Dr Shabbir Ahmad

Senior Research Fellow Agribus

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation


Dr Shabbir Ahmad is an Economist with expertise in applied econometrics, productivity, financial regulation, educational inequalities, environment, and sustainability. He has an extensive research experience in impact evaluation and survey development. He has won many international grants and worked in many Asian and African countries, where he proposed novel methods to tackle rural poverty and economic development issues.

Shabbir has also developed benchmarking techniques to measure the performance of decision-making units, which have been applied to evaluate the performance of different sectors of economy. Shabbir’s recent research focuses on education impact evaluation of the education and social services sector. Recently, he has accomplished Try, Test, and Lean (TTL) project where he was involved in evaluating the impact of policy interventions by using large, administered data to analyse the social and economic outcomes.

Shabbir Ahmad completed his PhD in Econometrics at the UQ School of Economics in 2014.

Research Interests

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Efficiency and Productivity Analysis
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Islamic Finance and Financial Sector Performance
  • Socialand economic inequalities
  • Resource Economics and sustainable development


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy of Applied Economics, Quaid-i-Azam University
  • Masters (Research), Quaid-i-Azam University
  • Masters (Coursework) of Science, International Islamic University
  • Masters (Coursework) of Economics, International Islamic University


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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor