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Senior Lecturer, Department of International Business & Asian Studies, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University

Dr Tapan Sarker is a Senior Lecturer based at Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia. His research investigates how socioeconomic, regulatory and environmental factors influence the ways in which people use, perceive and govern natural resources, with a particular emphasis on economic and sustainability accounting principles. Tapan is a former World Bank scholar. He complements his research work with experience in government, international organisations, and iNGOs.

Dr Sarker leads a range of collaborative externally funded project funded by ACIAR, DFAT, NCCARF and The World Bank.


  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, Griffith Business School
  • 2006–2009
    Research Fellow, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, The University of Queensland


  • 2009 
    The Australian National University, PhD Commerce
  • 2003 
    Keio University, Japan, Master of Arts
  • 1994 
    Chittagong University, Bangladesh, Bachelor of Science in Forestry (Honors)


  • 2011
    'Climate change and human security issues in the Asia-Pacific region' (with M McIntosh), In M Hossain and A Selvanathan (eds), Climate Change and Economic Growth in South Asia, Edward Elgar
  • 2011
    Reform Issues in Mineral Tax Policy for Economic Development: the MRRT in Australia, Bulletin for International Taxation, 65(1):1–25.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2012
    Understanding the Challenges towards Transitioning to a Low Carbon Sustainable Enterprise Economy
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    GBS Strategic Research Grant
  • 2010
    Improving CSR Standards in the Oil and Gas Industry: A Comparison of Malaysia and Australia
    Project Leader
    Funding Source:
    Australia-Malaysia Institute grant via DFAT


The Joint Japan/ World Bank Graduate Scholarship, 2001-2003ANU PhD Scholarship, 2003-2006Harvard Summer Scholar, 2011