I joined the Department of Economics at Middlesex University in October 2012. I am a senior Lecturer, and Program leader of BSc Business Economics and BSc Foundation Economics.
I completed my PhD in Economics at the University of Manchester, UK, where I was awarded the School of Social Science Discipline Area Scholarship. Prior to that, I earned an MPhil in Economics as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, UK, which is a two-year professional degree.
My teaching experience primarily revolves around subjects such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Applications of Economics, Economic Policy Evaluations, Econometrics, and International Finance.
Regarding my research activities, I have explored various theoretical and empirical topics in the field of development economics. My primary areas of focus include economic growth and development, inequality and income distribution, external development finance, entrepreneurship development, and, more recently, energy economics.
I welcome the supervision of PhD students on the following topics:
My research activity has covered a wide range of theoretical and empirical topics in development macroeconomics, with focus on issues that relate to economic growth and development, inequality and income distribution, external development finance, entrepreneurship development, and, more recently, energy economics.
Nessa, Azizun (2021) How heterogeneity of recipients influences the income equalising impact of migrant’s remittances. Journal of Economic Studies , 48 (3). pp. 516-536. ISSN 0144-3585
Edwards, T, Huw and Kernohan, David and Landman, Todd and Nessa, Azizun (2018) Good neighbours matter: economic geography and the diffusion of human rights. Spatial Economic Analysis , 13 (3). pp. 319-337. ISSN 1742-1772
External Funded Research
Since joining SEMWaves UK Ltd in 2020, my role as a consultant has encompassed various responsibilities including securing and delivering research grants: I participated in the bidding process for the following successful research grants:
These projects aimed to address energy poverty in remote regions of Low- and Middle-income countries, where it hinders educational, health, and income-generating activities. The outcome of our efforts was the development of an innovative off-grid solar-hydraulic hybrid power plant and distribution network. This technology now provides a continuous, high-capacity electricity supply to off-grid clustered households, small-scale businesses, and public facilities, regardless of weather conditions. This has greatly benefitted deprived areas in Bangladesh.
As a member of the research team, I was responsible for analyzing and generating reports on the economic viability of the technology. Additionally, I contributed to assessing market entry options and developing a sustainable business model. These tasks required careful evaluation and research to ensure the success and effectiveness of the project.
Internal Funded Research
This research aims to quantify and compare the economic, social, and environmental benefits of solar-hydraulic hybrid electricity intervention with other electricity generation alternatives, such as Solar Home Systems (SHS). I am actively seeking funding to further investigate the impact of reliable electricity on the growth potential of micro and small firms in off-grid rural areas. This research aims to shed light on how a consistent and dependable electricity supply can empower these businesses, stimulate economic development, and alleviate poverty in rural areas.
Engagement and Impact
Member of the Editorial Board of Journal Economic and Management Sciences (JEMS), Faculty of Management & Administrative Sciences, University of Sargodha, Sargodha.