Biography: Refaya studied Social Sciences (Economics) at the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka. She gained an BSS (2013) and a MSS (2014) in Economics and was appointed Lecturer in Institute of Health Economics at the University of Dhaka in 2016.
After graduation, Refaya worked briefly a Market Research Executive in the research wing of an advertising company, MRC Mode Ltd in Asiatic 360 in 2015. Later in April 2015, she got appointed as a research associate in one of Bangladesh’s leading think-tank, the Centre of Policy Dialogue(CPD). She was supervised by Dr Debapriya Bhattachrya, one of the most famous macroeconomist and development economist of the country. On course of her work she worked on several issues of international development such as Agenda 2030, Global Partnership for Economic Development Cooperation (GPEDC), South-South Cooperation, graduation of least developed countries as well local issues on recommendations for National Budget Analysis, financing of non-government organisations, and more.
In November 2016 Refayatook up a lectureship in macroeconomics and development economics at the Institute of Health Economics, changing her career to an academic track. Currently Refaya is delving into fresh research on issues related to Health Economics, aiming to provide valuable addition to literature.
Teaching:“I currently teach second year macroeconomics and fourth year development economics. I try to illustrate economic theory with real-world examples from recent news stories which is particularly useful in lectures on development economics. That’s why I try assigning tasks that help them connect the theories with empirical evidence. I seldom use presentations, only if I have to demonstrate something that has perceptiblevalue.”
Research:Refaya’s research interests centre on international development, macroeconomics and recently health economics.
Bhattacharya, D and Rashmin, R. (2016).Concessional Financial Flows among Southern Countries: Conceptualising Design Principles, Operational Modalities and Assessment Framework.Development Impact Group, UNDP: New York.
Bhattacharya, D, Rashmin, R and Mahfuze, A.H. (2016) Strengthening Accountability of Development Cooperation-Role of GPEDC Monitoring Indicators in the context of Agenda 2030 and AAAA.Occasional Paper Series No. 29.Dhaka: Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals