Studies in National and International Development


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Title:  Market Reforms, Resource Extraction, and Social Movements in Bangladesh

Date:  March 5, 2020
Venue: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, D214
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Speaker: M. Omar Faruque, Queen's University

This talk will highlight social movements against foreign investment-driven resource extraction projects in Bangladesh. Left-leaning political groups have mobilized against market-oriented energy policy reforms, although reforms have gone largely unchallenged since the late 1970s. I draw on the scholarship on political economy and institutional causes of development to make nuanced sense of this puzzle. I argue it is not market reform per se that triggers Bangladeshi anti-corporate social movements. Extractive political institutions and the corruption of political and bureaucratic elites are more significant drivers. More specifically, activists’ perception that extractive political institutions fail to reap the ostensible benefits of market reform for the masses shapes their framing of grievances and their movement agenda. 



M. Omar Faruque, Queen's University

M. Omar Faruque is SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Global Development Studies at Queen’s University. Earlier, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Dhaka and Research Associate in Agriculture and Rural Development Division at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. His main areas of research interests are political sociology, development sociology, environmental sociology, and global & transnational sociology. His current research project examines energy politics and environmental movements in Bangladesh.