Invited Speaker I
Dr. Angela T. Ragusa
Charles Sturt University, Australia
Dr. Angela T. Ragusa is an environmental sociologist at Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW, Australia. Angela has a PhD and Master Degree in Sociology and second Master's Degree in Science & Technology Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia in the United States. Her Bachelor's Degree is in Psychology from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York. She is Editor-in-Chief for Rural Society: Journal of global research into rural social problems for sustainable communities, a role held for over a decade and has published 3 books and >80 academic publications. Recent research projects include identifying what prompts individuals and communities to engage in pro-environmental behaviours (air, land, & water pollution), factors affecting health and environmental literacy/knowledge, and how media and sociocultural norms affect socioeconomic priorities and beliefs (ie, biodiversity and nonhuman species' extinction).
Invited Speaker II
Dr. Ivan Deviatkin
Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, Finland
Dr Deviatkin currently acts as a postdoctoral researcher at LUT University, Finland. He completed his doctoral degree in November 2017 on the topic of the environmental sustainability of waste management systems with the focus on pretreatment using multiple wastes as case-studies. During his doctoral studies, he has participated in several projects studying the impacts of managing deinking sludge, sewage sludge, sewage sludge ash, municipal solid waste, thermal residues, and waste incineration bottom ash. After finishing his doctoral degree, he was conducting research at Technical Research Center of Finland VTT during 2018 where he has been involved in projects related to pyrolysis of plastic waste and assessment of environmental impacts of li-ion batteries, among other projects. His present research interests explore environmental sustainability of waste management. Particularly, he studies the impacts of producing composites from construction and demolition waste, the impacts of recovering nitrogen during thermal drying of sewage sludge and other organic residues. Deviatkin has published over 15 scientific articles. The research projects to be launched during this year assess the sustainability of flexible electronics and optics, as well as waste management in Russia.