Shaikh is a Research Officer (Postdoc) at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. His research focuses on environment and development economics issues such as impacts of extreme climatic events, adaptation mechanisms, natural resources management and conservation and cross-border sharing of natural resources.
He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wyoming in May 2015; MA in Economics from Carleton University in 2010, and Bachelors (Hons.) in Economics from the University of Dhaka. His previous appointments include a lectureship in Economics at the Institute of Health Economics, University of Dhaka, (2005-2010) and Research Associate at ActionAid Bangladesh (June-September, 2005). He has also been affiliated with the South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM) since its inception in 2007.