Research Scholar

Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS)


MA, Public policy and Economics, Williams College, USA
MSS in Economics, University of Dhaka, Dhaka
BSS in Economics, University of Dhaka, Dhaka

Siban Shahana joined BIDS as a Research Associate in May 2011. She has completed her M.S.S in Economics in 2010 from University of Dhaka. Prior to joining BIDS, she worked as a lecture in East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh and also served Policy Research Institute (PRI), Bangladesh as Research Associate. Her main area of interest is public policy.


  • Co-author in the research report “Energy Subsidies and Profile of Groups Vulnerable to Reform in Bangladesh”, International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), August 2013.

  • Co-author in the paper“A Citizens Guide to Energy Subsidies in Bangladesh” for International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD), 2012.

  • Co-author in the policy research paper “Improving the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of fertilizer use in South-Asia”, for Global Development Network (GDN), June 2012.

  • Co-author in the paper “The Implications of the Inclusive Growth and Development Aid Agenda of the People’s Republic of China for Poorer Countries in Asia: The Case of Bangladesh” (Paper for Asia-Wide Regional Workshop on Social Inclusiveness in Asia’s Middle income Countries, 13th September, 2011).

Trainings & Workshops Attended:

  • “Contemporary Issues in Labour Economics”, 2 -14 December, 2013, New Delhi, India.
  • “9th Refresher Course in Public Economics and Policy”, 20 May- 14 June, 2013, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi, India.
  • “WTO/ESCAP Eighth ARTNeT Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Research” 23-27 July, 2012, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • “Country Course on Analysis and Dissemination of Population and Housing Census Data with Gender Concern” October 2011, Statistical Institute for Asia and Pacific (SIAP), Chiba, Japan, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Resource person in the inception workshop for the regional “Technical Assistance on the Assessment and Implications of Rationalizing and Phasing out Fossil- Fuel Subsidy”, July 2011, Manila, Philippines.
Involvement in Research Projects:

  • Team member, “Baseline Household Survey for South Asia WASH Results”, DFID.
  • Team member, “Support to Parliamentary Standing Committees on Oversight of Budget Implementation”, USAID.
  • Team member, “Sustainable Social Housing Initiative (SUSHI):Stakeholders’ Mapping and Policy and Financing Assessment”, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Team member, “Municipal Finance in Bangladesh”, Institute of Governance Studies (IGS), BRAC University, Bangladesh.
  • Consultant, “Getting to Poverty: Lessons from the World Bank’s Record on Supporting Poverty Reduction in Country Programs”, Bangladesh Country case study mission, Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), The World Bank Group.
  • Team Member, “Estimating Cost of Food Security in the Context of Climate Change in Bangladesh”, IUCN, Bangladesh.
  • Team Member,“Energy Subsidies and Profile of Groups Vulnerable to Reform in Bangladesh”, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Team Member, “Estimating the Parameters needed for an Integrated and Effective PFDS Planning”, Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, Bangladesh.
  • Team Member “Management of Public Stock for PFDS in Bangladesh”, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Bangladesh.
  • Team member, “Assessing the Performance of Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF), Food for Work(FFW) and Test Relief(TR) Programs in Bangladesh”, Ministry of Food and Disaster Management, Government of Bangladesh.
  • Team member, “Public Service delivery System in Bangladesh: Governance issues in the Health Sector”, Asia Foundation.
Professional Experience:

  • May 2011- to date

Employer: Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Position: Research Associate.[]

  • January 2011 – April 2011 (Full-time) and June 2011-September 2011(Part-time)

Employer: East West University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. []

Position: Lecturer, Department of Economics.

  • October 2010 -December 2010

Employer: Policy Research Institute (PRI) [ ]

Position: Research Associate