Dr Monira Ahsan
I am a postdoctoral researcher with a background in international development and social policy primarily in Asia. Through some 17 years of experience in the development sector and graduate research on women, children, adolescent, youth and minority people’s rights, I have gained sound experiences in policies, programs, practices and research. My core interests are in issues around international development policy, social policy, human rights and social justice, with special focus on the well-being of women, children, adolescent, youth, indigenous and vulnerable populations; empowerment and political participation of girls and women; gender-based violence and gender equity. I have proven ability to produce high standard technical research, synthesis of results, policy briefs, working papers, concepts, fact sheets and conference paper on social policy issues. I have strong ability in social research methods; qualitative and mixed methods research; research design; data collection methods and processes; research management and implementation. Most recently, I led a research project on ‘Protecting children on the move in Southeast Asia with a focus on the migration corridor Bangladesh/Myanmar to Thailand/ Indonesia/Malaysia/Australia’ commissioned by Save the Children International.
I have a solid educational and professional foundation from which to carry out a position in program, policy, teaching, and research. I hold a PhD in Public Policy (2015) from the Australian National University and a Master of Social Policy and Development (2001) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, complementing a Master (1994) and a BSS Honours (1992) in International Relations from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I have published an article in a peer reviewed journal. I am keen to contribute to the intellectual life of the ANU through research, teaching and organising and participating in conferences, seminars, workshops, discussion forums, and producing high quality policy evaluations and policy analysis, working and conference papers, journal articles, edited book chapters and manuscripts. My extensive professional work in South and SouthEast Asia over the past 17 years has informed and been informed by my academic work.