Political Science

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


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.

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., & Manaloor, V. (2017). Selling organic foods through conventional retail stores. In I. Kareklas & D.D. Muehling (Eds.), Deciphering organic foods: A comprehensive guide to organic food production, consumption, and promotion (105-149). New York: Nova Science Publishing.

Manaloor, V., Srivastava, D. & Islam, S. (2016). Growth of organic food industry in India. AGROFOR International Journal, 1(2), 69-76.

Ferede, E. & Islam, S. (2016). Block grants and education expenditure: Evidence from Canadian provinces. Public Finance Review, 44(5), 635-659.

Islam, S. (2014). Marketing organic foods through conventional retail outlets. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 8(1), 98-112.

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.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Canadian Economics Association
  • Canadian Agricultural Economics Society
  • International Association for Energy Economics
  • Western Economics Association International
  • American Society of Business and Behavioural Sciences

Boards / Committees

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

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