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Chowdhury, Iqbal


Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury is a first year PhD student in the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University in the area of positive mental health of recent immigrants in Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Social Science in Sociology from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST), Sylhet, Bangladesh in 2006, Master of Social Science in Sociology from the same university in 2008, and Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Manitoba (U of M), Winnipeg, Canada.

In January 2009, he joined Shahjalal University as a Lecturer of Sociology and was promoted to the post of Assistant Professor in 2012. He worked there until
he attended the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada on a study leave in September 2013 to pursue a second Master of Arts in Sociology degree. Till now he is on study leave for doing his PhD.

He is the recipient of a few honours and awards including the University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (2016, declined), Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship (2016) from Dalhouise University, International Graduate Student Scholarship (2016) from U of M, Faculty of Arts Endowment Fund (2014) from U of M, Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Conference Travel Award (2014) from U of M, Faculty of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Travel Award (2014) from U of M, Graduate Student Association Graduate Student Travel Grant (2014) from U of M, Department of Sociology Student Conference Travel Award (2014) from U of M, University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship (2013), International Graduate Student Entrance Scholarship (2013) from U of M, Book Prize in Convocation (2007) from SUST, University Grant Commission Higher Study Scholarship (2008) from SUST, and the Departmental Annual Scholarships (2000-2008) from SUST.

His research interest is in issues related to migration, immigration, health, and development including social determinants of the health of immigrants, labor market integration of immigrants, and social inequality. He has had a few articles published on these issues. He also has presented a few papers in the conferences in and outside of Canada.

His PhD research focuses on the positive mental health of recent immigrants in Canada. More specifically, it deals with the issue how immigrants maintain their mental health during the hardship of their early settlement period in Canada. Currently, with Dr. Howard Ramos, he is working on a paper which analyzes the influences of ethnicity, length of stay in Canada, and visible minority status on the mental health of immigrants in Atlantic Canada.


Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)