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Habib Zafarullah obtained his PhD in Public Administration from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1986. He retired from active teaching in 2016 after serving for over 40 years at the University of Dhaka and the University of New England (UNE), Australia. He is currently an adjunct professor of Sociology at UNE and is also affiliated with Macquarie University, also in Australia. He was professor and chair in the Department of Pulic Administration, University of Dhaka and the Director of the Public Policy Program at UNE. His areas of academic interest are: democratic governance, comparative bureaucracy, public policy, public administration, and international development.

Dr Zafarullah has published extensively in these areas. Some of his recent books include: Colonial Bureaucracies (2014, Universal), Managing Development in a Globalized World (2012, Taylor&Francis), International Development Governance (2006, Taylor&Francis) and The Bureaucratic Ascendancy (2006, South Asia). Apart from these, he has published six other books, 36 book chapters and 47 refereed articles. He was the editor of Politics, Administration and Change, an international social science journal, for 25 years and regional editor of Development Policy Newsletter (Policy Studies Organization, USA). He is on the editorial board of and manuscript reviewer for several journals and publishers, including Routledge, Springer and Palgrave-Macmillan.


  • 14 Aug 2023, 06:14 PM

    Dear Dr. ZAFARULLAH, My apologies for contacting you out of the blue during this busy summer season. My name is Tristan Grunow, and I am a board member and Digital Media Editor at Critical Asian Studies, where I edit and publish the CAS Commentary Board as well as promote recent work published by the journal. Towards that end, I am contacting you on the behalf of one of our recent authors to bring to your attention an article that was just published: “Discipline, Development, and Duress: The Art of Winning an Election in Bangladesh,” by Mathilde Maîtrot of University of Bath and David Jackman of University of Oxford. The article is available open-access, so please use this link to access the article. Thank you, and I hope you find the article engaging. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions, and please keep in mind the CAS Commentary Board for any future editorials on issues in the news or confronting Asian Studies as a field. Tristan