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Career Summary

Biography

I started my academic career in Australia in 1995 as a Lecturer in Geography at Central Queensland University. I continued to maintain my research on development and environment and social sustainability issues in two geographic regions, namely, Australia and Bangladesh. During my term at CQU I received a major ARC infrastructure grant ($100000) with Prof. Geoff Lawrence. During this time I was also involved in two major funded research. The first one was funded by Premier's Department, Queensland Government, to conduct a social impact assessment study of a proposed dam near Gladstone. The other one was funded by a non-governmental organization in Bangladesh to review their program. I was able to publish a number of journal articles and two books. I moved to Ourimbah Campus of University of Newcastle in 1999. I continued my research on Bangladesh and also developed new research on issues related to local areas with global significance (community participation; climate change adaptation, EIA and SIA). I have publised four books and many peer reviewed journal articles in the last few years. I have supervised six research higher degree students from Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines and Vietnam (AusAid Scholars) to successful completion.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of London, 18/04/1990
  • Master of Science, University of Dhaka - Bangladesh, 05/06/1985
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Dhaka - Bangladesh, 29/04/1982

Research

Research keywords

  • Climate change adaptaion
  • Development and Environment in Developing Countreis
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
  • Poverty and Development

Research expertise

My research focuses on impact of development in developed and developing countries, and development, environment and poverty in developing countries. I have special interests on community participation in environmental decision making and the role of non-governmental organizations in poverty alleviation. My development studies research naturally progressed into climate change adaptation.

Languages

  • Bengali
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
050200Environmental Science And Management40
160400Human Geography30
120599Urban And Regional Planning Not Elsewhere Classified30

Memberships

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Professional Member - Institute of Australian Geographers

Appointments

Visiting Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (United States)
01/01/2003 - 01/05/2003
Visiting Professor, Department of Geography and Environment
University of Dhaka (Bangladesh)
01/12/2000 - 01/02/2001

Awards

Research Award.

2003Research Fellow
Centre for Australian and New Zealand (United States)
I was invited by this Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, based at Georgetown University, USA, to spend my OSPRO time between January-June, 2003 at their D.C. office.
2000Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow
Rotary International (Australia)
I received Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship to Bangladesh, November-2000 to February-2001. The main purpose of the fellowship was to further international understanding in society, science and technology. I was the first academic to receive this Fellowship from Newcastle region to represent Australia to a developing country.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Deputy Head of School

School Representative at the Faculty level

Head of Discipline

Research Administration

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Communiy resource mangement
  • Sustainable Development
  • environmental and social impact assessment

Teaching expertise

'Sustainable Development'

'Development Studies'

Social and Environmental Impact Assessment

Human Geography

Taught in Australia, USA and Bangladesh

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2006Momtaz S, 'Public Participation and Community Involvement in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries', The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 2 89-97 (2006) [C1]
2002Momtaz S, 'Environmental impact assessment in Bangladesh: A critical review', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 22 163-179 (2002) [C1]
2005Momtaz S, 'Institutionalizing social impact assessment in Bangladesh resource management: limitations and opportunities', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 25 33-45 (2005) [C1]
2003Momtaz S, 'The practice of social impact assessment in a developing country: the case of environmental and social impact assessment of Khulna-Jessore Drainage Rehabilitation Project in Bangladesh', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 21 125-132 (2003) [C1]

Publications

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Book (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Rauscher RC, Momtaz S, Sustainable Communities: A Framework for Planning: Case Study of an Australian Outer Sydney Growth Area, Springer, London, 160 (2014)
2014Rauscher RC, Momtaz S, Brooklyn's Bushwick - Urban Renewal in New Your, USA: Community, Planning and Sustainable Environments, Springer, Heidelberg, 178 (2014)
2013Momtaz S, Zobaidul Kabir SM, Evaluating Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries (2013) [A1]
2007O'Neill P, McGuirk PM, Mee KJ, Wright SL, Markwell KW, Momtaz S, King RA, Urban Development and the Lower Hunter: Understanding Context, Connections and Flows, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, N.S.W., 359 (2007) [A2]
2004Forrest K, Howard A, Momtaz S, Goodwin GW, Buttigieg T, Central Coast: Regional Profile & Social Atlas, Gosford and Wyong Councils, Central Coast, NSW, 357 (2004) [A2]
1996Momtaz S, Rural Development in Bangladesh: the problem of access, The Dhaka University Press, Dhaka, 189 (1996)
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Chapter (1 outputs)

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2014Momtaz S, 'Environmental Problems and Governance', Dhaka Megacity: Geospatial Perspectives on Urbanisation, Environment and Health, Springer Verlag, Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London (2014)

Journal article (14 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Kabir SMZ, Momtaz S, 'Fifteen years of environmental impact assessment system in bangladesh: Current practice, challenges and future directions', Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management, 15 (2013) [C1]
2013Kabir SMZ, Momtaz S, 'Sectorial variation in the quality of environmental impact statements and factors influencing the quality', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, (2013)
2012Kabir SZ, Momtaz S, 'The quality of environmental impact statements and environmental impact assessment practice in Bangladesh', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 30 94-99 (2012) [C1]
2011Kabir SZ, Momtaz S, 'The strengths and weaknesses of environmental impact assessment system in Bangladesh: Institutional aspects', International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 7 149-165 (2011) [C1]
2008Momtaz S, Gladstone W, 'Ban on commercial fishing in the estuarine waters of New South Wales, Australia: Community consultation and social impacts', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 28 214-225 (2008) [C1]
2007Nguyen VT, Momtaz S, Zimmerman KD, 'Water pollution concerns in shrimp farming in Vietnam: A case study of Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City', International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 3 129-137 (2007) [C1]

Co-authors: Kenneth Zimmerman

2006Rauscher RC, Momtaz S, 'Sustainable Area Planning (SAP) Model - A Tool for ESD Based Urban Planning', The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 1 73-84 (2006) [C1]
2006Momtaz S, 'Public Participation and Community Involvement in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment in Developing Countries', The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 2 89-97 (2006) [C1]
2005Momtaz S, 'Institutionalizing social impact assessment in Bangladesh resource management: limitations and opportunities', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 25 33-45 (2005) [C1]
2003Momtaz S, 'The practice of social impact assessment in a developing country: the case of environmental and social impact assessment of Khulna-Jessore Drainage Rehabilitation Project in Bangladesh', Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 21 125-132 (2003) [C1]
2002Momtaz S, 'Environmental impact assessment in Bangladesh: A critical review', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 22 163-179 (2002) [C1]
2002Momtaz S, 'Microfinance, self-reliance and sustainability: The case of a non-governmental organization in Bangladesh', Journal of Bangladesh Studies, 4,1 1-9 (2002) [C1]
1999Lockie S, Momtaz S, Taylor B, 'Meaning and the Construction of Social Impacts: Water infrastructure development in Australia's Gladstone/Calliope region', Rural Society, 9:3 529-542 (1999) [C1]
1990Momtaz S, 'Rural development and the problem of access: the case of the integrated rural development programme in Bangladesh. Ph.D. thesis (1990)
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Conference (12 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2010Kabir SZ, Momtaz S, 'The strengths and weaknesses of legal provisions and effective EIA practice in Banladesh', Proceedings of (EME2010) the Second LASTED International Conference Environmental Management and Engineering, Banff, Canada (2010) [E1]
2010Kabir SZ, Momtaz S, Gladstone W, 'The Quality of Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in Bangladesh', 30th Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment: Reviewed Papers, Geneva, Switzerland (2010) [E1]
2007Nguyen VT, Momtaz S, Zimmerman KD, 'Wastewater from shrimp farming and water pollution in Vietnam', Environmental Science and Technology (2007), Houston, Texas (2007) [E1]

Co-authors: Kenneth Zimmerman

2007Amin SMN, Kabir MH, Momtaz S, 'Sustainable management of freshwater wetlands in Bangladesh: A case study of Tanguar Haor', 2007 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Abstracts, San Francisco, Calif. (2007) [E3]
2007Momtaz S, Amin SMN, Kabir MH, 'Involving community in environmental decision-making in developing countries: The case of Ramsar wetland management in Bangladesh', 2007 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting Abstracts, San Francisco, Calif. (2007) [E3]
2005Rauscher RC, Momtaz S, 'Sustainable Area Planning (SAP) Framework for Sustainable Transport in Growth Centres - Case Study Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia', ATRF05, Sydney (2005) [E1]
2005Momtaz S, 'Environmental Planning in Bangladesh: the role of Environmental Assessment', 37th Bengal Studies Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2005) [E3]
2005Duguman J, Momtaz S, Gladstone W, 'Critical Evaluation of Integrated Conservation and Development Programmes in PNG: A Case Studey Approach', Institute of Australian Geographers 34th Annual Conference, University of New England, Armidale (2005) [E3]
2002Momtaz S, Gladstone W, 'Social impact assessment of the decision to ban commercial fishing in Lake Macquarie on the commercial fishers', Assessing the Impact of Impact Assessment - Impact Assessment for Informed Decision Making, The Hague, Netherlands (2002) [E3]
2000Momtaz S, 'Decision-Making and Public Participation in New South Wales, Australia: The Case of the State of the Environment Reporting', Living with Diversity, Seoul, KOREA (2000) [E3]
1999Momtaz S, 'Urban solid waste management: the case of a municipal landfill in a small town of Queensland, Australia', 1999 IAIA Annual Meeting, Glasgow, UK (1999) [E3]
1999Momtaz S, 'Environmental and social impacts of a proposed water park in Rockhampton, Australia', 1999 IAIA Annual Meeting, Glasgow, UK (1999) [E3]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants11
Total funding$181,753

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2007 (1 grants)

Annual Meeting, Association of American Geographers, 17-21 April 2007$1,700
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,70020072007
GNo:G0187372

2006 (1 grants)

2nd International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 9-12 January 2006$2,225
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,22520062006
GNo:G0186109

2005 (2 grants)

Urban Research Development Project$150,000
Funding Body: Newcastle Innovation

Project Team
Associate Professor Phillip O'Neill, Professor Pauline McGuirk, Doctor Kathleen Mee, Associate Professor Kevin Markwell, Doctor Sarah Wright, Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Administered ResearchInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$150,00020052006
GNo:G0187935

37th International Bengal Studies Conference, 4-6 January 2005$2,460
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,46020052005
GNo:G0184545

2002 (2 grants)

Social impact assessment guidelines for the proposal to create recreational fishing areas in Lake Macquarie and Botany Bay, NSW$8,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz, Conjoint Professor William Gladstone
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,50020022002
GNo:G0181390

Annual International conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment Netherlands, 15-22 June, 2002$2,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,50020022002
GNo:G0181704

2001 (1 grants)

35th International Bengal Studies Conference, USA 18 -20 May 2001$2,312
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,31220012001
GNo:G0180808

2000 (2 grants)

Social Change in the Central Coast Region: An Analysis of Census Data From 1986, 1991 and 1996.$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020002000
GNo:G0180155

The 29th International Geographical Congress (annual conference) Seoul, Korea.$1,641
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,64120002000
GNo:G0180309

1999 (2 grants)

19th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment, Glasgow.$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40019991999
GNo:G0180461

Social Impact Assessment.$2,015
Funding Body: Rural Social and Economic Research Centre

Project Team
Doctor Salim Momtaz
SchemeRole
Research GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,01519991999
GNo:G0178765
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions7
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL4.35

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20142018PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Co-SupervisorUnderstanding Recreational and Commercial Use and Stakeholders of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and How Stakeholder Experience-Based Knowledge can be Integrated into the Management and Monitoring of MPAs
20132017PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Principal SupervisorClimate Change Threats and Adaptations Responses in Small Island Developing States
20122016PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Principal SupervisorLinking Fishing Community Characteristics in Marine Fisheries Management Strategies in Vietnam
20112015PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Principal SupervisorClimate Change Impact on Livelihood of Women in the Disaster Vulnerable Areas of Bangladesh - Responses to Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Future
20112015PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Principal SupervisorManagement of Tam Giang Lagoon, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam
20112015PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Principal SupervisorExploring the Process of Adaptation to Climate Change in the Coastal Region of Bangladesh
20102019PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Co-SupervisorBarriers to Biodiversity: An Examination of Complexities and Obstacles to Effective Domestic Cat Management in NSW

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2012PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Principal SupervisorA Critical Evaluation of the Environmental Impact Assessment System in Bangladesh using a Holistic Approach
2009M Sc (Sustain Res Mngt) [R]Sole SupervisorThe Livelihoods of Sundanese Fishermen in Cijulang, West Java and their Implications for Fisheries Management
2009M Sc (Sustain Res Mngt) [R]Co-SupervisorFlash Flood and Landslide Disasters in the Philippines: Reducing Vulnerability and Improving Community Resilience
2009PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Sole SupervisorSustainable Area Planning Framework for Ecologically Sustainable Development, Case Study Wyong Shire, NSW, Australia
2008PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Principal SupervisorThe Influences of Shrimp Farming and Fishing Practices on Natural Fish Conservation in Can Gio, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2008PhD (Sustainable Res Mngt)Principal SupervisorIntegrated Conservation and Development Projects in Papua New Guinea: A Case Study Approach
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Dr Salim Momtaz

Work Phone(02) 4348 4131
Fax(02) 4348 4145
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaEnvironmental Science and Management
Office
SO E1.54 Ourimbah Campus,
Science Offices,
Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/salim-momtaz