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Associate Professor Delwar Akbar

PhD(UQ), MPSt (UQ), GCTE (CQU), MSc (JU), BSc (JU)
Associate Professor
School of Business and Law
Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities
(07) 4923 2316
Rockhampton North
Bruce Highway - Building 34, Room 2.24
QLD 4701
About Me

I am a research-focused academic at CQUniversity Australia. My research during the last decade has focused predominantly on rural and regional economics, value chain analysis, property and health economics, economic impact assessment and regional development. Along with other researchers, significant levels of funding support (over 5.0 million dollar) have been received through the Category-1 and industry grants over the last 12 years for research projects for which I was/is a chief investigator and/or project leader or an associate investigator.

I have integrated economic models with supply chain, health services and regional planning models. Recently, I am developing and testing collaborative business models that could boaster rural economic dynamics and international trade.

Over my academic career, I have been involved with about 60 research and consultancy projects, and published over 110 refereed papers and project reports. My works on rural and regional economic analysis, impacts assessment, supply and value chain analysis and collaborative business model development are widely appreciated.


I am a rural and regional economists with a strong interest in economic theories, supply chain collaboration theories, decision theory and and economic impact assessment. After completing my PhD degree from the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2005, I commenced my career as a senior consultant with two planning firms in Brisbane along with a fractional appointment as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at UQ. In 2008, I started my full time academic career in Australia as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with CQUniversity, where I successfully completed more than 50 research projects. Currently, I am working with the School of Business and Law, where the focus of my teaching revolves around applied economics and business research methods.

Universities Studied At

  • The University of Queensland, Australia (PhD and Master)
  • Toronto University, Canada (Distance Education)
  • Central Queensland University, Australia (GCTE)
  • Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh (BSc Honours and MSc)

Universities Worked At

  • Current: Central Queensland University (2008 to date)
  • Previous: 1. The University of Queensland (2005-2008) and 2. Bangladesh Open University (1996-1998)


  • Highly commended paper award 2019 - ANZRSAI Conference, Cairns
  • CQU Service Award 2018
  • Highly commended paper award 2015 - ANZRSAI Conference, Sydney
  • Best Paper Award 2014 -ANZRSAI Conference, New Zealand
  • Dean's commendation for outstanding PhD Thesis in 2005, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • Best Poster Award 2010 - Healthy Cities Conference, Australia
  • PhD Scholarship 2000-2004, The University of Queensland, Australia

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia, 2020 to date
  • Research Fellow/Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia, 2016 to 2019
  • Senior Post Doctoral Research Fellow/Lecturer, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia, 2011-15
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow/Lecturer, Centre for Environmental management, CQUniversity Australia, 2008-11
  • Research Officer and Sessional Lecturer, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental management, 2006-08
  • Sessional Lecture and Tutor, School of Geography, Planning and Environmental management, 2005-06
  • Senior Consultant, Economic Modelling, SGS Economics and Planning, Brisbane, 2007-08
  • Consultant, Transport Demand Modelling, Veitch Lister Consulting, Brisbane, 2006
  • Lecturer and Head of the Discipline (Geography), Open School, Bangladesh Open University, Bangladesh, 1996-98
  • Lecturer and Head of the Discipline (Geography), College of Development Alternative, Bangladesh, 1995-96

Professional Memberships

  • Elected Vice-President of ANZRSAI for 2019-2020
  • Elected Secretary of ANZRSAI for 2015-18
  • Elected Executive Member of ANZRSAI for 2014


  • Undergraduate and post-graduate teaching
  • Serving as a program committee member for the property program and program promotion
  • Supervising PhD/MPhil students
  • Conducting Category A and contract research projects
  • Participating professional and administrative meetings, seminar and conference

Professional Interests

Teaching, research and consultancy in the field of Applied Economics and Planning

Key Achievements

  • I have obtained about 5.0 million research grants include Category 1, 2 ,3 and 4.
  • I, jointly with others, have published more than 110 refereed papers and project reports.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Applied Economics
  • Business and Management
  • Transportation and Freight Services

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services

Business and Management - Logistics and Supply Chain Management


Applied Economics - Experimental Economics


Applied Economics - Health Economics


Applied Economics - Urban and Regional Economics

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