Personal profile


Samia’s research aims at identifying the best policy practice to improve outcomes, in particular health outcomes of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in Australia and low income countries. She uses quantitative data to estimate causal effects often drawing on very large and complex linked data. 

She is heavily involved in work addressing the needs and policy implications that relate to People with Disability. She focuses on  the health and healthcare use of people with disability through the world's first Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH). Through the CRE-DH, she has privileged access to a wide range of government and not-for-profit organisations. This allows her to better disseminate her work, whilst ensuring people with disabilities are involved throughout the process. Samia was a panellist in the "Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion Business Research Panel" at Monash Business School. Her involvement has been recognised by the university through the Dean’s Equity, Diversity and Social Inclusion Research Excellence Award. Samia’s work has been presented at several international peer-reviewed conferences and published in high impact journals. She recently disseminated her work in a webinar targeted at policy practitioners and disability advocates where she was one of four experts presenting on the use of quantitative data for disability research. 

Samia has recently cowritten a methodology paper on the identification of people with disability, in linked administrative data, through one of the National Disability Data Asset (NDDA)  test cases. She is currently working on modelling cost-effective policy interventions for the CRE-DH and developing a preference-based wellbeing index for people with disability.

Research interests

Health Economics, Disability, Labour Economics, Development Economics

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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