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Potter Rose Graduate Fellowship, 2020-2021, 2019-2020
UTSOA Independent Research Travel Scholarship, Summer 2019

Samira is a Ph.D. student in the Community & Regional Planning program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research lies at the intersection of environmental justice and informal planning in the context of South Asia, more specifically in Bangladesh. She is particularly interested in centering social equity and diversity concerns in the planning of the built environment. She is deeply committed to shaping her academic and professional work around the knowledge and lived experiences of marginalized communities whose interests are hardly reflected in planning practice and research paradigms. In doing so, she is eager to explore the tensions between local knowledge production and traditional development approaches in shaping the planning and design of the built environment discourse for those communities. 

Samira earned her MSCRP degree from UTSOA and her master's thesis was focused on reevaluating the Rohingya refugee settlement planning paradigms in the context of Bangladesh. Her undergraduate major was Architecture where she focused on the sustainable preservation of a marginalized fishermen community in Bangladesh for her final research project. Samira has more than two years of teaching experience in the field of architecture and planning in Bangladesh. She taught design studios which were primarily focused on activity-space relationships, urban design, and housing. She also taught courses on the history and theory of Architecture and Design theory. She is currently on study leave to pursue her doctoral study in planning. 


  • M.S.Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas at Austin, 2020
  • B. Arch.,Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, 2015
photo of Samira Binte Bashar
  • Environmental Justice, Informal Planning,Social Equity and Diversity Planning, Displaced Communities and Place-making Efforts,Urban Development Processes