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Faheem Hussain

Faheem Hussain

Faculty Affiliate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Faculty Affiliate, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Faheem Hussain is working as a teaching faculty for the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University. Before joining ASU, he worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Technology and Society, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at State University of New York, Korea. He holds a PhD and an MS degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS degree in Telecommunications Management from Oklahoma State University, and BS degree in Computer Science from Dhaka University. His research interests include: Development for Displaced Population, Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable Development, Digital Afterlife, Social Media, Digital Rights, Telecommunication Policy, Gender Empowerment using STEM, and Sustainable Development Goals. Faheem Hussain's present research encompass evidence based research on the multidimensional effects of Technology in Society. Faheem Hussain has been involved as a technology policy specialist in various research projects with a number of United Nations organizations (e.g., UNDP, ITU, UN-APCICT), international development agencies (e.g., IDRC, DFID, Ford and Rockefeller Foundation), and international think tanks (e.g., Freedom House, LIRNEasia, Ideacorps) in the fields of Technology, Public Policy, and Development.


  • PhD, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy, 2008
  • MS, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006
  • MS, Telecommunication Management, Oklahoma State University, 2005
  • BS, Computer Science, Dhuka University, 2003


Journal Articles


Hussain, F. and S. N. Amin. 2018. ‘I don’t care about their reactions’: Agency and ICTs in women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. Gender & Disposition 26(2):249-265. DOI: 10.1080/13552074.2018.1475924. (link )

Hussain, F. and S. Brown. 2018. Developing a comparative framework of ICT4D initiatives in the global South: A critical realist approach. EJISDC 84(6):e12055. DOI: 10.1002/isd2.12055. (link )


Hussain, F. and M. Mostafa. 2016. Digital contradictions in Bangladesh: Encouragement and deterrence of citizen engagement via ICTs. Information Technologies & International Development 12(2):47-61. (link )


Hussain, F. 2011. Telecom regulatory environment in 'Digital Bangladesh': Exploring the reasons behind poor sector specific performance. Available at SSRN DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.1976130. (link )


Hussain, F. and R. Tongia. 2010. A framework and case example for evaluating cost-effectiveness of information services across technologies. International Technologies & International Development 6(2):55-74. (link )


Hussain, F. 2008. Quest for a sustainable community radio broadcasting in Nepal: Practices, prospects and problems. Global Media Journal: Austrailan Edition 2(2):. (link )

Book Chapters


Brown, S. and F. Hussain. 2017. Information ecology as a framework for south-south cooperation: Case studies of Rwanda and Bangladesh ICT-based health applications. Pp. 803-808 In: Choudrie, J., M. S. Islam, F. Wahid, J. M. Bass and J. E. Priyatma eds., Information and Communication Technologies for Development. ICT4D 2017. Vol 504. Springer, Cham. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_65. ISBN: Print ISBN 978-3-319-59110-0. (link )


Hussain, F., M. Mostafa and Z. Islam. 2016. Political microblogging: A case study of Twitter in the "Shahbag Movement". Pp. 111-128 In: Dey, B., K. Sorour and R. Filleiri eds., ICTs in Developing Countries: Research, Practices and Policy Implications. Palgrave-Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1-137-46950-2.

Conference Papers


Hussain, F. and M. S. Ullah. 2012. Mobile communication for emerging Bangladesh: exploring the privacy risks for youth population. Pp. 211-216 ICEC '12 Proceedings of the 14th Annual International Conference on Electronic Commerce. 14th Annual International Conference on Electronic Commerce. Singapore, Singapore. (link )

Thesis (PhD)


Hussain, F. 2008. Effectiveness of Technological Interventions for Education and Information Services in Rural South Asia. PhD dissertation. Carnegie Mellon University. (link )

Report Chapters


Hussain, F. 2016. Module C1: Women's empowerment, SDGs and ICT. Women and ICT Frontier Initiatve: Women's Empowerment, SDGs and ICT. United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development. Incheon, Republic of Korea. (link )

Hussain, F. 2016. Module C2: Enabling role of ICT for women entrepreneurs. Women and ICT Frontier Initiative: Enabling Role of ICT for Women Entrepreuneurs. United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development . Incheon, Republic of Korea. (link )