Areas of expertise
- Water Science and Engineering
Sufia graduated from the University of Portsmouth with an MSc in Geographical Information Systems that followed a BSc (Hons) and MSc in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Rajshahi and a PGDip. in Water Resource Development from BUET, both in Bangladesh. Her research focuses on environmental change and impact assessment using remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). Previously, she applied RS & GIS to detect a change in wetland area and river-water quality in Dhaka city, and on rural water supplies in southern Myanmar. For her PhD, She is applying her skills in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
Sufia is currently pursuing a postgraduate research degree in Water at Cranfield. In her research work, she is exploring how to spatially represent urban sanitation in data-poor areas of developing countries, with a focus on sources of faecal production, faecal movement pathways, and areas where these are concentrated. She is using free and open-source data to explore their appropriateness for spatial representation in sanitation management in urban areas. The city of Rajshahi in northwest Bangladesh, which is a representative of 60 other such secondary cities in that country alone, is being used as an example to address the issue.