Rabeya Sultana
Assistant Professor

Rabeya Sultana is an assistant professor at Khulna University, Bangladesh. She has over eight years of work experience across academia and NGOs.

Ms. Sultana has a background in Environmental Science as a system and its pollution abatement technologies. She graduated with BSc. in Environmental Science from Khulna University, Bangladesh, and completed her master's in Environmental Sanitation from the Bioscience engineering faculty, Ghent University, Belgium. Her research interest is in water treatment, sanitation, waste management, and public health. 




    Sep 2014–Jul 2017

Master in Environmental Sanitation

Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium.  https://www.ugent.be

Full scholarship awarded from VLIR-OUS
Master dissertation title: “Influence of water matrix effects on advanced reduction and adsorption of organic micropollutants” in the lab of The Particle and Interfacial Technology Group (PaInT) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ir. Arne Verliefde.

Mar 2008 – Jul 2012

Bachelor in Environmental Science


Khulna University, Khulna, Bangladesh.  http://www.ku.ac.bd/


Bachelor Thesis Title: ‘’ Assessment of Possible Surrounding Environmental Impact of Proposed CCPP (Combined Cycle Power Plant), Bheramara” .



Feb-May 2017



Dec 2017-Jun 2018


Upper Intermediate Academic English-B2

University Language Centre, Ghent University


Dutch language course

Het Perspectief school

Achievement: Nederlands tweede taal richtgraad 3 certificaat (International Level B2)


§ Training received from Centre of Excellence in Teaching and learning (CETL), Khulna University: a. Induction for lecturer, b. Module I (teaching and learning), c. Module II ( Teaching, learning and assessment) in 2019.

§  Training of trainer received on WASH project implementation plan from the Max Foundation, The Netherland in May 2019 and then provided training in Jun 2019.

§  Permanent Training Programme “Low Country Studies”, 2016, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University, Belgium.

§  Delft Software Day: Symposium on Water Quality and Ecological Modelling, 2015, Delft.

§  Summer school: Bioscience engineering faculty, Ghent University, Belgium, 2014.

§  SERVIR Himalaya Youth Forum: Earth Observation: Empowering Youth for Climate Actions in The Himalaya” on GIS and earth observation tools, 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Year & Description of the awards



Certificate for completing teachers training module 1 and 2 from  Centre of Excellence in Teaching and learning (CETL), Khulna University.


Certificate for B2 level Dutch language (Nederlands tweede taal richtgraad 3 certificaat)


Certificate for completing Taalbaar : Oefenkansen Nederlands deel 1


Certificate: Upper Intermediate Academic English-B2 from UCT of UGent


VLIR-UOS scholarship for pursuing master in Environmental Sanitation in Ghent University, Belgium


Certificate of appreciation: SERVIR Himalaya Youth Forum (training on GIS tools)


Khulna University merit scholarship for holding 2nd position in the batch


Khulna University merit scholarship

  1. Water and wastewater treatment
  2. Sanitation and public health
  3. Resource recovery from waste

Current Research Project/Collaboration

SL Title Research Role Awarded Date Completion Date Funding Agency
No Research Project Available



Jan-Jul 2019


Field Monitoring Officer

Jagrata Juba Shangha, 35/8 TB Cross Road, Khulna 9100, Bangladesh. http://www.jjsbangladesh.org

Project title: MaxNutriWASH Project supported by Max Foundation, the Netherland

Duties and responsibilities:

·      Development of detailed implementation plan

·      Progress monitoring on project indicators and targets

·      Process Monitoring on field activities

·      Documentation and report writing


Aug -Sep 2018

Intern (research)

Flemish Governmental Environmental Agency, Belgium

VMM ( https://en.vmm.be)

·      Modelling and simulation in python to develop Nutrient Emission Model, NEMO

·      Sensitivity analysis

Jun –Aug 2017

Lab analyst

Seed Chemistry lab, BAYER Crop Science, Deinze, Belgium

·      Analysed more than 30,000 seed samples in an Infrared spectrophotometer

·      Sample preparation

·      Data entry

Oct 2013–Apr 2014

Intern (Environment)


Project title: Agro Input Project (AIP), a daughter project of the “Feed the Feature” project of USAID

Project site:  Khulna, Bangladesh, Web address: www.aipbd.org

Duties and responsibilities

·      Topographic and GPS data collection.

·      Monitoring the safe use of pesticides by farmers and retailers according to the pesticide regulation and compliance of Federal government of USA and Government of Bangladesh

·      Preparing training materials on the safe use of personal protective equipment

coming soon...


SL Title Degree Role Start Date End Date
1 Assessing availability and accessibility to safe drinking water in Southwest Bangladesh towards tracking SDG-Target 6.1. Bachelor Supervisor 01 January 2020 06 January 2022

coming soon...


A. Journal Paper (Peer-Reviewed Original Research Article)

  1. Patwary, M.M.; Bardhan, M.; Haque, M.Z.; Sultana, R.; Alam, M.A.; Browning, M.H.E.M. 2022. COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Rate and Its Factors among Healthcare Students: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis. Vaccines10, 806. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines10050806 (IF-4.42, Q2-Immunology).
  2. Md. Riad Hossain, Rabeya Sultana, Muhammad Mainuddin Patwary, Noel Khunga, Pankaj Sharma & Sebastian Joya Shaker. 2022. Self-healing concrete for sustainable buildings. A review. Environmental Chemistry Letters, Springer. (IF-9.02, Q1)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10311-021-01375-9


A. Journal Paper (Peer-Reviewed Original Research Article)

1. Patwary, M.M.; Bardhan, M.; Disha, A.S.; Hasan, M.; Haque, M.Z.; Sultana, R.; Hossain, M.R.; Browning, M.H.E.M.; Alam, M.A.; Sallam, M. (2021) "Determinants of COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among the Adult Population of Bangladesh Using the Health Belief Model and the Theory of Planned Behavior Model". Vaccines 9, 1393. MDPI (IF-4.42, Q1)  https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9121393.

2. Hossain, M.R.; Patwary, M.M.; Sultana, R., Browning M.H.E.M. (2021) "Psychological distress among healthcare professionals during the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in low resource settings: A cross-sectional study in Bangladesh". Front. Public Health 9:701920. (IF-3.7-Q2) https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2021.701920

B. Book chapter (Peer-Reviewed Original Research)

iv) Patwary, M.M.; Hossain, M.R.; Ashraf, S.; Sultana, R.; Shuvo, F.K.. (2021).“Valuing ecosystem services for the protection of coastal wetlands using benefit transfer approach: Evidence from Bangladesh”. Mapping, monitoring, and modeling land and water resources, Book Chapter 23, Taylor and Francis. www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.1201/9781003181293-15/valuing-ecosystem-services-protection-c

C. Letter to editor

v) Patwary, M.M.; Hossain, M.R.; Shuvo, F.K.; Ashraf, S.; Alam, M.A.; Sultana, R. (2021).“Protecting Sanitation Workers in Low-Middle Income Countries Amid COVID-19”, Annals of Work Exposures and Health, Oxford University Press, pp. 1-2. (IF-2.1, Q2). https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxaa128

D. Conference poster

vi) Patwary, M.M.; Hossain, M.R.; Shuvo, F.K.; Haque, M.Z.; Sultana, R. "Association between short-term exposure to Air pollutants and Case fatality rate of COVID- 19: Evidence from a sub-tropical Country". Climatological, Meteorological and Environmental factors in the COVID-19 pandemic. American Geophysical Union & World Meteorological Organization, 4 August 2020 (Online).