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Mirza M. Hassan, PhD

Mirza M. Hassan, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

mirzahassan@bracu.ac.bd

Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, is a political economist and the Head of the Governance and Politics Cluster of BIGD, BRAC University.

His research largely focuses on political development, state-business relations, urban governance and local governance, justice sector and human rights, and related issues 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 stakeholder analysis, and using mixed methods.

He 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 also an honorary Academic Fellow of the Institute of Development Policy Management (IDPM), University of Manchester, UK.

Report

The Feedback State: Listening and Responding to Bangladesh’s Citizens During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: 2023

Author(s): Ahmed, Zahir; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Chowdhury, Shuvra; Hassan, Mirza; Hoque, Rafsanul; Hossain, Naomi; Panday, Pranab Kumar; Ul-Mutahara, Marium

Publisher: BIGD

Policy Brief

Delegating Authority in Bangladesh to Manage the Covid-19 Pandemic

Date: 2023

Author(s): Shahan, Asif; Rahemin, Raeesa; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Hassan, Mirza Masood

Publisher: Chronic Poverty Advisory Network

Report

Chronic Poverty Report 2023: Pandemic Poverty

Date: 2023

Author(s): Bizoza, Alfred; Lenhardt, Amanda; Shepherd, Andrew; Moonga, Arthur; Shahan, Asif; Banerjee, Bipasa; Sean, Chanmony; Hallink, Courtney; Simbaya, Joseph; Bird, Kate; Banerji, Manjistha; Eichsteller, Marta; Chen, Marty; Hassan, Mirza; Karinten, Nashipai; Rahemin, Raeesa; Isimbi, Roberte; Pramanik, Santanu; San, Sophany; Chhom, Theavy; Diwakar, Vidya; Tafere, Yisak.

Publisher: Chronic Poverty Advisory Network

Report

The State of Bangladesh’s Political Governance, Development and Society: According to Its Citizens

Date: 2023

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza M.; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Mozumder, Tanvir Ahmed; Hoque, Rafsanul; Tasnim, Sumaiya; Rahemin, Raeesa; Husain, Izlal Moin; Islam, Ainee

Publisher: BIGD,The Asia Foundation

Journal Article

Achieving Gender Equality Through Challenging Social Norms: BRAC’s Polli Shomaj Program

Date: 2023

Author(s): Qayum, Nayma; Hassan; Mirza; Aziz, Syeda Salina

Publisher: Development in Practice

Working Paper

The Political Economy of the Landscape of Trade Unions in Bangladesh: The Case of the RMG Sector

Date: 2022

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza M.; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Rahemin, Raeesa; Khan, Insiya; Hoque, Rafsanul

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD

Report

Effectiveness of Social Accountability Interventions in Low and Middle-Income Countries: An Evidence Gap Map

Date: 2022

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza M., White, Howard; Zahan, Iffat; Saran, Ashrita; Ahmed, Shamael; Rahman, Semab; Zubaid, Shabnaz 

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD

Report

COVID-19 Learning, Evidence and Research (CLEAR) for Bangladesh: Impact of COVID-19 on Labour Rights and Working Conditions in Four Selected Sectors

Date: 2022

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza M.; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Rahemin, Raeesa; Khan, Insiya; Hoque, Rafsanul 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD,Institute of Development Studies

Policy Brief

Governing COVID-19 in Bangladesh – Realities and Reflections to Build Forward Better

Date: 2021

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza; Hossain, Naomi; Islam, Sirajul; Hoque, Rafsanul; Khan, Insiya; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Nahreen, Avia; Hoque, Md. Mahan Ul; Osmani, S. R.; Siddiquee, M. S. H.; Sultan, Maheen; Antara, Iffat Jahan; Zaman, Shahaduz; Hossain, Faruq; Matin, Imran

Topic(s): Governance and Politics, COVID-19

Publisher: Accountability Research Center,BIGD

Report

State of Governance in Bangladesh 2020–2021: Governing COVID-19 in Bangladesh – Realities and Reflections to Build Forward Better

Date: 2021

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza; Hossain, Naomi; Islam, Sirajul; Hoque, Rafsanul; Khan, Insiya; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Nahreen, Avia; Hoque, Md. Mahan Ul ; Osmani, S. R.; Siddiquee, M. S. H.; Sultan, Maheen; Antara, Iffat Jahan; Zaman, Shahaduz; Hossain, Faruq; Matin, Imran

Topic(s): Governance and Politics, COVID-19

Publisher: Accountability Research Center,BIGD

Journal Article

The Moral and Political Economy of the Pandemic in Bangladesh: Weak States and Strong Societies During COVID-19

Date: 2020

Author(s): Ali, Tariq Omar; Hassan, Mirza; Hossain, Naomi

Topic(s): COVID-19, Governance and Politics

Publisher: World Development

Report

The State of Bangladesh’s Political Governance, Development, and Society: According to Its Citizens

Date: 2020

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza M.; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Mozumder, Tanvir Ahmed; Mahmud, Erina; Khan, Insiya; Razzaque, Farhana

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: The Asia Foundation

Policy Brief

Trust, Institutions, and Collective Action: Rapid Study of Community Responses to COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Date: 2020

Author(s): Ali, Tariq Omar; Hassan, Mirza; Hossain, Naomi; Hoque, Md Mahan Ul; Rashid, Md. Mamun-Ur; Matin, Imran; Rabbani, Mehnaz 

Topic(s): COVID-19, Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD

Report

State of Governance 2018—State of Social Accountability and Deliberative Democracy in Bangladesh: Current Dynamics and Future Pathways

Date: 2019

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza; Sultan, Maheen; Hasan, Bayazid; Mahmud, Erina; Razzaque, Farhana; Jahan, Miskat; Khondaker, Sahida Islam; Acharjee, Susmita

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD

Policy Brief

Rethinking Citizen Engagement in Public Procurement: Towards a Sustainable Community Centered Strategy

Date: 2017

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza M.; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Zillur, Kaneta

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD

Journal Article

Violence and the Breakdown of the Political Settlement: An Uncertain Future for Bangladesh?

Date: 2017

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza; Nazneen, Sohela 

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: Security & Development

Policy Brief

Social Accountability in Public Procurement: How Citizen Engagement Can Make a Difference

Date: 2016

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza M.; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Shah, Nadir 

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD

Policy Brief

e-Government Procurement: Towards a Transparent and Efficient Procurement Management at Local Level

Date: 2016

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza M.; Rahman, Muhammad Ashikur; Hoque, Md. Mahan Ul 

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD

Journal Article

The Political Economy of Domestic Tax Reform in Bangladesh: Political Settlements, Informal Institutions and the Negotiation of Reform

Date: 2016

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza; Prichard, Wilson

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: Journal of Development Studies

Report

The State of Governance Bangladesh 2013: Democracy, Party, Politics

Date: 2014

Author(s): Rahman, Ashikur; Chowdhury, Faiz Ahmed; Razzaque, Farhana; Stanislawski, Jens; Islam, M Shahidul; Rashid, Md Harun-Or; Hamid, Rubayet; Mannan, Sadiat; Zakaria, Sultan Mohammed; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Rahman, Sultan Hafeez; Mahmud, Minhaj; Hassan, Mirza; Khan, Niaz Ahmed; Akter, Marufa; Nazneen, Sohela; Ahmed, Kazi Niaz

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: BIGD

Working Paper

Political Settlement Dynamics in a Limited-Access Order: The Case of Bangladesh

Date: 2014

Author(s): Hassan, Mirza

Topic(s): BRAC Programs

Publisher: BIGD

Report

The State of Governance in Bangladesh 2006: Knowledge, Perceptions, Reality

Date: 2006

Author(s): Ahmed, Haydory Akbar; Ali, Irum S; Ali, Tariq; Ashraf, Hassan; Banks, Nicola; Czajkowska, Beata; Haque, Sanjan; Harrold, Daphne Keevil; Hassan, Mirza; Hossain, Naomi; Hossain, Tareen; Jahan, Ferdous; Kashem, Mohammed Bin; Nessa, Kamrun; Osman, Ferdous; Rashid, Ahmed Tareq; Skully, David; Khan, Ashrafuzzaman; Sadique, Mahfuz; Rashid, Mamun-ur; Akteruzzaman, Md; Hasan, Md Bayazid; Ahammad, Md Mustak; Arifin, Mohammad Sayem; Shahan, Md; Ferdose, Md Shamim; Samadder, Mrinmoy; Elahi, Mufakkhar Mahmud; Siddiki, Omar Faruq; Khan, Shameem Reza; Tariquzzaman, Sheikh; Ferdous, Tanvir

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Publisher: BRAC Research and Evaluation Division,Centre for Governance Studies

Report

Perceptions on Government Feedback Mechanisms During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Household Survey Findings

Date: 2003

Author(s): Ahmed, Zahir; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Chowdhury, Shuvra; Hassan, Mirza; Hoque, Rafsanul; Hossain, Naomi; Panday, Pranab Kumar; Ul-Mutahara, Marium

Publisher: BIGD

Baseline Study and Action Plan for piloting SDGs localization in Bangladesh

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, Syeda Salina Aziz, Tanvir Ahmed Mozumder, Raihan Ahamed, Rafsanul Hoque

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

A Contextual Analysis of the Governance and Political Economy of Labour Organizations in the RMG Sector of Bangladesh

Status: Ongoing

Researcher(s): Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, Syeda Salina Aziz, Rafsanul Hoque

Topic(s): COVID-19, Governance and Politics

Political Economy of COVID-19 Governance in Bangladesh

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, Mohammad Sirajul Islam, Rafsanul Hoque, Syeda Salina Aziz, Siddiqur Rahman Osmani, PhD, Maheen Sultan, Iffat Jahan Antara, Shahaduz Zaman, PhD, Faruq Hossain, Imran Matin, PhD

Topic(s): COVID-19, Governance and Politics

Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP): Sub-component 3: Professionalization Procurement and Citizen Engagement

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Munshi Sulaiman, PhD, Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, Syeda Salina Aziz

Topic(s): Governance and Politics, BRAC Programs

Citizen Engagement in Public Procurement: A Qualitative Assessment

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, Syeda Salina Aziz

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Upazila and Union Parishad Governance: A Study on Institutional Relationships and Linkages

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Mirza M. Hassan, PhD

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

State of Accountability of the Transferred Departments at the Upazila Parishad and Its Consequences for Allocations and Utilizations of Resources: A Study of Three Departments

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Mirza M. Hassan, PhD

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Social Accountability in Public Procurement: How Citizen Engagement Can Make a Difference

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, Syeda Salina Aziz

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

State of Governance Bangladesh 2013: Democracy, Party, and Politics

Status: Completed

Researcher(s): Syeda Salina Aziz, Mirza M. Hassan, PhD, Professor Niaz Ahmed Khan, PhD, Sultan Hafeez Rahman, PhD

Topic(s): Governance and Politics

Digitizing Implementation Monitoring and Public Procurement Project (DIMAPPP)

DIMAPPP is a government project, which aims to improve public procurement performance and enhance capacity for implementation and monitoring of public work projects. In DIMAPPP, BIGD is implementing and evaluating the impact of a sustainable, low-cost, and politically-feasible model of citizen engagement in public procurement at the local level.

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