ECSEE2017


The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2017 (ECSEE2017) Conference Photograph. Photography by IAFOR Media. Image copyright © IAFOR 2017

Conference Theme: "East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery"

July 7–9, 2017 | The Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront, Brighton, UK

From natural phenomena and the results of climate change to pollution and societal traumas, migrations and war, the enormous challenges that face humankind and our environment are frequently daunting and difficult to comprehend. However, with every new challenge or disruption comes the opportunity for innovation and discovery. Whether inventing new technologies, implementing innovative systems, enacting better policies, legislation, or governance, or ensuring greater cooperation and information sharing, responses are many and varied.

From incremental shift to radical change, from the local to the regional and from the national to the global, this international conference will focus on the challenges that demand a collective response. It will highlight the need to harness our abilities as scientists, policymakers, practitioners, engineers and educators to find multidisciplinary solutions in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable world.

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ECSEE2017 Conference Photographs

Human interaction is at the root of all knowledge creation, and hence the great importance of the conference in introducing, testing and spreading ideas through challenging, rigorous and thought provoking discussion and debate. But beyond that, a conference is also a great chance to meet people from around the world, and to extend and grow ones’s professional network, and above all, to make friends.

It may be impossible to tell the story of the conference, or rather the many hundreds of interlocking stories that go to make up the conference, but the documentary photography in this slideshow aims to give a taster of the more serious academic side of the event, as well as the lighter side…

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Programme

  • Inclusive Innovation in International Development: The Case of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
    Inclusive Innovation in International Development: The Case of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
    Keynote Presentation: Dr Anke Schwittay
  • Links Between Oral and General Health: Putting the Mouth Back in the Body
    Links Between Oral and General Health: Putting the Mouth Back in the Body
    Keynote Presentation: Dr Georgios Tsakos
  • Sustaining the City
    Sustaining the City
    Plenary Panel Presentation: Duncan Baker-Brown, Professor Anne Boddington & Cat Fletcher
  • East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery in Education Reform at an Elite Japanese University
    East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery in Education Reform at an Elite Japanese University
    Featured Presentation: Professor Grant Black
  • East Meets West – Healthy, Active and Beautiful Aging in Europe
    East Meets West – Healthy, Active and Beautiful Aging in Europe
    Featured Panel Presentation: Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
  • Volunteer Tourism and the Creation of “Volunteerscapes” in Thailand
    Volunteer Tourism and the Creation of “Volunteerscapes” in Thailand
    Spotlight Presentation: Professor Nick Kontogeorgopoulos

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Speakers

  • Dr Anke Schwittay
    Dr Anke Schwittay
    University of Sussex, UK
  • Dr Georgios Tsakos
    Dr Georgios Tsakos
    University College London, UK
  • Professor Grant Black
    Professor Grant Black
    University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Duncan Baker-Brown
    Duncan Baker-Brown
    University of Brighton, UK
  • Cat Fletcher
    Cat Fletcher
    Freegle, UK
  • Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
    Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
    University College London, UK
  • Professor Nick Kontogeorgopoulos
    Professor Nick Kontogeorgopoulos
    University of Puget Sound, USA
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

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Organising Committee

The Organising Committee of The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ECSEE) is composed of distinguished academics who are experts in their fields. Organising Committee members may also be members of IAFOR's International Academic Advisory Board. The Organising Committee is responsible for nominating and vetting Keynote and Featured Speakers; developing the conference programme, including special workshops, panels, targeted sessions, etc.; event outreach and promotion; recommending and attracting future Organising Committee members; working with IAFOR to select PhD students and early career academics for IAFOR-funded grants and scholarships; and oversee the reviewing of abstracts submitted to the conference.

  • Professor Anne Boddington
    Professor Anne Boddington
    University of Brighton, UK
  • Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK
  • Dr James W. McNally
    Dr James W. McNally
    University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging
  • Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
    Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
    University College London, UK
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Peter McLennan
    Peter McLennan
    University College London (UCL), UK
  • Professor Chariklia Tziraki
    Professor Chariklia Tziraki
    Hebrew University, Israel

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Review Committee

ECSEE2017 Review Committee

  • Dr Davidson Egirani, Niger Delta University, Nigeria
  • Dr Elżbieta Antczak, University of Lodz, Poland
  • Dr Evelyn Lami Ashelo Allu, University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
  • Professor Jose Miguel Soares, ISEG–Lisbon School of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dr Mohamad Awang, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia
  • Dr Serdar Celik, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA

ECSS2017 Review Committee

  • Dr Abiodun Oluwadare, National Open University of Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Dr Halina Sendera Mohd. Yakin, University of Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia
  • Dr Maria Faina Diola, University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines
  • Professor Mohd Rizal Mohd Yaakop, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Dr Oluwakemi Akintan, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria
  • Dr Veera Gupta, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, India

IAFOR's peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by conference Organising Committee members under the guidance of the Academic Governing Board. Review Committee members are established academics who hold PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields and who have previous peer review experience.

If you would like to apply to serve on the ECSEE Review Committee, please send your CV to ecsee@iafor.org.

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Inclusive Innovation in International Development: The Case of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
Keynote Presentation: Dr Anke Schwittay

Over the last decade, development institutions from the Gates Foundation to the UN to social enterprises have embraced innovation as necessary to increase the impact of their work. In spite of this broad agreement, there is less understanding of how this actually works in practice. In my talk, I will introduce the UK’s Department of International Development’s (DFID) flagship innovation programme to examine some of the opportunities and constraints resulting from innovative practices in development. Amplify is an online crowdsourcing platform that aims to bring new actors into development and to connect them better with poor people, in order to design more effective solutions. It has succeeded in opening up funding opportunities to small, community-based organisations and in making application processes more flexible, but remains constrained by bureaucratic and fiscal structures.

Read presenter biographies on the Speakers page.

Links Between Oral and General Health: Putting the Mouth Back in the Body
Keynote Presentation: Dr Georgios Tsakos

The debate about the links between oral and general health is not new. Indeed, it is over a century since the theory of focal sepsis linked oral sepsis and tooth extractions with endocarditis. More recently, a growing body of literature has linked oral and general health; dental caries has been associated with growth and development among children, while tooth loss and periodontal (gum) disease have been linked with different conditions among middle-aged and older adults. With the demographic transition towards an ageing society, promoting “healthy ageing” has become a key priority for policy makers and health professionals. This implies optimising opportunities for good health and functioning, so that older people can remain independent, take an active part in society and enjoy good quality of life. The role of oral health in healthy ageing is essential, with adults now keeping their natural teeth into old age and having increased treatment needs.

This presentation reviews the epidemiological evidence on the burden of oral diseases on older adults and focuses on the associations between oral conditions and general health. The importance of maintaining good oral health and a functional dentition into older ages is highlighted in terms of general health, physical and cognitive function, dementia and well-being. Oral diseases share common risk factors with most chronic (non-communicable) diseases and this creates considerable opportunities for interventions and policies to promote healthy ageing. Public health interventions focusing on the broader social determinants of health across the life course present the way forward.

Read presenter biographies on the Speakers page.

Sustaining the City
Plenary Panel Presentation: Duncan Baker-Brown, Professor Anne Boddington & Cat Fletcher

'Sustaining the City' will explore the interrelationships that the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Brighton has developed over the past decade within the city. With a vision to turn the College 'inside out’ and make a tangible difference to creative and sustainable learning and research for students and staff, we have worked in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council for over a decade contributing both tangible exemplars and research support that underpins the city's One Planet Living principles and its sustainability action plan. Building from the premise that our city is our campus, our canvas and our laboratory, we have worked closely with local activists, communities, politicians, contractors, and other educational providers, to engage and extend experiential learning opportunities for all.

The Brighton Waste House, conceived by Architect and academic Duncan Baker Brown, supported by the University and managed through the Dean of College, Professor Anne Boddington, is our most ambitious project to date. Over 360 design and construction students, supported by their tutors, help build "Europe's first permanent building made of 90% discarded material", proving "that there is no such this as waste, only stuff in the wrong place!"

Together with Waste House partner Cat Fletcher (co-founder of FREEGLE UK), Baker-Brown will discuss the rationale behind this project and it's on-going legacies. Fletcher the self-styled "resource goddess' has set up numerous social enterprises, with Brighton & Hove City Council and others, will also discuss her recent work raising awareness of waste reduction strategies with organisations such as the Glastonbury music festival.


Visit to The Brighton Waste House

For those interested in visiting The Brighton Waste House, please meet in the lobby of the Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront at 17:00 and we will walk over as a group, returning to the hotel at 19:00.

The Brighton Waste House investigates strategies for constructing a contemporary, low-energy, permanent building using over 85% “waste” material drawn from household and construction sites.

Completed in 2014, the building is Europe's first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. It is also an EPC “A” rated low-energy building.

This guided tour for conference delegates will be led by Duncan Baker-Brown, the architect of The Brighton Waste House, who will also discuss The Brighton Waste house as a complement to the Plenary Panel Presentation on “Sustaining the City” with Professor Anne Boddington and Cat Fletcher.

Read presenter biographies on the Speakers page.

East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery in Education Reform at an Elite Japanese University
Featured Presentation: Professor Grant Black

Japan is one of the first countries to experience simultaneously an aging population of boomers along with a declining birth rate. Today, more than 25% of the population is over 65. Japan is at crossroads in time where there are just about twice as many old people as there are young people. Stresses on the labour market resulting from population decline and the shift to a services economy have prompted the Japanese government to pursue an aggressive strategy to reorganise tertiary education. University reform is a policy focus of the Abe government in three areas: innovation, business development, and global human resource skills training. Historically in Japan achievement in these areas has been almost exclusively the domain of industry. Reform policies that seek to promote innovation, development and global skills in the university setting represent a transfer of responsibility from industry to education and thereby a re-envisioning of the function of the university in Japanese society. The purpose of this paper is to explore how education reform policy is translated into practice at an elite Japanese university. The paper finds that the demands on the university to cater to divergent customers are greatly at odds: the university is called upon to prepare students for the domestic workforce, accommodate government aspirations for internationalisation, become a centre for innovation and research excellence, and simultaneously be a positive force in the local community, all the while restructuring organisational operations to accommodate harmonization with elite international networks.

Read presenter biographies on the Speakers page.

East Meets West – Healthy, Active and Beautiful Aging in Europe
Featured Panel Presentation: Dr Evangelia Chrysikou

Featured Speaker: Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
Moderator: Dr Joseph Haldane

How any society deals with aging can be a contentious issue, one on which questions of culture, convenience and even expedience are brought to bear. Economic prosperity and peace in developed countries has lead to unprecedented levels of healthcare provision for a population that, as a result, is living far longer. Coupled with falling birthrates, Western Europe and Japan are witnessing demographic changes that bring unparalleled challenges but also unexpected opportunities for aging populations, as innovations and discoveries help people lead active and healthy lives.

This panel will provide an overview of the demographic situation in different countries and cultures in Europe and beyond to compare and contrast outlooks for the aged. It will also examine the concepts of healthy, active and beautiful aging.

*A complementary panel will be held on the same theme at the Asian Conference Series 2017 in Kobe, Japan.

Read presenter biographies on the Speakers page.

Volunteer Tourism and the Creation of “Volunteerscapes” in Thailand
Spotlight Presentation: Professor Nick Kontogeorgopoulos

Volunteer tourism is a form of travel that combines traditional leisure pursuits with opportunities to volunteer in an organised fashion. The popularity of volunteer tourism stems from many factors, but the one motivation that appears in virtually every study is a desire for object authenticity, defined as the authenticity of toured objects, people, and settings. The purpose of this paper is to explore the role played by object authenticity in the motivations and experiences of volunteer tourists in the province of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. Based on interviews with 62 volunteers and 15 directors, managers and staff members from volunteer tourism organisations based in Chiang Mai, this paper argues that volunteer tourists conceive of object authenticity both as a package of cultural stereotypes focused on authentic people, and as authentic backstage settings where “real” Thai reside. Aside from demonstrating that the desire for object authenticity is the central motivation for international volunteers in northern Thailand, this study indicates that the pursuit of object authenticity is complicated by language barriers, the potential staging of authenticity on the part of locals, and the need to balance familiarity with alterity in the carefully selected “voluntourscapes” in which volunteer tourism takes place.

Read presenter biographies on the Speakers page.

Dr Anke Schwittay
University of Sussex, UK

Biography

Dr Anke Schwittay is Head of International Development at the University of Sussex in the UK, and Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development at the School of Global Studies. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at the University of Berkeley and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on emerging practices and actors in International Development, with a focus on inclusive innovation, financial inclusion, digital technologies and humanitarian design, and she has published numerous articles in academic journals on these topics. She is also the author of New Media and International Development: Representation and Affect in Microfinance, which examines the continued popularity of microfinance among supporters in the Global North, based on financial, social and personal commitments to distant others forged via narrative and visual stories, crowdfunding platforms, microfinance tourism and volunteering.

Keynote Presentation | Inclusive Innovation in International Development: The Case of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)
Dr Georgios Tsakos
University College London, UK

Dr George Tsakos graduated in Dentistry from the University of Athens, Greece, and completed a PhD at University College London (UCL), UK. He is currently a Reader in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. He also holds Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health appointments with the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and with Public Health England. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (UK). He is currently Chair Elect of the Platform for Better Oral Health in Europe, and Immediate Past President of the European Association of Dental Public Health (EADPH). He is also an International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Councillor representing the Behavioural Epidemiological and Health Services Research (BEHSR) group. He has also served as EADPH President. Dr Tsakos has been a key member of the consortium that carried out the national adult and children’s dental health surveys in the UK. He has published more than 150 papers and book chapters and his main research interests are on: subjective measures of oral health and quality of life, oral health inequalities and the social determinants of health, the relationship between oral and general health, and how oral health is linked with diet and nutrition.

Keynote Presentation | TBA
Professor Grant Black
University of Tsukuba, Japan

Biography

Professor Grant Black is an associate professor in the program for Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba, an adjunct lecturer in the Faculty of Commerce at Chuo University, and a consultant for intercultural and business management. He has an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. He previously worked in international operations for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and in intercultural training. Currently, he is completing a doctoral research project with the Centre for Labour Market Studies, School of Management at the University of Leicester. His research interests are in youth-to-work transition, CQ (intercultural intelligence) and global management skills.

Professor Black is a Vice-President (at large) of IAFOR. He is a member of the Business & Economics section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Featured Presentation | East Meets West: Innovation and Discovery in Education Reform at an Elite Japanese University
Duncan Baker-Brown
University of Brighton, UK

An expert in contemporary methods of ecology-friendly building design, architect and academic Duncan Baker-Brown leads the practice BBM Sustainable Design, and brings sustainable design practice and philosophy to teaching and scholarly projects at the University of Brighton, UK. His research tests the viability of a number of practices and materials, recognising the potential of discarded “waste” as a valuable resource in the future of building, as well as live projects as valuable teaching aides. Through his projects he fosters community development and regeneration, drawing on apprentice builders and students, informing young people of all ages as to their role in sustainable living. He is notably the architect of The Brighton Waste House*, a “living laboratory” for ecological architectural design which investigates strategies for constructing a contemporary, low-energy, permanent building using over 85% “waste” material drawn from household and construction sites. Now fully completed, the building is Europe's first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted, and is also an EPC “A” rated low energy building. His most recent work, The Re-use Altas: A Designer’s Guide Towards a Circular Economy​, was published earlier this year​ by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

*Delegates will also have the option of visiting The Brighton Waste House during the conference.

Keynote Presentation | TBA

Cat Fletcher
Freegle, UK

Biography

Founding Member, Elected National Representative and Head of Media for Freegle UK (UK-wide organisation, formed in 2009 by experienced volunteers and members of the free reuse community with over 1.4 million members), Cat Fletcher is also working with Brighton University on The Waste House project.

Super scavenger Cat helped to set up the Waste Zone at Ecobuild. The Waste Zone was a temporary place dedicated to the discussion of the issues & huge potentials of seeing waste as a future resource. Students, activists, film-makers and designers of all kinds presented their ideas, showing examples of products, buildings, furniture etc – all made from waste.

Cat was shortlisted in the Living Lab Global Awards, http://llga.org/solutions.php, an international competition to find innovative solutions for unique problems from 22 cities from around the world. The awards programme was developed by an architect, originally to accelerate innovative action to address real urban problems. Her submitted solution was an online and real world system of community engagement, reward and resourcefulness (a supersonic version of what she has successfully been engaged in for six years locally and more recently with the University of Brighton). Her solution was shortlisted for two cities: Rosario in Argentina and Terrassa in Spain. She attended a 3-day summit in San Francisco in where 250 plus city leaders and solution shortlisters gathered to share knowledge and establish relationships.

Plenary Panel Presentation | Sustaining the City
Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
University College London, UK

Biography

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou is registered architect and senior research fellow at UCL. She owns the awarded SynThesis Architects (London – Athens), that specializes in medical facilities. Her work received prestigious awards (Singapore 2009, Kuala Lumpur 2012, Brisbane 2013, Birmingham 2014, London 2014). Parallel activities include teaching at medical and architectural schools, research (UK, France, Belgium, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Greece and the Middle East) and advisory. She advised the Hellenic Secretary of Health and is the author of the new national guidelines for mental health facilities. Dr Chrysikou is the author of the book ‘Architecture for Psychiatric Environments and Therapeutic Spaces’, healthcare architecture editor, reviewer, active member of several professional and scientific associations and a TED-MED speaker. She is a Trustee, Member of the Board and Director of Research at DIMHN (UK) and Member of the Board at the Scholar’s Association Onassis Foundation.

Featured Panel Presentation | East Meets West – Healthy, Active and Beautiful Aging in Europe
Professor Nick Kontogeorgopoulos
University of Puget Sound, USA

Biography

Professor Nick Kontogeorgopoulos earned his BA degree in International Studies as a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and earned his graduate degrees in Geography at the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia, Canada. Professor Kontogeorgopoulos’s current teaching interests include the political economy of international tourism, international development, and the political economy of Southeast Asia. His research interests center on the relationship between tourism, environmental sustainability and personal values. Professor Kontogeorgopoulos has conducted research in southern Thailand on the impact of ecotourism on community development, the spatial and temporal relationship between ecotourism and mass tourism, and motivational and behavioral differences between ecotourists and mass tourists. He has also published research on the role of tourism in elephant conservation in northern Thailand, and the relationship between volunteer tourism and development in Thailand.

Spotlight Presentation | Volunteer Tourism and the Creation of “Volunteerscapes” in Thailand
Dr Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and a Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within the university.

He is also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

A black belt in judo, he is married with two children, and lives in Japan.

Professor Anne Boddington
University of Brighton, UK

Biography

Professor of Design Innovation and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, Anne Boddington was educated as an architect and cultural geographer. She has particular interests in the spaces of learning and research and the symbiosis of arts and humanities education as agents of cultural, social and civic transformation. The founding Head of the School of Architecture & Design (1999-2006) and since 2006, as Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, she was also the Director of the University’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning through Design (CETLD) (a unique partnership between the University, the V&A, the Royal College of Art and the RIBA) and co-director of the HEA’s Subject Centre in Art Design and Media.

A registered architect, fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), she has been an independent governor, trustee, chair and an elected member of many regional and national councils in the cultural sector and in higher education including as a member of the Arts & Humanities Research Council Advisory Board (AHRC); Vice Chair of Council for Higher Education in Art& Design (CHEAD) and a trustee of the Design Council/CABE. Working with HEFCE she was a panel member of the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) and Deputy Chair of D34 for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) panel in 2014 as well as a member of the REF 2014 Equality & Diversity Panel. Her research has been supported and funded by the EU, EPSRC, AHRC, the HEA and HEFCE. She has an international profile as a speaker and advisor for research development, quality assurance, enhancement and teaching innovation in Architecture, Art and Design across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She undertakes regular peer review and research assessment for academic journals and conferences and has worked with and for research councils of Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Germany, Israel and Canada.

Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK

Biography

Eddie Bruce-Jones (DPhil, Berlin; LLM, KCL; JD, Columbia; MA, Berlin; AB, Harvard) is Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean for Recruitment at Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK, where he teaches and researches in the areas of human rights, European law, legal theory, equality law and legal anthropology. At Birkbeck, he is Assistant Director of the Centre for Critical European Law. He is a member of the New York Bar and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. He serves on the Board of Governors of Birkbeck College, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asylum, Immigration and Nationality Law, the Board of Trustees of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and the Board of Directors of the Institute of Race Relations.

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Dr James W. McNally
University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging

Biography

Dr James W. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. Dr McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. He has spent much of his career addressing methodological issues with a specific focus on specialized application of incomplete or deficient data and the enhancement of secondary data for research applications. Dr McNally has also worked extensively on issues related to international aging and changing perspectives on the role of family support in the later stages of the aging lifecourse.

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou
University College London, UK

Biography

Dr Evangelia Chrysikou is registered architect and senior research fellow at UCL. She owns the awarded SynThesis Architects (London – Athens), that specializes in medical facilities. Her work received prestigious awards (Singapore 2009, Kuala Lumpur 2012, Brisbane 2013, Birmingham 2014, London 2014). Parallel activities include teaching at medical and architectural schools, research (UK, France, Belgium, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Greece and the Middle East) and advisory. She advised the Hellenic Secretary of Health and is the author of the new national guidelines for mental health facilities. Dr Chrysikou is the author of the book ‘Architecture for Psychiatric Environments and Therapeutic Spaces’, healthcare architecture editor, reviewer, active member of several professional and scientific associations and a TED-MED speaker. She is a Trustee, Member of the Board and Director of Research at DIMHN (UK) and Member of the Board at the Scholar’s Association Onassis Foundation.

Featured Panel Presentation | East Meets West – Healthy, Active and Beautiful Aging in Europe
Dr Joseph Haldane
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan

Biography

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Dr Haldane holds a PhD from the University of London in 19th-century French Studies, and has had full-time faculty positions at the University of Paris XII Paris-Est Créteil (France), Sciences Po Paris (France), and Nagoya University of Commerce and Business (Japan), as well as visiting positions at the French Press Institute in the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (France), The School of Journalism at Sciences Po Paris (France), and the School of Journalism at Moscow State University (Russia).

Dr Haldane’s current research concentrates on post-war and contemporary politics and international affairs, and since 2015 he has been a Guest Professor at The Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) at Osaka University, where he teaches on the postgraduate Global Governance Course, and a Co-Director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre, an interdisciplinary think tank situated within the university.

He is also a Member of the International Advisory Council of the Department of Educational Foundations at the College of Education of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

From 2012 to 2014, Dr Haldane served as Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (Chubu Region) and he is currently a Trustee of the HOPE International Development Agency (Japan). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2012, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015.

A black belt in judo, he is married with two children, and lives in Japan.

Peter McLennan
University College London (UCL), UK

Biography

Peter McLennan is MSc Course Director in Facility and Environment Management at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL (University College London). He did his post graduate work at Cornell University. His principle expertise is in teaching, research and consultancy through applied methods and techniques for creating and evaluating workplace and occupancy performance within the context of facility management and use. His projects are best described as applications research working in collaboration with commercial organisations. He is co-editor of Facility Management: risks and opportunities, which highlights this perspective.

Research Summary

Peter McLennan’s principle expertise is in teaching, research and consultancy through applied methods and techniques for creating and evaluating workplace and occupancy performance within the context of facility management and use. He has developed a number of empirically based commercial applications to assess, measure, and predict occupancy requirements, particularly the spatial aspects of occupancy, for building users. This approach was formalised in part as a research assistant on three EPSRC projects at UCL: adaptability potential of buildings (GR J99575) created a comparative tool for assessing the potential use of buildings; selective demolition (GR L14107), which reviewed the spatial reconfiguration during the change process; and refurbishment in occupation (GR L13971), which created a management framework for profiling health and safety risks. In addition, there are a number of commercially based projects under various consultancy arrangements looking at space and its use, primarily in office buildings through research contracts with RBS and the BCO. All of this work involves understanding occupancy, the use of space to support human activities of buildings through time from planning to operations. His projects are best described as applications research working in collaboration with commercial organisations. He is co-editor of Facility Management: risks and opportunities, which highlights this perspective.

Teaching Summary

Peter McLennan has been involved with the MSc Facility and Environment Management programme since its inception in 1992. He has worked in all aspects of delivery and administration for the teaching and learning of this programme within the Bartlett. Since 2001 he has taken over the role as Course Director for the programme, which is accredited by both the British Institute of Facility Managers and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Professor Chariklia Tziraki
Hebrew University, Israel

Biography

She has participated in multiple studies at the NIH and directed the National Study of the NIH Cancer Prevention projects to develop manuals and train the trainer programs for cancer prevention screening and nutrition counseling, to increase cancer prevention practices in ethnic and low literacy minorities. She is currently associated with the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel and is involved at the international arena of technological interventions and the use of creative arts, spirituality and citizen empowerment skills and education to create a healthier aging process and to improve the outcome and quality of life for AD patients and their families. She is on the Healthy Aging steering committee for the city of Jerusalem. She has served as medical director of Norvatis, Israel and directed its clinical trials and educational programs, participating in several multinational initiatives. She is involved in several EU consortium on healthy aging, including ‘built environment’, prevention of frailty, informal care givers support and education, intergenerational innovative health delivery initiatives to bridge social and health inequities. In addition, she is actively involved with the University of Crete and the local and National Alzheimer’s Association, in research and education for early screening of AD in the rural areas of Crete.

Featured Panel Presentation | East Meets West – Healthy, Active and Beautiful Aging in Europe