Asad Islam is currently an Associate Professor at the department of Economics at Monash University where he joined as a lecturer in 2009. He is also working as an Adjunct Fellow at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University. Before that, he was a Research Fellow at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).
His research interests are primarily in the areas of development economics. His recent research focuses on education, social networks, microfinance, health, petty corruption, and risk-sharing mechanisms of households. He is particularly interested in issues that can generate public policy interest. At BIGD, Mr. Islam plays the role to advice research teams and researchers, review research output, present research papers and establish linkage with research institutes at home and abroad. He is also closely associated with BIGD’s academic and research programmes.
He is involved in extensive field works including running experiments and conducting randomized controlled trials. He works closely with a number of NGOs including BRAC. His works span in a number of countries including Bangladesh, India, China, Cambodia, Uganda, and Tanzania.
He has been successful in obtaining several external grants from Australian Research Council, UK Research Council, AusAID (DFAT) and International Growth Centre (IGC). He has published in leading academic journals such as American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Development Economics, Demography, Health Economics, Economic Development and Cultural change, Economic Inquiry, Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Population Economics.
He also worked for Asian Development Bank as an independent econometric evaluation expert and advisor for the country research teams for China, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia on econometric issues related to evaluation of projects/programs. While at BIDS, he worked as a consultant in numerous research projects supported by World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union, UNDP and other multilateral donor agencies.