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Professor Rasheda Khanam

Professor Rasheda Khanam
Name Rasheda Khanam
Position Professor (Economics)
Section School of Business
Office T261
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1256
Extension 1256
Email
Qualifications BSocSc Chittagong , MSocSc Chittagong , PhD Sydney
Languages Bengali (accredited translator)
English (accredited translator)

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 22 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). She is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Public Health, section Health Economics.


  • Public Health and Health Services ( 111700 )
  • Applied Economics ( 140200 )
  • Economic Development and Growth ( 140202 )
  • Economics of Education ( 140204 )
  • Health Economics ( 140208 )
  • Labour Economics ( 140211 )
  • Economic Development Policy ( 440703 )
  • Socio-Economic Development ( 440407 )
  • Applied Economics ( 380100 )
  • Health Economics ( 380108 )
  • Economics Of Education ( 380104 )
  • Labour Economics ( 380111 )
  • Development Studies ( 440400 )
  • Policy And Administration ( 440700 )
  • Health Equity ( 420602 )
  • Applied Economics not elsewhere classified ( 380199 )
  • Public Health not elsewhere classified ( 420699 )
  • Health Promotion ( 420603 )
  • Public Health ( 420600 )
  • Social Determinants Of Health ( 420606 )

Dr Khanam's specific research interests include:

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

DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS:
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

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

South and Southeast Asia, Africa
Applied Econometrics


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


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

Coursework Teaching:
ECO2001:Business Economics - Course Leader
ECO1000: Economics - Course Leader
PUH8010: Integrated Public Health Core A

Current PhD Students and Projects:

1. Muhammad Iftikhar ul Husnain. A comprehensive assessment of the health economic consequences of dementia in Australia; Principal Supervisor.
2. Nahid Sultana. Informal sector and its prospect to green development: An empirical study on urban Bangladesh; Associate Supervisor
3. Rakia Hossain. Food safety knowledge, attitude and practices among consumers in Bangladesh, Principal Supervisor.
4. 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; Associate Supervisor.
5. Nirmal Goutam. Childhood Obesity and Socio-economic Status: Evidence from Australia; Principal supervisor
6. Wasana Rathnayaka. The Economics of COVID 19: The Efficacy of Government Strategies to Control COVID 19, Principal Supervisor.
7. Umme Marzia Haque. A Smart Predictive Analysis Model for Detecting Mental Illness in Australian Children and Adolescents; Associate Professor.

Former PhD and Masters by Research Students:

1. Chijioke Okoli (1. Department of Health Administration and Management, University of Nigeria, Nigeria)
2. Dr Alice Giese (Department of Health of the canton of Zurich, Switzerland)
3. Dr Valensi Kyara (Tangaza University College – Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya)
4. Dr Irteja Islam (University of Sydney, Australia)
5. Dr Mohammad Monzur Morshed Bhuiya (Jaganath University, Bangladesh)
6. Dr Abayomi A. Oredegbe (University College of the North, Canada)
7. Dr Vidi Tenrisanna (Hasanuddin University, Indonesia)
8. Dr Tarek Zarook
9. Lolita Aranas (University of Southern Queensland)
10. Mohammad Sain Rosli (KRS Travel Sdn Bhd, Malaysia)

PhD Thesis Under Examination:
1. Kabir Ahmed. Economics of Child and Adolescent Health in Australia; Principal Supervisor.
2. Khanal, A. Tourism effects on 3Es (Earnings, Employment and Environment); PhD; Associate Supervisor.


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


22 Years


Associate Head of School – Research (2019 - 2022 )
Chair, USQ Multicultural Staff Network (2019 - 2021)
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)
Elected Research Seminar Coordinator, School of Commerce (2012 - 2014)
Member, Status of Women in Employment and Education USQ Committee (SWEE), (2010-2012):
Member, Teaching and Learning Committee, School of Commerce, (2009 - 2011)


  • Economic Development and Growth ( 140202 )
  • Economics of Education ( 140204 )
  • Health Economics ( 140208 )
  • Labour Economics ( 140211 )
  • Economic Development Policy ( 440703 )
  • Socio-Economic Development ( 440407 )
  • Applied Economics ( 380100 )
  • Health Economics ( 380108 )
  • Economics Of Education ( 380104 )
  • Labour Economics ( 380111 )
  • Development Studies ( 440400 )
  • Policy And Administration ( 440700 )
  • Health Equity ( 420602 )
  • Applied Economics not elsewhere classified ( 380199 )
  • Public Health not elsewhere classified ( 420699 )
  • Health Promotion ( 420603 )
  • Public Health ( 420600 )
  • Social Determinants Of Health ( 420606 )