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Dr Naveed Anwar

Senior Lecturer & Departmental Deputy Research Ethics Lead

Department: Computer and Information Sciences

Dr Anwar is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Research Ethics Lead in the Department of Computer & Information Sciences. He received his PhD in Computing (Data Mining) from University of Sunderland, UK. He has done his MSc and BSc in Computer Science from University of Karachi, Pakistan. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and also a member of FHEA review committee at Northumbria University. He had been a visiting Research Fellow at The Open University, UK to work in the area of online entrepreneurship. Before joining the Northumbria University, he was working at The Open University, UK as a Research Fellow. He had also worked as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at University of Sunderland, UK and Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), The Open University, UK. Previously, he was also a full-time Lecturer at Department of Computer Science, University of Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr Anwar has been working in academia for the last many years at different national and overseas universities and institutes as an academic staff and in different research posts. He has combined his knowledge and research in data mining in the form of a book based on medical data. He has published his research work in many international conferences proceedings and journals. Previously he had obtained a grant of £50,609 as Principal Investigator from SAMS (Society for the Advancement of Management Studies), UKCES (UK Commission for Employment Skills) and ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), UK. He is a Member of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) UK Peer Review College to review reports and bids/proposals for their schemes and programmes. He has also reviewed many national and international bids. He is supervising PhD students, and has chaired and examined many national and international PhD students. He is also a reviewer for many international journals and has been a Technical Programme Committee member for many international conferences.

Dr Anwar is actively involved in quantitative and qualitative research. His research interest includes systematic reviews, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, big data, business intelligence and data mining, digital methods and machine learning, health informatics, intelligent hybrid systems (using a combination of machine learning techniques), information systems, decision support systems, international businesses/entrepreneurship, online businesses/entrepreneurship, online home-based businesses, entrepreneurial marketing, and digital social media. He is open to discussions with prospective self-funded postgraduate researchers (MPhil/PhD and Visiting Scholars) who are interested in above areas.



Campus Address

Room 121, Ellison Building, Block B,
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 227 4225


BSc, MSc, PhD, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research Themes & Scholarly Interests

Dr Anwar is interested in research in the following area:

  • Systematic reviews
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Big data (in business, health, sports,..)
  • Statistical analysis and data mining
  • Bioinformatics and decision making
  • Intelligent hybrid systems - using a combination of machine learning techniques
  • Information systems
  • Digital businesses/entrepreneurship
  • Digital marketing and digital social media

Professional Activity

Some of the recent professional activities:

  • Member of ESRC (Economic & Social Research Council) Peer Review College, UK
  • Reviewer for reviewing the bid for American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Reviewer for ‘International Journal of Entrepreneurial Bahavior & Research, Emerald’, ‘International Journal of Organisation Theory & Bahavior, Emerald’, ‘Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research, SpringerOpen’
  • PhD and MPhil Thesis Examiner (national/international)
  • Programme Committee Member for international conferences such as ‘iConference’, International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL)

Current/Recent Projects

  • Grant of £50,609 as a Principal Investigator from SAMS (Society for the Advancement of Management Studies), UKCES (UK Commission for Employment Skills) and ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), UK (Reference: ES/L002701/1) to work on “Online Entrepreneurship” research. (June 2013 – February 2015)
  • Grant of £1,858 as a Research Associate from Research Beacon, University of Sunderland, UK to work on a research project “Data Mining for Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and Decision Support System (DSS) for hearing aids classification”. (February – April 2013)
  • Funding of £2500 from Northumbria University to buy research equipment and to do research collaboration, and also got a funded PhD student who is working on publically available data for collaboration among home-based business in OECD countries (2016 – to date)


Key Publications

  • D. Hastings, M. N. Anwar and G. Chowdhury (2018) Exploring The Collaborative Activities of Home-Based Businesses In OECD Countries. In: UK Academy of Information Systems, 20-21 March 2018, Oxford.
  • Anwar, N. and Daniel, E. (2017) Ethnic Entrepreneurs and Online Home-based Businesses: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Global Entrepreneurship Research, 7. p. 6. ISSN 2251-7316
  • Anwar, N. and Daniel, E. (2016) The Role of Entrepreneur-Venture Fit in Online Home-based Entrepreneurship: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Enterprising Culture, 24 (4). p. 419. ISSN 0218-4958
  • Anwar, N. and Daniel, E. (2016) Entrepreneurial marketing in online businesses: The case of ethnic minority entrepreneurs in the UK. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal, 19 (3). pp. 310-338. ISSN 1352-2752
  • Anwar, N. (2013) Mining and Analysis of Audiology Data to Find Significant Factors Associated with Tinnitus Masker. SpringerPlus, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1-10.
  • Panchev, C., Anwar, N. and Oakes, M. P. (2013) Hearing Aid Classification Based on Audiology Data. The 23rd International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN 2013), Sofia, Bulgaria, 10th – 13th September, 2013, pp. 375-380.
  • Oakes, M. P., Anwar, N. and Panchev, C. (2013) Data Mining for Gender Differences in Tinnitus. The 2013 International Conference of Data Mining and Knowledge Engineering (ICDMKE), London, UK, 3rd – 5th July 2013, pp. 1504-1509.
  • Anwar, N. and Oakes, M. P. (2012) Data Mining of Audiology Patient Records: Factors Influencing the Choice of Hearing Aid Type. Journal of BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making, 12(suppl 1):S6.
  • Anwar, N., Oakes, M. P. and McGarry, K. (2011) Chi-Squared, Yule’s Q and Likelihood Ratios in Tabular Audiology Data. In Electrical Engineering and Applied Computing, Vol. 90, S.-I. Ao and L. Gelman, Eds. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, pp. 365-376.


PGR Supervision

As a Principal Supervisor

  • David Paul Hastings (research title: Collaborative Propensity of Home-based Businesses; funded by Northumbria University Postgraduate Award)
  • Daniel Chukwudiebube Okoli (research title: Factors influencing the adoption of online businesses amongst ethnic minorities in the UK: A data analytics research)


As a Second supervisor

  • Abdouladeem Dreder (research title: Data mining approaches for identifying sarcopenia-related genomic biomarkers in ageing males and females using microarray data) – completed.

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Further Information

Dr Anwar's Northumbria Research Link can be viewed here

Dr Anwar's Google Scholar page can be viewed here


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