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Dr Md Habibur Rahman

Position: Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: Deakin Business School
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92517841 +61 3 92517841


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.

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.

Personal website


Conferences and seminars

  • “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).


Awards and prizes

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


Research projects

  • "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.

Research interests

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



  • International Review of Economics and Finance, conditionally accepted. “Role of Middle Class in Democratic Diffusion.” With N. Chun, R. Hasan, and M. Uluba??o??lu).
  • Journal of Economics, Management, and Financial Markets 2007, 2(1):41-49. “Remittances and Real Investment: A critical appraisal on South and South East Asian economies.” With N. Shabnam.
  • Journal of Social Sciences 2006, 2(2):54-60. “Landlessness and its Impact on Economic Development: A Case Study on Bangladesh.” With M. Somprawin.

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