Dr Md Habibur Rahman



Research Fellow


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Biography summary

Muhammad Habibur Rahman is a Research Fellow in the Department of Economics at Deakin University. His research interests include the economics of exogenous shocks-such as natural disasters and famines-and their bearings on economic performance and political institutions.

Before that, he has worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Thailand. Besides, he has been extending his consultancy services sporadically to several development partners including the World Bank and many organs of the United Nations. Currently, he is heavily involved in several external research projects focusing on climate variabiltiy, development and comparative political economy.

He is also a honorary staff member at the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, the University of Melbourne.

Research interests

  • Economics of Exogenous Shocks (e.g., natural disasters and famines)
  • Geography, Culture, Institution and Development
  • Comparative Political Economy


  • “Storms and Political Institutions: Islands as Natural Experiments.” The Econometric Society Australasian Meeting/ Australian Conference of Economists (ESAM/ACE), Hobart, Jul 1-4, 2014. (with N. Anbarci, P.S. Bhattacharya, and M.A. Uluba??o??lu)
  • “Survive When Young to Suffer When Old: Long-Term Effects of the Great 1944-45 Vietnamese Famine on Pre-Natal and Early-Life Survivors.” 10th Australasian Development Economics Workshop (ADEW), June 5-6, 2014. (with C. Güven, T. Hoang, and M.A. Uluba??o??lu)
  • “The Shocking Origins of Political Transitions: Earthquakes.” the 70th Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), Chicago, Apr 12-15, 2012. (with N. Anbarci, P.S. Bhattacharya and M.A. Uluba??o??lu).

Professional activities

  • Design and develop “several courses” (i.e., DSMHT202: Disasters and Development, DSMHT209: Climate Changes and Impact, DSMHT312: Disaster Economics, and DSMHT413: Damage and Loss Assessment) for B.Sc. in Department of Disaster Science and Management, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2013.
  • An elected “Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) Students’ Representative” to the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Research Committee, Deakin University, 2011-2012.
  • An editorial committee member on “Asia-Pacific Disaster Report: Securing the Development in the Face of a Changing Climate.” the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), Thailand, 2009.


  • Prime Minister’s Gold Medal – 2005, University Grants Commission (UGC), Bangladesh
  • Presidential Gold Medal – 2004, Khulna University, Bangladesh


  • "Integrating Disaster Damage and Losses into the Economic Model: Identifying Optimal Policy Options, 2013." for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Timor Leste
  • "Collaborative Action towards Societal Challenges through Awareness, Development, and Education (CASCADE)–Work Package II, 2013-2014.” for the University of Salford, UK
  • "Evaluating the Impact of an Integrated DRR and Economic Development Model, 2013-2015." for the Mercy Corps, USA
  • "Developing Climate Inclusive Potential Loss and Damage Assessment Method for Flood Hazard, 2014-2017.” for the Asia-Pacific Network (APN) for Global Change Research, Japan
  • "Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in Cambodia, 2014." for the World Bank, Cambodia.
  • "Risk Financing and Resource Mobilization for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Development Plan, 2014." Ministry of Disaster Management, Government of Sri Lanka
  • Strengthening Costal Communities of Bangladesh through Risk Management and empowerment of livelihood opportunities, awarded from Denmark Embassy-Bangladesh, 2009.
  • The Coping Strategies of the Sidr Affected People in Southern Region of Bangladesh, awarded from Social Science Research Council, Ministry of Planning, Bangladesh, 2009.
  • Nepal Hazard Risk Assessment through economic loss probability modeling, awarded from Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR), World Bank, 2009.
  • School Disaster Preparedness Plan & School Safety Simulation Exercises, awarded from DIPECHO through Islamic Relief UK, 2009.


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The role of middle class in economic development: what do cross-country data show?

N Chun, R Hasan, M Rahman, M Uluba?o?lu

(2017), Vol. 21, pp. 404-424, Review of development economics, London, Eng., C1


The shocking origins of political transitions: evidence from earthquakes

M Rahman, N Anbarci, P Bhattacharya, M Ulubasoglu

(2017), Vol. 83, pp. 796-823, Southern Economic Journal, Chichester, Eng., C1


Can extreme rainfall trigger democratic change? The role of flood-induced corruption

M Rahman, N Anbarci, P Bhattacharya, M Ulubasoglu

(2017), Vol. 171, pp. 331-358, Public choice, New York, N.Y., C1


Earthquakes don't kill, built environment does: evidence from cross-country data

M Rahman

(2017), pp. 1-11, Economic modelling, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


The role of middle class in democratic diffusion

N Chun, R Hasan, M Rahman, M Ulubasoglu

(2016), Vol. 42, pp. 536-548, International review of economics and finance, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Optimising Post-disaster Recovery Interventions in Australia

Prof Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Dr Md Habibur Rahman

  • 2017: $80,000


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