Shamsul joined the University as a lecturer in Social Policy and Community Development in 2011, after having worked as an HPL since 2008, following a career mostly in voluntary sector organizations. He comes from a hybrid educational background, having studied Economics in Bangladesh and Development Studies and Social Policy at a postgraduate level in the UK.
Through Shamsul's involvement in communities working with disabled people for over 12 years in the UK, he has developed an interest in the field of disability, ethnicity and social policy. He has worked both at a grass-roots level, as well as in an academic context. His grass-roots work includes action research and community development work for organizations including Tower Hamlets Health Strategy Group (now Social Action for Health), MIND and seeAbility (formerly the Royal School for the Blind). Shamsul has also conducted academic research at London Guildhall University and the London School of Economics, where he completed a three year research project which investigated policy issues on social inclusion of visually impaired people from minority ethnic communities. Shamsul has also worked for a local authority as a Strategy and Commissioning Officer – developing and commissioning services for people with sensory impairment.
At the University, Shamsul teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. His responsibilities include being the module leader for Human Rights, Social Justice and Diversity, Current Issues in Disability, Social Structures and Policies (co-leader) and the placement module for Community Development and Leadership students.
Senior Lecturer in Community Development / Social Policy Director ICCD