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Invited Speakers

Dr. Angela T. Ragusa
Charles Sturt University, Australia

Biography | 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).



Speech Title "Environmental prioritisation? Beliefs about organisational concerns and actions"


Abstract-Whilst developing and developed nations work to prioritise pro-environmental action, Australia ranked 130 in a global sustainability index in 2020, well behind economically comparable nations. This exists alongside national surveys showing high public support for pro-environmental behaviour. As employees increasingly utilise ‘green’ credentials to make career decisions in globally-competitive marketplaces, understanding if an employer’s environmental track-record is concerning, and what pro-environmental action awareness exists, may encourage large organisations to think critically about future trajectories. Drawing upon data from 31 face-to-face interviews, this research identifies if employees thought environmental sustainability issues were an employer concern, what issues concerned their employer the most, and what, if any, environmental actions were being undertaken. Interview findings are compared alongside global data to demonstrate environmental issue salience and highlight discrepancies/congruencies between local and global imperatives.


Dr. Md. Mizanur Rahman
University Technology Malaysia, Malaysia

Biography | PhD, CEng, Chartered Energy Engineer, Certified Energy Manager

Md Mizanur Rahman is currently a Senior Lecturer at Department of Thermo-Fluids, School of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia UTM, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Before joining at UTM, he has served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Aalto University School of Engineering, Finland. He also has more than 12-year working experience in a government statutory body namely Rural Electrification Board (REB). During his tenure in REB, he has gathered practical experience in dealing with techno-economic and sociocultural challenges faced by rural electrification programme. He has accumulated deep insights towards the solution pathways for the Global Mega-challenge of having 1.2 billion people without access to electricity yet. He has sound understanding into the global energy sector challenges and its societal implications. Dr Rahman has received his Ph.D. in Energy Economics and Power plant Engineering from Aalto University, Finland, M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology KTH, Sweden, and B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. His research interests include rural electrification, energy economics, energy management, energy efficiency and system, sustainable and renewable energy, energy system modelling, Life-Cycle Analysis, distributed power generation, multicriteria evaluation etc. He has several publications in International referred journals in energy engineering domain.



Speech Title "Renewable energy policy: the key success factors in Germany"


Abstract-Energy-sectors in both developed and developing countries face three major challenges namely emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs), depletion of fossil fuel reserves, and increasing demands. Despite renewable energy retains many advantages over fossil-based energy, its wider dissemination is still restricted in many countries owing to techno-economic, societal and policy barriers. Renewable energy policy is meant to promote renewable energy by overcoming these barriers. Globally more than 140 countries had laid policy measures to promote the development of renewable energy, however, very few countries are successful. Germany is one of the successful countries in the world in developing renewable energy in terms of per capita installation and cumulative capacity expansion. Malaysia, on the other hand, undertook several initiatives in order to increase renewable energy uses to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and to contribute global effort to minimize GHG emissions but is not yet as successful as it desires. This paper examines renewable energy policy of both these countries, and identifies the key success factors in German case. We found that the main success factors of Germany were appropriate and dynamic FiT (Feed-in Tariff) mechanism. German FiT mechanism ensures marginal profits with the negotiated FiT rates.