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Assoc Prof Rasheda Khanam

Assoc Prof Rasheda Khanam
Name Rasheda Khanam
Position Associate Professor (Economics)
Section School of Business
Office T358
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1256
Extension 1256
Qualifications BSocSc Chittagong , MSocSc Chittagong , PhD Sydney
Languages Bengali (accredited translator)
English (accredited translator)

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Public Health and Health Services ( 111700 )
  • Applied Economics ( 140200 )
  • Economic Development and Growth ( 140202 )
  • Economics of Education ( 140204 )
  • Health Economics ( 140208 )
  • Labour Economics ( 140211 )

Research interests
PROFILE: Dr Khanam comes to the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) from the University of Queensland (UQ) where she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Economics at the Australian Centre for Economic Research on Health (ACERH). She gained a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney. Prior to coming to Australia for her PhD research she was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. In addition to her teaching commitments at the USQ, the UQ, the University of Sydney and the University of Chittagong over a period of 19 years, Dr Khanam has been actively involved with research in the areas of Health Economics, Development Economics and Labour Economics. She has published in prestigious economics journals including the Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Biosocial Science, Health Economics, Demography and Labour Economics. Her research in the field of child health is well recognised nationally by having invitations for media comments and seminar presentations at different universities. She (with others from USQ) has been successful in two bids to secure more than $1 million funds for two Post Doctoral Research Fellows and three PhD students from Digital Futures - Collaborative Research Network (CRN).

Her specific research interests include:

Inequality in Health
Child and Maternal Health
Health, Socioeconomic Status and Lifestyle factors
Economic Evaluation and Health
Environmental Health

The Economics of Child Labour and Schooling
Health, Nutrition, Fertility and Mortality in Developing countries
Poverty and Welfare issues in Developing countries
Social Policy Issues

Maternity Leave and Female Labour Force Participation
Impact of Health on Labour market outcome

South and Southeast Asia
Applied Econometrics

Professional memberships
Economic Society of Australia
Australian Health Economics Society
International Health Economics Association
Australasian Health and Research Data Managers Association

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Centre for Health, Informatics and Economic Research (CHIER)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Coursework Teaching:
ECO2001: Microeconomics for Business and Government -Course Leader

Research Student Supervision:
Current PhD and Masters Students and Projects:
1. Alice Giese. ‘Does employee satisfaction, clinical outcome and patient satisfaction lead to profitability in health care sector? Evidence from Swiss Hospital’; PhD; Principal Supervisor.
2. Irteja Islam: 'Mental Health Issues and Services use among Australian Adolescents'; PhD; Principal Supervisor.
3. Kabir Ahmed. ‘Economics of Child and Adolescent Health in Australia’; Principal Supervisor; PhD; Principal Supervisor.
4. Ammar Alrawas. ‘Evaluating the effectiveness of the Oman Tanfeedh program through a new strategic economic diversification business model’; PhD; Associate Supervisor
5. Khanal, A. Tourism effects on 3Es (Earnings, Employment and Environment); PhD; Associate Supervisor.
6. Valensi Kyara. ‘Impact of Tourism Development on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation: Evidence from Tanzania’; PhD; Associate Supervisor
7. Abul Kasem. Impact Of Exchanging Rate Dynamics On Australian Agro-Fish-Forest Products Bilateral Trade Balance; PhD; Associate Supervisor
8. Nahid Sultana. Informal sector and its prospect to green development: An empirical study on urban Bangladesh; PhD; Associate Supervisor
9. Rakia Hossain. Food safety knowledge, attitude and practices among consumers in Bangladesh, Principal Supervisor.
10. Yuxun Zhou. The impact of the scale of public health events on economic growth -- an empirical analysis based on the rate of viral transmission and mortality; Principal Supervisor.

Former PhD and Masters by Research Students:
1. Dr Mohammad Monzur Morshed Bhuiya (Jaganath University, Bangladesh)
2. Dr Abayomi A. Oredegbe (University College of the North, Canada)
3. Dr Vidi Tenrisanna (Hasanuddin University, Indonesia)
4. Dr Tarek Zarook
5. Mohammad Sain Rosli (KRS Travel Sdn Bhd, Malaysia)
6. Lolita Aranas

Previous Coursework Teaching:
ECO2000: Macroeconomics for Business and Government - Course Leader
ECO5000: Economics for Managers - Course Leader
ECO2001: Microeconomics for Business and Government - Course Leader

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
19 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Associate Head of School – Research (2019 - )
Chair, USQ Multicultural Staff Network (2019 -)
Elected Research Seminar Coordinator, School of Commerce (2012 - 2014)
Elected Member, USQ Academic Board/Senate (2015 - 2018)
Elected Member, USQ Research Committee, Academic Board (2016 - 2018)
Executive Member, USQ Women’s Network (WN) Inc. (2017 - 2018)
Member, Status of Women in Employment and Education USQ Committee (SWEE), (2010-2012):
Member, Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Commerce, (2009- 2011)

Research most recent
A full list of my publications is available in USQ e-prints repository.

1. Xuan-Binh (Benjamin)Vu and Raaj Kishore Biswas and Rasheda Khanam and Maisha Rahman (2018) Mental health service use in Australia: The role of family structure and socio-economic status. Children and Youth Services Review.

2. Ripon Kumar Mondal and Rasheda Khanam (2018) The impacts of international migrants’ remittances on household consumption volatility in developing countries. Economic Analysis and Policy; Volume 59, Pages 171-187.

3. Mamun, Shamsul Arifeen Khan and Khanam, Rasheda and Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur (2018) The determinants of household out-of-pocket (OOP) medical expenditure in rural Bangladesh. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy. pp. 1-16. ISSN 1175-5652.

Research most notable
Five Most Notable Journal Papers

1. Khanam, Rasheda and Nghiem, Son (2016) Family income and child cognitive and non-cognitive development in Australia: does money matter? Demography, 53 (3). pp. 597-621. Demography has consistently been Q1 in SCImago since its initiation in 1997. This is the number one and most cited journal in demography, and the official journal of the Population Association of America (PAA). This paper is in the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric, and received USQ School Specific Publication Excellence Award. The quality, impact and influence of this paper can further be demonstrated by the fact that Herald Sun interviewed Dr Khanam about this research, and published a report on this research on 14 may 2016. Dr Khanam also received invitations to write an article and a blog for the general public based on its results, and that she received national and international media attention.

2. Khanam, Rasheda and Nghiem, Son and Connelly, Luke (2016) The effects of parental leave on child health and postnatal care: evidence from Australia. Economic Analysis and Policy, 49 (2016). pp. 17-29. ISSN 0313-5926. This paper received huge media attention after an interview with Dr Khanam by Channel 9 & Herald Sun. According to USQ media monitor report, it reached a cumulative audience of 997,076 and had an advertising space rate of AUD 62,313.

3. Nghiem, Hong Son and Nguyen, Ha Trong and Khanam, Rasheda and Connelly, Luke B. (2015) Does school type affect cognitive and non-cognitive development in children? Evidence from Australian primary schools. Labour Economics, 33. pp. 55-65. This paper is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric. This paper received huge national and international media attention and was honoured with the Curtin Business School Article of the Year 2015 Award. According to the media monitor report, it reached a cumulative audience of 3,060,796 with an advertising space rate of AUD 344,572

4. Khanam, Rasheda and Nghiem, Hong Son and Connelly, Luke Brian (2014) What roles do contemporaneous and cumulative incomes play in the income-child health gradient for young children? Evidence from an Australian panel. Health Economics, 23 (8). pp. 879-893. This paper was published by Health Economics, which is a premier journal in health economics field, and has always been a Q1 journal in SCImago since it was established in 1997. This paper has received USQ publication award.

5. Khanam, Rasheda and Nghiem, Hong Son and Connelly, Luke B. (2009) Child health and the income gradient: evidence from Australia. Journal of Health Economics, 28 (4). pp. 805-817. Journal of Health Economics is a very highly regarded journal in health economics field, and it has consistently been Q1 in SCImago since its initiation in 1997. According to Altmetric data, this paper is in the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric.

A full list of my publications is available in USQ e-prints repository.

Publications in ePrints

Gautam, Nirmal and Karki, Rewati Raj and Khanam, RashedaORCID: (2021) Knowledge on tuberculosis and utilization of DOTS service by tuberculosis patients in Lalitpur District, Nepal. PLoS One, 16 (1):e0245686. pp. 1-14. ISSN 1932-6203

Islam, Md Irteja and Alam, Kh Md Watin and Keramat, Syed Afroz and Murshid, Munzur E. and Haque, Rezwanul and Kabir, Enamul and Khanam, RashedaORCID: and Khan, Manjurul Haque (2021) Working conditions and occupational stress among nurses in Bangladesh: a cross-sectional pilot study. Journal of Public Health. pp. 1-9. ISSN 2198-1833

Islam, Md. Irteja and Khanam, RashedaORCID: and Kabir, Enamul (2020) Bullying victimization, mental disorders, suicidality and self-harm among Australian high schoolchildren: Evidence from nationwide data. Psychiatry Research, 292:113364. ISSN 0165-1781

Aranas, Lolita L. ORCID: and Khanam, RashedaORCID: and Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur and Nghiem, Son (2020) Combining Microfinance and Health in Reducing Poverty-Driven Healthcare Costs: Evidence From the Philippines. Frontiers in Public Health, 8:583455. pp. 1-6.

Islam, Md Irteja and Biswas, Raaj Kishor and Khanam, RashedaORCID: (2020) Effect of internet use and electronic game‑play on academic performance of Australian children. Scientific Reports, 10 (1):21727.

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