Dr Alireza Abbasi

PG Project Management Program Coordinator
School of Engineering and Information Technology
UNSW Canberra Cyber
+61 2 5114 5108


Room 362, Building 21,
School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT)


Dr Alireza Abbasi is the Director of Postgraduate Studies at the School of Engineering and IT at UNSW Canberra. His research aims to enhance better functioning and performance of complex socio-technical systems, which primarily lies in the emerging field of Social Computing, leveraging the capacity to collect and analyse data to reveal patterns of individual and group behaviour.


** Scholarships of $35,000 (AUD) are available for PhD students who achieved High Distinction (H1) in their undergraduate program and/or have completed a Masters by Research.

Research Student (PhD & Master by Research) Scholarships:

Several types of scholarships are available; however, admission and scholarship applications are highly competitive. A self-assessment tool is available to get a general feel for your competitiveness. You need to meet the English language requirements.

If you are eligible and interested in working on the following (or closely related) topics or keywords, please send me your CV, academic transcripts, the result of the self-assessment, and a research proposal: highlight research Motivation, Research problems, Research Objectives and Questions, a brief Review of the most relevant Literature, your proposed Methodology (discussing your proposed approach to answer the RQs including the type of data you need and how you will get them, techniques, etc.) and Expected Outcome.

For more information, please refer to the following links on how and when to apply for a research degree.

Research Topics:

  • Developing methods for Future Technology Prediction
  • Computational frameworks and algorithms for predicting the dynamics of socio-technical systems
  • Harnessing Technological Advancement to enhance Community Wellbeing, including: Disaster Management, Public Health Promotion, Transport Management
  • Analysing Dynamics of and on Multilayer Networks
  • Identifying Influential Agents in Evolutionary Networks / Systems
  • Mining and Analysing Social Networks for Business Applications
  • Recommendation Systems for Social Media
  • Developing Novel Techniques for Predicting Project Success
  • Decision Making under Uncertainty
  • Addressing challenges in Resource Levelling and Project Scheduling
  • Information and Knowledge Management System for Project Control and Management
  • Understanding Human Mobility Patterns
  • Developing Models and Tools for Community Resilience

      Research Keywords:

Network Science, Social Network Analysis, Social Computing, Link Prediction, Community Detection, Network Dynamics and Evolution; Collaboration and Coordination Management, Disaster and Emergency Management;

Future Technology Prediction; Social Media Analytics, Data Analytics, Recommendation Systems, Machine Learning, Data Mining, Topic Modelling, Text Mining, Natural Language Processing;  Qualitative and Quantitative Research, Multidisciplinary Research, ICT for Development; Transportation Management, Internet of Things, Smart Cities; Research Evaluation, Informetrics, Scientometrics; Health Informatics;

Project Management, Project Success, Project Outcome, Project Complexity, Project Planning, Project Scheduling, Estimation, Program and Portfolio Management, Benefit Realisation, Risk Analysis and Management, Decision Making, Decision Analytics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Sustainability, Performance Management and Evaluation; Business Process Management.


  • PhD: Faculty of Engineering and IT, the University of Sydney, 2012.
  • MSc: Department of Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University, 2008.
  • BSc: Department of Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 2002.
  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, UNSW, 2017.


  • Engineering Management
  • Software Project Management
  • Project Schedule and Budget Control
  • Modelling Project Risks
  • Computer Applications in Project Management
  • Social Network Analysis

Professional Membership:

  • Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • IEEE


Abbasi A, 2013, Analyzing Knowledge Creation and Transfer in Academic Communities: using Social Network Analysis, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, https://www.lap-publishing.com/

Book Chapters

Abbasi A; Hossain L, 2013, 'Hybrid Centrality Measures for Binary and Weighted Networks', in Menezes R; Evsukoff A; González MC (ed.), Complex Networks, edn. Studies in Computational Intelligence, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 1 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-30287-9_1

Abbasi A; Altmann J, 2011, 'A social network system for analyzing publication activities of researchers', in Bastiaens T; Baumöl U; Krämer B (ed.), On Collective Intelligence, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 49 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14481-3_5

Abbasi A; Hossain L, 2011, 'Investigating Attachment Behavior of Nodes during Evolution of a Complex Social Network: a case of a scientific collaboration', in König A; Dengel A; Hinkelmann K; Kise K; Howlett R; Jain L (ed.), Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems, edn. PART 2, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 256 - 264, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-23863-5_26

Journal articles

Wilson R; Joiner K; Abbasi A, 2021, 'Defence Academy Time-Management: Improving Students' Academic Performance (submitted)', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, https://www.defence.gov.au/ADC/Publications/AJDSS/

Thiele B; Ryan M; Abbasi A, 2021, 'Developing a dataset of real projects for portfolio, program and project control management research', Data in Brief, vol. 34, pp. 106659 - 106659, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.106659

Abbasi A; Hossein Rashidi T, 2021, 'Human urban mobility, personal or global?', Transportation Letters, vol. 13, pp. 77 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19427867.2019.1705527

Biswas T; Abbasi A; Chakrabortty R, 2020, 'An MCDM Integrated Adaptive Simulated Annealing Approach for Influence Maximization in Social Networks', Information Sciences, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ins.2020.12.048

Abbasi A; Jamali HR, 2020, 'Research diversification of australian universities and its relationship with citation-based performance and ranking', Journal of Scientometric Research, vol. 9, pp. 236 - 244, http://dx.doi.org/10.5530/JSCIRES.9.3.31

Zamani V; Banihashemi SY; Abbasi A, 2020, 'How can communication networks among excavator crew members in construction projects affect the relationship between safety climate and safety outcomes?', Safety Science, vol. 128, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2020.104737

Guan L; Liu Q; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Developing a comprehensive risk assessment model based on fuzzy Bayesian belief network (FBBN)', Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, vol. 26, pp. 614 - 634, http://dx.doi.org/10.3846/jcem.2020.12322

Guan L; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Analyzing green building project risk interdependencies using Interpretive Structural Modeling', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 256, pp. 120372 - 120372, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.120372

Hammad M; Abbasi A; Chakrabortty RK; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Predicting the critical path changes using sensitivity analysis: a delay analysis approach', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 13, pp. 1097 - 1119, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-07-2019-0184

Jamali HR; Abbasi A; Bornmann L, 2020, 'Research diversification and its relationship with publication counts and impact: A case study based on Australian professors', Journal of Information Science, vol. 46, pp. 131 - 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0165551519837191

Chakrabortty RK; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2020, 'Multi-mode resource-constrained project scheduling using modified variable neighborhood search heuristic', International Transactions in Operational Research, vol. 27, pp. 138 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/itor.12644

Vahidnia S; Abbasi A; Abbass H, 2020, 'A Framework for Understanding the Dynamics of Science: A Case Study on AI', Procedia Computer Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.procs.2020.10.082

Amos K; Abbasi A, 2020, 'A Selection and Prioritisation Framework for Public Projects', The Journal of Modern Project Management, vol. 7, pp. 1 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.19255/JMPM02203

Pakdaman M; Dokhtzaynal V; Abbasi A; Chakrabortty R, 2019, 'How an Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) can enhance organisational performance through the right members?', Project Governance and Controls Annual Review, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 11, https://www.pgcs.org.au/index.php/download_file/view/401/184/

Chakrabortty RK; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2019, 'A Risk Assessment Framework for Scheduling Projects With Resource and Duration Uncertainties', IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, pp. 1 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TEM.2019.2943161

Hormozzadefighalati H; Abbasi A; Sadeghi-Niaraki A, 2019, 'Optimal multi-product supplier selection under stochastic demand with service level and budget constraints using learning vector quantization neural network', RAIRO-OPERATIONS RESEARCH, vol. 53, pp. 1709 - 1720, http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/ro/2018096

Saeed M; Abbasi A, 2019, 'Project Benefits Realization: Academics’ Aspiration or Practitioners’ Nightmare', Project Governance and Controls Annual Review, vol. 2, pp. 1 - 12, https://www.pgcs.org.au/index.php/download_file/view/401/184/

Abbas K; Shang M; Abbasi A; Luo X; Xu JJ; Zhang YX, 2018, 'Popularity and Novelty Dynamics in Evolving Networks', Scientific Reports, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-24456-2

Abbasi A; Jalili M; Sadeghi-Niaraki A, 2018, 'Influence of network-based structural and power diversity on research performance', Scientometrics, vol. 117, pp. 579 - 590, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-018-2879-3

Abbasi A; Jaafari A, 2018, 'Project management research and industry-focused innovations', Journal of Modern Project Management, vol. 6, pp. 60 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.19255/JMPM01606

Hammad MW; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2018, 'Developing a Novel Framework to Manage Schedule Contingency Using Theory of Constraints and Earned Schedule Method', Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, vol. 144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001178

Ghaemi Rad T; Sadeghi-Niaraki A; Abbasi A; Choi SM, 2018, 'A methodological framework for assessment of ubiquitous cities using ANP and DEMATEL methods', Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 37, pp. 608 - 618, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2017.11.024

Danesh D; Ryan MJ; Abbasi A, 2018, 'Multi-criteria decision-making methods for project portfolio management: A literature review', International Journal of Management and Decision Making, vol. 17, pp. 75 - 94, http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJMDM.2018.088813

Abbasi A; Sadeghi-Niaraki A; Jalili M; Choi S-M, 2018, 'Enhancing response coordination through the assessment of response network structural dynamics.', PLoS One, vol. 13, pp. e0191130 - e0191130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191130

Abbas K; Shang M; Luo X; Abbasi A, 2017, 'Emerging trends in evolving networks: Recent behaviour dominant and non-dominant model', Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, vol. 484, pp. 506 - 515, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2017.04.156

Rashidi TH; Abbasi A; Maghrebi M; Hasan S; Waller TS, 2017, 'Exploring the capacity of social media data for modelling travel behaviour: Opportunities and challenges', Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, vol. 75, pp. 197 - 211, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.trc.2016.12.008

Najmi A; Rashidi TH; Abbasi A; Waller ST, 2017, 'Reviewing the transport domain: an evolutionary bibliometrics and network analysis', Scientometrics, vol. 110, pp. 843 - 865, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-016-2171-3

Danesh D; Ryan MJ; Abbasi A, 2017, 'A systematic comparison of multi-criteria decision making methods for the improvement of project portfolio management in complex organisations', International Journal of Management and Decision Making, vol. 16, pp. 280 - 320, http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJMDM.2017.085638

Danesh D; Ryan MJ; Abbasi A, 2017, 'A Novel Integrated Strategic Portfolio Decision-Making Model', International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences, vol. 8, pp. 1 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/ijsds.2017070101

Hammad MW; Abbasi A; Ryan MJ, 2016, 'Allocation and Management of Cost Contingency in Projects', Journal of Management in Engineering, vol. 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000447

Abbasi A, 2016, 'A longitudinal analysis of link formation on collaboration networks', Journal of Informetrics, vol. 10, pp. 685 - 692, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2016.05.001

Abbasi A; Kapucu N, 2016, 'A longitudinal study of evolving networks in response to natural disaster', Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory, vol. 22, pp. 47 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10588-015-9196-7

Danesh D; Ryan MJ; Abbasi A, 2015, 'Using Analytic Hierarchy Process as a Decision-Making Tool in Project Portfolio Management', International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, vol. 9, pp. 3770 - 3780, http://www.waset.org/publications/10003073

Abbasi A; Wigand RT; Hossain L, 2014, 'Measuring social capital through network analysis and its influence on individual performance', Library and Information Science Research, vol. 36, pp. 66 - 73, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2013.08.001

Abbasi A, 2014, 'Link formation pattern during emergency response network dynamics', Natural Hazards, vol. 71, pp. 1957 - 1969, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-013-0988-0

Abbasi A; Jaafari A, 2013, 'Research impact and scholars' geographical diversity', Journal of Informetrics, vol. 7, pp. 683 - 692, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2013.04.004

Abbasi A, 2013, 'h-Type hybrid centrality measures for weighted networks', Scientometrics, vol. 96, pp. 633 - 640, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-013-0959-y

Abbasi A; Owen C; Hamra J; Hossain L, 2013, 'Social connectedness and adaptive team coordination during fire events', Fire Safety Journal, vol. 59, pp. 30 - 36, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2013.03.016

Abbasi A; Hossain L; Leydesdorff L, 2012, 'Betweenness centrality as a driver of preferential attachment in the evolution of research collaboration networks', Journal of Informetrics, vol. 6, pp. 403 - 412, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2012.01.002

Abbasi A; Uddin S; Hossain L, 2012, 'Socioeconomic analysis of patient-centric networks: Effects of patients and hospitals' characteristics and network structure on hospitalization costs', European Journal of Health Economics, vol. 13, pp. 267 - 276, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10198-011-0303-5

Abbasi A; Chung KSK; Hossain L, 2012, 'Egocentric analysis of co-authorship network structure, position and performance', Information Processing and Management, vol. 48, pp. 671 - 679, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ipm.2011.09.001

Abbasi A; Kapucu N, 2012, 'Structural Dynamics of Organizations during the Evolution of Interorganizational Networks in Disaster Response', Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/1547-7355.1975

Uddin S; Hossain L; Abbasi A; Rasmussen K, 2012, 'Trend and efficiency analysis of co-authorship network', Scientometrics, vol. 90, pp. 687 - 699, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-011-0511-x

Hamra J; Hossain L; Owen C; Abbasi A, 2012, 'Effects of networks on learning during emergency events', Disaster Prevention and Management, vol. 21, pp. 584 - 598, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09653561211278716

Abbasi A; Altmann J; Hossain L, 2011, 'Identifying the effects of co-authorship networks on the performance of scholars: A correlation and regression analysis of performance measures and social network analysis measures', Journal of Informetrics, vol. 5, pp. 594 - 607, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.joi.2011.05.007

Abbasi A; Hossain L; Uddin S; Rasmussen KJR, 2011, 'Evolutionary dynamics of scientific collaboration networks: multi-levels and cross-time analysis', Scientometrics, vol. 89, pp. 687 - 710, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-011-0463-1

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