Economics

Diverse research interests, with a unified commitment to quality teaching—that’s our faculty in a nutshell. Through experiential learning opportunities, innovative approaches to classroom management and customized software tools, we ensure you have the best learning experience possible.



 

Faculty

Rafat Alam

Associate Professor, Economics

Discipline Coordinator, Economics
President, Faculty Association

PhD (Ottawa), MA (UBC), MSS (Dhaka), BSS (Dhaka)

7-360C, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3648

Rafat Alam was born in Khulna, Bangladesh, and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Economics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed his MA at the University of British Columbia and Ph.D at the University of Ottawa. His PhD thesis was on trade and its impact on the conservation of biodiversity. Rafat started as a policy analyst in Environment Canada and moved to MacEwan University in 2006. Rafat is currently an assistant professor and discipline coordinator at the Economics Program. He is engaged in undergraduate instruction in the areas of microeconomics, development economics, environmental economics, contemporary Canadian economic issues and cost benefit analysis. His research interests are Economics of Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Economics, Development Economics and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Economics. He runs and supervises the Economics work placement program. He is involved in university committees and faculty governance. He served the Faculty Association Negotiating Committee for three terms, was a member of Academic Governance Council for 6 years, AGC Vice Chair for one year, served the university committees on the creation of ‘new faculty governance structure’ and ‘rank and title’ at MacEwan. He was also involved in program development, faculty governance and rank and titling guideline creation at the department level.

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Brendan Boyd

Assistant Professor, Economics
Assistant Professor, Political Science

PhD (Victoria)

7-368F, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3227

Dr. Brendan Boyd investigates why, how and with what effect governments learn from each other when developing solutions to critical policy issues. In particular, he has studied the role of learning and other cross-jurisdictional influences among Canadian provinces responding to climate change. He is interested in whether Canada's provincial and territorial governments act as policy laboratories, allowing for policy experimentation and innovations that can spread and inform the policy development in their counterparts across the country, as well as at the federal level. His research primarily relies on elite interviews with decision makers and policy analysts to understand the role of cross-jurisdictional learning and influences on their work.

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Constantin Colonescu

Associate Professor, Economics

PhD (Charles, Czech Republic)

7-360D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3646

Dr. Colonescu has taught various economics course since 2001, first at the American University in Bulgaria. In 2006, he started working with MacEwan University, where he teaches Introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Quantitative Methods, Econometrics, and the Economics of European Union. His research interests cover international trade under imperfect competition, impact evaluation techniques, and income inequality.

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Ergete Ferede

Professor, Economics
Discipline Advisor

PhD (Alberta)

7-360E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3647

 

Dr. Ferede received his BA and M.Sc. degrees from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) and his PhD from the University of Alberta. He is professor of economics at MacEwan University where he has served since 2006. Prior to joining MacEwan University, he taught at Addis Ababa University, the University of Alberta and the University of Windsor. He has been teaching various economics courses and his teaching interests include public finance, macroeconomics, and money and banking.

Dr. Ferede has been actively engaged in research with a particular focus on tax policies, fiscal federalism and economic growth. His research has been published in National Tax Journal, International Tax and Public Finance, Small Business Economics, Public Finance Review and other journalsHe is currently serving as a senior fellow of the Fraser Institute.

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Joseph Fong

Assistant Professor, Economics
Honours Advisor, Economics

PhD (Queen's)

7-368J, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-5330

Doriane Intungane

Assistant Professor, Economics

PhD (Ryerson)

7-367B, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-4299

Dr. Doriane Intungane’s research and teaching interests are in macroeconomics, international economics and macro-finance. Her research interests include macroeconomics policies, financial regulation tools, as well as financial markets and their impact on the real economy and financial stability in countries open to cross-border banking activities. Her current research focuses on the effectiveness of macroprudential policies in preventing excessive credit growth in countries open to cross-border banking activities. Before joining MacEwan University, Dr. Intungane was a sessional instructor at Ryerson University while working on her PhD in economics at the same university.

Shahidul Islam

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
780-497-4792

Dr. Islam 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 resources 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 has also taught courses on farm business management, statistical methods for business and economics, field plot techniques and experimental designs, among others.

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 research 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. He is available to supervise honours students and individual studies students.

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Junaid bin Jahangir

Assistant Professor, Economics

PhD (Alberta), MA (Alberta)

7-368B, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3992

Abdallah Zalghout

Assistant Professor, Economics

PhD (Carleton)

7-360A, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-4521


Sessional instructors

William Agamah

Sessional Instructor, Economics

MA (McGill)

7-368L, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-5800 Ext. 6883

Oliver Franke

Sessional Instructor, Economics
Faculty, Bachelor of Commerce

MA (Alberta)

Patrick McGuinness

Sessional Instructor, Economics

MBA (Seattle)

Andrew Wong

Sessional Instructor, Economics

MA (Alberta)


Administration and advising

Ergete Ferede, Discipline Advisor, Economics

Professor, Economics
Discipline Advisor

PhD (Alberta)

7-360E, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3647

Joseph Fong, Honours Advisor, Economics

Assistant Professor, Economics
Honours Advisor, Economics

PhD (Queen's)

7-368J, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-497-5330

Hugh McKenzie, Department Chair, Anthropology, Economics and Political Science

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

PhD (Alberta)

7-367D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3435

Shannon Reekie, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant, Anthropology, Economics and Political Science

Administrative Assistant, Humanities

7-368, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
780-633-3890