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Professor Khorshed Alam

Professor Khorshed Alam
Name Khorshed Alam
Position 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
Health economics and policy
Applied economics and policy analysis
Agricultural, environmental and resource economics
Digital economic strategies
Regional economic development

Professor Alam has supervised fourteen PhD students to successful completion, as well as post-doctoral and mid-career researchers. He is currently supervising a diverse group of twelve PhD students.

Applications from potential PhD students are particularly welcome in his areas of interest.
A fully-funded, highly prestigious 3-year PhD scholarship is available to undertake research on dementia. Details are at USQ scholarship web page. Interested candidates are encouraged to contact.

Professional memberships
Economic Society of Australia; Australian Health Economics Society; Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International.
Professor Alam is currently a co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies. He is also an executive committee member of the Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International.
He is a member of the leadership team of USQ’s Centre for Health Research and leading health economics research.

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)

Current postgraduate students:
Afshar Ali; PhD; Information economics and health outcomes (Principal Supervisor)
Ashraf Memon; PhD; Evidence-based approach in health outcomes (Associate supervisor)
Rubayyat Hashmi; PhD; Economics of mental health (Principal supervisor)
Syed Afroz Keramat; PhD; Obesity and labour market outcomes (Principal supervisor)
Md Hasan; PhD; Autism spectrum disorder (Principal supervisor)
Asror Nogmonov; PhD; Evaluation of peer-to-peer lending platforms (Principal Supervisor)
Elijah Aleer; MBSR; Substance use disorder and refugee youth (Principal Supervisor)
Emmanuel Ogwu; PhD: Cost-effectiveness of home care funding (Associate Supervisor)
Todd Rogers; DBA: (Organisational culture and organisational outcomes) (Associate Supervisor)
Usma Iftikhar, PhD: Health disparities and the digital divide (Principal Supervisor)
Robert Heslop, DBA: Post COVID-19 economic recovery and SMEs (Principal Supervisor)
Francis Lomo, DBA: Entrepreneurship and rural economic development (Principal Supervisor)
Shemsa Osmancevic, DBA: Baby boomer generation and retirement industry (Associate Supervisor)

Recently completed Higher Degree by Research graduates:
2020 - Rashidul A. Mahumud, PhD; Burden of cancer and geographical distribution (Principal Supervisor)
2019 - Rezwanul Rana, PhD; Health care-seeking behaviour and private health insurance (Principal Supervisor)
2018 - Shakoor Ahmed, MBSR: Energy economics (Principal Supervisor)
2017 - Michael Erdiaw-Kwasie, PhD: Resource economics (Principal supervisor)
2017 - Marina Costa Barbosa, PhD: Water resource management (Principal supervisor)
2017 - Belas A Khan, PhD: Biocomposite food packaging (Associate Supervisor)
2017 - Sanjib Tiwari, PhD: Broadband ecosystem (Associate supervisor)
2016 - Gazi A. Uddin, PhD: Population economics (Principal Supervisor)
2016 – GM Monirul Alam, PhD: Climate change and food security (Principal Supervisor)
2016 - Mohammad Salahuddin, PhD: Energy and information economics (Principal Supervisor)
2013 - Sophia Imran, PhD: Sustainable development (Principal Supervisor)
2012 - Anjan Dev Roy, PhD: Forest economics (Principal Supervisor)
2012 - Md Abdur Rashid Sarker, PhD: Climate change and agriculture (Principal Supervisor)
2012 - Md Shahiduzzaman, PhD: Energy economics (Principal Supervisor)

Research most recent
1. Ali, M.A., Alam, K. & Taylor, B. (2020), ‘Incorporating affordability, efficiency, and quality in the ICT Development Index: Implications for index building and ICT policymaking’, Information Society, 36(2): 71-96.
2. Rana, R.H., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2020), ‘Health expenditure and gross domestic product: A causality analysis by income level’, International Journal of Health Economics and Management, 20(1): 55–77.
3. Hashmi, R., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2020), ‘Socioeconomic inequalities in mental health in Australia: Explaining life shock exposure’, Health Policy, 124: 97–105.
4. Mahumud, R.A., Gow, J., Alam, K., Keramat S.A., Hossain, M.G., Sultana, M., Sarker, A.R., Islam, S.M.S. (2020), ‘Cost-effectiveness of the introduction of two-dose bi-valent (Cervarix) and quadrivalent (Gardasil) HPV vaccination for adolescent girls in Bangladesh’, Vaccine, 38, 165-172.
5. Alam, G.M.M., Alam, K., Mushtaq, S. & Hossain, M. (2020), ‘Hazards, food insecurity and human displacement in rural riverine Bangladesh: Implications for policy’, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 43: 101364.
6. Mahumud, R.A., Alam, K., Dunn, J. & Gow, J. (2020), ‘The burden of chronic diseases among Australian cancer patients: Evidence from a longitudinal exploration, 2007-2017’, PLoS ONE, 15: e0228744.
7. Hasan, MM. & Alam, K. (2020), ‘Inequality in access to improved drinking water sources and childhood diarrhea in low- and middle-income countries’, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 226: 113493.
8. Ali, M.A., Alam, K. & Taylor, B. (2020), ‘Measuring the concentration of information and communication technology infrastructure in Australia: Do affordability and remoteness matter?’, Socio-Economic Planning Sciences,
9. Keramat, S.A., Alam, K., Gow, J. & Biddle, S. (2020), ‘Job-related characteristics and obesity in Australian employees: Evidence from a longitudinal nationally representative sample’, American Journal of Health Promotion,
10. Sarker, A.R., Sultana, M., Sheikh, N., Akram, R., Ali, N., Mahmud, R.A., Alam, K. Morton, A. (2020), ‘Inequality of childhood undernutrition in Bangladesh: A decomposition approach, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 35(2): 441–468.
11. Ali, M.A., Alam, K. & Taylor, B. (2020), ‘Does digital inclusion affect quality of life? Evidence from Australian household panel data’, Telematics and Informatics, 51: 101405.
12. Mahumud, R.A., Keramat, S.A., Ormsby, G., Sultana, M., Rawal, L.B., Alam, K., Gow, J. & Renzaho, A.M.N (2020), ‘Changes in wealth-related inequalities of women’s knowledge of cervical cancer screening and service utilisation in 18 resource-constrained countries: Evidence from a pooled decomposition analysis’, International Journal for Equity in Health, 19(42): 1-15.
13. Ali, M.A., Alam, K. & Taylor, B. (2020), ‘The mediating effect of information and communication technology usages on the nexus between assistive technology and quality of life among people with communication disability’, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2019.0598.
14. Rana, R.H., Alam, F., Alam, K. & Gow, J. (2020), ‘Gender-specific differences in care-seeking behaviour among lung cancer patients: A systematic review’, Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology, 146(5): 1169–1196.
15. Mahumud, R.A., Alam, K., Dunn, J. & Gow, J. (2020), ‘The changing relationship between health burden and work disability of Australian cancer survivors, 2003-2017’, BMC Public Health, 20: 548.
16. Alam, K., Adeyinka, A. & Wiesner, R. (2020), ’Smaller businesses and e-innovation: A winning combination in Australia’, Journal of Business Strategy, 41(2): 39-48.
17. Keramat, S.A., Alam, K., Gow, J. & Biddle, S. (2020), ‘Obesity, long-term health problems, and workplace satisfaction: A longitudinal study of Australian workers’, Journal of Community Health, 45: 288–300.

Research most notable
Professor Alam has published over 150 articles in highly impactful journals in his fields of research (70% in top-quartile SJR journals), prepared many industry and research reports, and refereed conference proceedings. His research has been funded by local, state and federal governments in Australia and by not-for-profit organisations. His current Google Scholar H-index is 30 with over 3,100 citations, and similarly his Scopus H-index is 28 with over 2,000 citations.

Professor Alam is the recipient of the inaugural Ronel Erwee Memorial Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision in 2017. He is also the winner of eight Publication Excellence Awards at USQ. He is the winner of the 2019 Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts Excellence Awards for Research.

A full list of his publications is available in USQ's e-prints repository:

Publications in ePrints

Keramat, Syed Afroz and Alam, KhorshedORCID: and Gow, Jeff and Biddle, Stuart J. H. (2020) A longitudinal exploration of the relationship between obesity, and long term health condition with presenteeism in Australian workplaces, 2006-2018. PLoS One, 15 (8):e0238260. pp. 1-17.

Mahumud, Rashidul Alam ORCID: and Alam, KhorshedORCID: and Keramat, Syed Afroz and Ormsby, Gail M. and Dunn, Jeff and Gow, Jeff (2020) Cost-effectiveness evaluations of the 9-Valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine: evidence from a systematic review. PLoS One, 15 (6):e0233499. pp. 1-15.

Mahumud, Rashidul Alam ORCID: and Gow, Jeff and Alam, KhorshedORCID: and Keramat, Syed Afroz and Hossain, Md Golam and Sultana, Marufa and Sarker, Abdur Razzaque and Islam, Sheikh M. Shariful (2020) Cost-effectiveness of the introduction of two-dose bi valent (Cervarix) and quadrivalent (Gardasil) HPV vaccination for adolescent girls in Bangladesh. Vaccine, 38 (2). pp. 165-172. ISSN 0264-410X

Ali, Mohammad Afshar ORCID: and Alam, KhorshedORCID: and Taylor, Brad (2020) Determinants of ICT usage for healthcare among people with disabilities: The moderating role of technological and behavioural constraints. Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 108:103480. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1532-0464

Mahumud, Rashidul Alam ORCID: and Gow, Jeff and Keramat, Syed Afroz and March, Sonja and Dunn, Jeff and Alam, KhorshedORCID: and Renzaho, Andre M. N. (2020) Distribution and predictors associated with the use of breast cancer screening services among women in 14 low-resource countries. BMC Public Health, 20:1467. pp. 1-15.

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