Bushra Chowdhury is currently doing PhD in the School of Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Arts, College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) at the Australian National University. Her research topic, broadly, is role of NGO and women’s participation in politics in local government in Bangladesh. She is on study leave, to pursue the doctoral research, from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She was serving there as Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations before coming to Australia in 2008.
In her teaching career Bushra has offered a number of courses on varied areas, including Gender and Development and Feminism and Post-Feminism. Her research interests focus on women’s participation in politics and gender related development issues in her country and she has few publications. As a British Chevening Scholar she completed her second masters on Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK in 2005. Bushra has participated in a number of conferences, seminars and workshops at home and abroad. She is now one of the elected CASS representatives in PARSA (Postgraduate And Research Students’ Association) at the ANU.