Profile: Bimal Kanti Paul


Professor Bimal Kanti Paul, Department of Geography; and Director, South Asia Center, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Bimal’s research focuses on mortality, emerging therapeutic landscapes and health-seeking behavior in developing countries, and medical tourism. He received the Jacques M. May Thesis Prize in 1988.

Bimal Kanti Paul received his MA and MSc degrees in Geography from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the University of Waterloo (Canada) in 1973 and 1980, respectively. He earned his PhD in Geography from Kent State University (Ohio) in 1988. Before leaving his native country of Bangladesh in 1978, he taught geography for about five years at the University of Dhaka. He is currently an editor of special publications, National Council for Geographic Education; a member of the International Board of Directors, Asian Urbanization Research Association; and an advisor of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Italy.

Bimal has a sound grasp of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and data processing techniques. He has received awards from the AAG and Applied Geography Conferences, Inc., four fellowships from the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), and 16 external grants, including two from the NSF and one Fulbright-Hays grant. In recent years, he has expanded his research interests beyond health geography to examine various health impacts of natural disasters. He has published more than 70 refereed and 65 other publications, including 16 book chapters.

Updated: January 2009