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Tapan Dhar

Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: 109 Hendricks Hall
Research Interests: Urban design, Environmental design, Climate change resilience, Disaster planning

Research Interest:

  • Community engagement and participatory design/planning
  • Disaster planning and equity
  • Environmental design and landscape ecological urbanism
  • Social dimensions of climate change adaptation and climate justice
  • Urban design, placemaking, and urban morphology
  • Sustainable architecture and resilient development (SDGs # 11 & 13)


  • PhD in Planning: School of Planning, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Master of Urban Design: Urban Planning and Design, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Bachelor of Architecture: Architecture Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh

Courses teaching

  • Introduction to City Planning
  • Inclusive Urbanism
  • Sustainable Urban Development
  • Visual Communications
  • Disaster Resilience
  • Urban Design


Refereed Journal Articles and chapters (selected)

Dhar, T.,  Bornstein, L., Lizarralde, G., and Nazimuddin, S., (2023). Risk perception—A lens for understanding adaptive behaviour in the age of climate change? Narratives from the Global South. The International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 95 (103886).

Dhar, T. and L. Khirfan. (2023). A Sixfold Urban Design Framework to Assess Climate Resilience: Generative Transformation in Negril, Jamaica. PLOS ONE. 18(6), e0287364

Dodman, D., B. Hayward, M. Pelling,… Dhar, T… Westman., L. (2022). Cities, Settlements and Key Infrastructure. In: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. Contribution of Working Group II to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, 907–1040

Hasan, M.S. and Dhar, T. (2022). An Integrated Design Framework for Urban Streams and Ecological Design: Insights from Three Asian Cases. In Rahman, M. (Ed.), Waterfront Development and Urbanism. Routledge, New York, 105-126

Lizarralde, G., Bornstein, L., Herazo, B.,... & Dhar, T. (2022). The problem of doing more: success and paradoxes in scaling up informal initiatives for disaster risk reduction and climate action. Canadian Journal of Development Studies, 43(3), 339-369

Dhar, T. (2021). Identifying Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Challenges in the Caribbean SIDS: An Urban Morphological Approach. In S. Moncada, L. Briguglio, H. Bambrick, I. Kelman, C. Iorns, & L. Nurse (Eds.), Small Island Developing States: The World of Small States (Vol. 9, pp. 329-350): Springer.

Akhter S.S., Dhar, T.K., Rahman, A.I., and Uddin, M.K. (2021). Investigating the Resilience of Refugee Camps to COVID-19: A Case of Rohingya Settlements in Bangladesh. Journal of Migration and Health. 4 (100052), 1-16.

Dhar, T. and Khirfan, L. (2017). A Multi-scale and Multi-dimensional Framework for Enhancing the Resilience of Urban Form to Climate Change. Urban Climate, 17, 72-91.

Dhar, T. and Khirfan, L. (2016). Climate Change Adaptation in the Urban Planning and Design Research: Missing Links and Research Agenda. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 60(4), 602-62.

Dhar, T. and L. Khirfan. (2016). Community-based Adaptation through Ecological Design: Lessons from Negril, Jamaica. Journal of Urban Design, 21(2) 234-255.

Rahaman, K.H., Dhar, T., and Hossain, S.M. (2014) Bangladesh Municipality Development Fund: A Success Story for Sustainable Urban Development. Management Research and Practice, 6 (1) (46-64).

Dhar, T., Hossain, M.H., and Rahaman, K.H. (2013). How does Flexible Design Promote Resource Efficiency for Housing? A study of Khulna, Bangladesh. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 2 (2), 140-157.

Khan, T. H. and Dhar, T., (2012). Flexibility in Hong Kong Private Housing, Open House International. 37 (3), 48-59.

Khan, T. H., Jia, B. and Dhar, T. (2010). Architects' Design Options in Self Built Houses Lessons from Bangladesh, Open House International. 35 (1), 49-56.

Kabir, M.E., Webb, E.L., and Dhar, T., (2010). Are Home-gardens Managed Properly in Rural Bangladesh? Asia-Pacific Journal of Rural Development, 20 (2), 47-68.

Islam, A. K. M. K., Rahaman, H., Hakim, S. S., and Dhar, T., (2009). Analysis of Node Preference pattern in assuming future urban growth: A look into the case of Jessore town, Bangladesh, Plan Plus, 5 (June). 63-75.

Rahaman, K.H., Dhar, T., Hossain, M.H., and Khan, S (2009). A Comprehensive Approach to Model Pedestrians Safety in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. European Journal of Social Sciences,12(2), 197-204.        

Conference Papers/presentations (selected)                                                                               

            Dhar, T., (2020) ‘Indeterminacy’ toward uncertainty-oriented planning in the age of climate change. Annual Conference of Association of Collegiate Schools  of Planning (ACSP), November 05-08, 2020, Toronto, Canada.

Dhar, T., (2018) Passive survivability by redundancy: An Urban design response to immediate impacts of climate change. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), University of Buffalo, October 25-28, 2018, New York, USA.

Dhar, T., (2017) Inclusive Urban Design: A Pedagogical Shift, Paper presented in a Seminar on Innovation Governance: Open Cities at the center of Integrated and Rural Development in Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP), 31-10-2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhar, T., (2017) Investigating design responses to passive survivability in the age of climate change, Paper presented in the annual conference on Environmental Responsibility of Architects and Local Practice, at Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), 08-09 February 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dhar, T., (2016) Indeterminacy - An Urban Design Tool to Measure Resilience to Climate Change: a Caribbean Case Study. ICEURP 2016: 18th International Conference on Environmental, Urban and Regional Planning, January 18-19, 2016, London, United Kingdom

Dhar, T., (2015) Can We Measure the Resilience of Coastal Urban Form to Climate Change using Urban Design Tools? A Jamaican Case Study (poster), Croucher Advanced Study Institute 2015-2016: Urban Climate & the Impact on Thermal Environment and Living, December 7-11, 2015, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dhar, T. and Khirfan, L., (2014) Resilient Urban Form for Adapting to Climate Change: A Theoretical Framework. Annual UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference, September 9-11, 2014, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Dhar, T. and Moniruzzaman, M., (2012) Public Space dynamics, a Study of Concourse a Wilfrid Laurier University (poster), Art Symposium on 28 March 2012, Faculty of Art, Wilfried Laurier University, Canada.

Dhar, T. and Jia, B. (2011) Window-Wall Ratio as a Principle of Flexible Housing, a Reference of Recent Private Housing in Hong Kong. APNHR Conference in Hong Kong; Neoliberalism and Urbanization in the Asia Pacific, December 8-10, 2011, The University Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dhar, T. and Khan, T. H., (2011) Regionalism in Façade: A Study of Recent Practices of Residential Design in Khulna City, Bangladesh, IAPS International Symposium 2011, October 10-14, 2011; Daegu, Korea

Khan, T. H. and Dhar, T., (2011) Significance of Implicit Socio-cultural Values in Housing Transformation: A Case Study in Urban Dhaka, IAPS International Symposium 2011, October 10-14, 2011; Daegu, Korea.

Rahaman, K. R., Hossain, M. S. M., Dhar, T., and Kabir, M. E.(2010) Risks of Climate Change Impacts in Major Bangladeshi Cities. 1st Deltas in the climate change conference, September 29 to October 01, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Dhar, T. and Rahaman, K. R. (2009). Redevelopment Plan for a Growing City in Developing Country: a Study of Jessore Central Business District, Bangladesh, Design Conference-IX, February 15-17, 2009, Berlin, Germany.

Khan, T. H. and Dhar, T., (2008). Architectural Practitioners inside Urban Self-Built Houses: Lessons from Bangladesh, ANZAScA 42th Annual Conference, The University of New Castle, November 26-28, 2008, New Castle, Australia.