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Monmouth University is pleased to announce that Dr. Golam Mathbor, professor in the School of Social Work and associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, has been awarded a partnership grant along with five other international research scholars to support disaster recovery in the USA, Canada, Australia, India, and Pakistan

This partnership grant was initiated by Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, Canada, under the leadership of Dr. Julie Drolet, associate professor in the School of Social Work. The scholars were awarded $199,938 over three years by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The Rebuilding Lives Post-Disaster Partnership will bring together researchers, government departments, and community partners from five countries to advance knowledge in long-term community-based disaster mitigating strategies in small cities and rural communities in Canada, USA, Australia, India and Pakistan affected by natural disasters. The network of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners will involve itself in analyses of community-based disaster mitigation strategies by compiling case studies on emergent promising and effective practices, policies, and lessons learned. The partnership will also focus on developing recommendations to promote greater community resiliency.

The partnership has obtained solid commitments of support from the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, US Council on Social Work Education, International Association of Schools of Social Work, Canadian Red Cross, and partnering non-governmental organizations. As part of this effort, the network will contribute to developing research expertise by providing research training opportunities, education, and career development opportunities for students, academics, and practitioners.

Dr. Mathbor is currently serving as a vice president of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), and as vice president of the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD). He is the founding president of the Long Branch Concordance, a 501c (3) nonprofit community service organization in the State of New Jersey serving in the City of Long Branch. Professor Mathbor chaired and delivered a keynote address for the 17th ICSD International Symposium on “Good Governance: Building Knowledge for Social Development Worldwide” held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 3-7, 2011 at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. In the past he served as vice president and president of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development.