Ahmed Imran


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Digital Inequality in multiple contexts | Socio-cultural impact of IT | Social and digital transformation | Children cyber safety


Research activity per year

Personal profile


Dr Ahmed Imran is an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra who is the founder and leader of the interdisciplinary Research Cluster of Digital inequality and Social change (RC-DISC). Dr Imran’s research interests include IT innovation and design, digital inequality,  ICT4D, eGoverenment, online child protection, societal transformations through ICT and the short- and long-term influence of IT in shaping the societies for the future.

Dr Imran’s research focuses on developing strategies and models for ICT interventions for development, in both public or private organizations. He is keen to explore the contextual factors that are most effective for IT system designs and innovation; exploiting local knowledge, assets and socio-technical artefacts to provide maximum value. His research challenges the existing myths and theories applied to the adoption of ICT, primarily developed and used in the first world. His research has thus proven to bring real-world applications to the table, something that cemented its importance and relevance in the eyes of the research community.

Dr Imran has garnered over a decade of academic experience in two of Australia’s leading Universities (Group of Eight) before moving to UC and has published in top-tier journals and conferences in IS as well as in multiple practitioner outlets and industry reports. He has received several national/international competitive grants within the short span of his academic career, following sixteen years of challenging and versatile service in a military career as a Signals officer, in command, instructional and staff role. Dr Imran’s research interest and transition to academia were highly motivated by his passion and personal experiences (as an IT Manager). His expertise became invaluable for research in understanding and providing a rich insight into the socio-cultural context using multiple lenses, resulting in interdisciplinary research opportunities.

Dr Imran is a fellow of the Australian Computer Society and a member of a number of professional bodies. Dr Imran has received several awards and recognition for his career achievement including ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for Community Outreach.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, ICT Adoption in the Public Sector of Least Developed Countries, Australian National University

Award Date: 9 Dec 2010

Master, MSc in Information Technology, University of New South Wales

Award Date: 10 Dec 2003

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, University of New South Wales

1 Feb 201931 Dec 2021

Associate Editor, Electronic Journal for Information Systems in Developing countries


Senior Editor, Information Systems Journal


IFIP 9.4 Regional Board for Oceania

2011 → …

Australian Association for Information Systems(AAIS)

2010 → …

Australian Computer Society

2004 → …


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