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Sayema Akter

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Centre Affiliation
  • Centre Of Excellence For Science Of Implementation And Scale-Up (COE-SISU)



Short Biography

I am an Anthropologist specializing in Qualitative Research. Currently work as a 'Research Fellow' at BRAC James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University. I have nine years of experience designing, implementing, and managing small to large scale empirical qualitative research, mainly anthropological in nature and public health aspects. I have expertise in conducting various qualitative research methods. Main research interests focused on critically searching public health approaches and the social and cultural dimensions which influenced the life and wellbeing of the community

Research Interests

Palliative Care Disability Qualitative Research


  • MPH (MPH (American International University-Bangladesh
  • Master of Social Sciences in Anthropology (Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh )
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in Anthropology Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Selected publications

  • “ Akter, S., Sarker, M., Hossain, P., Ahmad, N., & Zaman, S. (2022). Solidarity and suffering: enrolled terminal patients’ and their caregiver’s experiences of the community-based palliative care programme in an urban slum of Bangladesh. Palliative Care and Social Practice, 16, 26323524221095104.”

  • “ Akter, S., Williams, C., Talukder, A., Islam, M. N., Escallon, J. V., Sultana, T., ... & Sarker, M. (2022). Harmful practices prevail despite legal knowledge: a mixed-method study on the paradox of child marriage in Bangladesh. Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 29(2), 1885790.”

  • “ Sutradhar, I., Jackson-deGraffenried, M., Akter, S., McMahon, S. A., Waid, J. L., Schmidt, H. P., ... & Gabrysch, S. (2021). Introducing urine-enriched biochar-based fertilizer for vegetable production: acceptability and results from rural Bangladesh. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 23(9), 12954-12975.”

Current projects

  • Youth Future Research (Youths with disability in their livelihood in Bangladesh and explore the inclusion of young people with disabilities into policy dialogues around the implementation of SDG8: Decent work and economic growth)

On the news

  • The Daily Star supplement of youth disability project. Link is given below


  • Awarded with Magna cum Laude in MPH