Dr. Mirza Masood Hassan
Dr. Mirza M Hassan is a political economist and is currently an Adjunct Fellow based at the Governance and Politics cluster at BIGD, BRAC University.
Mirza's research largely focuses on political development, state-business relations, urban governance and local governance, justice sector and human rights, and related policy topics in South Asia, Pacific region and North Africa. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience on these issues for DFID, The Asia Foundation, The World Bank, UNDP, CARE Bangladesh, and other development agencies. He is well versed in conducting political economy analysis, institutional and stake-holder analysis, and using mixed methods.
At BIGD, he serves as the Bangladesh country coordinator for the DFID sponsored Research Programme Consortium on ‘Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID)’. He is currently completing a project on quality of education provisioning under ESID funded project. He is also the project lead for research on local governance under the SHARIQUE programme funded by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation. Previously he coordinated a two-year long action research programme conducted by BIGD, on slum upgrading/institutional development programme funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. He also teaches the following courses: Foundations of Social Science Governance and Development, Rights based Development, Public Policy and Sustainable Development in the Masters in Development Studies (MDS) and Masters in Development Management and Practice (MDMP).
Mirza completed his PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICS), University of London, UK and his MA in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA. He is an honorary Academic Fellow of the Institute of Development Policy Management (IDPM), University of Manchester, UK.