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  • Who am I?

    Who am I?

    I started my career as a Lecturer (promoted to Assistant Professor) in the Department of Sociology at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh. I then worked as a Statistical Researcher in the Research Team of The Children’s Society in Leeds, UK for just under six years. I have joined the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) within the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University as a Research Associate in November 2012. I have been working as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology since March 2014.

  • Academic Biography

    Academic and professional qualifications

    I have Honours and Master’s degrees in Sociology from the University of Dhaka and obtained a first class in both degrees. For my Masters thesis, I tested a Durkheimian model on social disorganisation (measured by crime rates) in the context of Bangladesh.


    I was awarded a PhD by Hiroshima University, Japan. The Japanese Government fully funded the study through Monbugakakuso Scholarship. Under the supervision of Professor Asako Uehara, I explored intergroup relations between Hindus (minority group) and Muslims (majority group) in Bangladesh. Focusing on the dynamics of power relationship between these two groups in the context of history; my Doctoral research examined the prejudicial and discriminatory aspects of relationships between the members of these two groups in contemporary Bangladesh.

  • Research Expertise, Publications & Grants

    Research expertise

    Research with children and young people
    Quantitative methods
    Survey design
    Multivariate analysis of data
    Subjective well-being
    Inter-ethnic group relations

    • Publications

      • Refereed journal articles

        H. Goswami, C. Fox, G. Pollock (2016). The Current Evidence Base and Future Needs in Improving Children’s Well-Being Across Europe: is There a Case for a Comparative Longitudinal Survey?. Child Indicators Research. 9(2), pp.371-388.

        M. Franks, R. Hunwicks, H. Goswami (2015). Barriers to the uptake of emergency accommodation by young runaways and thrown-out children and the role of the 'transitional person'. Children and Society. 29(2), pp.146-156.

        H. Goswami (2013). Children’s Subjective Well-being: Socio-demographic Characteristics and Personality. Child Indicators Research.

        M. Franks, R. Hunwicks, H. Goswami (2013). Barriers to the Uptake of Emergency Accommodation by Young Runaways and Thrown-out children and the Role of the 'Transitional Person'. Children and Society.

        H. Goswami (2012). Social Relationships and Children's Subjective Well-Being. Social Indicators Research. 107(3), pp.575-588.

        J. Bradshaw, A. Keung, G. Rees, H. Goswami (2011). Children's subjective well-being: International comparative perspectives. Children and Youth Services Review. 33(4), pp.548-556.

        M. Franks, H. Goswami (2010). Rural runaways: Rurality and its implications for services to children and young people who run away. Children and Society. 24(2), pp.123-135.

        H. Goswami (2004). Everyday Forms of Discrimination Experienced by the Minority: An Exploratory Study in a Village in Bangladesh. . 10 (2), pp. 121-150. Journal of International Development and Cooperation. 10(2), pp.121-150.

        Z. Nasreen, H. Goswami, R. Akhtar (2003). Cultural Constructions of the Reproductive Health of Pregnant and Lactating Mothers: Experiences of Some Village Women in Bangladesh. Journal of Asian Women’s Studies. 12, pp.62-77.

        H. Goswami, Z. Nasreen (2003). Discourses on Minority Representation: The Case of Hindu Religious Minority in Bangladesh. Himalayan and Central Asian Studies. 7(3-4), pp.81-102.

        H. Goswami (2001). Division of Labour, Anomie and Social Disorganization: A Test of Durkheimian Model in the Context of Bangladesh. The Journal of Social Studies. 92(April-June), pp.38-60.

      • Reports

        G. Rees, H. Goswami, L. Pople, J. Bradshaw, A. Keung, et al. G. Main. (2013). The Good Childhood Report 2013. London: The Children's Society, The Children's Society.

        C. Fox, M. Sefton, K. Albertson, H. Goswami (2013). Evaluation of Grandmentors. Manchester: Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, Department of Sociology

        A. Franklin, H. Goswami (2012). Communicate Together: Final Evaluation Report. London: The Chilldren's Society, Big Lottery.

        G. Rees, H. Goswami, L. Pople, J. Bradshaw, A. Keung, et al. G. Main. (2012). The Good Childhood Report 2012: A Review of Our Children’s Well-being. London: The Children's Society, The Children's Society.

    Conference organisation

    Youth Subjective Well-Being: Explaining Variations by Micro and Macro Social Factors. Research Centre for Children Families and Communities, 12th-13th June 2014, Canterbury Christ Church University

    A Common Longitudinal Study on Children and Young People's Well-being in the EU: Policy Relevance and Methodological Challenges (Jointly with Professor Gary Pollock). The Finnish Society for Childhood Studies. VI Conference on Childhood Studies, 7–9 May 2014 University of Oulu, Finland

    Friendship Well-being: Examining Factor Structure of Friendship Scale for Children. Joint East Asian Social Policy Research Network (EASP) and United Kingdom Social Policy Association (SPA) Annual Conference 2012, University of York, UK, 16th – 18th July 2012.

    Children’s Subjective Well-being: Personality and Demographic Correlates. 3rd International Conference for the International Society for Child Indicators, University of York, York, UK, 27th – 29th July 2011.

    Prejudicial Aspects of Intergroup Relations between Muslims and Hindus in Bangladesh. The 1st Conference of the Association of International Behavioural Studies. University of Shizuoka, Japan. September 25-26, 2004.

    Discrimination against a Religious Minority in Bangladesh. The 13th Annual Conference of the Japan Society for International Development, Tokyo, Japan. November 30-December 1, 2002.