K M Rabiul Karim

K M Rabiul Karim

Postdoctoral researcher, international
Department of Health and Caring Sciences Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
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K.M. Rabiul Karim is an International Postdoctoral Fellow at Linnaeus University, Sweden. He is also a faculty member at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Rajshahi, Bangladesh. 

Rabiul Karim studied Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and completed his doctoral study in June 2018. Supported by Swedish Research Council, currently he is conducting a postdoctoral research under the supervision of Professor Katarina Swahnberg  at the Department of Health and Caring Sciences. They are focusing on the prevention of domestic violence (DV) among mainstream and indigenous communities in rural Bangladesh. In collaboration with ‘Domestic Violence Prevention Research Team’ at the Department of Social Work, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, they are carrying out a 3-year intervention study "Community-based prevention of domestic violence against women in three ethnic communities rural Bangladesh"  in January 2019 – December 2021.



Peer-reviewed original articles

Karim, R., & Swahnberg, K. (2020). Development of the Social Acceptance of Wife Abuse Scale in Rural Bangladesh. Partner Abuse, Accepted (Manuscript No.: PA-D-19-00044R3).

Karim, R., Habib, T. Z., Arefin, S., Rahman, H., Rahman, S., & Swahnberg, K. (2020). Differences in the acceptance of wife abuse among ethnic minority Garo and Santal and mainstream Bengali communities in rural Bangladesh. PLoS One, 15(7), e0236733. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0236733

Karim, R., & Katarina, S. (2018). Does female authority prevent male marital violence? Evidence from rural Bangladesh. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260518801023

Karim, R., Lindberg, L., Wamala, S., & Emmelin, M. (2018). Men’s Perceptions of Women’s Participation in Development Initiatives in Rural Bangladesh. American Journal of Men's Health, 12(2), 398–410.

Karim, R., Emmelin, M., Lindberg, L., & Wamala, S. (2016). Gender and Women Development Initiatives in Bangladesh: A Study of Rural Mother Center. Social Work in Public Health, 31(5), 369-386. 

Karim, R., & Law, CK. (2016). Microcredit and Marital Violence: Moderating Effects of Husband’s Gender Ideology. Journal of Family Violence, 31(2), 227-238.

Karim, R.(2014), Reliability and Validity of the Masculine Subordination Stress Scale in a Rural Bangladesh Sample, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 34 (1/2),133-148.

Karim, R., & Law, CK. (2013), Gender Ideology, Microcredit Participation and Women’s Status in Rural Bangladesh, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 33 (1/2),33-44.

Islam, MM. & Karim, R.(2012), Men’s Views on Gender and Sexuality in a Bangladesh Village, International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 32(4), 339-354.

Karim, R., Emmelin, M., Resurrection, B., &Wamala , S. (2012), Water Development Projects and Marital Violence: Experiences from Rural Bangladesh, Health Care for Women International, 33 (3), 1-17.

Arefin, S., Hossain, D., & Karim, R. (2010), Children with Disabilities in Bangladesh: Rights and Realities, Journal of the Institute of Bangladesh Studies, 33, 215-222.

Uddin, ME., Karim, R., & Hossain, MD. (2010), Age and Sex Pattern of Children's Disability and Its Severity in Parila Union of Rajshahi, Bangladesh, International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, 4(7), 1567 - 1572.

Arefin, S., & Karim, R. (2009), Local People’s Perceptions of the Services of Rajshahi City Corporation (in Bengali), Rajshahi University Journal of Social Science and Business Studies, 17, 57-72.

Arefin, S. & Karim, R. (2009), A Study on AIDS Awareness among the Female Students of Rajshahi University (in Bengali), Social Science Journal, 15, 27-42.

Karim, R. (2007), Class Dimensions of Irrigation Water Resources Development in a Village of Bangladesh, Indian Journal of Landscape Systems and Ecological Studies, 30 (2), 63-72.

Arefin, S. & Karim, R. (2007), Gender and Environmental Implications of Rural Road Building: Evidences from Bangladeshi Villages, Indian Journal of Landscape Systems and Ecological Studies, 30 (1), 27-34.

Karim, R. (2006), Men’s Arrack Drinking and Domestic Violence against Women in a Bangladeshi Village, International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 25(4), 367-80.

Karim, R. (2006), Gendered Social Institutions and the Management of Underground Irrigation Water Resources in a Bangladeshi Village, Gender, Technology and Development, 10 (1), 13-36.

Karim, R., & Uddin, J. (2000), Rural Leadership in Bangladesh and Role of Social Worker (in Bengali), Social Science Journal, 6, 61-71.


Peer-reviewed conference contributions

Karim, R. (2018), Gendered Family Authority and Marital Violence against Women in Rural Bangladesh, International conference on Social Work and Sustainable Development 2018, held in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Sylhet, Bangladesh, 4-6 January 2018.

Karim, R. (2011), Gender, women’s development participation and marital violence in rural Bangladesh, International conference on Utilization of Anthropological Knowledge in Development, held in the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh,  2-3 December 2011.

Karim, R.  (2011), Women’s participation level in micro-credit based socioeconomic development and marital violence against women in rural Bangladesh, Violence Against Women: Complex Realities and New Issues in a Changing World, organized by Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence against Women (CRI-VIFF), held in  Montreal, Canada, 29 May–01June 2011.

Karim, R.  and Law, CK. (2010), Gendered social norms and women’s participation in income-earning social development projects in rural Bangladesh, 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda; held in Hong Kong, jointly organized by The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW) and International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), held in Hong Kong SAR, 10-14 June 2010.

Karim, R.  (2010), Factors Associated with Women’s Control over 'Women-Loan' Given by Microcredit Organizations in rural Bangladesh (Poster Presentation), Research Postgraduate Conference 2010, held in The University of Hong Kong, 14 May 2010.


Peer-reviewed books and book chapters

Karim, R., & Law, CK.  (2015), Gender Ideology, Household Dominance and Microcredit Participation in rural Bangladesh, In M. Connerley and J. Wu (eds.), Handbook on Well-Being of Working Women, International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life (pp. 755-758), Netherlands: Springer.

Karim, R., Emmelin, M., Resurrection, B., &Wamala , S. (2014), Water, Women and Marital Violence in a Bangladesh Village, In Grafton, Wyrwoll, White, and Allendes (eds.) Global Water: Issues and Insights (pp. 113–117), Australia: Australian National University Press.


Other publications including popular science books/presentation

Karim, R., Arefin, S., & Swahnberg, K. (2018). Pilot Study Report on Domestic Violence Issues among Bengali, Garo, and Santal Ethnic Community in Bangladesh (Unpublished), Rajshahi, Bangladesh: University of Rajshahi.


Karim, R. (2018), Socioeconomic development initiatives and women’s welfare in rural Bangladesh; Thesis published by Karolinska Institutet, Sweden: https://openarchive.ki.se/xmlui/handle/10616/46304


Uddin, J., Karim, R.,Uddin, EM., & Hossain, MA. (2011), Arrack Drinking in Northwestern Villages of Bangladesh, Germany: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

Karim, R. (2011) Gender Ideology, Microcredit Participation and Marital Violence Against Women in Rural Bangladesh, Thesis, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.5353/th_b4659047.

Karim, R. (2007),“Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (ed.), Fluid Bonds: Views on Gender and Water,” Gender, Technology and Development, 11 (2), 251-256.

Karim, R. (2006), “Ruedi Baumgartner & RuediHögger (ed.), In search of Sustainable Livelihood Systems: Managing Resources”, Gender, Technology and Development, 10 (1), 128-33.