Dr. M Niaz Asadullah

University of Malaya



Dr M Niaz Asadullah is Professor of Economics at the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He obtained his DPhil in Economics from Oxford University in 2005. He is the South-East Asia Lead of Global Labor Organization (GLO), a Research Fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics (Germany), an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. Previously he held teaching/research/visiting appointments at Harvard, Oxford, Kent, Reading, Manchester, Dhaka, BRAC and Mindanao State Universities. He additionally served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Poverty and Development Studies (CPDS) from 2014-2016.

His research relates to poverty, inequality, well-being, education, labor market, skills formation and gender issues with a focus on South/East Asia and Islamic countries. His work has been supported by international grants such as the Australian Development Research Award Scheme, Leverhulme Trust (UK), International Growth Centre (IGC), the DFID (UK), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), South Asian Network of Economic Research Institutes and the World Bank. He has also consulted for Asian Productivity Organization, BRAC, Oxford Policy Management, BAPPENAS (Government of Indonesia), UNESCAP and the World Bank.

He has published nearly 50 articles in peer reviewed academic journals such as Australian Economic Review, Asian Development Review, Bulletin of Economic Research, Cambridge Journal of Economics, China Economic Review, Development Policy Review, Economica, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, and World Development. At the same time, he has published numerous opinion pieces for international media outlets such as the Project Syndicate, the Conversation, D+C Development and Cooperation, the Diplomat, Open Democracy, the Huffington Post, the Bangkok Post, and the Hindu.

 Professor Asadullah is a Co-Editor of the Asia Pacific Education Review (APER) and Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (Taylor & Francis) and on the editorial advisory board of International Journal of Educational Development (Elsevier) and COMPARE (Taylor and Francis).