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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
Applied economics and policy analysis
Health economics and policy
Agricultural, environmental and resource economics
Digital economic strategies
Regional economic development

Professor Alam has supervised twelve PhD students to successful completion and is currently supervising a diverse group of ten 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 ‘The economic evaluation of non-pharmacologic treatment(s) for dementia with a particular focus on older Australians’.

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.

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:
2018 - Principal Supervisor: Empirical analysis of the dynamic relationship between energy, militarisation, CO2 emissions and economic growth in Myanmar (Shakoor Ahmed).
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)
Elijah Aleer (MBSR; Principal Supervisor)
Asror Nogmonov (PhD; Principal Supervisor)
Afshar Ali (PhD; Principal Supervisor)
Du Guansen (PhD; Principal Supervisor)
Rashidul A. Mahumud (PhD; Principal supervisor)
Ashraf Memon (PhD; Associate supervisor)
Rubayyat Hashmi (PhD; Principal supervisor)
Syed Afroz Keramat (PhD; Principal supervisor)
Chijioke Okoli (PhD; Associate supervisor)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
16 Years

Administrative responsibilities
School Coordinator (Research & Research Training) since 2015

Research most recent
Mahumud R., Alamgir K., Hossain T., Baruwa E., Sultana M., Gow J., Alam K., Ahmed S. and Khan J. (2019), ‘Women’s preferences for maternal healthcare services in Bangladesh: Evidence from discrete choice experiment’, Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(2), 132.

Rana R.H., Alam K. and Gow J. (2019), ‘The impact of immigration on public and out-of-pocket health expenditure in OECD countries’, Journal of International Migration and Integration, DOI: 10.1007/s12134-019-00667-y.

Tiwari, S., Lane, M. & Alam, K. (2019), ‘Do social networking sites build and maintain social capital online in rural communities?’, Journal of Rural Studies, 66: 1-10.

Uddin G., Alam K. and Gow J. (2019), ‘Ecological and economic growth interdependency in the Asian economies: An empirical analysis’, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI: 10.1007/s11356-019-04791-1.

Alam, K., Adeyinka, A. & Wiesner, R. (2019), ’Smaller businesses and e-innovation: A winning combination in Australia’, Journal of Business Strategy, DOI: 10.1108/JBS-11-2018-0186.

Ahmed, S., Alam, K., Rashid, A. and Gow, J. (2019), ‘Militarisation, energy consumption, CO2 emissions and economic growth in Myanmar’, Defence and Peace Economics, DOI: 10.1080/10242694.2018.1560566

Sarker, A.R., Sultana, M., Ali, N., Akram, R., Alam, K., Khan, J.A.M. and Morton, A. (2019), ‘Cost of caregivers for treating hospitalized diarrheal patients in Bangladesh’, Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease, 4(1): 1-14.

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.

Research most notable
Professor Alam has published over 100 articles in highly impactful journals in his fields of research (over 70 in top-quartile SJR journals), prepared 50 industry and research reports, and many 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 25 with over 1700 citations, and similarly his Scopus H-index is 16 with over 750 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.

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

Publications in ePrints

Mahumud, Rashidul Alam and Alamgir, Nadia Ishrat and Hossain, Md. Tarek and Baruwa, Elaine and Sultana, Marufa and Gow, Jeff and Alam, Khorshed and Ahmed, Syed Masud and Khan, Jahangir A. M. (2019) Women’s preferences for maternal healthcare services in Bangladesh: evidence from a discrete choice experiment. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8 (2 - Article 132). pp. 1-22.

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

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