Ruksana Rimi (centre) with her daughter, holding her certificate, celebrates her success with two of her DPhil Supervisors, Dr Karsten Haustein (left) and Professor Myles Allen (right)

Photo: Ruksana Rimi (centre) with her daughter, holding her certificate, celebrates her success with two of her DPhil Supervisors, Dr Karsten Haustein (left) and Professor Myles Allen (right).


Doctoral student Ruksana Rimi is the Scholar Winner of Taylor & Francis Commonwealth Scholar Best Journal Article Prize 2019.

Ruksana Rimi (left) accepts her award at a ceremony in May 2019

Each year the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) and the Taylor & Francis Group award the most outstanding article published in a recognised peer-review journal of high standing by a current and/or recent doctoral Commonwealth Scholar.

Ruksana, a Commonwealth Scholar from Bangladesh, researches "Anthropogenic Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events: Implications for Bangladesh” at the School of Geography and the Environment.

She was awarded the prize for her article 'Risks of pre-monsoon extreme rainfall events of Bangladesh: is anthropogenic climate change playing a role?', published in a special supplement, ‘Explaining Extreme Events of 2017 from a Climate Change Perspective’, to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society in December 2018. She wins £750 cash prize, a year’s personal subscription to a Taylor & Francis journal and also a £500 grant towards attending a conference or research event of her choice.

Her article assessed, for the first time, the role of anthropogenic climate change drivers in changing the likelihood of an extreme rainfall event in 2017 in northeast Bangladesh. Ruksana’s research concluded that human influence on climate change doubled the likelihood of experiencing the 6-day extreme pre-monsoon rainfall.