Ayesha Siddika

Ayesha Siddika


Currently, I am working on the forced migration and repatriation crisis with a special focus on the Rohingyas. In my current doctoral project, I would like to understand the challenges of repatriation and the role of identity politics behind the Rohingya repatriation.

Before starting my PhD, I completed my BA (Hons) and MA in World Religions and Culture from the University of Dhaka in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Besides studying major religions of the world, I studied courses including Sociology, Politics, Economics, Anthropology, History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Religion which has immensely inspired me to pursue my higher studies in the School of Sociology and Social Policy. 

For my academic contributions, have received two important awards; Khaleda Manzoor i Khuda Gold Medal from the President of Bangladesh in 2017 and the Deans Award for securing the first position in the Department of World Religions and Culture, University of Dhaka. As a reputed institution, the University of Dhaka has also facilitated me to engage in co-curricular activities during my University life.

I have been serving as a full-time faculty member at the Department of World Religions and Culture, at the University of Dhaka since 2017. Currently, I am on study leave to pursue my PhD. 

Research interests

I have a keen interest in different areas of social research which include but are not limited to forced migration, refugee, repatriation, religion and politics, and eco-theology.  My current doctoral project explores the challenges of Rohingya repatriation. The Rohingyas, over a million in number, were compelled to take shelter in Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown back in 2017 in Myanmar. Till today, the crisis has not been given enough concentration by the international community to bring it to an end.

My research will try to understand:

  1. What are the challenges of Rohingya repatriation,
  1. How identity politics in Myanmar plays a crucial role in the repatriation dilemma.



  • MA in World Religions and Culture
  • BA (Hons) in World Religions and Culture