Shaheen Akter joined the Open University Business School in June 2017 as a research associate in the True Potential Centre for the Public Understanding of Finance, Department of Finance. She has PhD in agricultural economics from London University. She is contributing to the Money Advice Service project on the impact of financial education on the financial behaviour and wellbeing of the people. Previously, she worked as an independent research consultant with universities (Plymouth, Oxford), think tanks (ODI), NGOs (BRAC, Oxfam) and international organisations (ILRI, CIMMYT, UNDP). Prior to this she was a professor of economics at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh where she worked in various capacities over a period of 14 years. She was also a Visiting Professor of North South University of Bangladesh. She also taught agri-business courses in the Papua New Guinea University of Technology in the 2002-2004 period.
My research interests include impact analysis, technology adoption, quantitative analysis, competition/efficiency, innovation and knowledge transfer. Currently, I am anaysing the impact of financial education on financial capability and well being of financially squeezed population. My past research includes ICT and service delivery, knowledge transfer in MNEs, technology adoption, innovtion and interface between social protection,migration and rural productive sectors, mixed method studies including action research, food security, agricultural markets, competitiveness/efficiency and rural productive sectors, livelihood choices, gender wage differentials and impact on poverty etc.
I have 15 years teaching experience at well-reputed universities in Bangladesh (SUST & NSU) and the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (PNG Unitech). I was appointed an Assistant Professor (1991-1995), Associate Professor (1995-2000) and Professor (2000-2012). From June 2002 to Nov 2004 I was teaching agricultural economics courses in the Department of Agriculture of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology at Lae.
At undergraduate levels (Bachelors 4 years 8 semesters), I delivered Principles of Economics (1st yr, 1st & 2nd semesters), Microeconomics I (Intermediate microeconomics, 2nd yr, 1st semester), Introduction to Econometrics (3rd yr 1st semester, Economics of Development (2nd yr 2nd semester), Economics of Natural Resources and Environment (3rd yr 2nd semester), Farm Management I (3rd yr 1st semester), Farm Management II (4th year 2nd semester).
At postgraduate levels I offered two courses at SUST - Econometrics (MSS 1st semester) and Agricultural Development (MSS 2nd semester) and I offered three courses at Unitech – Advanced Farm Management (PGD, 1st semester), Agricultural Production and Marketing (PGD, 2nd semester) and Agricultural Project Planning and Management (PGD, 2nd semester).
I acted as a resource person in different training programmes in Bangladesh.
I facilitated the learning process as chair of departmental board of studies, member of academic council and syndicate. I prepared and revised under- and postgraduate academic programmes and course curriculum of a newly established university.
I was involved in exam question setting & moderation; evaluation of answer scripts and examination of postgraduate theses. I also acted as board members and external examiners for other universities in Bangladesh and the university affiliated colleges.
I supervised MSc and PhD theses and field works of under-graduate and graduate students.