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Professor Khorshed Alam

Professor Khorshed Alam
Name Khorshed Alam
Position Professor (Economics)
Section School of Business
Office T277
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1291
Extension 1291
Qualifications BSc(Hons) Jahangirnagar , MSc Jahangirnagar , MA ISS , PhD Murdoch
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Professor Khorshed Alam is Professor of Economics in the School of Business at the University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ). He is also a founding member of the Centre for Health Research at UniSQ and serves as a member of its Executive Group as well as leading its Health Economics Research. He holds a PhD in Economics from Murdoch University and a Master’s in Economics from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Prof Alam currently works on a broad range of health economics research mainly on the use of health economics approaches to generate evidence to assist public health decision making and to identify socio-economic determinants of health, especially in disadvantaged populations. He specialises in economic evaluation, public health and digital health as well as has extensive experience in data analysis, survey design and implementation.

Professor Alam has authored over 200 articles in high-impact journals in his fields of research (70% in top-quartile/Q1 SJR journals), as well as numerous industry and research reports, and refereed conference proceedings. His research has been funded by local, state and federal governments in Australia including grants awarded by the Australian Research Council, and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and by not-for-profit organisations (≈$5 million). Recent external grant includes an NHMRC-MRFF project (2023-2027) with The University of Queensland to provide innovative and tailored digital health care services to assist in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of chronic diseases among at-risk First Nations Australians in rural, regional and remote Queensland (≈$1 million).

His current Google Scholar H-index is 45 with more than 9,500 citations, while his Scopus H-index is 40 with over 7,000 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 ten Publication Excellence Awards at UniSQ. He is the recipient of the 2019 Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts Excellence Award for Research as well as 2020 Postgraduate Research Supervision Award.

Professor Alam has held many leadership roles, including those of Head of Economics Discipline, School Research Coordinator, Founding Member and Associate Director of the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development. He has been on the Council of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association since 2018 and had been a co-editor of the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies.

Professor Alam has supervised 20 HDR students to successful completion at UniSQ. His biggest accomplishment is seeing his students successfully complete their higher degree research studies. He has also mentored and supported the development of a number of new academic staff members, and post-doctoral and mid-career researchers. He is currently supervising a diverse group of PhD students.

Applications from potential PhD students with demonstrated analytical skills and publication experiences are particularly welcome in his areas of interest including social determinants of health, health economic evaluation, carbon footprint analysis and emission reduction strategies, and social cost-benefit analysis.

A fully-funded PhD scholarship is available in health economics through a funded project. The scholarship includes a stipend for living expenses, tuition fees, and health insurance. Applicants with a track record of research and publication in relevant fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Applied Economics ( 140200 )
  • Agricultural Economics ( 140201 )
  • Economic Development and Growth ( 140202 )
  • Environment and Resource Economics ( 140205 )
  • Health Economics ( 140208 )
  • Health Economics ( 380108 )
  • Applied Economics ( 380100 )
  • Environment And Resource Economics ( 380105 )
  • Agricultural Economics ( 380101 )
  • Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation not elsewhere classified ( 410199 )
  • Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation ( 410100 )

Health economics
Social determinants of health
Public health
Digital health
Environmental and resource economics
Climate change and carbon footprint analysis

Courses Currently Teaching:
ECO2103 Economics of Climate Change
ECO2104 Sustainable Economies

Courses previously taught:
ECO1000 Economics
ECO3001 Applied Econometrics
ECO3002 Economic Policy Analysis
ECO3030 Sustainable Economies
ECO8002 Environmental Economics for Sustainable Growth
ECO8060 Business in the International Economy
MGT8402 Research Methodology 2 (Advanced Regression Analysis)

Current postgraduate students:
Rezwanul Haque; PhD: Older Australians with dementia and mild cognitive impairment (Principal supervisor)
Parvez Mosharaf; PhD: Economic burden of delirium (Principal supervisor)
Nahida Afroz; PhD: Mental health of Australian children and adolescents (Associate Supervisor)
Lolita L Aranas; PhD: Drug-resistant tuberculosis and related stigma (Principal supervisor)
Francis Frank Lomo; DBA: Pandemic recovery package and small and medium enterprises (Principal supervisor)
Salem Ouheda; PhD: Electronic health records in the private healthcare sector in Australia (Associate Supervisor)
Shittu Bisi Agnes; PhD: Nascent entrepreneurs in agricultural businesses (Associate Supervisor)
Brenton Horne, PhD: Parental behaviours and characteristics on childhood obesity and overweight risk (Associate Supervisor)
Ashraf Memon; PhD; Evidence-based approach in health 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)
Jahangir Kabir, PhD: Food security and agribusiness (Principle Supervisor)

Recently completed Higher Degree by Research graduates:
2024 - Brenton Horne, MRES: Childhood obesity and overweight risk in Australia
2022 - Elijah Aleer; MBSR: Substance use disorder and refugee youth (Principal Supervisor)
2021 - Syed Afroz Keramat; PhD: Obesity and labour market outcomes (Principal supervisor)
2021 - Rubayyat Hashmi, PhD: Economics of mental health (Principal Supervisor)
2021 - Afshar Ali, PhD: Information economics and health outcomes (Principal Supervisor)
2021 - Asror Nogmonov, PhD: Evaluation of peer-to-peer lending platforms (Principal Supervisor)
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)

  • Agricultural Economics ( 140201 )
  • Economic Development and Growth ( 140202 )
  • Environment and Resource Economics ( 140205 )
  • Health Economics ( 140208 )
  • Health Economics ( 380108 )
  • Applied Economics ( 380100 )
  • Environment And Resource Economics ( 380105 )
  • Agricultural Economics ( 380101 )
  • Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation not elsewhere classified ( 410199 )
  • Climate Change Impacts And Adaptation ( 410100 )