Nigar Nargis, PhD

Scientific Director, Economic and Health Policy Research

Nigar Nargis, PhD, focuses her research on issues related to tobacco taxation, tobacco affordability, tobacco use and poverty, and regressivity in some tobacco control policies. Before joining the American Cancer Society, she served as an economist in the Tobacco Control Economics Unit, Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. She was also a faculty member in the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in economics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, PhD in Economics from Cornell University in New York, and completed a post-doctoral program in Tobacco Control Economics at the University of Waterloo, Canada with a fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Strategic Training Program on Tobacco Control.

Dr. Nargis has wide experience in research and working with the governments in the area of tobacco control economics. She was the co-investigator on the Impact of Tobacco-related Illnesses Study in Bangladesh 2004 undertaken by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. She has been the principal investigator of the International Tobacco Control (ITC) Policy Evaluation Project Bangladesh since 2008 and collaborated with the ITC Project of the University of Waterloo with funding support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Under this project, she has been involved in evaluating tobacco control policies in Bangladesh.

Besides teaching, research, and providing technical support, Dr. Nargis has been part of a number of expert groups contributing to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Handbooks of Cancer Prevention (Tobacco Control, Volume 14: Effectiveness of tax and price policies in tobacco control) 2011, National Cancer Institute (NCI) Tobacco Control Monograph 21: Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, and Smokeless Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation in the Southeast Asian Region.