Dr. Raian Ali | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Dr. Raian Ali

Dr. Raian Ali (PhD)

Information & Computing Technology
College of Science and Engineering

  • Phone+974 44545845
  • Office locationPenrose House - A-101F


Dr. Raian Ali joined HBKU as a Professor in Information and Computing Technology. His research has an inter-disciplinary nature, with a focus on the inter-relation between technology and human requirements and behavior. His work on Digital Addiction and Digital Wellbeing has been widely featured by mainstream media, including the BBC, Telegraph, Huffington Post, and La Stampa. He gives speeches and provides consultancy on the topic both nationally and internationally. 

Dr. Ali has received the Marie Curie CIG grant and other grants from prestigious sponsors in the UK and Europe for work in areas he has pioneered, e.g., software social adaptation and designing to combat digital addiction. He sits on the editorial board and organizing and program committees of leading international conferences and journals in the field of information systems, software engineering, and behavioral and social informatics. He has published over 120 articles.


Research Interests

  • Technology and Behaviour
  • Digital Addiction
  • Digital Wellbeing
  • Persuasive Technology and Gamification
  • Requirements and Software Engineering



Hamad Bin Khalifa University; Qatar

2020 - Present
  • Professor

    Bournemouth University; UK

    2018 - 2020
  • Associate Professor

    Bournemouth University; UK

    2016 - 2018
  • Principal Academic

    Bournemouth University; UK

    2015 - 2016
  • Senior Lecturer

    Bournemouth University; UK

    2013 - 2015
  • Lecturer

    Bournemouth University; UK

    2012 - 2013
  • Post-doctorate Researcher

    The Irish Software Research Centre (Lero) - Limerick; The Republic of Ireland

    2011 - 2012
  • Post-doctorate Researcher

    University of Trento; Italy

    2010 - 2011



The ICT International Doctoral School; University of Trento; Italy


Selected Publications

  • McAlaney, J., Almourad, M. B., Powell, G., & Ali, R.

    Perceptions and Misperceptions of Smartphone Use: Applying the Social Norms Approach. Information, 11(11), 513.

  • Alutaybi, A., Al-Thani, D., McAlaney, J., & Ali, R.

    Combating Fear of Missing Out (FoMO) on Social Media: The FoMO-R Method. International journal of environmental research and public health, 17(17), 6128.

  • Shahri, A., Hosseini, M., Taylor, J., Stefanidis, A., Phalp, K., & Ali, R.

    Engineering digital motivation in businesses: a modelling and analysis framework. Requirements engineering, 25(2), 153-184.

  • Altuwairiqi, M., Jiang, N., & Ali, R.

    Problematic attachment to social media: five behavioural archetypes. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(12), 2136.

  • Algashami, A., Vuillier, L., Alrobai, A., Phalp, K., & Ali, R.

    Gamification risks to enterprise teamwork: taxonomy, management strategies and modalities of application. Systems, 7(1), 9.

  • Alrobai, A., Algashami, A., Dogan, H., Corner, T., Phalp, K., & Ali, R.

    COPE. er method: combating digital addiction via online peer support groups. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(7), 1162.

  • Hosseini, M., Shahri, A., Phalp, K., & Ali, R.

    Engineering transparency requirements: A modelling and analysis framework. Information Systems, 74, 3-22.

  • Hosseini, M., Phalp, K., Taylor, J., & Ali, R.

    The four pillars of crowdsourcing: A reference model. In 2014 IEEE Eighth International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS) (pp. 1-12). IEEE.

  • Shahri, A., Hosseini, M., Phalp, K., Taylor, J., & Ali, R.

    Towards a code of ethics for gamification at enterprise. In IFIP working conference on the practice of enterprise modeling (pp. 235-245). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

  • Ali, R., Dalpiaz, F., & Giorgini, P.

    Reasoning with contextual requirements: Detecting inconsistency and conflicts. Information and Software Technology, 55(1), 35-57.

  • Ali, R., Dalpiaz, F., & Giorgini, P.

    A goal-based framework for contextual requirements modeling and analysis. Requirements Engineering, 15(4), 439-458.