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Ishrat Hossain

Ms Ishrat Hossain

Job Market Candidate

Research topic:
The Rohingya Crisis and Ethnic Insecurities in the Bangladesh-Myanmar Borderland
Curriculum vitae:

Research Themes:
Community International relations Refugees and migration Religion Groups, Identities and Social Movements Violence, security and conflict 

Areas of expertise

Ethnic and Communal Conflict, Researching Violence, South Asia, Forced Migration, International Relations Theory

Academic Profile

Ishrat is a Commonwealth Scholar (2016) pursuing her DPhil in International Relations as a member of Linacre College. Her research explores dynamics of communal violence in borderlands focusing on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. She is particularly interested in the conflict/peace nexus between ethno-religious groups in South Asia.

Since September 2020 Ishrat has been an Associate at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies.

Before starting her DPhil at Oxford, Ishrat worked as a public information expert and political analyst. Most recently she was the Head of Communications at UNDP Bangladesh's Country Office. Prior to joining UNDP, Ishrat worked briefly as the Political Advisor to the German ambassador in Bangladesh. She has also worked for a number of development organisations and diplomatic missions in Bangladesh starting her career in the joint communications unit of the British High Commission and DFID in 2009.

She received her BA and MA degree in Literature from University of Dhaka and a second MA in International Relations from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra where she was an Endeavour scholar. She graduated with first-class honours from ANU in 2013 and wrote an award-winning thesis on Burmese foreign policy restructuring and its impact on Bangladesh-Myanmar relations.


English (Fluent)

Bengali (Native speaker)

Hindi (Intermediate)

Urdu (Limited)

German (Beginner) 

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

  • South Asian Politics
  • International Relations Theory 
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Researching Violence


Oxford International Seed Fund, Summer round 2020 (Grant to organise day-long symposium in 2021)

Commonwealth PhD Scholarship, 2016 - 20, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK

Cumberland Lodge Scholar 2018 - 19, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK

Linacre College Conference Expenses Grant, 2020

Cyril Foster Travel Grant, Department of Politics and International Relations, 2019

Linacre College Mulder Fund for research, 2019

Oxford Programme on Modern Burmese Studies Travel Grant, 2018

Oxford-Burma Visiting Funds, both Hilary and Trinity rounds, 2018 (Research grant for field work in Bangladesh-Myanmar border)

Commonwealth Scholarship Study Travel Grant, 2017 - 18

MAIR Prize, the Australian National University, Department Prize for best thesis in the programme, 2013

Endeavour Postgraduate Award (Masters), 2012 - 13, Australian Government Scholarship

Other Awards
LSE PhD Studentship 2016, Full tuition fees and maintenance for four years (declined)


Book Chapter

  • Farrelly, N and Hossain, I (2014); From Bangladesh: Considering Another Side of the Rakhine Conflict in Nick Cheesman and Htoo Kyaw Win (Ed.) Communal Violence in Myanmar, MKS Publishing, Yangon 

Book Reviews

Other Publications

Conference Papers and Presentations

Conference Presentations

'Researching Communal Violence' at The Question of Violence: Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) Annual Workshop. St Hugh's College, Oxford, September 2019

‘Communal Relations in Bangladesh-Myanmar Borderland in the Shadow of the Rohingya Crisis’ at the 13th International Burma Studies Conference, Bangkok, August 2018

'Conflict Diffusion in the Bangladesh-Myanmar Borderlands' at Oxford-SOAS Graduate Student Workshop on New Directions on Research on Myanmar. St. Antony's College, Oxford, May 2017

Invited talks

'Fragile Borders, Changing Communities: Rohingya Crisis and Buddhist-Muslim Relations in the Bangladesh-Myanmar Borderland’ at 60th Anniversary of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission: Research Impact Event, The Royal Society, London, May 2019

'Higher Education in the Rohingya refugee camps’ at Extending the Welcome: Symposium on Long-term Approaches to Supporting Refugees and at-risk Scholars in Higher Education, University of Edinburgh, March 2019

‘Fragile Borders, Changing Communities: Impact of the Rohingya Crisis on the Bangladesh-Myanmar Border’ at Interactive workshop organised by the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London Metropolitan University, January 2019

'India and Bangladesh: At a crossroads on religion?' Radio interview at The Religion and Ethics Report with Andrew West. Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio National, August 2017

Panel on 'Youth Interfaith Engagement'  at G20 Interfaith Summit. Potsdam, June 2017