The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning
Tasnim Tarannum Isaba

Tasnim Tarannum Isaba

I am a first-year doctoral student in the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning. I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka. For my dissertation, I will be working with Dr. Divya Chandrasekhar on disaster relocation and recovery. After completing my undergrad in 2017, I started working as a Research Assistant that introduced me to the world of disaster research. From 2018-2021, I worked as a faculty at ‘BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety.’ In Bangladesh, I worked on multiple projects by the government and international NGOs in disaster preparedness and socioeconomic vulnerability.

Why did you decide to pursue a Ph.D.?
A Ph.D. will help me better understand and address multidimensional challenges, solve real-life problems, and effectively engage with other stakeholders with diverse interests. After completing my Master’s in March 2021, I searched for Ph.D. opportunities focusing on community participation, socioeconomic vulnerability, and stakeholder relationships associated with disaster management. I was particularly impressed by Dr. Divya Chandrasekhar’¬†publications on disaster recovery based on qualitative methods.

What is your research focus?
Within the vast area of planning, the dynamic and pragmatic nature of disaster management studies captivates me the most. Although my previous experiences were primarily concentrated on the preparedness and response phase of natural hazards, I am interested in enlarging my understanding during my Ph.D. and learning new skills by working on the planning and challenges for post-disaster recovery.

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.
I love to travel! Whenever we have some free time, my husband and I go out to explore the beautiful places of Utah.