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Asad photo I am the Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) and a Professor at the Department of Economics at the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. CDES is a full-fledged centre within Monash Business School. Its researchers are engaged in academic and policy-relevant development research as well as policy impact and external engagement within and beyond the world of academia.

I am a Development Economist. My recent research focuses on social networks, schooling and health, microfinance, petty corruption, and risk-sharing mechanisms of households. I am particularly interested in issues that can generate public policy interest. I am passionate about making changes in the lives of the poor people in developing countries through my research, collaboration and external engagement with NGOs, government, policymakers and development practitioners around the world.

I am currently collaborating with leading NGOs, economists, and public health researchers to address a number of emerging challenges on covid19 issues. I am giving interviews in different media and writing on broader public policy responses on covid19 in developing countries and Australia.

I joined at Monash University in 2009 after completing PhD in the same year. Prior to that, I worked at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). I like to do field work, and I work closely with leading NGOs in the world including BRAC in Bangladesh. I grew up in a rural village in Bangladesh. I have also set up an independent research organization/NGO (Global Development Research Initiative-GDRI) which employs local researchers and field workers to help academics around the world to conduct surveys and field experiments including large scale RCTs. I believe my childhood in a remote rural village and experince working with NGOs, think-tanks and development researcher organization helped me to understand better of what I do, and what really works in development! Currently I am working on Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzanaia, and Cambodia. My research has been funded by UK ESRC, Australian Research Council (ARC), International Growth Centre (IGC) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia.



Caulfield Campus
Building H, Room 4.37, Sir John Monash Drive
Monash University, Vic 3145, Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9903 2783
Fax: +61 3 9903 1128
E-mail: Asadul.Islam at monash.edu