Political Science

Shahidul Islam

Chair, Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science
Associate Professor, Economics

PhD (Oregon State), Agricultural and Resource Economics; MS (AUB); M.Sc. (BAU)

7-367E, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2


Dr. Islam is currently the Chair of the Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science. He is an alumnus of Oregon State University, American University of Beirut and Bangladesh Agricultural University. By training, he is an economist with specialization in agriculture, natural resource and environment.

He regularly teaches Introduction to Microeconomics, Introduction to Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Resource Economics, Energy Economics, Environmental Economics, Quantitative Methods in Economics, and Economics of Project Evaluation. Aside from these courses, he also taught courses on farm business management, statistical methods for business and economics, field plot techniques and experimental designs, etc.

He is active in research primarily in applied fields of economics and business. His research activities concentrate on the applied aspects of economics that can be easily communicated to undergraduate students. Utilizing research methodologies and findings to undergraduate classes provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand which contributes to a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Because his ultimate reseearch goal is to improve teaching, he continuously experiments with various teaching techniques. Other areas of his research include urban and spatial economics, food demand analysis, and resource and environmental economics. He regularly attends conferences, presents and discusses papers, and chairs and organizes technical sessions. He also publishes papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Outside of teaching and research, he is active in the department, in the Faculty of Arts and Science, in the university. He is also an energetic member in his social and ethnic community.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

agricultural economy, economist, economic education

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Quantitative Methods in Economics
  • Resource Economics
  • Energy Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economics of Project Evaluation


  • Teaching economics
  • Food demand analysis
  • Environmental impact of real estate valuation

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Islam, S., & Tanasiuk, E. (2013). Differential response on pre- and post-disclosed committed inducements in a face to face interview. Journal of Business and Behavioural Sciences, 25(1), 69-81.
  • Islam, S., &  Manaloor, V. (2012). Teaching introductory economics to students of different majors: Challenges and opportunities. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 12(1), 56-65.
  • Islam, S. (2012). Impact of neighborhood characteristics on house prices. Proceedings of the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 19(1), 443-451.
  • Islam, S. (2010). Teaching techniques in introductory economics classrooms: How much of what? Journal of Business and Educational Leadership, 2(1), 169-181.
  • Islam, S. (1998). An analysis of agricultural productivity in Bangladesh 1972-1992. Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 37(4):2, 98-309.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Canadian Economics Association
  • Canadian Agricultural Economics Society
  • Western Economics Association International
  • American Society of Business and Behavioural Sciences
  • Alberta Institute of Agrologists

Boards / Committees

  • Track Chair, Economic Education, American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences
  • Editorial Board Member, Research in Applied Economics