Hosna Jahan

PhD student in the Department of International Development

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
Gender and economic development, Capability approach

About me

Hosna Jahan is a PhD student in the Department of International Development at the LSE. She is a recipient of the LSE PhD studentship. Hosna has taught courses on Development in the International Political Economy, and Trade, Development, and the Environment in LSE Summer School.

She has worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh. Prior to that, she was a Gates-Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she read MPhil in Development Studies. Hosna obtained her undergraduate from the University of Sydney majoring in Chemistry, Political Economy, and Government and International Relations. Hosna has co-authored a book on women's economic contribution in Bangladesh. She has also published in academic journals on trade and economic cooperation.

Her Honours thesis, “Money for Nothing: Re-thinking Women's Empowerment and the Accomplishments of Microfinance in Rural Bangladesh”, examined one of the key claims made by the microfinance industry- that loans empower women to achieve developmental outcomes. Her research interests include poverty, gender, microfinance and political economy of development.

Selected publications

  • Khatun, F., Islam, T.I., Jahan, H. and Pervin, S. (2015). Estimating Women’s Contribution to the Economy: The Case of Bangladesh. Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF).

  • Rahman, M. and Jahan, H. (2015). ‘Second Generation Cooperation Agenda: Opportunities and Challenges of Enhanced Integration among the Asian Sub-regions.’ South Asia Economic Journal, 16 (1), 1-26. doi: 10.1177/1391561415575125.

  • Rahman, M. and Jahan, H. (2015). ‘Bali Ministerial of the WTO and the Way Forward: Safeguarding LDC Interests.’ CPD Working Paper 111. Dhaka: Centre for Policy Dialogue.

Expertise Details

Gender and economic development; capability approach; microfinance; political Islam; poverty; political economy of development in Bangladesh