Policy Research Institute - PRI Bangladesh

The Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh (PRI) is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the Bangladesh economy, its key policy challenges, domestically, and in a rapidly integrating global marketplace.



Name: Professor Sarwar Jahan

Contact:              : Mobile: 01712178775   E-mail: sjahan50@gmail.com

Present Position  : Director, Policy Research Institute of Bangladesh, Banani, Dhaka

Past Positions      : Professor and Head, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

 Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka

                              : Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, (BUET), Dhaka


B.A.(1972) and M.A. (1974) in Economics from Dhaka University, Bangladesh

M.U.R.P. (Master of Urban and Regional Planning) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka (1978)

M.A. (1982) in Regional Planning and Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Canada

Ph.D. (1987) in Regional Development Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.

Key Skills

·         Expertise in urban analysis with particular focus on urban development, housing, infrastructure development, urban poverty, disaster management, urban governance

  • Quantitative modeling skills including input-output analysis, multivariate analysis, analytic hierarchy process
  • Leadership skills demonstrated by successful implementation of different projects as team leader


Selected Research/Consultancy Projects

Bangladesh Economic Corridor Project  (Enhancing Economic Analysis and South-South Learning), Sponsored by Asian Development Bank (Working intermittently as Urban Planner, November, 2016 – December, 2017)

The Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 Formulation Project of GED of the Planning Commission, GOB, Conducted by PRI (Worked as Local Consultant, 2016)

Accelerating Sanitation, Hygiene and Water for All by Integrating Water     Supply and Sanitation Planning for Local Government Institutions (LGIs), sponsored by UNICEF, Bangladesh and UK AID (Worked as Team Leader, April 2015 – June, 2016)

Water logging of Greater Dhaka Area in a Changing Climate: Potential Damage and Adaptation study, funded by Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF) and conducted by World Bank (worked as National Consultant, April 2012 – June 2014)

Impact of Climate Change in Bangladesh: A Multi-Sector Regional Analysis- A project funded by the Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF) of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of Bangladesh (Worked as Principal Investigator from July 2011 to June 2013)

Strengthening Strategic Planning & Monitoring for Results (SPM) under the SPEMP, Sponsored by World Bank (Worked as Local Consultant, 2013-14)

Strengthening Public Expenditure Management Program—Deepening of Medium Term Budgetary Framework, Sponsored by World Bank and Conducted by PDP Australia Pty Ltd and PRI. Client: Ministry of Finance (Worked as Local Consultant, 2010-11)

Integrated Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Planning for Local Government Institutions, sponsored by UNICEF, Bangladesh and UK AID (Worked as Team Leader, March 2011 – November, 2012)

Urban Partnership for Poverty Reduction Project (UPPRP): United Nations Development Program (Worked as National Consultant)

Supporting Urban Governance Reform, A TA Project (TA No 4003-BAN) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for providing technical assistance to the Committee on Urban Local Governments for strengthening Paurashavas (Municipalities) in Bangladesh (worked as Team Leader, 2004-05).

Selected Publications

  • Urban Flooding of Greater Dhaka in a Changing Climate: Building Local Resilience to Disaster Risk (With Susmita Dasgupta, Asif Zaman, Subhendu Roy, Mainul Huq and Ainun Nishat), Washington D.C., World Bank Group , 2015
  • Rice Yield, Submergence and Climate Change: Evidence from Coastal Barisal, Bangladesh” in APJORD (Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development), December 2015
  • Impact of flood disasters in Bangladesh: A multi-sector regional analysis” in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 13 (2015) (ELSEVIER)
  • Dhaka metropolitan Area and Its Planning: Problems, Issues and Policies

(With A K M Abul Kalam), Dhaka:Bangladesh Institute of Planners, 2013

  • Urbanization Trends, Issues and Policy Options” in Ahmed, Sadiq (Ed.) Leading Issues in Bangladesh Development, Dhaka: University Press Limited, 2012
  • Housing, Infrastructure and Services” in Rahman, Hossain Zillur (Ed.) Urban   Bangladesh: Challenges of Transition, Power  and Participation Research Centre, Dhaka, 2011.
  • Are Urbanization and Agricultural Development Mutually Exclusive? Facts from Bangladesh” in Bangladesh Journal of Regional Science, Volume 1, December, 2011
  •  “Dhaka: An Urban Planning Perspective” in Hafiz, Roxana and A.K.M. Golam Rabbani (Eds.) Urbanization and Urban Development, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2011
  • Urbanization in Bangladesh: Patterns, Issues and Approaches to Planning (With K.M. Maniruzzaman), Dhaka: Bangladesh Institute of Planners, 2008
  • "Land Use Planning for Development of Environmentally Sensitive Areas: Case Study of St. Martin’s Island, Bangladesh" in Studies in Regional Science, vol.40, no.4., 2010    
  • "Shrinkage of Wetland of Dhaka: A Study from Institutional Perspective" in
    Studies in Regional Science, vol.38, no.4., 2009     
  • "Coping with Flood: The Experience of the People of Dhaka During the 1998 Flood Disaster" in The Australian Journal of Emergency Management (November, 2000 issue)
  • "Distributive patterns of public Facilities in Dhaka City: A Quadrat Method Analysis" in BUET Studies, Vol. 2, December, 1999.
  • "Planning for Urban Poverty Reduction: An Integrated Approach" in The Journal of Local Government, Vol. 26, No. 2, July-December, 1997 
  • Some Considerations about Attitude and Behavior of People in Flood Affected Area in Bangladesh for Disaster Preparedness Planning” in Human Science Research, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1996