School of Chemical Engineering


I have completed Masters in Industrial Ecology from Delft University of Technology/Leiden University (Netherlands) and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden) with the Erusmusmundus category A scholarship of the European Union. I have also completed Masters and Bachelor in Environmental Science from the University of Chittagong (Bangladesh). 

As an Industrial Ecology and Environmental science graduate, I have academic, research, and professional experience of more than 7 years on strategic and applied research focusing on Environmental Footprint Analysis, Greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), Material Flow Analysis (MFA), Input-output Analysis (IOA) and Urban metabolism. I have worked as a University Faculty member for more than 7 years in the Environmental science discipline of two leading universities in Bangladesh: University of Chittagong (Public University); and Stamford University Bangladesh (Private University).      

I have also worked as National Consultant: GHG inventory for the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)-Bangladesh for more than 1.5 years. As a part of my work, I have developed projects on climate change mitigation and GHG inventory issues for possible funding from Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in the Water-Energy-Carbon Group, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland. I am an environmental footprint and urban metabolism sector professional and researcher with a trans-disciplinary skill set combining industrial ecology and environmental science. My ambition is to eventually have a broad-based academic career including teaching, research and management responsibilities on eco-urbanisation issues, climate friendly industrial activities, water-energy nexus analysis, and eco-city model.

Research Project

Title: Mapping the water–energy nexus through urban metabolism study using multi-regional input-output database.

Advisors: Associate Professor Steven Kenway, Dr Joe Lane.

Brief Summary of project:

Expansion of metropolitan areas and associated rapid urbanisation leading the severe demands on water and consequently energy resources. This water-energy nexus is not yet clearly explored and studied in terms three interconnected system components of urban water metabolism, such as water supply and treatment system, water use in residential and industrial sectors, and embodied water in the products. In order to ensure the sustainability of the urban economy and environment, exploring and visualizing this water–energy nexus is urgent. In view of this circumstance, the aims of the proposed PhD research project are to assess the energy, GHG and ecological footprint impacts of three inter-connected system components of urban water metabolism:

  1. the direct consequences of water supply,
  2. the indirect influence of water use in industry and homes, and
  3. the remote implications of water security on supply chains

Research Skills

Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), Material Flow Analysis (MFA), Input-output Analysis (IOA), Water-Energy Nexus Analysis, and Urban metabolism.

Achievement Highlights

Teaching positions

  • July 2011 to April 2018: Assistant Professor, Institute of Forestry and Environmental Sciences, University of Chittagong. Now on Study leave.
  • February, 2010 to June, 2011: Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science, Stamford University Bangladesh.

Consultant positions

  • August 2016-March 2018: National Consultant: GHG inventory, Food and agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Bangladesh.
  • September 2017-December 2017: National Consultant: Training Manual Development for awareness raising and capacity building on REDD+ and Climate change mitigation issues, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh.
  • June 2017-August 2017: National Consultant: Content Development on reference emission level and forest monitoring system, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh.

Scholarship and Project Funding

  • University of Queensland Research Training Tuition Fee Offset scholarship in 2018.
  • University of Queensland Research Training Stipend scholarship in 2018.
  • School of Chemical Engineering top-up scholarship in 2018.
  • ERASMUS MUNDUS Masters Category A scholarship of European Union in 2013.
  • Ecoinvent SRI LCI apparel India & Bangladesh. Project grant for the LCA database development of Jute and Cotton in 2017.  Project grant- CHF 10000.
  • Project grant for mapping land use land cover changes due to tobacco cultivation in Bangladesh with its public health impacts under Bangladesh Tobacco Control Policy Research Grant Program 2016. Funded by Bangladesh Center for Communication Programs (BCCP) Bangladesh and the Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH). Project grant- USD 10000.
  • Development of teaching learning and lab facilities in the Institute of Forestry and Environmental Science. Project time -2012 to 2014. Funded by Bangladesh government and World Bank. Project grant- Aprox. 0.43 million USD.

Key Publications

K M Nazmul Islam, Jutta Hildenbrand, & Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain. Life cycle impacts of three-way ceramic honeycomb catalytic converter in terms of disability adjusted life year. Journal of Cleaner Production, 2018, vol 182, pp. 600-615.

Rickard Arvidsson, Jutta Hildenbrand, Henrikke Baumann, K M Nazmul Islam & Rasmus Parsmo. A method for human health impact assessment in social LCA: lessons from three case studies. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 2018, Vol 23, Issue 3, pp 690–699.

K M Nazmul Islam. Municipal solid waste to energy generation: An approach for enhancing climate co-benefits in the urban areas of Bangladesh. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, Vol (81), Part 2, pp 2472-2486.

K M Nazmul Islam. Greenhouse gas footprint and the carbon flow associated with different solid waste management strategy for urban metabolism in Bangladesh. Science of The Total Environment, 2017, Vol 580, pp 755-769.

K M Nazmul Islam & Mohammed Jashimuddin. Reliability and economic analysis of moving towards wastes to energy recovery based waste less sustainable society in Bangladesh: The case of commercial capital city Chittagong. Sustainable Cities and Society, 2017, Vol 29, pp 118-129.

PhD Student

Room: 320

Building: Hawken Building (50)

p: +61470342395