Dr. Tapan Kumar Dhar

Tapan Dhar is a professor in Architecture Discipline at Khulna University. His research includes human dimensions of climate change adaptation, urban design and place making, sustainable urban settlements, urban resilience, landscape ecological urbanism, and participatory planning and design. He completed his PhD with an outstanding achievement award at the University of Waterloo, Canada. He is a contributing author of the chapter Settlements and Key infrastructure of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group II Sixth Assessment Report.

PhD: University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Master of Urban Design: University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch): Khulna University, Bangladesh
ORCID ID : https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3594-9999
Research Gate ID : https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tapan_Dhar  
Google Scholar ID : https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=_k2-9Y8AAAAJ&hl=en

Urban design and place making

Urban resilience and sustainable development

Climate change adaptation by planning and design

Landscape (ecological) urbanism and green infrastructure

Participatory planning and design 

Housing flexibility and adaptability

Architectural education and practice

Current Research Project/Collaboration

SL Title Research Role Awarded Date Completion Date Funding Agency
No Research Project Available

July 2016 – 

Worked as an Associate Professor and professor  in Architecture Discipline, Science Engineering and Technological School at Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh

Nov 2020 –

Worked as a Visiting Prof, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Jan 2022-Apr 2022

Working as an Instructor to teach Planning: theory and history (URBS 240), an undergraduate course, Geography, Planning & Environment, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Jan 2021-Apr 2021

Worked as an Instructor to teach Disaster Planning (URBP 541), a graduate course, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Nov 2019 – Oct 2020

Worked as a Postdoctoral research fellow, School of Urban Planning, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Fall 2011 - Winter 2012

Worked as a Research Assistant for an international research project - Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCa), Department of Geography & Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Oct 2001 – Aug 2010

Worked as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor  in Architecture Discipline, Science Engineering and Technological School at Khulna University, Khulna-9208, Bangladesh

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Peer-reviewed journal articles/chapters (selected)

Lizarralde, G., Bornstein, L., Dhar, T., (Eds) (forthcoming) Shelter in the Storm: Ethical debates in responses to disasters and climate change? Columbia University Press. New York. 

Dhar, T. K., and L. Khirfan. (forthcoming). A Sixfold Urban Design Framework to Assess Climate Resilience: Generative Transformation in Negril, Jamaica. PLOS One [Under review].

Hossain, M., Dhar, T., and Khan, R., (forthcoming) Integrating deprived communities into mainstream planning in Bangladesh. Local Environment  [under review].

Dodman, DM, Hayward, B, Pelling, M…Dhar, T.,…Westman, L. (2022) Cities, Settlements and Key Infrastructure. 6th Assessment Report, Working Group II, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Hasan, M.S., and Dhar, T. K., (2022). Urban Stream and Ecological Design: Changing Perspective and Urban Design Approach. In Rahman, M. (Ed.), Waterfront Development and Urbanism. Routledge [accepted and in press].

Lizarralde, G., Bornstein, L., Herazo, B.,... & Dhar, T. (2022). The problem of doing more: success and paradoxes in scaling up informal initiatives for disaster risk reduction and climate action. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 1-31.

Dhar, T. (2021). Identifying Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Challenges in the Caribbean SIDS: An Urban Morphological Approach. In S. Moncada, L. Briguglio, H. Bambrick, I. Kelman, C. Iorns, & L. Nurse (Eds.), Small Island Developing States: The World of Small States (Vol. 9, pp. 329-350): Springer.

Akhter S.S., Dhar, T.K., Rahman, A.I., and Uddin, M.K. (2021). Investigating the Resilience of Refugee Camps to COVID-19: A Case of Rohingya Settlements in Bangladesh. Journal of Migration and Health. 4 (100052), 1-16.

Dhar, T. K., and L. Khirfan. (2017). A Multi-scale and Multi-dimensional Framework for Enhancing the Resilience of Urban Form to Climate Change. Urban Climate, 17, 72-91

Dhar, T., & Khirfan, L. (2016). Climate Change Adaptation in the Urban Planning and Design Research: Missing Links and Research Agenda. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(4), 602-62

Dhar, T. K., and L. Khirfan. (2016). Community-based Adaptation through Ecological Design: Lessons from Negril, Jamaica. Journal of Urban Design, 21(2) 234-255

Rahaman, K.H., Dhar, T. K., Hossain, S.M. (2014) Bangladesh Municipality Development Fund: A Success Story for Sustainable Urban Development. Management Research and Practice, 6 (1) (46-64)

Dhar, T. K., Hossain, M.H., and Rahaman, K.H. (2013). How does Flexible Design Promote Resource Efficiency for Housing? A study of Khulna, Bangladesh. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 2 (2), 140-157

Khan, T. H. and Dhar, T. K. (2012). Flexibility in Hong Kong Private Housing, Open House International. 37 (3), 48-59.

Khan, T. H., Jia, B. and Dhar, T. K. (2010). Architects' Design Options in Self Built Houses Lessons from Bangladesh, Open House International. 35 (1), 49-56.

Kabir, M.E., Webb, E.L., and Dhar, T.K. (2010). Are Home-gardens Managed Properly in Rural Bangladesh? Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development, 20 (2), 47-68.

Islam, A. K. M. K., Rahaman, H., Hakim, S. S., and Dhar, T. K. (2009). Analysis of Node Preference pattern in assuming future urban growth: A look into the case of Jessore town, Bangladesh, Plan Plus, 5 (June). 63-75.

Rahaman, K.H., Dhar, T. K., Hossain, M.H., and Khan, S (2009). A Comprehensive Approach to Model Pedestrians Safety in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. European Journal of Social Sciences,12(2), 197-204.                                   

Conference Papers/presentations (selected)                                                                              

Khan, M., H. Paez, T. Dhar, L. Bornstein, (2021) “Water scarcity: Condition, barriers and innovations in San Andreas, Colombia”, 14th annual conference of the International Society for Third-sector Research (ISTR), virtual conference, 12-15 July 2021.

Dhar, T.K. (2020) Indeterminacy’ toward uncertainty-oriented planning in the age of climate change. 

Annual Conference of Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), November 05-08, 2020, Toronto, Canada.

Dhar, T.K. (2018) Passive survivability by redundancy: An Urban design response to immediate impacts of climate change. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), University of Buffalo, October 25-28, 2018, New York, USA.

Dhar, T.K. (2017) Inclusive Urban Design: A Pedagogical Shift, Paper presented in a Seminar on Innovation Governance: Open Cities at the center of Integrated and Rural development in Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP), 31-10-2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhar, T.K. (2017) Investigating design responses to passive survivability in the age of climate change, Paper presented in the annual conference on Environmental Responsibility of Architects and Local Practice, at Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), 08-09 February 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhar, T. K. (2016) Indeterminacy - An Urban Design Tool to Measure Resilience to Climate Change: a Caribbean Case Study. ICEURP 2016 : 18th International Conference on Environmental, Urban and Regional Planning, January 18-19, 2016, London, United Kingdom

Dhar, T. K. (2015) Can We Measure the Resilience of Coastal Urban Form to Climate Change using Urban Design Tools? A Jamaican Case Study (poster), Croucher Advanced Study Institute 2015-2016: Urban Climate & the Impact on Thermal Environment and Living, December 7-11, 2015, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dhar, T.K. and Khirfan, L. (2014) Resilient Urban Form for Adapting to Climate Change: A Theoretical Framework. Annual UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, September 9-11, 2014, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Dhar, T. K. and Moniruzzaman, M. (2012) Public Space dynamics, a Study of Concourse a Wilfrid Laurier University (poster), Art Symposium on 28 March 2012, Faculty of Art, Wilfried Laurier University, Canada.

Dhar, T. K. and Jia, B. (2011) Window-Wall Ratio as a Principle of Flexible Housing, a Reference of Recent Private Housing in Hong Kong. APNHR Conference in Hong Kong; Neoliberalism and Urbanization in Asia Pacific, December 8-10, 2011, The University Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dhar, T. K. and Khan, T. H., (2011) Regionalism in Façade: A Study of Recent Practices of Residential Design in Khulna City, Bangladesh, IAPS International Symposium 2011, October 10-14, 2011; Daegu, Korea

Khan, T. H., and Dhar, T. K. (2011) Significance of Implicit Socio-cultural Values in Housing Transformation: A Case Study in Urban Dhaka, IAPS International Symposium 2011, October 10-14, 2011; Daegu, Korea.

Rahaman, K. R., Hossain, M. S. M., Dhar, T. K., and Kabir, M. E.(2010) Risks of Climate Change Impacts in Major Bangladeshi Cities. 1st Deltas in time of climate change conference, September 29 to October 01, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Dhar, T. K. and Rahaman, K. R. (2009). Redevelopment Plan for a Growing City in Developing Country: a Study of Jessore Central Business District, Bangladesh, Design Conference-IX, February 15-17, 2009, Berlin, Germany.

Khan, T. H., and Dhar, T. K. (2008). Architectural Practitioners inside Urban Self-Built Houses: Lessons from Bangladesh, ANZAScA 42th Annual Conference, The University of New Castle, November 26-28, 2008, New Castle, Australia.

Other accomplished works/contribution (2021-2022)                                                                                     

2021      Worked as a lead and collaborating author on ten Policy & Practice Briefs of ADAPTO with Talha Awan, Em Walsh, Camila Florez Bossio, Sayana Sherif & Lisa Bornstein. ADAPTO, a multidisciplinary research project funded by IDRC and coordinated by the  Disaster  Resilience and  Sustainable  Reconstruction  Research  Alliance  (Œuvre  Durable). https://artefacts.umontreal.ca/policy-briefs/


2021     Contributed to the final technical report of the ADAPTO Project, funded by IDRC Canada, on “Responses to Risk and Climate Change in Informal Settings in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Importance of Bottom-up Initiatives and Structured Dialogue.” Montreal. The Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Reconstruction Research Alliance - Œuvre Durable. (ISBN: 978-2-9815234-6-4). http://www.grif.umontreal.ca/acciones/en_index.html

Future research projects/publications (2022-2023)                                                                    

·       Working as a co-editor on the book Shelter in the Storm: Ethical debates in responses to disasters and climate change? The book includes contributions of 20 experts across the world and explores the controversies that emerge when cities, people, and the environment are at risk (Co-editors: Gonzalo Lizarralde and Lisa Bornstein)

·       Working as a co-author on a manuscript “The institutionalization of civil society participation in low-cost housing: success and drawbacks of the Minha Casa Minha Vida–Entidades in Brazil.” (Co-authors: Noia, P., Lizarralde, G., Bornstein, L., Cossu, M., Yoshioka1, E., and Leoto, R.)

·       Working as a co-author on a manuscript “Building community resilience to water scarcity, a narrative from San Andres” (Co-authors: Maaz Khan, Lisa Bornstein, and Holmes Julián Páez Martínez)

·       Working as a lead author on “Investigating community risk perception of climate change-related hazards, lessons from the Global South” (Co-authors: Bornstein, L., Lizarralde, G., and Nazimuddin, S.M.)