Associate Professor Adrian Kuah brings over 23 years experience addressing environmental conservation issues, and more than 16 years leading research on global business practices. Of late, he has investigated consumer acceptance of circular economy practices in Asia, examined solar photovoltaic tax incentives in China, and provided insights about online shopping market in South Korea. He brings thought leadership, global experiences and local connections to water treatment, waste reduction, and energy conservation industries. Between 1996 and 2000, he was instrumental in contributing to the Government of Singapore's Green Paper for the $9 billion Deep Tunnel Sewerage System programme in Singapore.

To date, he has authored more than 50 quality publications including 19 refereed articles in top ranked journals such as the European Journal of MarketingEuropean Business ReviewThunderbird International Business Review, and R&D Management. He was the Principal Investigator on Productivity, Innovation and Competitiveness grant [DETINI, PI, £159,720] at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland, and the co-investigator on Service Innovation [CI, RES-331-27-0039, £161,328.40] at the Economic and Social Research Council in Great Britain. Citations on his recent work have been received in leading newspapers and social media, reaching out to some 269 million people worldwide. Associate Professor Kuah also received several teaching and research citations whilst at James Cook University, including Financial Times Professor of the Week (2013) and Oxford Scholarship (2014). In addition, he has contributed to the State of the Tropics Report on Sustainable Infrastructure in 2017. With his experience leading close to $800,000 of grants, he is now spearheading a cross-campus research team exploring Circular Economy and Sustainability (CES) alongside leading researchers based in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. 

Associate Professor Kuah obtained his PhD from the Manchester Business School, ITP from SDA Bocconi, MBA from Strathclyde Business School, and BEng from Nanyang Technological University. He is a member of the research committee(s) at the JCU Singapore campus and in the College of Business Law and Governance. Associate Professor Kuah directs the JCU Global Business Systems (GBS) research cluster in Singapore. GBS undertakes research in consumer behaviour, corporate social responsibility, labour, and institutional reactions towards new management paradigms. These are classified into three themes: (a) Sustainability and the Circular Economy; (b) International Business and Human Resources; and (c) Entrepreneurial Leadership.  PhD studentships are available in each thematic area. For more information, you may contact him at adrian.kuah@jcu.edu.au 

  • BU3102: Multidisciplinary Project (Level 3; SIN)
  • CP3102: Multidisciplinary Project (Level 3; SIN)
  • LB5236: International Political Economy (Level 5; SIN)
  • Circular Economy comprising inter alia, remanufacturing, recycling, servitization, sharing economy and product design for longevity
  • Sustainability Grand Challenges including, inter alia, climate change transition, sustainable livelihoods, sustainable infrastructure, and sustainability reporting
  • 2017 to present - University Fellow, Charles Darwin University (Australia)
  • 2017 to present - Research Committee Member, CBLG, James Cook University (Australia)
  • 2016 to present - Associate Professor of Business, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2016 to present - Research Cluster Leader: Global Business Systems, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2016 to present - Research Committee Member, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2011 to present - Senior Fellow, The Cairns Institute (Australia)
  • 2011 to 2015 - Senior Lecturer in Business, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2012 to 2014 - Research Forum Committee Member, James Cook University (Singapore)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Visiting Professor of Business, University of Manchester (UK)
  • 2010 to 2011 - MBA Director, Nottingham Business School (UK)
  • 2004 to 2010 - Lecturer/ Snr Lecturer in Strategic Mgmt, Bradford University School of Management (UK)
  • 2002 to 2003 - Lecturer in Strategic Mgmt, Huddersfield University Business School (UK)
  • 2000 to 2001 - Research Assistant, Manchester Business School (UK)
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  • 2014 - Oxford Scholarship Online
  • 2013 - Financial Times Professor of the Week (28 May 2013)
  • 2008 - Bradford University School of Management - Dean's List of Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2003 - Manchester Federal School of Business and Management Conference 2003 - Best Synopsis Prize
  • 2002 - Manchester Federal School of Business and Management Conference 2002 - Best Synopsis Prize
  • 1998 - Strathclyde MBA - Gold Medal for Best Dissertation
  • 2017 to 2020 - University Fellow, Charles Darwin University, AUS
  • 2011 to 2019 - Fellow, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, AUS
  • 2012 to 2017 - Fellow, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
  • 2010 to 2017 - Fellow, College of Preceptors, UK
  • 2010 to 2017 - Fellow, Chartered Management Institute, UK
  • 2010 to 2017 - Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
  • 2009 to 2012 - Fellow, Advanced Institute of Management Research, UK
  • 2010 to 2012 - International Theme Committee, Committee Member, Academy of Management, US.

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