Dr Sajal Roy
Research Fellow

Dr Sajal Roy

  • PhD in Climate Change Social Science and Dev. Studies, Western Sydney University.
  • MPhil in Gender and Development Studies, University of Bergen.
  • Master of Social Sciences (MSS), University of Dhaka.
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Business School
Centre for Social Impact

Dr Sajal Roy is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact based at the UNSW Business School. Before joint at the CSI, he held a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at the Centre for Livelihoods and Wellbeing, UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney.

Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia, in collaboration with Griffith Asia Centre, Griffith University, Sajal has recently completed a collaborative research project titled Gender and Leadership Inclusion in LAOS. Previously, his research agenda—livelihoods, resilience, human wellbeing, post-disaster recovery, gendered relations, political ecology, disaster risks reduction policy— secured competitive funding from the following organisations: Development Studies Association, UK; University of Manchester, Meltzer Foundation (Norway), University of Bergen, University of Lund, the United Nations World Food Programme, WorldFish, and the Social Science Research Council of the Govt. of Bangladesh.



Centre for Social Impact UNSW 704, Level 7, Science Engineering Building (E8) UNSW Sydney NSW 2052


Leadership for Gender Inclusion for the Laos Australia Institute for 25 Australia Alumnus, consisting of 20 females and 5 male participants, in association with Dr Andrea Haefner, A/Prof Tapan Sarker, Prof Caitlin Byrne. This project is funded (AUD $ 232,755) by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Climate Change Impacts on Gender Relations in Bangladesh book launch at the 6th Gobeshona Conference on Research into Action at the International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Research Fellowship, Project Title: Understanding Non-Economic Loss and Damage in Post-Disaster Settings in Bangladesh: Evidence Cyclone Aila, awarded AUD $10,000 by the Social Science Research Council, Planning Division, the Government of Bangladesh.


Travel Grant (SEK 12000) awarded by the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety of the Lund University to take part in the International Summer School entitled Gender, Disasters and Climate Risk.


Travel Grant (GBP 1200) awarded by the Development Studies Association (DSA) and the University of Manchester for presenting a paper titled Gender equality in the post-cyclone (Aila) livelihoods of the Munda Adivasi Community: the Bangladesh Sundarbans forest context.


PhD Completion Scholarship (AUD 5,000) jointly awarded by the Graduate Research School and Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.  



Western Sydney University Postgraduate Research Award (International) and Western Sydney University Tuition Fee Waiver Scholarship for pursuing Doctor of Philosophy in Culture and Society at the Institute for Culture and Society.


Recipient of the WSU’s Graduate Research School registration scholarship (AUD 300) for participating at the Longitudinal Data Conference 2016, Canberra.


University Grant Commission’s Fund (USD 1500) for a project titled Political Ecology of Livelihoods of the cyclone Aila survivors’ in the Sundarbans forest society of Bangladesh.


Meltzer Research Grant (NOK 45000) for participating in graduate conferences, University of Bergen.


Quota Scheme awarded by the Norwegian Ministry of Education for pursuing MPhil. in Gender and Development Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Sajal is an engaged researcher and critical ethnographer. He received PhD in Climate Change Social Science and Dev. Studies in 2021 from the Institute for Culture and Society, WSU. His collaborative scholarships are situated within the disciplines of critical development studies, community economy, area studies and human geography. He specializes in climate change social sciences, financial wellbeing, capabilities, intersectionalities, sustainable livelihoods and development, gendered relations, refugee crisis management and climate justice.

With Taylor and Francis, the revised version of his doctoral thesis has been published as a book titled Climate Change and Gendered Livelihoods in Bangladesh.  Built on this, with Taylor and Francis, the title of his upcoming edited book is Gender and the Politics of Disaster Recovery: Dealing with the Aftermath.

Academic and Professional Membership:

Development Studies Association of Australia

Development Studies Association, UK

Political Ecology Network

The Institute for Australian Geographer Incorporated 


Academic Reviewer:

Sustainability, Social Sciences, Community Development, Gender and Development, Asia Pacific Viewpoint.


My Research Supervision

I am seeking to co-supervise the Higher Degree Research Candidates (HDR) such as: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Masters by Research, and Master of Philosophy within UNSW and outside.

My Teaching

Sajal's teaching philosophy is to build a collaborative learning community for students, providing them with improved self-confidence, a sense of achievement and greater personal responsibility for their learning. I open up the tools they need to discover how to ask a question about a given subject, and to develop their own answers as a result of our time studying together. I continue to contribute guest lectures on several courses (at UNSW, UTS and other universities in South Asia) on diverse topics including industrial relationships; converting research finding into social impacts, managing change; development and change; culture and development; disasters risk governance and resilience; business, society and policy; political activism and collaboration with government and non-government organisations including BRAC, the largest development NGO headquartered in Dhaka.

Built on these, Dr Roy has convened and co-convened several postgraduate and undergraduate courses at the following prestigious universities: UNSW, UTS, University of Wollongong, Western Sydney University, and Australian Catholic University. He has convened and co-convened courses titled International Development Policy (COMD5001), UNSW; Development, Community and Environment (ARTS3750), UNSW; Monitoring and Evaluation Learning (UTS), Contemporary Society and Change, Social Research Methods and Applied Social Research, Working with Communities as well as Issues in World Development: Rich world, Poor world. 

In Term 2 2022, he will be co-convening postgraduate course titled Climate Change Adaptation and Development (COMD5004) at the Masters in Global Development program, School of Social Sciences, UNSW.