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Sisira Jayasuriya is a development economist with a focus on economic policy issues in Asia. His recent research on South Asia is on post-conflict developments and political economy issues, and macroeconomic policies in Sri Lanka, agricultural policy reforms in India, and gender issues and agricultural markets in Pakistan. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi; Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka; Honorary Professor at the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the Australian National University, Canberra, and Affiliate Professor at the Institute of Social and Economic Studies, Osaka University, Japan.
Choon Wang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and advisory committee member in the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES). Before joining Monash University in 2011, he worked at the World Bank's Development Research Group in Washington DC.
His research interests cover a range of topics in development economics, education, labour economics, public economics, and health economics. He often uses field and natural experiments to study the determinants of the education, health, and labour market outcomes of inpiduals in both developed and developing countries. His recent research focuses on various sustainable development issues in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. Some of the research received funding support from the International Growth Centre and the Australia-India Council. The research topics include schooling and learning deficits of children in India, the impact of emigration on schooling outcomes of children in Nepal, the nature and extent of caste discrimination in the healthcare market in India, risky sexual behaviours of brothel sex workers in Bangladesh, the effectiveness of non-financial incentives on volunteering activities and outcomes in Bangladesh, and residential electricity demand in Bangladesh.
Shahriar is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Banking and Finance. He joined the department in April 2012. He earned his Bachelor degree with Honours in Economics from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh and completed his Masters in Development Economics from Williams College under the auspices of a Fulbright Fellowship. In May 2012, Dr Shahriar earned his PhD from Purdue University. He conducts empirical and experimental research on microfinance, entrepreneurship, and crowdfunding. His research has appeared in the Journal of Banking and Finance. Journal of Business Venturing, and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice among others. Dr Shahriar has held teaching positions at BRAC University and Dhaka International University in Bangladesh.
Lata Gangadharan is a Professor of Economics and Joe Isaac Chair of Business and Economics at Monash University. She is an experimental and behavioural economist. A key focus of her research has been on developing novel experimental methods to study economic and social institutions. Her recent research focuses on incentives and preferences and addresses the following topics: peer sanctioning to mitigate the effect of social and environmental dilemmas, propensity for prosocial and antisocial behaviour, incentives for compliance and auditing, and gender and social identity. Her research has been published in several general interest and field journals, such as Science, Nature Communications, American Economic Review, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Experimental Economics and Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization. She is currently a Co-Editor of Experimental Economics and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Pushkar Maitra is a Professor of Economics at Monash University, Australia. His primary areas of research are Development Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Experimental Economics. His current research interests
include health, human capital accumulation and vocational education in developing countries, agricultural credit and microfinance, political economy, gender and affirmative action, intra-household allocation of resources and relationship between communities in developing countries. His research has a
strong focus on South Asia. He uses both survey and experimental data in his research. He has published extensively in refereed international journals, including Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Development Economics, European Economic Review, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics
and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. He has been the chief investigator in successful grant applications from USAID, AUSAID under the ADRA program, International Growth Centre (IGC), Australian Research Council (ARC), Hong Kong Research Council, the Institute for Money, Technology
and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI), DFID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Ranjan undertook his undergraduate studies in Presidency College at the University of Calcutta, his postgraduate studies at the Delhi School of Economics and completed his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. Prior to moving to Monash, Ranjan served as Lecturer in Econometrics at Manchester University, UK, Professor of Public Economics at the Delhi School of Economics, India and Professor and Head of Economics at the University of Tasmania, Australia. He has also held visiting positions at the University of British Columbia, Canada, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy and Cornell University, USA. Ranjan is currently on the editorial board of the Review of Income and Wealth (journal of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth), Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (journal of the Human Development and Capability Association), and Economic Record (journal of the Economic Society of Australia). Ranjan was one of the founder members of the Centre for Development Economics at the Delhi School of Economics.
Gaurav Datt is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. Gaurav joined Monash University in August 2011. He has over twenty years of research and operational work experience in the development sector. He has worked in research positions at the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C. Most recently, he worked at the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department of the World Bank's East Asia and South Asia Regions based in Sydney and Kathmandu. Analysis of poverty, income distribution and social policy has been the primary focus of Gaurav's work. He has published widely in professional journals and authored several poverty assessment reports for the World Bank. His work encompasses a range of countries including India, China, Egypt, Laos, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.
Jagjit Plahe has nineteen years of work experience including in the United Nations, the non-government sector and academia. She has a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that focuses on just, equitable and sustainable development systems. In the area of business and management, her main research focus has been on the management and organisation of agri-food systems in India. Jagjit has demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex interdisciplinary research projects involving external partners in the area of equitable and sustainable food systems. She has been awarded two large grants by DFAT, for which she is the Primary Chief Investigator, totalling $584,326 to work on food security and sustainability in Asia; the first was in 2015, and the second, in 2016. In 2017, she received an ARC discovery grant of $257,000 to work on food security and the governance of local knowledge in India and Indonesia.
Ummul is a development economist with specific interests in sustainable investment, integration of environmental, social and governance issues in financial decision making, and also in health, education and agriculture. She has extensive experience in managing large household data. Ummul has been involved in several experimental and non-experimental projects exploring early childhood education, behavior and pattern of tobacco use among adult smokers, adoption of new agricultural technology. As a consultant to the World Bank, she has worked with the government in improving the implementation and targeting mechanisms of several public workfare programs. At present she is working as a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash Centre for Financial Studies.
Dr. Fahreen Alamgir is a Lecturer in the Department of Management. She joined the department in February 2017. Fahreen’s research areas undertake interdisciplinary approaches, as it focuses on poverty, governance and issues of gender. She examines organisational challenges and mechanisms from the perspectives of social justice, and rights and capability, of the involved and affected community in response to globalisation and sustainable development initiatives in the context of local organisational realities. Her current research focuses on global value chain and employment relations focusing on Bangladeshi apparel industry. She received a couple of competitive research grants for researching employment conditions and challenges faced by women workers of ready-made garment factories. She is also a Coordinator of the Governance and Regulation Research Network (GARNET), an interdisciplinary network located in the Centre for Global Business, Monash Business School. Prior joining to academic world Fahreen worked for as a Senior Advocacy Office (Policy), Program Manager, Coordinator, and Consultant with international development organisations, local organisations in Bangladesh; and with the United Nations in Afghanistan.
Denni is an applied microeconomist with a primary interest in development and labor economics. Within these fields, his research agenda focuses on the economics of the family, and investigates how intra-household decision making affects economic behavior and individual welfare. More broadly, the objective of his research is to shed light on the foremost determinants of economic development and individual well-being. To this aim, he uses experimental, quasi-experimental and structural methods. Denni uses the former two to uncover the causal links and policy levers that are relevant for development and individual welfare, and the latter to estimate deep parameters, overcome data limitations and perform counterfactual policy analysis. In the last few years, Denni has studied issues related to gender inequality and welfare in developing countries. His approach has been mostly methodological with a particular attention to empirical applications and the policy relevance of the issues studied.
Mukesh Garg is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accounting at Monash University. He joined Monash University in 2006. Before that, he was a lecturer at Victoria University. His teaching interest is in auditing, financial reporting, forensic accounting, financial statement analysis and valuation. His specific areas of research interest include reporting regulations, internal control disclosures, earnings quality, auditing, climate change, cost of capital, and valuation of listed companies. He has several publications in ‘A*’ and ‘A’ ranked national and international journals. Mukesh is also the Director of Programs in the Department of Accounting and Chair of the Academic Progress Committee in the Faculty of Business and Economics. He holds a PhD in Accounting and Finance from Monash University and is a qualified member of CPA Australia. He has industry and accounting standard-setting experience with the Australian Accounting Standards Board as Research and Education Principal.