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I am a Development Economist. My recent research focuses on social networks, microfinance, schooling and health, petty corruption, and risk-sharing mechanisms of households. I am particularly interested in issues that can generate public policy interest.

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 for my research. I work closely with a number of NGOs in Bangladesh including BRAC. I am the founder of an independent research organization/NGO (Initiative for Development Research and Implementation-IDRI) in Bangladesh which employs local researchers and field workers to help academics around the world to conduct surveys and experiments including large scale RCTs. I grew up in a rural village in Bangladesh. I believe my childhood in a remote rural village and experience working with NGOs and development research organization helped me to understand better of what I do, and what works in development!



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