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Professor Delwar Akbar

PhD(UQ), MPSt (UQ), GCTE (CQU), MSc (JU), BSc (JU)
Director, Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chain (CRESC)
School of Business and Law
Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chains
Rockhampton North
Bruce Highway - Building 34, Room 2.24
QLD 4701
About Me

Professor Delwar Akbar is a regional economists and a leader in supply and value chain research. He has been working with rural and regional industries and businesses to improve their productivity and sustainability. His 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. Since his joining CQU in 2008, he has been successful in gaining 73 research and consultancy projects and have obtained over $11 million research income either as a Chief Investigator and/or Project Leader, which includes four Category-1 research grants. He has integrated economic models with supply chain, services and planning models. Recently, he has been developing and testing collaborative business models that could boaster rural economic dynamics and international trade. Over his academic career, he has published over 140 refereed papers, book chapters and project reports.


I am a regional economists with a strong interest in regional development theories, rural and regional supply and value chains analysis, 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 60 research projects. Currently, I am working with the School of Business and Law as a Professor in Regional Economies and Supply Chains, 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

  • Professor & Director, Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chain, CQU, January 2023 to date
  • Director, Centre for Regional Economies and Supply Chain, CQU, July 2020 to date
  • Associate Professor, School of Business and Law, CQUniversity Australia, 2020 to 2022
  • 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 President of ANZRSAI for 2021-2022 & 2022-2023
  • Elected Vice-President of ANZRSAI for 2019-2020
  • Elected Secretary of ANZRSAI for 2015-18
  • Elected Executive Member of ANZRSAI for 2014


  • Director and research theme leader
  • 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 Supply Chain

Key Achievements

  • I am the founding director of Centre for Regional Economies & Supply Chains (CRESC).
  • I have obtained over 11 million research grants include Category 1, 2 ,3 and 4.
  • I, jointly with others, have published more than 140 refereed papers and project reports.

Recent Research Projects
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Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3801 Applied Economics
  • 3509 Transportation, logistics and supply chains

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 - Health Economics


Applied Economics - Urban and Regional Economics

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