Personal profile


I am currently a third year PhD researcher in Human Geography at the University of Manchester.

My PhD research draws analytically from work on waste politics, resource recovery and waste governance. The aim of my PhD project is to understand how traditional municipal solid waste management has evolved towards sustainability in Dhaka, Bangladesh and whether this can be done adaptively. Using qualitative, ethnographic research methods and document analyses, I explore the social, economic, and political dynamics of municipal solid waste governance and how they have changed over time towards sustainability.

In my PhD project, I will explore the governance opportunities for delivering sustainable municipal solid waste management in global south cities, as well as how challenges can be minimized.

Beyond my PhD, my research interests include urban governance, infrastructure, urban livelihoods, and climate change.

The research that I am conducting is critically constructive, grounded, and reflexive, and I am interested in exploring methods and approaches centred around actor involvement, power dynamics, and environmental management.

I am fortunate to have two excellent supervisors overseeing my PhD: Professor James Evans and Dr. Nate Millington.

Since 2021, I have been a mentor for the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK - Mentoring Programme. 

Prior to joining the PhD program at Manchester, I worked as a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Environment, Jagannath University, Dhaka, Bangladesh for seven years.


Teaching Assistant:


  • Human Geography tutorials (First year undergraduate students)
  • GEOG10401 Environmental Processes and Change: The Global System (First year undergraduate students) 



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, Sustainable Development (Climate Change and Risk Management), University of Exeter in Cornwall (UEC)

… → 2017

Master in Science, Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka

… → 2010

Bachelor of Science, Geography and Environment, University of Dhaka

… → 2009

Areas of expertise

  • G Geography (General)


  • Waste governance
  • Waste politics
  • resource recovery
  • infrastructure


Dive into the research topics where Shahana Akther is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles