Owasim Akram, PhD

Institute: Örebro University
Other affiliation: Lund University
Research area: Agriculture rural development & food security, Children, Elderly, Health, People with disabilities, Policy development, Poverty reduction, Research and innovation, Women, Work life and workers conditions
Research region: Asia-Pacific
Open to collaboration with: All


With a tertiary level of education in the discipline of International Relations along with post graduate diploma in International Development Studies Mr. Akram is currently engaged as a Researcher (Postdoctoral) at the Department of Political Science, Örebro University. Prior to this, he completed his PhD in Political Science at the same University. His doctoral research was supported by the Marie Skłodowska Curie Action of the European Commission and explored the lived experience of ageing in extreme poverty in Bangladesh. Mr. Akram has a broad based research, evaluation, policy and program management exposure in the field of development with expertise in extreme poverty, socio-economic resilience, social protection, food and nutrition security. Prior to joining the University, he had been working for development cooperation with the European Commission's office in Bangladesh as 'Programme Manager-Livelihoods & Resilience'. During his short but broad based career journey, Mr. Akram had the opportunity to work for some world-renowned organizations like Oxfam, Action on Disability and Development, Plan International, BRAC and so on holding different strategic positions from mid to senior level. He is currently leading research supported by the Expert Group for Aid Studies (EBA), Sweden which aims to increase the understanding of the drivers behind and experiences of extreme poverty and marginalisation among ethnic and religious minorities in Bangladesh in collaboration with senior academics and researchers from the University of Bath and Lund University.

Other experience

Collaboration with civil society organisations
Collaboration with government agencies
Consultancy contracts

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