Dr Habibur Rahman

Senior Lecturer

Department of Economics

603 5514 6192
Room 6-5-24


Dr Habibur Rahman is a Senior Lecturer of Economics in Monash Business school at Monash University Malaysia. He has more than 12 years of research experiences working in several universities—e.g., Deakin University and the University of Melbourne—and international development organisations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Thailand. He has been extending his consultancy services to international development partners including the World Bank and several organs of the United Nations.

Dr Rahman has published several papers in reputed international journals including Public Choice and Southern Economic Journal, among others. His research interests are at the crossroad of economics, public policy and social welfare, which are conducted under field as well as natural experimental settings. He has facilitated field research in more than ten countries; most notably, his work has informed public policies to the governments of Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

Currently, his research interests include the economics of exogenous shocks (e.g., natural disasters, conflicts, climate change, and famines) and their bearings on economic, political, social and health outcomes.

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy
Institution Deakin University, Australia
Year awarded 2013
Institution Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Year awarded 2007
Institution Khulna University, Bangladesh
Year awarded 2004

Areas of Expertise

* Economics of Natural Disasters and Climate Change
* Development and Health Economics
* Public Policy


Subject CodeSubject
ECM3810 Public Sector Economics
ECW1101 Introductory Microeconomics

Book Chapters

* Rahman, M. H., and Ulubaşoğlu, M. (2015). “Economic Growth: Measurement.” in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, second edition, Elsevier.

Scholarly Journals

* Rahman, M. H. (2018). Earthquakes don’t kill, built environment does: Evidence from cross-country data. Economic Modelling, 70, 458-468.
* Rahman, M. H., Anbarci, N., Bhattacharya, P. S., & Ulubaşoğlu, M. A. (2017). Can extreme rainfall trigger democratic change? The role of flood-induced corruption. Public choice, 171(3-4), 331-358.
* Habibur Rahman, M., Anbarci, N., Bhattacharya, P. S., & Ulubaşoğlu, M. A. (2017). The shocking origins of political transitions: Evidence from earthquakes. Southern Economic Journal, 83(3), 796-823.
* Chun, N., Hasan, R., Rahman, M. H., & Ulubaşoğlu, M. A. (2017). The Role of Middle Class in Economic Development: What Do Cross‐Country Data Show?. Review of Development Economics, 21(2), 404-424.
* Chun, N., Hasan, R., Rahman, M. H., & Ulubaşoğlu, M. A. (2016). The role of middle class in democratic diffusion. International Review of Economics & Finance, 42, 536-548.
* Rahman, M. D., & Manprasert, S. (2006). Landlessness and its impact on economic development: A case study on Bangladesh. Journal of Social Sciences, 2(2), 54-60.

Practitioner Journals

* Fernando, N., and Rahman, M.H. (2012). Modelling Pre-disaster National Hazard Loss Estimation: A Shift from Reactive to Proactive Policy. Asian Disaster Management News, 18(1), 2012.

Conference Proceedings

* Rahman, M.H., Bhattacharya, P., Chen, Y., Kalantari, M., Potts, K., Rajabifard, A. and Ulubaşoğlu, M. (2015). Bringing Hazard and Economic Modellers Together: A Spatial Platform for Damage and Losses. Proceedings of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council, Australia.

International Grants

Title Phase II: Optimising Post-Disaster Recovery Interventions in Australia
Investigators Mehmet Ulubasoglu and Md Habibur Rahman
Funding Period 2017 – 2020
Funding Body/Organisation Bushfire & Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre, Australian Government
Title Phase I: Pre-Disaster Multi-Hazard Damage and Economic Loss Estimation Model
Investigators Abbas Rajabifard
Mehmet Ulubasoglu
Md Habibur Rahman
Funding Period 2014 – 2016
Funding Body/Organisation Bushfire & Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre, Australian Government

International Award

Award Name Prime Minister’s Gold Medal
Awarding Body University Grants Commission, Bangladesh
Year of award 2005
Project Title NA
Award Name Presidential Gold Medal
Awarding Body University Grants Commission, Bangladesh
Year of award 2004
Project Title NA

International Presentations

* A special lecture series on ‘Disaster Impact Assessment’, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 29 Jun – 02 Jul 2018.
* Storms and Political Institutions: Islands as Natural Experiments, the Econometric Society Australasian Meeting/ Australian Conference of Economists (ESAM/ ACE), Hobart, Australia, 1 – 4 Jul 2014.
* 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), Perth, Australia, 5 – 6 Jun 2014.

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