'Essays on Disaster Risk and Economic Development' – this is the title of Dr. Azreen Karim's Ph.D. dissertation where she strongly argues that perhaps it is even more important to determine the long-term effects of catastrophic disasters on various income groups, rather than only their direct and indirect short-term impacts as despite the limited empirical evidence available, data suggest that large natural shocks can have important regional consequences that may persist for decades. Dr. Azreen's dissertation asked four (4) extremely valid questions in the Disaster-Development space generating four (4) publishable papers using both Qualitative and Quantitative approach. A Ph.D. graduate of the class of December 2016 from Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), New Zealand; Dr. Azreen had published her Ph.D. papers in international reputed journals namely World Development (Elsevier), the Singapore Economic Review (World Scientific Publishing) and Review of Economics and Institutions (University of Perugia, Italy). She has also contributed a Book Chapter in the book titled "Economics of Natural Disasters" published by World Scientific Publishing as well. Besides her current work on establishing a conceptual framework on Disaster-Development nexus, Dr. Azreen also possess research interests in Trade and Environment related issues where she contributed to journal articles and research reports published by International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Manitoba, Canada.
Before starting a research career as a Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Dr. Azreen Karim served as a Teaching Fellow (Lecturer and Course Coordinator) at VUW (New Zealand) from 2014-17 and had taught 2nd and 3rd year core economics courses on International Trade and Open-Economy Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics, Building Economics and Project Management. Her Pre-doctoral qualifications include a Masters in Economics from York University, Toronto, Canada and an intensive program on Economic Modelling from the National University of Singapore. Dr. Azreen is an excellent speaker and regularly presents and participates in International conferences/workshops and is the winner of the prestigious Jan Whitwell Prize (worth $1000) for the best presentation of work undertaken by a doctoral student at the NZ Association of Economists Annual Conference (NZAE). Dr. Azreen has professional practice involvement with the American Economic Association (AEA), Western Economic Association International (WEAI), New Zealand Association of Economists (NZAE) and the Bangladesh Economic Association (BEA). Details of her published work can also be found in her personal website: https://sites.google.com/view/karimazreen/
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- Karim, Azreen and Noy, Ilan (2020). Risk, Poverty or Politics? The Determinants of Subnational Public Spending Allocation for Adaptive Disaster Risk Reduction in Bangladesh. World Development,129(5),DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.104901
- Karim, Azreen (2018). The household response to persistent natural disasters: Evidence from Bangladesh. World Development, 103(3), pp.40-59, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2017.10.026
- Karim, Azreen and Noy, Ilan (2016). Poverty and Natural Disasters: A Regression Meta-Analysis. Review of Economics and Institutions, 7(2), Article 2.DOI: 10.5202/rei.v7i2.222. Retrieved from http://www.rei.unipg.it/rei/article/view/222
- Karim, Azreen and Noy, Ilan (2016). Poverty and Natural Disasters – A Qualitative Survey of the Empirical Literature. The Singapore Economic Review, 61(1), DOI: 10.1142/S0217590816400014
- Karim,A and Noy,I (2018). The Empirical Literature on Poverty and Natural Disasters. In Prof. Euston Quah and Suman K. Sharma (eds.) Economics of Natural Disasters, World Scientific Publishing.
• Karim, Azreen (2016). The household response to persistent natural disasters: Evidence from Bangladesh. School of Economics and Finance Working Paper no. 4968, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The paper could be downloaded from: http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz//handle/10063/4968.
• Karim, Azreen and Noy, Ilan (2015). The (mis)allocation of Public Spending in a low income country: Evidence from Disaster Risk Reduction spending in Bangladesh. School of Economics and Finance Working Paper no. 4194, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The paper could be downloaded from: http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz//handle/10063/4194.
• Karim, Azreen and Noy, Ilan (2014). Poverty and Natural Disasters: A Meta-Analysis. School of Economics and Finance Working Paper no. 3234, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The paper could be downloaded from: http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz//handle/10063/3234.
• Karim, Azreen and Noy, Ilan (2013). Poverty, Inequality and Natural Disasters – A Survey. School of Economics and Finance Working Paper no. 2974, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The paper could be downloaded from: http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/xmlui/handle/10063/2974.
• Karim, Azreen (2009). Linking Index Analysis to Sectoral Trade Policy: A Case Study. Conference Proceedings of Asian Business Research Conference, World Business Institute (WBI), Australia. The paper could be downloaded from: http://www.wbiconpro.com/22.-Azreen-.pdf