Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in natural resources with human dimensions specialization at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). Previously, I received my bachelor's and master's degrees in economics with distinction (summa cum laude in terms of class rank) from the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology and a second master's degree in agricultural economics from UNL. Prior to joining UNL, I held a post as a researcher with the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)—a Dhaka-based leading public policy research think tank in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Much of my focus as a predoctoral and doctoral researcher for the past 10 years, including five years in professional capacities, has been on developing integrated approaches to individual and collective risk perceptions and decision analysis regarding human behavior across a wide range of socioeconomic, natural resources, environmental, and public health contexts using data from field surveys and experiments. I have used these approaches to investigate the potential for a better understanding of the relations among and the impact of different social, economic, demographic, environmental, cultural, spatial, cognitive, behavioral, and social network factors on the individual and collective decision-making processes related to policy-relevant issues.

My doctoral work studied how to improve pastoralists' water treatment, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)–related preventive health behaviors by: (1) identifying key factors of WASH practices; (2) assessing seasonal choice variations in household water sources; and (3) evaluating the impact of health education intervention on WASH practices in rural Tanzania. I also prefer exploring historical analogies, circumstantial evidence, and, most importantly, using my educated intuition to analyze people's behaviors, prospective policies, and intervention program designs associated with these issues. Overall, I intend to continue my research to explore the simple, applicable, and publishable results for existing and emerging issues in my chosen fields.

I was born and grew up in the central region—a folk cultural and artisan hub—of Bangladesh surrounded by naturally smart and open-minded people. All these homegrown experiences help me to broaden my research perspectives with blended thoughts on contemporary debates. Also, the ideas and institutions in comparative political economy interest me and intrinsically motivate my everyday arguments.

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Contact Address: 231 South Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege St., Lincoln, NE 68583-0962, USA. Phone: +1 (402) 318-9740. Email: mahamad@huskers.unl.edu

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