Mohammad Hasan

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Dissertation Title: Mining Conflict, Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Justice: The Case of Phulbari Coal Project in Bangladesh.

Dissertation Topic:

My doctoral research is about the claims of Indigenous peoples in resource extractive projects. More specifically, it will focus how Indigenous peoples articulate their claims of environmental justice during their resistance movement in the Phulbari Coal Project in Bangladesh. The project will create, if implemented, one of the largest open-pit coal mines in the world. Indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities are protesting against the proposed project fearing that they will be displaced and homeless. Their resistance, it is hoped, will offer insights into conceptions of environmental justice.

In my research, I intend to examine what might be learned about conceptions of environmental justice from observing the resistance of Indigenous communities to the Phulbari Coal Project. Do their actions reflect the conventional understanding of environmental justice, ie. ideas about the distribution of risks and benefits? Or, do they reflect ideas about recognition and procedural justice?


  • MA in Legal Studies - Carleton University, 2011-2013
  • LL.M - University of Dhaka, 2004-2005
  • LL.B (Hons) - University of Dhaka, 1999-2003

Teaching Experience

  • 2013-2017 Teaching Assistant - York University
  • 2011-2013 Teaching Assistant - Carleton University
  • 2006-2011 Assistant Professor - University of Development Alternative and Uttara University, Bangladesh

Professional Experience

  • 2017 (May-August) - Research Assistant (Contractual), Centre for International Governance Innovations (CIGI)’s International Law Research Program (ILRP)
  • 2014 (May - August) - Research Assistant, Professor Dayna Scott
  • June 2014-May 2016 - Researcher at Legal Research Group (Without Remuneration), Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)



  • Hasan, Mohammad and M. Sajedur Rahman “Cross-Border Trafficking from Bangladesh into India: In search of a framework for Protecting Trafficked Women” (2016) ASIAN STUDIES: Jahangirnagar University Journal of Government and Politics.
  • Mohammad Hasan, “Tourism and Conservation of Biodiversity- A Case study of St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh” (2009), Law, Social Justice and Global Development (LGD) Journal, Warwick University, UK.
  • Mainuddin Mollah & Mohammad Hasan, “The Worst Forms of Child Labour and its impact: Bangladesh Perspective” (2009) the Journal of the Social Development, Dhaka University, Dhaka.
  • Mohammad Hasan, “The Clay Bird (Matir Moyna): An Allegory of Bengali-Muslim Identity” (2015) Canadian Journal of Film Studies (Submitted and in Review)


  • Vivienne Poy Asian Research Award, York Centre for Asian Research (2016-2017)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (2016-2017)
  • Centre for International Governance Innovations (CIGI)’s International Law Research Program (ILRP) Doctoral Scholarships (2016-2017)
  • York University Graduate Fellowship (2016-2017)
  • Hon. William Z. Estey Teaching Fellowship in Law (2015-2016)
  • Vivienne Poy Asian Research Award, York Centre for Asian Research (2015-2016)
  • York University Summer Tuition Bursary (2015-2016)
  • York University Research Cost Fund (2015-2016)
  • CIGI ILRP Doctoral Scholarships (2015-2016)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) (2014-2015)
  • CIGI ILRP Doctoral Scholarships (2014-2015)
  • York University Graduate Scholarship (2013-2014)
  • GS-CUPE Unit 1 Graduate Financial Assistance (2013-2014)


  • “Development Induced Displacement: Are They Environmental Refugees?” 2nd Annual International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development, December 15-16, 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  • "Recognizing Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh", ATLAS Agora Symposium at Queen Mary of the University of London, London, United Kingdom, June 18-30, 2017.
  • "Indigenous Displacement and Environmental Justice" “Forgotten Corridors: Global Displacement & the Politics of Engagement”, 10th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, 15th May 2017, Victoria, BC.
  • "Sundarbans and Its Natural Capital Valuation: Rampal Power Plant, Bangladesh" “The Value of Life: Measurement, Stakes, Implications” in Wageningen, the Netherlands, June 2017 (accepted but could not attend)