Rawshan Sadia Afroze is the PhD Candidate of School of Social Science. She is doing her PhD research on Criminology under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Adrian Cherney. Her research will focus on community engagement in countering violent extremism under Bangladesh context.


Afroze received double Masters on ‘Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism with the Degree of International Security Studies’ from  Macquarie University (MQ), Sydney Australia under the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarship in 2014. She received another Masters on Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2012.


Professionally she is a police officer, worked as the Superintendent of Police in Bangladesh Police. She has extensive experience on police training, research and academic activities through her working at Police Staff College Bangladesh (PSC) in various capacities for more than 10 years. She was the course teacher of the course on Terrorism, Intelligence and Research Methodology of the Master degree program of PSC.

Afroze has proven her excellent leadership skill through her capacity to influence change and bring difference to her organization. She facilitates in building institutional linkage between Macquarie University Australia and PSC which led to achieving Australia Awards Fellowship Round 16 for PSC and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two. For her exemplary contributions to strengthen Bangladesh Police, she was awarded Bangladesh Women Police Award 2017 in 'Excellence in Service'.

She is active in social networking. She is involved in various national and international law enforcement, research and intelligence organizations such as Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO), PICT Association-Macquarie University Sydney, International Association of Women Police, Bangladesh Institute of Crime and Justice Studies and Bangladesh Police Women Network.

Research Interests

  • Counter terrorism
  • Criminal intelligence
  • Criminal psychology
  • Preventive criminology
  • Research methodology
  • Gender justice


Book Chapter

Afroze, RS, 'Modernization and policing in South Asia: the case of Bangladesh with particular reference to women in policing' in Shahidullah, MS ed. Crime criminal justice and the evolving science of criminology in South Asia: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2017, pp. 247-272.

Afroze, RS, ‘South Asia in the Indo-Pacific: better united, greater potential’, in Gulia, R edited ‘Indo-Pacific: challenges and prospects for India’, the Political Science Department, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak, Haryana.

Journal Articles

Afroze, RS, 'Social bond and delinquency: a case study of street children in Dhaka city', Police Staff College Journal, vol. 2, no. 2, 2015, pp. 11-35

Afroze, RS, 'Internal migration and economic growth: Bangladesh context', Police Staff College Journal, vol. 4, no. 1, 2017, pp. 17-28.

Afroze, RS, ‘Examining Students’ Perceptions on Policing in Criminology and Non-Criminology Courses: A Comparative Study’, Accepted for South Asian Journal of Social Sciences.

Afroze, RS, ‘The cyber domain in the criminal environment: prospects and challenges’, Accepted for the Police Staff College Journal


Afroze, RS, ‘Women empowerment in Bangladesh: a tale of success’, WomenPolice: The Official Publication of the International Association of Women Police, May-Jul 2016, pp. 26 and PICT Association Quarterly Magazine, Macquarie University, Sydney, issue 2, Jan-Mar 2016, pp. 10-14.