Salma Ahmed

Senior Research Officer

Defence and Veteran Family Research

Dr Salma Ahmed is a Senior Research Officer within the Defence and Veteran Family Research team at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. She joined the Institute in July 2023 and has undertaken a range of research in the areas of family demography and wellbeing, particularly relating to issues such as relationship stability and its impacts on personal well-being and parenting arrangements after separation. Her research also examines the role of family-related services programs in handling critical issues, including domestic violence, mental health and children’s well-being. Salma has also undertaken projects on the evaluation of family-related policies in Australia.

Salma is a fellow of the Global Labor Organization (Germany) and has over eight years of experience in quantitative research in the academic sector. She has contributed to projects on covering gender inequality, maternal and child health and wellbeing, access to education and employment and evaluating welfare policies and development finance programs using surveys and longitudinal datasets. Salma is proficient in data analysis and research methodology design and has experience with a wide range of academic and non-academic content, including research reports, peer-reviewed publications, media articles, and disseminating research findings to a diverse audience. She has published widely in leading international development journals and is also a referee for several national and international journals.

Salma has taught Economics and International Development at Monash, Deakin, Federation and Charles Darwin Universities. She completed the training for supervising higher-degree research candidates and is now available to supervise Master’s and PhD students.


  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow (International Development), Deakin University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), Monash University 
  • Master of Philosophy (Economics), Monash University