Jesmin Rupa

Jesmin Rupa

School of Economics

Faculty of the Professions


I am an applied economist with a focus on agricultural and resources and related policy implications. My PhD thesis explores the drivers influencing dietary diversity, diet quality and overall food security of households and individuals in emerging Asia such as urban Vietnam and rural Bangladesh. I have used different quantitative analyses and approaches for urban compared to rural households. Analysis of primary data from the Vietnam Urban Food Consumption and Expenditure Study 2016-2017 9 (an ACIAR project), suggests that policy makers need to be aware of the impact of increasingly ‘obesogenic food environments’ on consumers’ diet quality. Analysis of secondary data from the Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey 2012, highlights the need to consider the unique needs of farming households when designing food security interventions to address shocks among rural populations.I have a keen interest to learn and improve my depth of knowledge on the economics of food security and nutrition. In 2019, I have completed my PhD and have been awarded the Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Excellence.

I am an applied economist with a focus on agricultural and resources and related policy implications. My PhD thesis explores the drivers influencing dietary diversity, diet quality and overall food security of households and individuals in emerging Asia such as urban Vietnam and rural Bangladesh.  I have used different quantitative analyses and approaches for urban compared to rural households. Analysis of primary data from the Vietnam Urban Food Consumption and Expenditure Study 2016-2017 9 (an ACIAR project), suggests that policy makers need to be aware of the impact of increasingly ‘obesogenic food environments’ on consumers’ diet quality. Analysis of secondary data from the Bangladesh Integrated Household Survey 2012, highlights the need to consider the unique needs of farming households when designing food security interventions to address shocks among rural populations.I have a keen interest to learn and improve my depth of knowledge on the economics of food security and nutrition. In 2019, I have completed my PhD and have been awarded the Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Excellence.

 

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (2019), The Centre for Global Food and Resources,Faculty of Profession, The University of Adelaide

Master of Philosophy 2014, School of Economics, The University of Adelaide

Master of Social Science 2006, Economics, University of Dhaka

Bachelor of Social Science 2004, Economics, University of Dhaka

Publications

Chesnokova, T., Rupa, J. and Sim, N. (2019). Gender specific effects of exports on work decisions in Indonesia, The Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Published online: 05 Mar 2019, https://doi.org/10.1080/09638199.2019.1582685.

Rupa, J., Umberger W.J., Zeng, D. (2019). Does food market modernization lead to improved dietary diversity and diet quality for urban Vietnamese households? Journal Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, (In production).

Working Papers

Rupa, J., Umberger, W.J., Zeng, D.(2019). Understanding food westernization and other contemporary drivers of adult, adolescent and child diet quality in urban Vietnam.

Rupa, J., Umberger, W. J., Zeng, D., Sim, N.(2019). Examining the relationship between Farm Household’s Health and Economic Shocks and Food Security using a consolidated Food Security Index: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh.

Zeng, D., Umberger, W.J., Rupa, J. (2019). Good or Evil? Implications of Supermarket Revolution on Weight Outcomes of Vietnamese Urban Consumers.

 

Conferences

 

  • Rupa, Jesmin A, Umberger, Wendy J and Zeng, Di. (2019). “Understanding food westernization and other contemporary drivers of adult, adolescent and child diet quality in urban Vietnam”, Contributed paper, 63rd Australasian and Agriculture and Resource Economics Society, February 12-15, Melbourne, Australia 2019.
  • Rupa, Jesmin A, Umberger, Wendy J and Zeng, Di. (2018). “Food market modernization, dietary diversity and diet quality: Evidence from urban Vietnam”, Conference paper, 62nd Australasian and Agriculture and Resource Economics Society (AARES), February 6-9, Adelaide, Australia 2018
  • Zeng, Di, Umberger, Wendy J. and Rupa, Jesmin A. (2017). “Food market modernization and diet-related health outcomes: Evidence from urban Vietnam”, Conference paper, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, July 30-August 1, Chicago, Illinois, USA 2017
  • Rupa, Jesmin A, Umberger, Wendy J and Ahmed, Sharmina. (2016). “Analyzing the Impact of Household Health and Economic Shocks on Food Security and Dietary Diversity: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh”, Conference paper, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES), Canberra, from February 2-5 2016. 

2015 - 2018:  The University of Adelaide Divisional Scholarship for Doctor of Philosophy

    2015 (January - March): Higher Degree by Research Thesis write up funding (AUD 10000), The University of Adelaide

 2012 - 2014: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)

 1999-2004: University Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of Dhaka

 Higher Secondary School Certificate Scholarship, Board of Dhaka, Ministry of Education, Bangladesh

1. Undergraduate teaching associate, Intermediate microeconomics II, Semester 1, 2019, School of Economics, The University of Adelaide

2. Undergraduate teaching associate, Development economics III, Semester 1, 2019, School of Economics, The University of Adelaide

3. Undergraduate teaching associate, East Asian Economies, Semester 2, 2017, School of Economics, The University of Adelaide

4. Undergraduate teaching assistant, Development Economics III, semester 1, (since 2015), School of Economics, The University of Adelaide

5. Undergraduate teaching assistant, Principles of Macroeconomics, Semester 2, 2015,School of Economics, The University Of Adelaide

6. Postgraduate and Under graduate teaching assistant, Development economics(level IIID/III), semester 1, 2015 & 2014, School of Economics, The University Of Adelaide

7. Postgraduate teaching assistant, International Trade (Level IIID), Semester 1, 2015, School of Economics, The University Of Adelaide

8. Postgraduate and Undergraduate teaching assistant, International Trade and Investment Policy(level IID/II), Semester 2, The University Of Adelaide 2012-2014

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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Researchers in agriculture for International Development (RAID) Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Australian Agricultural and Resource Economic Society Australia

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