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Assoc Prof Khorshed Alam

Assoc Prof Khorshed Alam
Name Khorshed Alam
Position Associate Professor (Economics)
Section School of Commerce
Office T329
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1291
Extension 1291
Qualifications BSc(Hons) Jahangirnagar , MSc Jahangirnagar , MA ISS , PhD Murdoch

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Applied Economics ( 140200 )
  • Agricultural Economics ( 140201 )
  • Economic Development and Growth ( 140202 )
  • Environment and Resource Economics ( 140205 )
  • Health Economics ( 140208 )

Research interests
Applied economics and policy analysis
Health economics
Agricultural, environmental and resource economics
Digital economic strategy
Regional economic development

Current funded projects:
2017-2018: 'Advancing women in rural enterprises (WiRE) through entrepreneurship', Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Australian Government.
2016-17: ‘Empowering women through entrepreneurship and business innovation in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri-Lanka’, Australia Awards Fellowships Grant, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
2017-2019: 'Digital connectivity in Central Western Queensland region', Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, Local Government Association and others.

Recently completed funded projects:
'Determining the social and policy challenges of a digital future: A cross-sectional analysis of rural and regional Australia' Commonwealth Government's Collaborative Research Network.
'Assessing digital divide and its determinants: The case of Western Downs region’, Western Downs Regional Council.
'An audit and gap analysis of digital infrastructure and digital services: A case study of Western Downs Region', Western Downs Regional Council.
'Information and communications technology and Australia’s regional economic competitiveness’, Western Downs Regional Council.
'Assessing community preferences for digital future’, Southern Downs Regional Council.
‘Accelerating Regional Business’, USQ Strategic Research Fund.

Professional memberships
Economic Society of Australia
Australian Health Economics Society
Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Courses Currently Teaching:
ECO3002 Economic Policy Analysis
ECO3030 Sustainable Economies

Courses previously taught:
ECO1000 Economics
ECO3001 Applied Econometrics
ECO8002 Environmental Economics for Sustainable Growth
ECO8060 Business in the International Economy
MGT8402 Research Methodology 2 (Advanced Regression Analysis)

Recently completed PhD research projects:
2017 - Principal supervisor: Assessing stakeholder’s salience transition effects on social practices in the resources industry in the Surat Basin, Queensland: Empirical analysis (Michael Erdiaw-Kwasie).
2017 - Principal supervisor: Assessing stakeholders' perspective regarding water policy implementation in Brazil (Marina Costa Barbosa).
2017 - Associate Supervisor: Development of antibacterial hemp hurd/poly (lactic acid) biocomposite for food packaging (Belas A Khan).
2017 - Associate supervisor: An evaluation of broadband ecosystem in Western Downs Region (Sanjib Tiwari)
2016 - Principal Supervisor: Population changes and implications for economic growth and the environment in Australia (Gazi A. Uddin).
2016 - Principal Supervisor: An assessment of the livelihood vulnerability of the riverbank erosion hazard and its impact on food security for rural households in Bangladesh (Monirul Alam).
2016 - Principal Supervisor: Economic growth, social capital and energy effects of the Internet: Empirical analysis (Mohammad Salahuddin).
2013 - Principal Supervisor: Towards an Integrated Systems Approach to Sustainable Tourism Management in Protected Areas (Sophia Imran).
2012 - Principal Supervisor: Energy consumption, economic growth and CO2 emissions in Australia: The potential for energy conservation (Md Shahiduzzaman).
2012 - Principal Supervisor: Impacts of climate change on rice production and farmers’ adaptation in Bangladesh (Md Abdur Rashid Sarker)
2012 - Principal Supervisor: Co-management and forest sustainability: An investigation into the adequacy of property rights to achieve sustainability in the management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh (Anjan Dev Roy)

Current HDR students:
Rezwanul H. Rana (PhD; Principal Supervisor)
Paul A. Ito (DBA; Principal Supervisor)
Sushil K. Mainali (PhD; Principal Supervisor)
Asror Nogmonov (PhD; Principal Supervisor)
Afshar Ali (PhD; Principal Supervisor)
Du Guansen (PhD; Principal Supervisor)
Shakoor Ahmed (MBSR; Principal Supervisor)
Rashidul A. Mahumud (PhD; Principal supervisor)
Bash Bello (DBA; Principal supervisor)
Rubayyat Hashmi (PhD; Principal supervisor)
Syed Afroz Keramat (PhD; Principal supervisor)
Chijioke Okoli (PhD; Associate supervisor)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
16 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Coordinator (Research & Research Training)

Research most recent
Alam, K., Erdiaw-Kwasie, M., Shahiduzzaman, M. & Ryan, B. (2018), 'Assessing regional digital competence: Digital futures and strategic planning implications', Journal of Rural Studies, 60, 60-69.

Rana, R. H., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2018), ‘Development of a richer measure of health outcomes incorporating the impacts of income inequality, ethnic diversity, and ICT development on health’, Globalization and Health, 14(72), 1-12.

Rana, R. H., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2018), ‘Health expenditure, child and maternal mortality nexus: A comparative global analysis’, BMC International Health and Human Rights, 18(1), 1-15.

Alam G.M.M., Alam K., Mushtaq S., Khatun M.N., Leal Filho W. (2018), ‘Strategies and Barriers to Adaptation of Hazard-Prone Rural Households in Bangladesh’, In: Leal Filho W., Nalau J. (eds), Limits to Climate Change Adaptation. Climate Change Management. Springer, Cham, pp: 11-24.

Alam, G.M.M., Alam, K., Mushtaq, S. hahbaz & Filho, W.L. (2018), 'How do climate change and associated hazards impact on the resilience of riparian rural communities in Bangladesh? Policy implications for livelihood development', Environmental Science & Policy, 84, 7-18.

Ali, M.A., Hoque, M.R. and Alam, K. (2018), ‘An empirical investigation of the relationship between e-government development and the digital economy: The case of Asian countries’, Journal of Knowledge Management, DOI: 10.1108/JKM-10-2017-0477.

Alam, K. & Mamun, S.A.K. (2017), ‘Access to broadband Internet and labour force outcomes: A case study of the Western Downs Region, Queensland’, Telematics and Informatics, 34(4): 73–84.

Alam, GMM, Alam, K. Mushtaq, S. & Clarke, ML. (2017),' Vulnerability to climatic change in riparian char and river-bank households in Bangladesh: Implication for policy, livelihoods and social development', Ecological Indicators, 72, 23– 32.

Alam, G.M.M., Alam, K. & Mushtaq, S. (2017), ‘Climate change perceptions and local adaptation strategies of hazard-prone rural households in Bangladesh’, Climate Risk Management, 17, 52-63.

Salahuddin, M., Alam, K., Sohag, M. & Ozturk, I. (2017), ‘The effects of electricity consumption, economic growth, financial development and foreign direct investment on CO2 emissions in Kuwait’, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.06.009.

Barbosa, M.C., Mushtaq, S. & Alam, K. (2017), ‘Integrated water resources management: Are river basin committees in Brazil enabling effective stakeholder interaction?’, Environmental Science and Policy, 76, 1–11.

Erdiaw-Kwasie, M., Alam, K. & Kabir, E. (2017), Modelling corporate stakeholder orientation: Does the relationship between stakeholder background characteristics and corporate social performance matter? Business Strategy and the Environment, 26(4): 465-479.

Erdiaw-Kwasie, M., Alam, K. & Shahiduzzaman, M. (2017), ‘Towards understanding stakeholder salience transition and relational approach to ‘better’ corporate social responsibility: A case for a proposed model in practice’, Journal of Business Ethics, 144(1): 85-101.

Uddin, G.A., Salahuddin, M., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2017), ‘Ecological footprint and real income: Panel data evidence from the 27 highest emitting countries’. Ecological Indicators, 77, 166–175.

Ashraf, M., Hoque, M., Alam, K. & Grunfeld, H. (2017), ‘An extended conceptual framework to understand information and communication technology enabled socio-economic development at community level in Bangladesh’, Information Technology & People, 30(4): 736-752.

Erdiaw-Kwasie, M. & Alam, K. (2017), ‘Corporate minerals and community development dilemma in the Surat Resource Region, Australia: Implications for resource development planning, Environmental Science and Policy, 77: 122-29.

Sarker, MAR, Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2017), ‘Performance of rain-fed aman rice yield in Bangladesh in the presence of climate change’, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems,

Research most notable
A full list of my publications is available in USQ's e-prints repository:

Alam, K. & Mamun, S.A.K. (2016), ‘The relationship between labour force status and educational attainment: Evidence from a system of simultaneous equation models’, Economic Analysis and Policy, 52, pp. 55–65.
Alam, K. (2016), ‘Turning around the least liveability: A cost–benefit framework for Dhaka’, Copenhagen Consensus Centre and BRAC, Dhaka.
Erdiaw-Kwasie, M. & Alam, K. (2016), ‘Towards understanding the digital divide in rural partnerships and development: A framework and evidence from rural Australia’, Journal of Rural Studies, 43, pp. 214–24.
Salahuddin, M., Alam, K. & Ozturk, I., (2016), ‘The effects of Internet usage and economic growth on CO2 emissions in OECD countries: A panel investigation’, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 62, pp. 1226–35.
Alam, K. (2015), ‘Farmers’ adaptation to water scarcity in drought-prone environments: A case study of Rajshahi District, Bangladesh’, Agricultural Water Management, 148, pp. 196–206.
Alam, K. & Imran, S. (2015), ‘The digital divide and social inclusion among refugee migrants: A case in regional Australia’, Information Technology & People, 28(2), pp. 344–65.
Salahuddin, M. & Alam, K. (2015), ‘Internet usage, electricity consumption and economic growth in Australia: A time series evidence’, Telematics and Informatics, 32(4), pp. 862–78.
Shahiduzzaman, M. & Alam, K. (2014), ‘Interfuel substitution in Australia: A way forward to achieve environmental sustainability’, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 58(1), pp. 22–42.
Shahiduzzaman, M. & Alam, K. (2014), ‘Information technology and its changing roles to economic growth and productivity in Australia’, Telecommunications Policy, 38(2), pp. 125–35.
Shahiduzzaman, M. & Alam, K. (2014), ‘The long-run impact of Information and Communication Technology on economic output: The case of Australia’, Telecommunications Policy, 38(7), pp. 623–33.
Alam, K. (2013), ‘Factors affecting public participation in river ecosystem restoration: Using the contingent valuation method’, Journal of Developing Areas, 47(1), pp. 223–40.
Roy, A.K.D., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2013), ‘Community perceptions of state forest ownership and management: A case study of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh’, Journal of Environmental Management, 117, pp. 141–49.
Shahiduzzaman, M. & Alam, K. (2013), ‘Changes in energy efficiency in Australia: A decomposition of aggregate energy intensity using logarithmic mean Divisia approach’, Energy Policy, 56, pp. 341–51.
Shahiduzzaman, M. & Alam, K. (2012), ‘Cointegration and causal relationships between energy consumption and output: Assessing the evidence from Australia’, Energy Economics, 34(6), pp. 2182–88.
Sarker, MAR., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2012), ‘Exploring the relationship between climate change and rice yield in Bangladesh: an analysis of time series data’, Agricultural Systems, 112, pp. 11–16.
Roy, A.K.D., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2012), ‘A review of the role of property rights and forest policies in the management of the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest in Bangladesh’, Forest Policy and Economics, 15, pp. 46–53.
Alam, K., (2011), ‘Public attitudes toward restoration of impaired river ecosystems: Does residents’ attachment to place matter?’, Urban Ecosystems, 14(4), pp. 635–53.
Alam, K. (2011), ‘An economic analysis of a public-private-community partnership: The case of solid waste management in Dhaka, Bangladesh’, World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 8(2–4), pp. 166–81.
Alam, K., Rolfe, J. & Donaghy, P. (2008), ‘Assessing the cost-effectiveness of water quality interventions in South-east Queensland’, Australian Journal of Environmental Management, 15(1), pp. 31–41.
Alam, K. (2008), ‘Cost-benefit analysis of restoring the Buriganga River’, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 24(4), pp. 593–607.

Publications in ePrints

Ali, Mohammad Afshar and Hoque, Md Rakibul and Alam, Khorshed (2018) An empirical investigation of the relationship between e-government development and the digital economy: The case of Asian countries. Journal of Knowledge Management. ISSN 1367-3270

Alam, Khorshed and Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael and Shahiduzzaman, Md and Ryan, Barbara (2018) Assessing regional digital competence: Digital futures and strategic planning implications. Journal of Rural Studies, 60. pp. 60-69. ISSN 0743-0167

Rana, Rezwanul Hasan and Alam, Khorshed and Gow, Jeff (2018) Development of a richer measure of health outcomes incorporating the impacts of income inequality, ethnic diversity, and ICT development on health. Globalization and Health, 14 (72). pp. 1-12.

Alam, G. M. Monirul and Alam, Khorshed and Mushtaq, Shahbaz (2018) Drivers of food security of vulnerable rural households in Bangladesh: implications for policy and development. South Asia Economic Journal, 19 (1). pp. 43-63. ISSN 1391-5614

Rana, Rezwanul Hasan and Alam, Khorshed and Gow, Jeff (2018) Health expenditure, child and maternal mortality nexus: a comparative global analysis. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 18 (1). pp. 1-15.

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