Researcher biography

Dr M Mamun Huda is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course at the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), The University of Queensland (UQ). Dr Huda is a quantitative health researcher with strong analytical expertise in public health sciences. He has expertise in large-scale data management, administrative data linkage, integrated data analytics, data visualization in health research, and in program evaluation. He had more than a decade's professional experience in public health research. His primary research focuses on adolescent health epidemiology in Australia and globally.

Dr Huda completed his PhD from UQ in 2022. In his doctoral research, Dr Huda utilized a large number of national health survey data (~ 4 million participants in 258 surveys) from 74 countries worldwide to understand the global burden, disparity, determinants, and consequences of teenage motherhood and formulated important data-driven policy recommendations. His doctoral research has been published in leading international academic journals, including The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, and received media coverage.

Dr Huda works at ISSR-UQ on a range of research and evaluation projects. Currently he is involved in the project entitled "Exposure to Trihalomethanes in pregnancy and birth outcomes in Queensland: integrated data analysis and case studies for better policy and health outcomes". He was also involved in the Overarching Evaluation of the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program and Longitudinal Research Plan (2018-2021), funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health ($2.7 m research funding) to provide guidance for major national programs (>$200 million). For this project, he conceptualized the research design for the integrated data analysis activity, worked with national organisations (including Beyond Blue and Emerging Minds) to analyse Program related data, liaised with Government and other agencies to access Australian longitudinal health and wellbeing survey data, performed the data analysis, and co-authored the Final Report.

Before joining ISSR-UQ, Dr Huda worked as an Associate Scientist in icddr,b, an international health research organisation based in Dhaka, Bangladesh (www.icddrb.org). At icddr,b, he was involved in implementation research (community-based intervention trial) sponsored by the World Health Organization (TDR/WHO) and worked with governments and international research organisations to support the visceral leishmaniasis elimination program in the Indian subcontinent. During this time, as principal investigator, he has received grants to support research that he independently conceptualised. His research has impacted national health policy and resulted in scientific publications in peer-reviewed, internationally recognised journals.