Senior Lecturer, University of Newcastle

Dr Iftekhar Ahmed (preferred name Ifte Ahmed) is a Senior Lecturer in Construction Management, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Newcastle, Australia. In the recent past he was a Lecturer and a Research Fellow in the School of Architecture & Design, RMIT University, Australia, teaching in the Master of Disaster, Design and Development and conducting research on resilient and sustainable post-disaster housing systems. Recently he has also conducted research on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in urban built environments in the Asia-Pacific region.
Ifte completed his doctorate from Oxford Brookes University, UK, Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), India. He has studied and worked in several countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Germany, India, UK and USA, and has extensive research and professional experience in many countries, particularly in South and Southeast Asia. In the past he worked as a project manager at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand, and as a shelter specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangladesh, and taught at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology.
Ifte served as a consultant for several international agencies including UNESCAP, UNDP, UN- Habitat, DFID, World Vision, Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Architects Without Frontiers (AWF), Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), Bill Gates Foundation (through URBIS), Grameen Bank, Habitat for Humanity, European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and World Youth Foundation. He has written several books, professional reports and has many peer-reviewed publications to his credit.


  • –present
    Research Fellow: Resilient Housing Systems, RMIT University


  • 1999 
    Oxford Brookes University, UK, PhD