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Neelam Maharaj
Research Fellow
Phone number:
(03) 9919 1192
Email address:
Neelam.Maharaj@vu.edu.au

Qualifications
BA (Hons), Bombay University; BA, La Trobe University

Professional experience
Neelam Maharaj has been research analyst at the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University since 2003. She has participated in various health projects in the last years, particularly on research on child marriage, interpersonal, intimate partner and gender violence. She is co-author of two papers, one on investing in adolescent health (The Lancet 2017) and another on investing in interventions to reduce child marriage (Journal of Adolescent Health 2019). She was part of a team conducting research on estimating the costs of investment for adolescents in Burundi (funded by UNICEF) and on 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). She is currently co-investigator on research estimating the costs of investing in education for Syrian adolescents (funded by UNICEF).

Previously Neelam, was Consultant to TradeData International (1997-July 2002), mainly coordinating and administering research projects and preparing reports analysing trade trends for clients. Before this she was Consultant (July 1991-January 2001) and Senior Analyst at IBIS Business Information (June 1989-July 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 1987-1989 she also worked as Senior Consultant to NIEIR (1987-1989) and Senior Policy Coordinator at the Australian Chambers of Manufacturers.
 


Publications

Journal articles

Rasmussen, B., Maharaj, N., Sheehan, P. and Friedman, H. 2019, 'Evaluating the employment benefits of education and targeted interventions to reduce child marriage’, Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. S16-S24.

Young, C., Jones, R., Maharaj, N. and Rasmussen, B. 2019, 'Transforming through diversity and inclusion capability: The pathway to achieving diversity benefits', Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Monograph No. 5, pp. 35-44.

Sheehan, P., Sweeny, K., Rasmussen, R., Wils, A., Friedman, H.S., Mahon, J., Patton, G.C., Sawyer, S.M., Howard, E., Symons, J., Stenberg, K., Chalasani, S., Maharaj, N., Reavley, N., Shi, H., Fridman, M., Welsh, A., Nsofor, E. and Laski, L. 2017, ‘Building the foundations for sustainable development: A case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents’, The Lancet, vol. 390, pp. 1792-1806.

Book chapters

Rasmussen, B., Symons, J. and Maharaj, M. and Madonia, K. 2020, ‘Promised, given, traded, sold’, in UNFPA, State of the World Population: Against My Will, New York, pp. 94-113.

Rasmussen, B., Symons, J. and Maharaj, N. 2020, ‘Cost of ending child marriage’, in Johns Hopkins University, Avenir Health, Victoria University, Institute of Health, Metrics and Evaluation and UNFPA, Costing the Three Transformative Results, UNFPA, New York, chap. 4.

Research reports

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2020, The Economic Benefits of the Indigenous Fire and Rescue Employment Strategy (IFARES) Program: Fire and Rescue New South Wales, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B., Sheehan, P., Sweeny, K., Symons, J. and Maharah, N. 2019, Adolescent Investment Case Burundi: Estimating the Impacts of Social Sector Investments for Adolescents, VISES Report to UNICEF Burundi, Bujumbura.

Rasmussen, B., Sheehan, P., Sweeny, K., Symons, J. and Maharah, N. 2019, Adolescent Investment Case Burundi: Estimating the Impacts of Social Sector Investments for Adolescents – Summary, VISES Summary Report to UNICEF Burundi, Bujumbura.

Rasmussen, B., Sweeny, K., Maharaj, N. and Welsh, A. 2018, Our Health Our Wealth: The Impact of Ill Health on Retirement Savings in Australian, Report to The McKell Institute, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, August.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2018, Changing Capabilities of Emergency Service Organisations: Case Study Synthesis, Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C., Pyke, J., Maharaj, N., Rasmussen, B. and Jones, R. 2018, Diversity and Inclusion: Building Strength and Capability: Literature Review, Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B., Pensabene, T., Pyke, J., Maharaj, N. and Welsh, A. 2016, The Economic Impact of Cultural Diversity, Report to the Department of Premier and Cabinet Victoria, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Maharaj, N. 2015, Evidence of Health and Education in Early Childhood Across the Life Course, VISES Discussion Paper, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, February, 34 pp.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2015, A Cost Benefit Analysis of Interventions to Address Violence Against Women and Girls in Countdown Countries, Supporting Paper 3, UNFPA Project UNFPAUSA/14/037 Investment in Improving Health, Education and other Outcomes for Adolescents, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, November, 47 pp.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2015, Child Marriage, Supporting Paper 5, UNFPA Project UNFPAUSA/14/037 Investment in Improving Health, Education and other Outcomes for Adolescents, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, December, 13 pp.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2015, Health and Education Indicators: Conceptual Foundations, VISES Discussion Paper, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, 44 pp.
Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2015, Evidence of Health and Education in Prime Age Across the Life Course, VISES Discussion Paper, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, 56 pp.

Maharaj, N. 2014, Evidence of Health and Education in Early Childhood Across the Life Course, VISES Discussion Paper, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2014, Mitchell Institute Health and Education Indicators: Conceptual Foundations, VISES Discussion Paper, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B., Lang, J., Welsh, A. and Maharaj, N. 2013, A Quantitative Analysis of Victoria’s Key Exporters and Export Competitors, Report to Department of State Development and Business Innovation Victoria, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, September.

Rasmussen, B., Hurley, K., Welsh, A. and Maharaj, N. 2012, Emerging Trends in Global Services Trade, Report to Department of Business and Innovation Victoria, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne, December.

Rasmussen, B., English, A., Houghton, J., Lang, J., Maharaj, N., Sweeny, K. and Rasmussen, A. 2012, Chinese Export Opportunities for Victorian Companies, Report to Department of Business Innovation and Innovation (Victoria), Melbourne, February.

Rasmussen, B., Hurley, K. and Maharaj, N. 2011, Regional and Sectoral Dimensions of Victorian Manufacturing, Report Department of Business and Innovation (Victoria), Melbourne, July.

Rasmussen, B., Van Hulten, A., Maharaj, N., Sheehan, P., Welsh, A., Weller, S. and Hurley, K. 2010, Updating Melbourne’s West, Report to Vice Chancellor Victoria University, Department of Industry, Innovation and Regional Development (DIIRD) (VIC) and Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) (VIC), CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2009, Management and Marketing Cluster, Making VU Cluster Coordination Committee Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne, May.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2009, Financial and Economic Services Cluster, Making VU Cluster Coordination Committee Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne, April.

Sweeny, K., Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2009, Health Cluster, Making VU Cluster Coordination Committee Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne, February.

Weller, S., Sheehan, P., Tomaney, J., van Hulten, A. and Maharaj, N. 2009, Carbon Pollution Scheme: Adjustment Strategy for the La Trobe Valley, Report to Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria, Melbourne, February.

Sheehan, P., Rasmussen, B., Sweeny, K., Grewal, B., Ahmed, A., Maharaj, N. and Zheng Xiaoying 2008, Investing in the Future: An Assessment of the Returns to Investment in Health Innovation, Framework Paper prepared for the Life Science and Innovation Forum (LSIF) VI, Lima, Peru, 14-15 August, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (Victoria University, Melbourne) and Institute for Population Research (Peking University, Beijing).

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2009, Financial and Economic Services Cluster, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne, April.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2009, Management and Marketing Cluster, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne, May.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2008, Health Cluster, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, April, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2008, ICT Cluster, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, May, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, R. and Maharaj, N. 2008, Engineering and Infrastructure Cluster, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, May, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen , B. and Maharaj, N. 2008, Human Services, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, July, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, R. and Maharaj, N. 2008, Legal Studies and Law, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, August, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2008, Culture and Creative Industries, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, September, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B. and Maharaj, N. 2007, Financial and Economic Services Cluster, CCC Briefing Paper, Report to Victoria University Cluster Study Project, December, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P., Grewal, B., Maharaj, N., O’Mahony, B. and Bergin Seers, S. 2005, Economic and Social Contribution of Thoroughbred Horse Racing in Country Victoria, Report to Country Racing Victoria, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.