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Shapan Adnan


Shapan Adnan graduated in Economics from the University of Sussex and obtained a PhD in Social and Political Sciences (SPS) from the University of Cambridge. He has been a Professorial Research Associate with the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Currently, he is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Chinese Studies in the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies (CATS) of the University of Heidelberg. Formerly, he was a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Research Fellow at the  University of Oxford. Shapan Adnan has taught at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the University of Dhaka, and the University of Chittagong. His teaching and research activities range over political economy, sociology, and politics. His publications deal with theoretical and empirical aspects of agrarian structure, capitalist development, land grabs, primitive accumulation/ accumulation by dispossession, peasant societies,  indigenous peoples (of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh), ethnic conflicts, overt and covert resistance,  forced migration, internal displacement, international refugees (the Rohingyas of Myanmar),  determinants of fertility, food security, livelihoods, people’s participation, and critiques of development including flood control and water management. Shapan Adnan is involved in civil and human rights activities as a member of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Commission.