Mohammad Monirul Hasan

Research themes
  • Water Resources
  • Land use and food security
  • Environmental and climate change
  • Health and sanitation
  • Growth, inequality and poverty
  • Economic change and vulnerability
  • Microfinances
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Land, water, food and energy
  • Health, nutrition and ecosystems
Research countries
  • Bangladesh
Research projects


Food Price Volatility 


Working groups


Food Price Volatility 


Part-time faculty, Dept. of Economics and Social Science 
BRAC University, Dhaka 
Duration: January - April 2015

Professional experience

Senior Research Associate, Institute of Microfinance (InM), 2009- 2015

Research Associate, Institute of Microfinance (InM) 2008- 2009

Graduate Assistant, Economics, North South University, Jan 2007- Dec 2007

Research Assistant, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), May 2007


2013: MSc. in Rural Development and Agribusiness, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

2013: MSc. in Food and Resource Economics, University of Bonn, Germany

2006: MSS in Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

2005: BSS in Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


Poverty, Health, and Nutrition; Water, sanitation, and hygiene; Micro-finance and vulnerability; Social protection and migration; Impact evaluation; Experimental Economics; Agriculture, food and environmental Policy analysis

Funding institutions


Research partners



IBSc-Rajshahi University,



Thesis title

Investment in health within Agriculture-Water-Sanitation-Hygiene (AG-WATSAN) nexus for the rural households in Bangladesh

Thesis abstract

Safe drinking water is becoming scarce because of the water pollution, salinity and widespread arsenic contamination in Bangladesh. Still 14% of the households do not have access to safe water and 46% do not have access to improved sanitation facility. Besides, agriculture plays vital role for water, sanitation and hygiene maintenance in rural areas. The objective of this research is to identify how the agriculture-water-sanitation-hygiene (AG-WATSAN) nexus works in rural Bangladesh and how household and community investment can benefit the respective households and communities in terms of economic and health outcome. Water in the northern part of Bangladesh is scarce and contaminated by arsenic which is above the permissible level of human consumption. Public intervention such as domestic water supply from deep tube well provides the solution in some areas. The study also explores to what extent technological arrangement at community and household level such as domestic water supply from public intervention affect WATSAN status of rural households. Besides the public intervention, some collective institutional arrangement could also make some differences in the status of water and sanitation in the rural areas. This study also focuses on to what extent group-based lending of microfinance for longer period improves WATSAN status of the marginalized households in northern Bangladesh. It is expected that long term exposer of microfinance membership improves the water and sanitation status of the households. Finally it is very important to look at the food hygiene behavior of the households especially for the children under 5 who are vulnerable to different health shocks including diarrhea. The study will try to understand the economics of food hygiene within the household. The study will test bacteria such as E. Coli in water and food for three successive terms to see the impact of Food Hygiene Education (FHE) as they will be provided this education randomly within the village level. This study will attempt to identify the investment behavior in health within the nexus of AG-WATSAN of the rural households. Several econometric techniques will be applied to see the best outcome of the present research.

Doctoral research funded by

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (WATSAN project), Foundation fiat panis, DAAD

Cooperation partners

IFPRI, icddr,b BRAC, Institute of Biological Science (IBSc), Rajshahi University

Supervisors of
doctoral work
Advisor at ZEF


Dodos, Jovana et al.. 2017. WASH' Nutrition - practical guidebook on increasing nutritional impact through integration of WASH and nutrition programmes, ACF-UNICEF-European Commission. Paris, France. Further Information
Hasan M.M. and M.A. Malek. 2017. Microfinance Market in Bangladesh. In: Christopher. Gan and G. V Nartea (eds.): Microfinance in Asia. World Scientific.. 271–306. Further Information


Hasan, MM; Khan, Trisa. 2016. Social protection system in Bangladesh and the scope of social work: learning from lessons on the ground. Further Information
Mohammad Monirul Hasan, Nicolas Gerber. 2016. The impacts of piped water on water quality, sanitation, hygiene and health in rural households of north-western Bangladesh - a quasi-experimental analysis. ZEF-Discussion Papers on Development Policy, 217: 51. (Open Access) Further Information


Hasan, MM. and Tóth, József. 2015. Corruption and the agricultural production efficiency of the European countries during the recent economic crisis. Res. Agric., Livest. Fish., 2(3): 427-437. (Open Access) Download [PDF | 279.08KB]
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Mohammad Monirul Hasan. 2015. Climate change induced vulnerability: an evidence from Bangladesh; Assessment of vulnerability in southern Bangladesh and how does micro-finance help? -A quasi- experimental analysis. AV Akademikerverlag. Germany . Download [PDF | 1.03MB]
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Hasan M.M.. 2014. Does meat consumption increase obesity? an evidence from European countries. International Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2 (1): 1-5. Further Information
Hasan, M. M.. 2014. Climate Change Induced Marginality: Households’ Vulnerability in the Meal Consumption Frequencies. American Journal of Environmental Protection, 3(3): 103-112. (Open Access) Further Information
Hasan, M. M.. 2014. EU's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and Lessons learned for future. Further Information
Hasan, M. Monirul, Tóth József. 2014. The impact of the recent economic crisis on the agricultural production efficiency of 23 European Union Member States. Further Information
Mohammad Monirul Hasan. 2014. Seasonality Induced Marginality: Vulnerability of Wage Earners’ Food and Nutrition Security in Southern Bangladesh. American Journal of Agriculture and Forestry, 2(4): 121-128. (Open Access) Further Information


Hasan, M. M.. 2013. Agricultural Policy Reforms and Structural Adjustments in Bangladesh. MPRA Paper No. 46540. Further Information
Hasan, M. M.. 2013. Determinants of Food Consumption Vulnerability of the Extreme Poor- Empirical Evidence from Southern Bangladesh. Master Thesis at University of Bonn and Corvinus University of Budapest. Download (english) [PDF | 1.78MB]
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Hasan, M. M. and J. Tóth. 2013. Impact of Recent Economic Crisis on Agricultural Production Efficiency of the European Countries. .
Hasan, MM. 2013. Determinants of Food Consumption Vulnerability of the Extreme Poor- Empirical Evidence from Southern Bangladesh. Master Thesis at University of Bonn & Corvinus University of Budapest. Further Information
Hasan, MM. 2013. Determinants of Food Consumption Vulnerability of the Extreme Poor- Empirical Evidence from Southern Bangladesh. Master Thesis at University of Bonn & Corvinus University of Budapest. Further Information


Hasan, M. M.. 2011. The Determinants of the Savings Behavior of the Ultra poor Households in Bangladesh- an Empirical Study. .
Hasan, M. M. and Rabbani, A.. 2011. Determinants of MFI Branch Sustainability under a Subsidized Ultra-poor Credit Program. .
InM. 2011. Effectiveness of PRIME Interventions in Greater Rangpur at the Household level and Institutional level: A Longitudinal Approach. Further Information


Hasan, M. M.. 2010. Does credit improve the food consumption vulnerability of the extreme poor? - Empirical evidence from Bangladesh. MPRA Paper No. 28192. Further Information
InM. 2010. Impact of PRIME Program for Monga Mitigation- An Analysis of Panel and Cross Section Data. Institute of Microfinance (InM).
InM. 2010. The Impact of PRIME Interventions on Monga Mitigation in Greater Rangpur Region in Bangladesh. Institute of Microfinance (InM). Further Information


Hasan, M. M.. 2008. The macroeconomic determinants of remittances in Bangladesh. MPRA Paper No. 27744. Further Information
InM. 2008. Pre-study Workshop Report on the Growth and Development of Microenterprises in Bangladesh. Further Information
InM. 2008. The Dialogue with the Training Service Providers on Building Capacity of theMFIs. Further Information
InM and PKSF. 2008. Multiple Memberships (Overlapping) in Micro-credit Market- A Study of Pathrail Union in Tangail.

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