Rakibul Ahasan

Rakibul Ahasan

Ph.D. Student

Graduate Assistant- Research

urban sustainability, land change science, land change modeling, urban growth, geospatial analysis, biodiversity, conservation


  CSA 203E


My research focuses on urban land cover change analysis, spatio-temporal aspects of biodiversity and conservation, and impacts of urbanization on the natural and built environment. I use urban growth modeling techniques and other GIS and spatial analysis tools for my research to examine the impact of urban growth on biodiversity and conservation.

Selected Publications

Ahasan, R., Güneralp, B., (2022). Transportation in Urban Land Change models: A Systematic Review and future directions, Journal of Land Use Science, 17 (1).

Ahasan, R., Alam, M. S., Chakraborty, T., Ali, S. M. A., Alam, T. B., Islam, T., & Hossain, M. M. (2022). Applications of geospatial analyses in health research among homeless people: A systematic scoping review of available evidence. Health Policy and Technology, 11 (3).

Islam, M. D., Li, B., Islam, K. S., Ahasan, R., Mia, M. R., & Haque, M. E. (2022). Airbnb rental price modeling based on Latent Dirichlet Allocation and MESF-XGBoost composite model. Machine Learning with Applications, 7, 100208.

Ahasan, R., Alam, S., Chakraborty, T., & Hossain, M.M., (2022). Applications of GIS and Geospatial analyses in COVID-19 research: A systematic review., F1000 Research, 9 (1379).

Islam, M. D., Islam, K. S., Ahasan, R., Mia, M. R., & Haque, M. E. (2021). A data-driven machine learning-based approach for urban land cover change modeling: A case of Khulna City Corporation area. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 24, 100634.

Ahasan, R., Hossain, M.M., (2021). Leveraging GIS and spatial analysis for informed decision making in COVID-19 pandemic. Health Policy and Technology, 10 (1).

Ahasan, R., Kabir, A., (2021). Performance Evaluation of Public Transport System: The Case of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Planning Forum, 18 (1).

Ahasan, R., Hoda, M. N., (2021). Analyzing the relationship between planning theories and affordable housing provision practices in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Journal of Engineering and Applied Science. 5 (1).


Ph.D., Geography, Texas A&M University (anticipated 2023).

M.Sc., Transportation, Iowa State University (2019).

MCRP, Iowa State University (2019).

MURP, Khulna University (2017).

BURP, Khulna University (2016).


Urban Geography Specialty Group (UGSG) Student Access Award 2023, AAG.

Texas A&M Data Science Institute Travel Grant 2023, Texas A&M University, College Station.

Research & Presentation (RAP) Award 2023, Texas A&M University, College Station.

Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) Travel Awards, 2023, Texas A&M University.

Doris & Joe P. Watson ’42 Endowed Fellowship 2022, Texas A&M University, College Station.

Christy Reed ’80 Fellowship 2022, Texas A&M University, College Station.

International Education Fee Scholarship (IEFS) 2022, Texas A&M University, College Station.

AAG Enrichment Fund 2022, American Association of Geographer (AAG).

Graduate Presentation Winner (2nd), TxGIS Day 2021, Texas A&M University, College Station.

Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) Travel Awards, 2021, Texas A&M University.

Summer Research Scholarship, 2021, Southwest Division of the American Association of Geographers (SWAAG).

Department of Geography Travel Awards, 2020-21, 21-22, 22-23, Texas A&M University.

Lechner Graduate Scholarship, 2019-20, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M University.

Bangladesh-Sweden Trust Fund (BSTF) Travel Fellowship, 2019, Bangladesh.

GPSS Professional Development Grant, 2019, Iowa State University.

National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship, 2016-17, Bangladesh.

Deans Award (Undergraduate and Graduate level), 2016-17, Khulna University, Bangladesh.

Additional Information

Advisor: Dr. Burak Güneralp

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of American Planning Association (APA).
  • Member of Royal Town Planning Institution (RTPI).
  • Member of Canadian Institution for Planners (CIP).

Update My Profile