There is a need, throughout the academia in Bangladesh, among community of practitioners, academicians, researchers and students, for an action-oriented knowledge, skills, research and evaluation approach to improve the understanding of disaster and climate resilient development, building capacities of the public and civil society professionals on pro-poor, environment friendly, gender sensitive, climate resilient and low carbon development program design,  implementation, monitoring and impact assessment. A related need is for DU teachers and university students to be involved in meaningful and mutually rewarding ways in action research and evaluation activities in public and private sectors.

Drawing on the anthropological wisdom that cultural expression radiates cultural energy, CCRS believes that culture can be mobilized as a source of motivation that inspires people to confront problems, identify solutions and participate in implementation. CCRS perceives culture, a different form of capital, as an impetus for growth, social change and community resilience. The term resilience, however, refers to broad range of academic issues including the ability of a system (natural, built and cultural), groups, community or society exposed or susceptible to shocks (economic, social political, environmental etc.) to protect, absorb, accommodate to and recover from the effects of the shocks in a timely and efficient manner, including through the preservation and restoration of ecosystems from dynamic changes in relation to shocks and aftermath without compromising (and potentially enhancing) long term prospects. Resilience is not a fixed end state, but is a dynamic set of conditions and processes. The factors that influence resilience are shown in Figure 1.1.


The Culture and Resilience Studies was established in the fall of 2012, by Dr. Saifur Rashid and Hasan Shafie to address the needs identified above. The proposed Centre for Culture and Resilience Studies (CCRS) will be a collaborative enterprise involving faculties and students in various departments at University of Dhaka, other public and private universities, and research institutions in Bangladesh.

Mission: The mission of the Centre for Culture and Resilience Studies (CCRS) will be to foster a knowledge based society to build a resilient nation in relation to identity, environmental, climatic, social and economic policies and practices through academic and investigative research activities.

Goal: The goal of CCRS will be to contribute to knowledge which will help to improve to deal any future challenge in the area of cultural identity, environment, economy and society.

Objectives: The objectives of CCRS will be to:

o    Provide opportunities for post graduate students and professionals from all organizations and all universities in Bangladesh and other countries to engage in academic and action research activities in the diverse fields of resilience.    
o    Explore and examine issues related to the culture and resilience
o    Conduct collaborative research and academic programme with other educational, research and development organizations focused on the field of ‘resilience’.
o    Disseminate research findings and share conceptual ideas on resilience practices and policies to a wide audience, through publications, presentations, seminars, workshops and other methods.


The Centre will conduct, promote and support a number of activities in two interrelated areas. The areas of activity are: (1) Academic Programmes and (2) Professional and Applied Engagements.