, 2009)


Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

The status of hygienic latrine use among the economic groups in rural Bangladesh (presented in the 5th Regional Public Health Conference, Dhaka, 17-18 December, 2014, Dhaka Bangladesh. The conference was organized by Bangladesh University of Health Science, Dhaka and Department of International Health, University of Oslo, Norway.

Waterborne disease among slum children in Dhaka city Bangladesh: A GIS based analysis (Presented in international 13th Annual Scientific Conference, Dhaka, 14-20 March, 2011)

Knowledge and practice of hygiene in water, sanitation and hygiene in BRAC WASH intervention areas (Presented in international workshop on water, sanitation and hygiene, Rajendrapur, Dhaka, 18-20 January, 2011)

The BRAC WASH programme: Core operational approaches, monitoring, evaluation and some results (Presented in Asia Regional Sanitation and Hygiene Practitioners Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 31 Jan-2 Feb, 2012)


Popular (research) article on climate change and other issues

Climate change and environmental displacement (The Daily NewAge, 2nd September, 2009) (http://www.newagebd.com/2009/sep/02/oped.html)

A strong case for slum improvement (The Daily NewAge, 22 November, 2009) (http://www.newagebd.com/2009/nov/22/oped.html)

Bangladesh, climate change and cabinet meeting on the sea! (The Daily NewAge, 13 December, 2009) (http://www.newagebd.com/2009/dec/13/oped.html)

Climate sensitive diseases and health seeking behaviour The daily NewAge 15th March, 2010. (http://www.newagebd.com/2010/mar/15/oped.html)

Children and domestic violence, the daily NewAge, 4 March, 2011 (http://www.newagebd.com/2011/mar/4/oped.html)


Other research studies


Disaster, environment and climate change (DECC)

Process evaluation of a project on vulnerability reduction of women affected by climate change (will be available soon in the website)

Alternative livelihood options for vulnerable women in climate change induced flood prone areas (will be available soon in the website)

Process assessment of a training course on organizational preparedness integrating community for disaster risk reduction, RED report, BRAC (available at http://www.bracresearch.org/reports.php?scat=26)

Climate change and flow of environmental displacement in Bangladesh (http://www.bdresearch.org.bd/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=763:climate-change-and-flow-of-environmental-displacement-in-bangladesh&catid=70:environment&Itemid=109)

Migration and living conditions in urban slums: Implications for food security (http://www.bdresearch.org.bd/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=174:migration-and-living-conditions-in-urban-slums-implications-for-food-security&catid=111:urbanisation&Itemid=130)


Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)The status of households’ WASH behaviours in rural Bangladesh

Regional variation of water quality parameters in drinking water, Bangladesh

Perceptions on existing water system in two upazilas of Bagerhat District: a qualitative approach

Knowledge and practice of hygiene in BRAC’s WASH programme areas (available at http://www.bracresearch.org/reports.php?scat=26)

Environmental compliance of BRAC microfinance enterprises: an assessment (http://research.brac.net/reports_details.php?scat=26&v=0&tid=766)