Experienced Associate Professor with a demonstrated history of working in universities across the UK, US, Australia, China, and Singapore, he has been passionate about driving environmental sustainability issues for over 23 years, and has conducted global business research for over 16 years. Of late, he has investigated circular economy practices in Asia, examined photovoltaic tax incentives in China, and provided insights about online shopping market in South Korea. He brings excellent thought leadership, global experiences and local connections to industries and governmental bodies. Between 1996 and 2000, he contributed to the Government of Singapore's Green Paper for the $9 billion Deep Tunnel Sewerage System. Of late, he was appointed to the ISO National Mirror Technical Committee on the Circular Economy (ISO/TC 323) by the Singapore Government.  

To-date, Assoc Prof. Adrian Kuah has authored more than 58 publications including key government reports and 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 work were received in leading newspapers and social media, reaching out to some 269 million people worldwide. Assoc Prof. Kuah also received a couple of 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 JCU 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 & Sustainability (CES) Program, alongside leading researchers based in Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. 

Assoc Prof. Kuah 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 member of the research committee in the College of Business Law and Governance at JCU. Assoc Prof. Kuah directs the Global Business Systems (GBS) research cluster, formed in 2016 with the approval of its five-year plan and now includes some 30 active members and 2 PhD candidates focusing on four key issues in the Tropics: (1) Circular Economy & Sustainability; (2) Entrepreneurial Leadership; (3) Corporate Social Responsibility and (4) Neurodegenerative Diseases and Virtual Reality. Projects undertaken in the GBS cluster have been strongly driven and guided by JCU experienced researchers in business, sciences, IT and psychology, mostly at the professoriate and associate professoriate level. PhD and post-doc are welcome to apply to the GBS. For more information, you may contact him at adrian.kuah@jcu.edu.au 

  • 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
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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
  • 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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  • A Comparative Study of the Circular Economy in Asian Setting: The Experiences of Singapore, Shanghai and Seoul (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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