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Monisha Biswas
PhD Researcher, Research Associate and Teaching Associate , Faculty of IT, Monash University, Australia
Melbourne, Australia
I completed my PhD with the Faculty of IT at Monash University, Australia, in June 2022. With 18 years of practical experience in the international development sector, I offer combination of academic research expertise with high level of management and policy advocacy expertise. I am open to working with industry, non-profit and academic institutes. I can relocate immediately with a great offer.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
Research Coordination Experience with Academia and Non-Profit: High-level expertise in qualitative research specialising in case study, ethnography, participatory action research, and evaluative methodologies. My Bachelor's and Master's degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, provided the basic foundation for that. My PhD experience equipped me with ethical standards of research procedures along with management and in-depth analysis of the enormous volume of data using Nvivo.

I have a deeper understanding of the society, political system, and culture of the Global South development context, including Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and South Africa, based on 20 years of practical experience with NGOs, the local community, and policymakers.

Management of Community Work, Advocacy, Campaign Projects, and People:
As a development professional, I served with several national and international development organisations including UNDP, ActionAid, and Oxfam in Bangladesh. Managed community-based research and advocacy projects, social media campaigns, high-profile lobby, and humanitarian response-related projects. Led several successful advocacy, campaign, and research projects in South Asia and South Africa. Represented country and organisation at national and global forums, such as joining the government delegation team of Bangladesh in the UNFCCC climate change negotiation process as a civil society representative. Recruited, supervised, and mentored team members. Initiated, coordinated, and managed partnerships with academic institutions, non-profit, private sectors, government institutions, policymakers, youths, community organisations, media, and donor agencies.

Capacity Building, Facilitation, Training, Teaching, and Mentoring Experience:
Designed training modules for the community, local NGOs, youths, and mid and senior-level staff of international NGOs and UN Agencies. Taught ethical perspectives, human rights, and governance issues to graduate-level students with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Moderated workshops, conferences, seminars, and lobby meetings with NGOs, media, policymakers, and duty-bearers.
Completed PhD from the Faculty of IT, Monash University in June 2022, securing scholarship & awards, contributed to several conference papers & book chapters. My PhD research title is 'The role of mobile technologies in the sustainability of women-led micro-enterprises and women's empowerment in rural Bangladesh.'

I have received the following scholarships and awards from Monash University during 2017-2022:
1) Postgraduate Publications Award 2021
2) PROTIC PhD Scholarship (living expenses and insurance)
3) FIT International Post Graduate Research Scholarship (course fees)
Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Bengali (mother tongue), Hindi (basic)
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