Researcher biography

Prof. M. Adil Khan, has been working as an adjunct staff at the School of Social Sciences, since 2010. Prior to taking up the adjinct position at the School, he worked as Chief of Socio-Economic Governance and Management Branch of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York. Prof. Khan retired from the United Nations in 2008.

Prof. Khan possesses more than 35 years of working experience in international development - his varied job experiences in 'development' include but not limited to public policy manager the planning ministry of Bangladesh (1973-1988), consultancies for international aid agencies such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations (1988-1994), research director on sustainable development at the University of Queensland (1994-1997), senior development advisor of UN in Myanmar and Sri Lanka (1997-2002) and senior policy manager at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations HQs.His core expertise includes but not limited to public policy, pro-poor development and participatory governance.

In recent times Professor Khan was engaged by (i) AusAid as Course Director of Enhancing Policy Making Capacity Building in Ministries of Women Affairs (2012) and (ii) by the Department of Foreign Affairs and TRade, Australia the course on International Development Policy for Australian and foreign diplomats (2016)

Prof Khan has been a guest lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School (2006), University of Pennsylvania (2007), and University of Ottawa (2012). He also served as a visiting professor at the Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea where he introduced and taught the graduate certificate course on "Global Governance and national challenges: a UN perspective".

Prof. Khan has published extensively on issues of poverty, climate change, governance, corruption, monitoring and evaluation etc. He is also the Principal Author of the 2008 United Nations World Public Sector Report, "People matter: civic engagement in public governance" and the founder Editor-in-chief and currently a editorial board member of the international journal, Sustainable Development, Wiley. He is also the editorial board member of the New York based journal, South Asia Journal

For his unique management initiatives at the United Nations, Prof Khan was awarded the UN Manager of the Year Award in 2005 and for his pioneering work on participatory governance a Plaque of Recognition by the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration in New York, in 2008.

Prof. Khan has a Master degree in Economics, a Master degree in Social Planning and Development and a PhD in Political Economy

Prof Khan is married to Yasmin and they have no children. His hobbies include cooking, reading, writing and music.