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Herbert (Hugh) Brammer CV

Date of birth: 22 October 1925

Nationality: British

Marital status: Single

Address: 37 Kingsway Court, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2LP, U.K.


Telephone: (0)1273 733114


Qualifications: M.A., Geography, University of Cambridge, U.K., 1951


Career positions

FAO of the United Nations 1961-87

       1974-87: Agricultural Development Adviser, Bangladesh

       1972-74: Senior Soil Scientist, Government of Zambia (OPAS assignment)

       1968-71: Project Commissioner, Soil Survey Project of Pakistan

       1961-68: Deputy Project Commissioner, East Pakistan, Soil Survey Project of Pakistan

Government of the Gold Coast/Ghana 1957-61

       1958-61: Principal Agricultural Officer, (Head of Soil & Land Use Survey Division)

       1956-58: Senior Soil Scientist, (Head of Soil & Land Use Survey Dept)

       1951-56: Soil Surveyor, Soil & Land Use Survey Dept


Main post-career consultancies

1992: Bangladesh Greenhouse Effects Study, Ford Foundation

1989-95: Bangladesh Flood Action Plan, World Bank

1988-89: Bangladesh Flood Policy Study, UNDP


Other relevant activities (voluntary)

2007-present: Bengal Maps Study, Geography Dept, University of Cambridge, U.K.

2005-08: Global Arsenic Study, Geography Dept, University of Cambridge, U.K.



2018:  Lifetime Achievement Award, University Press Ltd, Bangladesh

2012: Award of Merit, Tropical Agricultural Association

2006: Busk medal for scientific discovery and research, Royal Geographical Society, London

1987: Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.), Government of the U.K.

1981: B.R. Sen Award, FAO

1978: President’s gold medal for services to Agriculture, Bangladesh


Recent publications

Books (published by University Press Ltd, Dhaka)

2016: Bangladesh: landscapes, soil fertility and climate change

2014: Climate change, sea-level rise and development in Bangladesh

2012: The physical geography of Bangladesh

2004: Can Bangladesh be protected from floods?

2002: How to help small farmers in Bangladesh

2002: Land use and land use planning in Bangladesh

2000: Agroecological aspects of agricultural research in Bangladesh

1999: Agricultural disaster management in Bangladesh

1997: Agricultural development possibilities in Bangladesh

1996: The geography of the soils of Bangladesh

Chapters in multi-authored books


2009: P. Ravenscroft, H. Brammer and K. Richards. Arsenic pollution: a global synthesis. Wiley-Blackwell

2000: D.J. Parker (Ed): Floods (2 vols). Routledge, London.  Two chapters: Controversies surrounding the Bangladesh Flood Action Plan; and Flood hazard vulnerability and flood disasters in Bangladesh

1993: R.A. Warrick and T.M. Wigley (Eds): Climate and sea-level change observation, projections and implications. Cambridge University Press.  Chapter on: Geographical complexities of detailed impact assessment for the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in Bangladesh

1992: Y. Aysan and I. Davis (Eds): Disasters and the small dwelling.  James & James Science Publishers, London.  Floods in Bangladesh: vulnerability and mitigation related to human settlement

1962: J.B. Wills (Ed): Agriculture and land use in Ghana. Oxford University Press.  Two chapters: Soils; and Soil erosion and conservation

Journal articles, sole author

2017: Bangladesh's diverse and complex physical geography: implications for agricultural development. Int. J. of Environment Studies 74.1: 1-27

2016: Floods, cyclones, drought and climate change in Bangladesh: a reality check. Int. J. of Environment Studies 73.6: 865-886

2015: Geographical studies in Bangladesh: geomorphology, soils and climate change.  Geographical Review of India 76.1: 1-81

2014: Bangladesh's dynamic coastal regions and sea-level rise.  Climate Risk Management 1.1: 51-62

2013: Lead in rice.  Agriculture for Development 18: 17

2013: Cadmium in rice. Agriculture for Development 18: 17

2012: Soil complexity and arsenic mitigation. Agriculture for Development 17: 31-35

2012: Farming complexity in Bangladesh. Agriculture for Development 16: 8-9

2011: Harnessing farmers’ local knowledge to promote precision agriculture. Agriculture for Development 14: 10-16

2010: Climate change and development in Bangladesh. Agriculture for Development 10: 7-12

2010: After the Bangladesh Flood Action Plan: Looking to the future. Environmental Hazards 9: 118-130

2009: Mitigation of arsenic contamination in irrigated paddy soils in South and South-east Asia. Environment International 35: 856-863

2009: Climate refugees: a rejoinder. Economic & Political Weekly, (India) XLIV No 29: 87

2008: Threat of arsenic to agriculture in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Economic & Political Weekly, (India) XLIII No 47: 79−84

Journal articles, Joint author

2016 (with A. Kassam). Environmental implications of three modern agricultural practices: Conservation Agriculture, the System of Rice Intensification and Precision Agriculture.  Int.  J. of Environmental Studies 73.5: 792-718

2015 (with F. Nachtergaele). Implications of soil complexity for environmental monitoring. Int. J. Environmental Studies 72.1: 56-73 

2013 (With A, Kassam).  Response to Sumberg et al. Geog J. 179.2: 186-7

2013 (with A. Kassam). Combining sustainable agricultural production with economic and environmental benefits. Geog J. 179.1: 11-18 

2012:  M.R. Islam, Hugh Brammer (and six others).  Arsenic in rice grown in low-arsenic environments in Bangladesh. Water Qual Exposure & Health 4.4: 197-208

2009 (with P. Ravenscroft): Arsenic in groundwater: a threat to sustainable agriculture in South and South-east Asia. Environment International 35: 647-654

Updated 15 March 2018

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