Nuzhat Sharmeen is working as a Research Associate at BIGD since 2016. Her current responsibilities at BIGD include literature review for analyses of social institutional constraints to women’s participation in labour force, preparation of case studies of interventions to overcome constraints, gathering data for a demographic profile etc of study titled ‘Evidence Based Foundation of Women’s Economic Empowerment', for the UNDP and UN Women. She has also been involved in arranging workshops with government officials and the private sector for identifying inputs on the study. Previously, she was involved in the ‘Political Settlement and Health Sector Dynamics in Bangladesh’, study funded by ESID where she prepared a policy timeline comparing trends in infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and healthcare expenditure patterns along with evolution of major policies and interventions in the sector.
Prior to this, she worked as a Young Professional at Mott MacDonald Bangladesh, where her responsibilities included proposal and EoI submissions, project formulation studies to implement SRHR activities, contingent valuation surveys for improved utilities services in Dhaka city and implementation of the Blue Gold Programme funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN).
Nuzhat completed her B.Sc. in Economics summa cum laude from Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) and her M.Sc. in Development Economics from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research interests include political economy, regional trade, governance, labour market dynamics and gender mainstreaming.