Dr. Quamrun Nahar

Dr. Quamrun Nahar is a Social Scientist with more than 25 years of experience in conducting health and population research. She is presently the Acting Director of the Centre for Population, Urbanization and Climate Change (CPUCC), of icddr,b.   She joined icddr,b in 1991 and since then worked extensively in the fields of adolescent health, maternal health, and health systems research especially in improving health services for adolescents in Bangladesh. Her seminal work on adolescent health includes: identifying health needs of adolescents in Bangladesh; assessment of youth-friendly health services in Bangladesh; national survey on child marriage; designing and testing different strategies to improve health services for adolescents and participations in the formulation of Adolescent Health Strategy and Action Plan in Bangladesh. She is also an Associate Professor at James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University and an Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Public Health, North South University, Bangladesh. She also worked at the University of Hawaii for a short period of time.

She has obtained her medical degree from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care and Master of Medical Science Degree from the University of Western Australia. She has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Hawaii, USA.  She has received a number of fellowships and awards, namely, Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) fellowship in Population and Reproductive Health, Population Reference Bureau (PRB) Fellowship for Population Policy Program, East West Center Degree Fellowship, Gates Award, Australian Development Aid (AusAID) Fellowship and Dr. John W. Sellors’ In Memoriam Award. She has published more than 40 research articles and reports based on her work.