Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Health economics
  • Investment in adolescent health and wellbeing
  • Child marriage

Not available to supervise research students

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About Neelam Maharaj

Neelam Maharaj has been research analyst at the Victoria Institute (previously Centre) of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University since 2002.

She has participated in various health projects in recent years, particularly research on child marriage, and gender and interpersonal violence. She is co-author of two papers, one on investing in adolescent health (The Lancet 2013) and another on investing in interventions to reduce child marriage (Journal of Adolescent Health 2019). She is currently part of a team conducting research to estimate the costs of investment in adolescent health in Burundi (funded by UNICEF). She is also investigating the elimination of child marriage and intimate partner violence in the developing world as part of a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) effort for ending child early and enforced marriage by 2030 (funded by UNFPA).

Earlier, Neelam researched data for the project for the Victorian Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) on Victorian exporters and export competitors (2013). She identified opportunities and drafted the section on vocational education in the report on China export opportunities for the Victorian Department of Business and Innovation (DBI; 2012). She was also co-author of the report to DBI on regional and sectoral dimensions of Victorian manufacturing (2011).

Previously, Neelam was Consultant to TradeData International (1997-2002), mainly coordinating and administering research projects and preparing reports analysing trade trends for clients. Before this she was Senior Analyst at IBIS Business Information (1989-2001) where she was responsible for analysing and monitoring up to 80 industries including: Textile Clothing and Footwear, Wood, Paper & Pulp, Printing & Publishing, Medical & Scientific Equipment Manufacturing, Appliances, Electric Equipment, Sign and Light Manufacturing and a variety of other manufacturing and wholesaling industries. From 1987 to 1989 she also worked as Senior Consultant to NIEIR and Senior Policy Coordinator at the Australian Chambers of Manufacturers.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons), Bombay University, India, 1966
  • BA, La Trobe University, Australia, 1991

Key publications

Year Citation
2017 Sheehan, P., Sweeny, K., Rasmussen, B., Wils, A., Friedman, H. S., Mahon, J., Patton, G. C., Sawyer, S. M., Howard, E., & Symons, J. (171014). Building the foundations for sustainable development: a case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents. The Lancet, 390(10104), (1792-1806).

doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30872-3

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Cost of Eliminating Child Marriage and Intimate Partner Violence
From: United Nations Population Fund
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Prof Peter Sheehan
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Cost Benefit Analysis of Health Interventions to Improve Labour Productivity
From: US Chamber of Commerce Grant
Investigators: Dr John Symons, Prof Peter Sheehan, Dr Kim Sweeny, Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
Investment Framework Case Study: Estimating the Impacts & Opportunity Costs of Social Sector Investments for Adolescents (10-19 years) in Burundi.
From: UNICEF-Bujumbura/Burundi
Investigators: Prof Peter Sheehan, Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr John Symons, Dr Kim Sweeny
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
A Case for National Investment in Adolescent Health & Wellbeing in India
From: United Nations Population Fund
Investigators: Dr John Symons, Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Prof Peter Sheehan, Dr Kim Sweeny
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed
Establishment of Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC)
From: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Investigators: Prof Peter Sheehan, Mr Steven Parker, Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2018-2020
$1,590,909

Supervision of research students at VU

Not available to supervise research students

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Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 2002 - Jun 2019
Research Fellow, Victorian Institute of Strategic Economic Studies
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 2002 -
Jun 2019
Research Fellow, Victorian Institute of Strategic Economic Studies
Victoria University

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Jan 1997 - Dec 2001
Consultant
TradeData International Pty Ltc
Jan 1989 - Dec 2001
Senior Analyst
IBIS Business Information
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 1997 - Dec 2001
Consultant
TradeData International Pty Ltc
Jan 1989 - Dec 2001
Senior Analyst
IBIS Business Information