Speakers

The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment 2017 (ECSEE2017) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on the Social Sciences 2017 (ECSS2017). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either of these conferences permits attendance in both.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • 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
  • Dr Joseph Haldane
    Dr Joseph Haldane
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), Japan
  • Professor Nick Kontogeorgopoulos
    Professor Nick Kontogeorgopoulos
    University of Puget Sound, USA
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
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 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