Associate Professor Adrian Kuah is passionate about environmental sustainability issues for over 23 years. Being a prominent International Management scholar, he has investigated circular economy practices in Asia, measured perceptions toward remanufactured goods in the UK, examined photovoltaic tax incentives in China, and provided insights on material circular economy using composite recovery. Between 1996 and 2000, he contributed to the Green Paper on the $9 billion Deep Tunnel Sewerage System in Singapore. In 2019, he was appointed by the Government to partake and represent Singapore's interest in the standardization of ISO/TC 323 Circular Economy at the International Organization for Standardization.

As a mid-career entrant to academia, he has authored more 60 publications including top tiered refereed journal articles in Science of the Total Environment (CiteScore: 5.9, IF: 5.589, H=205) and Journal of Cleaner Production (CiteScore: 7.32, IF: 6.395, H=150). Equally, he regularly reviews scientific work in those top ranked journals. He was P.I. on Productivity, Innovation and Competitiveness grant [£159,720] at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment and C.I. on Service Innovation [£161,328.40] at the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK. With his experience leading more than $876,000 of grants in total, he is spearheading a cross-campus JCU team reconnoitering Circular Economy & Sustainability issues. 

For his thought leadership, Assoc Professor Kuah has been interviewed by leading newspapers such as the Financial Times, Straits Times, Cairns Post and Xinhua News, as well as by television like Australian WIN TV NewsHe has also received a couple of teaching and research citations, including Financial Times Professor of the Week (2013) and Oxford Scholarship (2014).

He received his Ph.D from the University of Manchester, ITP from SDA Bocconi, MBA from University of Strathclyde, and B.Eng from the Nanyang Technological University. He is a Fellow at the College of Preceptors, Higher Education Academy, and Chartered Management Institute in the UK. Focussing on the tropics, Assoc Professor Kuah is a research leader at both The Cairns Institute, Australia and Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia, Singapore. He is also Professor (Adj) at Ecole de Commerce de Tahiti in the French Polynesia.

He is seeking expression of interest from potential PhD candidates with research experience to join his team in International Management or any research areas.  To discuss a potential scholarship, please Contact him with your developed research proposal. 

Peer Review for Indexed Journal

 (2x) European Journal of Marketing    (1x) British Journal of Management 

 (1x) California Management Review   (1x) International Small Business Journal

  (3x) Journal of Business Venturing     (1x) Thunderbird International Business Review 

Publication in Indexed Journal

(3x) Thunderbird International Business Review     (1x) European Journal of Marketing 

(1x) Jo.Research in Marketing & Entrepreneurship (6x) Singapore Management Review 

 (1x) Intll Jo. Econ Policy in Emerging Economies.   (1x) European Business Review

  (1x) R&D Management 

  • 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
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Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 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
  • 2019 - Professor (ADJ), L'Ecole de Commerce de Tahiti, PF
  • 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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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 38+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Adrian Kuah from 2002 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • A Comparative Study of the Circular Economy in Asian Setting: The Experiences of Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Millennial Employees, a key Cornerstone to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in small and medium Enterprises (SMEs): Evolving a Unique Social Responsibility Identity! A Regional Comparison of four Countries: Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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  • Indicates the Tropics (Torrid Zone)

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