Dr Umair Khalil is a senior research fellow with the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability at Monash Business School.

His research focuses on studying important questions of policy concern in the fields of health, development, and the economics of crime.

He has a particular focus on exploring gender-related issues in developing countries.

His work includes exploring how post-marital residence norms impact female autonomy and domestic violence in South and Southeast Asia.

He has also looked at barriers to female entry in electoral politics in India, and how exposure to violence impacts maternal and child health and development in Pakistan.

Umair has also explored this question in the context of the United States.

A separate research agenda has explored issues in the economics of crime in developed countries with studies focusing on the effect of illegal firearms on crime in the US, the effects of transportation infrastructure on crime prevalence, and the improvement of housing stock on neighbourhood crime.