The IAFOR Academic Review | Volume 1 | Issue 8
Editorial Committee Introduction
Welcome to Issue 8 Volume 1 of The IAFOR Academic Review. One of the central missions of The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is to provide avenues for academics and researchers to be international, intercultural and interdisciplinary. One of the ways in which we do this is through our in-house publication Eye Magazine, our various conference proceedings, our journals, and now beginning in 2015, are our special editions of the The IAFOR International Academic Review. In this edition we, the editorial committee, bring together a selection of the most interesting contributions from our conferences with respect to the discussion of Sustainable Development and the Environment. Sustainability Development is ultimately about the interplay between people and ecologies by helping to meet the world’s growing resource needs economically, culturally, socially and environmentally in the most responsible way possible. The papers selected by the editorial committee for this special edition certainly reflect the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary approach that lies at the heart of both IAFOR and the global goals of sustainable development and the environments we work and live in.
Michael Liam Kedzlie
The IAFOR Academic Review
Choong Chee Guan graduated his Ph.D. from the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK in 2012. He gained his Bachelor of Science honour degree in Mechanical Engineering (majoring in Electro-Mechanical Engineering) from the University Technology of Malaysia (UTM) in 1997. His Ph.D. thesis work was on “Sustainability in the Malaysian Palm Oil Industry” and his current research interest is in the field of designing sustainable industrial system. Syed Anuwar Syed Ariffin is a Finance Manager at Petronas, the Malaysia Oil & Energy company based in Kuala Lumpur. He was educated at London South Bank University. Alison McKay is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. She joined the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds in 1984 as a research engineer, gaining her Ph.D. in 1996. She led the launch of the university’s multidisciplinary undergraduate programme in Product Design. She is a founding member of the Leeds Socio-Technical Centre (with colleagues in the Leeds University Business School) and the Leeds Ageing, Leisure and Design group (with colleagues in Performance, Visual Arts and Communication).
Julie Winnard is an industrial doctorate Research Engineer at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, United Kingdom, studying the integration of sustainability into engineering and business strategy. She is an experienced Chartered Mechanical Design Engineer and Project Manager, specialising previously in product innovation & design, and development activities from strategy planning onwards. Working mainly in the automotive industry with Lucas Industries, Ford and Visteon, but also in clean-tech start-up and underground rail infrastructure renewal, she has an abiding interest in the practical and effective applications of sustainability within industry and business, and has tested the results of her research in other sectors. She is also active in developing and supporting the engineering profession: recently helping to found a new professional association to develop and spread sustainability engineering knowledge and skills, the Global Association for Transition Engineering (GATE). Andy Adcroft is the Deputy Head of the Surrey Business School, and MBA Programme Director at University of Surrey. Professor Adcroft is currently collecting data for a year-long study into how motivations to learn and learning strategies change over time in relation to academic performance. Jacquetta Lee joined the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey in January 2003, as a Research Fellow, developing, co-ordinating and undertaking a two-year research project funded by Leverhulme Trust on “The Role of Media in Decision Making – Influencing Environmental Attitudes and Behaviours Through Soap Operas”. Prior to joining CES, Jacquetta worked at Rolls-Royce as a principle technologist in the environmental strategy team, undertaking LCA studies of key products, and developing and implementing DfE guidelines and strategy for the company. She has also worked as a site design engineer in China, as one member of a team overseeing the construction and fit out of a new five star hotel. David Skipp is part of the management team at the Department of Sustainability Planning, Ford Motor Company Ltd, Laindon, UK and works to assist his organisation to fully integrate sustainability issues into the core business structures and processes, rather than manage them separately, as most other commercial organisations still continue to do.
Eileen Kae Relao is an emerging academic who was born in Quezon City, Philippines. She graduated cum laude from University of the Philippines where she majored in BA Speech Communication, with her undergraduate thesis being recognised as one of the best theses of 2011. Eileen has been with the Department of Communications since 2012, teaching undergraduate communication courses. She has at the same time been pursuing a master’s degree in International Studies through the University of the Philippines Department of Political Science.
Peter Yang was formerly a researcher in international economics in China who wrote on its economic reform policies and strategies. Currently, he is an associate professor at the Case Western Reserve University, USA and teaches courses on Global Studies and Sustainable Studies among other courses. His research focuses on comparative studies of major economies’ government policies on sustainable development.
Nur Mohd Hussain is a lecturer in Landscape Architecture Dept. at UiTM Perak. Currently she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Architecture at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests are mainly focussed on the sustainability, rural-urban migration, de-urbanisation and rural development. Hugh Byrd is a registered architect, in both New Zealand and the UK, who practices, teaches and researches issues of sustainability in the built environment. Since obtaining a Ph.D. in 1981 he has been involved in both academic and commercial research including work for universities, government bodies and private companies in the UK, Malaysia and New Zealand. His research encompasses the future forms of buildings and cities in response to energy depletion and climate change. He has published articles and books on environmental modelling, healthy homes, environmental rating tools, renewable energy, urban form and energy policy in both temperate and tropical countries. After teaching and researching at several universities in the UK, Hugh became Professor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia, before moving on to the School of Architecture at the University of Auckland. Recently Hugh has taken up the Professorial Chair at Lincoln University (UK).
Mika Goto is a Senior Research Economist at Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) where she is engaged in a wide range of projects including performance assessment and empirical analysis of industrial organisation based on methodologies of applied econometrics and mathematical programming. Mika’s research interests include analysis of factors that influence firms’ performance such as regulatory reform of energy industries, R&D policy and management. She has published in Energy Economics, Energy Policy, European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Support Systems and Omega. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Nagoya University in Japan. Akihiro Otsuka, also from the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan is a Research Economist. Dr. Otsuka gained his Ph.D. from Okayama University, Japan in 2005 and is a previous winner of The Martin Beckmann RSAI Annual Award in 2011, for his research paper “Industrial agglomeration effects in Japan: Productive efficiency, market access, and public fiscal transfer”. Toshiyuki Sueyoshi from the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology joined their Management Department in March, 2002. Prior to New Mexico Tech he was a Professor with the Science University of Tokyo, before moving to Ohio State University, where in ten years he achieved the rank of Chaired Full Professor. He has also written several books, and has recently published a Japanese text concerning management science applications in the public sector – a work that will soon appear in English. Dr. Sueyoshi has gained international recognition for his work in public policy applications of mathematical programming techniques. Toshiyuki holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.