Dr Momtaj Khalil graduated with her PhD from the Institute for Sustainable Futures of the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. She also holds a Master of Urban Design Degree from the University of Hong Kong and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (with Hons) from Khulna University, Bangladesh.
Momtaj’s research falls under the broad umbrella of gender and climate change adaptation. She explored how gender, poverty and place-based challenges and opportunities shaped Bangladeshi coastal women’s adaptation to changing climate after major disasters. She is competent in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Momtaj’s PhD thesis titled ‘Women’s role in adaptation to climate change in Bangladesh’. This year she will continue her research on the stories of marginalized wives of Bangladesh such as, ‘Tiger Widows from coastal Bangladesh’; ‘Women-led co-housing: innovation, policy, and adaptation’.