Debashis Sarker
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Research interests

Financial inclusion, microfinance, social inclusion, economic and social empowerment of people with disabilities, inclusive education, inclusive employment, social entreprenuership, self-employment of people with disabilities, poverty, intergenerational housing 

Special Focus: Disability inclusive development and policy research in Australia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ireland, Chile, Ghana

Research Profile

Dr. Debashis Sarker holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia. His thesis studied the relationship between access to microfinance and the social and economic empowerment of people with disabilities. He has extensive qualitative research experience on the issue of social and economic empowerment of people with disabilities, inclusive education and employment of people with disabilities, financial inclusion, self employment of people with disabilities, entreprenuership for people with disabilities, mobile financial services, purpose built intergenerational housing. Dr. Sarker's expertise involves analysing large qualitative databases that contribute to policy development.

He has published multiple peer reviewed articles in reputed academic journals such as Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Development in Practice, Alter-European Journal of Disability Research, Asian Social Work and Policy Review among others.

Dr. Debashis presented his research work in multiple prestigious research conferences in different universities such as Harvard University, USA; Australian National University, Australia; University of New South Wales, Australia; University of Queensland, Australia; Deakin University, Australia; University of Geneva, Switzerland; Ohio State University, USA; University College London, England; University Libre de Brussels, Belgium.

He has received multiple awards from Belgium, Bangladesh, and Australia for his academic and professional achievements. Dr. Debashis has more than 10 years of professional experience in different sectors such as research industry, NGOs, investment fund, higher education, and worked in multiple countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Australia.  

Education/Academic qualification

Social Science (development studies and disability studies), PhD, Microfinance and the social and economic empowerment of people with disabilities , The University of Queensland, Australia

Award Date: 25 Feb 2022

Advanced Research Degree , University of Mons, Belgium

Award Date: 31 Jul 2015

Research Master in European Microfinance Program , University Libre De Brussels, Belgium

Award Date: 31 Oct 2013

Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Dhaka

Award Date: 31 Dec 2005

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), University of Dhaka

Award Date: 30 Dec 2004

External positions

Guest Lecturer, James Cook University Queensland


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