Election for Board Member 2020: Experience and Motivation

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Hanna Ahlström


University of Oslo 

Professional and organisational activities

I am currently a PhD Candidate in the EU funded project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) and based at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo. The project consists of 70+ researchers from 25 research institutions that study the barriers and drivers for market actors’ contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals within planetary boundaries, with the aim of achieving Policy Coherence for Development. 

In my PhD thesis, I study regulatory dynamics of corporate sustainability and I analyse the role of EU business and financial market law in enabling sustainable development. I am co-leading the Business Forum that is the platform for industry engagement in the SMART project, within which I arranged three major workshops with industry members. During my PhD period, I have participated and arranged multiple academic events. Examples are one large international conference on Network Analysis and Machine Learning in Law and a workshop with policy-makers from the European Commission in Brussels. I am active in the newly initiated Oslo SDG Initiative at the University of Oslo and a board member in Concerned Scientists Norway. 


I am a dedicated PhD Candidate seeking to expand my experience with international cooperation on sustainable development research. I have a thorough background in the areas of social-ecological resilience and sustainable development, specialised in sustainable business and finance and network analysis. I am committed to interdisciplinary sustainability research, is a co-leader of the SMART Business Forum, and have experience as a board member in multiple civil society organisations.  

The leadership that the ISDRS has shown is impressive, especially the society’s ability to act as a uniting force for different research communities around the world. I am highly motivated to join the ISDRS board as this organisation is so successfully urging the research community to bring in new ideas and is committed to its junior members. It is the work with junior members of ISDRS that I have my main interest and I would like to further develop the work of the ISDRS New Professionals Group. 

As someone who is proactive, not afraid of hard work, thriving in dynamic working environments and passionate about sustainability, I am confident that I would make a positive contribution to the board of the ISDRS.

Victor Arturo Miranda Alfaro

Professional and organisational activities

I am victor arturo miranda from lima Peru 53 years old, I am a colonel of the Army, also a civil engineer with a master’s and doctorate in environmental engineering, I am director of Environmental Management of the Army I have been working for a total of four years, I have also organized the First International Meeting of Defense Security and Environment (EIDESEA), where topics related to environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development were discussed. In this event participate as an exhibitor and moderator, guests from eight countries attended. 

Within my work I have been focusing on the objectives of Sustainable Development as a contribution of the Army to the Sustainable Development of the Country. 

During my career in working in the Amazon (Loreto and San Martín Region) for five years I tried to raise awareness and organize in the military structure on Sustainable Development. 


The motivation for which I want to continue and belong to the ISRDS is to join the network of academy researchers and the implementation practice of all continents on the study of Sustainable Development, seeking to achieve urgent and far-reaching changes that are needed in our society in favor of the planet in order to achieve a fair and clean sustainable society, also strengthen a global collaboration in the exchange of knowledge, experiences, best practices and above all to form critical thinking. 

Prof. Dr. Marlen Gabriele Arnold (Re election)

Affiliation: Technische Universität Chemnitz (Chemnitz University of Technology) 

Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration) 

BWL – Betriebliche Umweltökonomie und Nachhaltigkeit (Corporate Environmental Management and Sustainability) 

Professional and organisational activities

  • Full professor of Corporate environmental management and sustainability at TU Chemnitz, Germany since 2016 
  • Related teaching, researching and trainging experiences 
  • Experience in organising smaller and bigger conferences 
  • Experience in supervision of PhD students 
  • Academic self-administration (occupation committee, faculty council, etc.) 
  • Rectorate representative for Sustainable Campus 


I would like to support and develop the ISDRS network further by enganging in the 9c group, supporting the Newsletter work as well as the paper awards (evaluating the submitted papers). I can support the Boards discussions with my knowledge and experience, and especially by provinding a “small-scale” German perspective. I can support the ISDRS conference on site as well as in advance reading and evaluating the respective abstracts and providing feedback. I am willing to address new ideas for progressing the ISDRS network as well as supporting taken decisions.  

Francisco A. Comín (Re election)


Pyrenean Institute of Ecology-CSIC (IPE-CSIC), Zaragoza, Spain (Full professor of research) 

Professional and organisational activities

I have been performing research on biodiversity issues related to human development (land use related water quality and biological communities in wetlands, rivers and coastal areas in Spain and México) since my initial academic steps at University of Barcelona (Spain)Since I moved to IPE-CSIC in Zaragoza (Spain) in 2002, I have been researching on solutions for point and non-point pollution and restoration of watersheds (References of my academic publications and citations are available here.  My major interest now is to develop protocols and practices to integrate rural and urban development in a sustainable way through the conservation of natural resources and the restoration of degraded ecosystems.  

 I have been principal researcher of European research and EU Interreg projects; I was frequently collaborating with LatinAmerican research groups, and I work with private and public companies to preserve and restore natural ecosystems and territories with intensive agricultural uses. I was supervisor of 25 Ph.D. thesis at different Universities.  

I was member of the Board of Director of the Society for Ecological Restoration (2005-2009); I organized two world conferences on ecological restoration (2005 in Spain and 2011 in México) and three other international congresses.  


I met the ISDRS at the Lisbon congress in 2015 and I think that we are a scientific society that could and should provide guide for a sustainable development worldwide. I think that ISDRS could open more to citizen´s organizations and private companies; because they all are now aware of the general sustainable development goals but need guide to progress towards detailed goals at concerted time and spatial scales.  

  At ISDRS I have been involved in the agreement ISDRS-IUNCBD (International University Network on Cultural and Biological Diversity) (MessinaItaly 2018), and collaborated with the organization by ISDRS of side-event at the UN Biodiversity Conference (Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity-COP 14(Egypt 2018). I was also member of the steering group to attract new ISDRS Board members in 2017-18.   I have been coordinator of tracks 3a-Life on Land and 3b-Life below water of ISDRS Themes for the last two yearsMy major motivation to continue on the ISDRS Board is to attract new members contributing with their experiences and knowledge to promote the conservation and wise use of natural resources, both in land and aquatic ecosystems as a fundamental component of sustainable development.

Dr Alex Franklin (Re election)


Centre for Agroecology, Water & Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, Ryton, Warwickshire

Professional and organisational activities

Dr Alex Franklin is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University. Her research interests include collaborative governance, shared practice, rural development, multi-stakeholder decision-making and place-based resource management. This includes, for example, exploring how differing ways of knowing, understanding and practicing collaborative resource management are brought together through place-based initiatives; the role of key intermediaries in supporting sustainable resource management and, the role of resource ownership in enhancing the resourcefulness and resilience of local communities. In addition to being involved in a number of other national and international research projects around these themes, Alex is also co-ordinator of the H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network ‘RECOMS’ (2018-22) which takes as its focus Resourceful and Resilient Community Environmental Practice. 

Alex specialises in qualitative research techniques, with much of her work informed by a participatory action research approach to study design. Originally trained as a human geographer, her involvement since 2005 in a series of inter- and trans-disciplinary research centres, sees her identifying more closely these days with the broader field of (social) sustainability science. For the period 2012-2015 she was a co-editor of the international Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, and currently serves as an editorial board member of Sociologia Ruralis. Alex is currently also involved in the supervision of eight doctoral research students.  


Since being voted onto the Board I have been a regular contributor to the society and also promoter of its work (and conferences) to others. My involvement as society member and as board membercombined with the fact that I have been lucky enough to be able to attend the last four ISDRS conferences – inclusive of chairing tracks at two of the four conferencespresenting papers at all four and participating in one of the pre-conference doctoral training days  – provides me with a strong understanding of the ethos and workings of the ISDRS. Moreover, I am very passionate about the work of the ISDRS, and feel that the direct alignment with my research expertise (see above) and personal values makes me well placed to continue making a notable contribution to both its forward work plan and future development.      


Dr Simon Lockrey


Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) – RMIT University 

Professional and organisational activities

I am a leading sustainability and design innovation researcher situated within the RMIT School of Design as a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor). My research includes life cycle assessment (LCA), co-design, design innovation, marketing, resource efficiencysustainability tools, strategy, and food waste. I have generated over $2 million of ‘industry facing’ research leading to policy changes, commercial innovation outcomes, media coverage, quality academic publications (A*/ impact factors over 5), and 300+ citations. I’ve worked with globally significant companies, including CHEP, Visy, Nestlé, Dyson, Grocon and Breville. Relevant government and NGO projects have also ensued, with Sustainability Victoria, Environmental Protection Agency, Australian Food and Grocery Council, Australia Post, Australian Antarctic Division, Uniting AgeWell, and Meat and Livestock Australia. I have also been published through international masthead newspapers, trade magazines, academic literature, and UN agency the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). My collaborations across industry and external universities have culminated in my participation in the successful Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) bid in 2017, national supply chain and technology projects over 10 years from a pool of $210 million cash/ in-kind funding. I now am a key leader in the 2018 funded Fight Food Waste CRC, worth $120 million over 10 years.


Based on my Portuguese and Italian ISDRS conference experiencesit is my view ISDRS members are global leaders in shifting society to more sustainable practicesin areas such as climate change, food systems, management, governance, business models and waste approaches. The network is vast, outputs immense, and research impactful. Thus it would be a privilege to help guide such a group on the Board. 

My expectations if I were to sit on the ISDRBoard would be to provide added value and new perspectives to their work. This would derive from my dual industry and academic background.  

Based on senior and executive roles at Dyson, Glowpear and design/ engineering consulting, I could use industry led experiences to contribute to decisions on financingmanagement, communications strategy, and governance issues 

Also, my academic work with the likes of governments, public agencies, large companies (Visy, Nestlé, etc), and NGOs, will provide pragmatism in deciding research and ethical agendas. I could also provide research pathways to major funding based on based on my leadership in structures such as the Fight Food Waste CRC 

A fresh, southern hemisphere perspective would also be useful to the ISDRS Board.  

Hence I nominate for the 2020 ISDRS Board. 

Roberto Merli (Re election)


Roma Tre University – Department of Business Studies 

Professional and organisational activities

Roberto Merli, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the Department of Business Studies, Roma Tre University and senior researcher at QUIS – Quality Innovation and Sustainability Laboratory. He is teaching Technology innovation and sustainable production at postgraduate levels.  
His research activity is mainly carried out within the fields of Environmental Management Systems, Eco-labels, Corporate Social Responsibility, Quality management, Customer Satisfaction, Certifications (ISO 9001 and 14001, SA8000, OHSAS 18001). 
He has published widely on these topics in international journals, conference proceedings and books. 
Merli, R., Preziosi, M., & Acampora, A. (2018). How do scholars approach the circular economy? A systematic literature review. JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, 178, 703-722. 
Merli, R., Preziosi, M., Acampora, A., & Ali, F. (2019). Why should hotels go green? Insights from guests experience in green hotels. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, 81, 169-179. 
He is recently been nominated as Delegate of the Department of Business Studies of Roma Tre University, in the University Inter-Faculty Commission for the development of all the initiatives related with the UN 2030 Agenda. 
He is a qualified accountant from 1995, ISO14001 auditor from 2004, and co-founder and major shareholder of a spinoff company, active in environmental, quality and safety consultancy and training. 

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Dear all,

I would like to submit my candidacy for the position as Board Member of the ISDRS 
I would cover the position for the second time, because I have had this honor for the past 2 years.  
My experience during the last two years as a Board Member provided me with knowledge of how the Society functions and prepared me for a more active role in the next two years.  
I would really enjoy continuing with this work for the next two years in order to further implement and ameliorate what I have started. 
During my first mandate, I was actively involved in the organization of the 2018 Conference in Messina, were I’ve been Track Chair and member of the Scientific Committee. I will continue in this effort in relation with the Society main event, being ready to offer all my cooperation for the next Conference in Budapest, 2020. 
As a longtime and current member of the ISDRS, I recognize the need for membership involvement in the organization. I hope to once again bring a fair and open minded perspective to the board, to help serve the membership collectively, promoting the continuous growth and development of the Society. 

G. Shainesh


Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India 

Professional and organisational activities

Shainesh has over two decades of research and teaching experience in India and abroad. He has conducted research and teaching assignments at the Goteborg University, University of St. Gallen, Audencia Nantes and IESEG (France), Vienna University and MCI Innsbruck (Austria), Bocconi University and Curtin University of Technology. His research and teaching focus on Service Innovations, CRM and Services Marketing. At IIMB, Shainesh has served as Dean – Administration (2014-17), Chair – EPGP (2013-14) and Chair – Student Exchange Program (2006-09).   

Shainesh leads IIMB’s cross functional research initiative on consumer insights. His case study ‘Narayana Nethralaya: Expanding Affordable Eye Care’ won the second prize in the GlobaLens 2014 NextBillion Case Writing Competition. He was named ‘Best Professor in Marketing’ by the CMO Asia Council during the ‘Best B-Schools in Asia Awards’, July 2011, Singapore. He is also a past winner of the Citibank Special Research Award (1994) and P D Agarwal TCI Award for Doctoral Research in Management (1995). 

Shainesh has worked for several organizations in the public, the non-profit and the corporate sectors both as an advisor and as a seminar leader. His books include ‘Social Media Marketing: Emerging Concepts and Applications’, (2018, Palgrave Macmillan), Customer Relationship Management – A Strategic Perspective (Trinity Press) and Customer Relationship Management – Emerging Concepts, Tools and Applications (McGraw Hill). Shainesh’s online course on CRMhttp://bit.ly/2Biye8A is offered on edX.  

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Indian Business Research (Emerald). His papers on have been published in the MIS Quarterly, Journal of Service Research, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Service Industries Journal, International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, International Marketing Review, among others.


ISDRS’s emphasis on action is timely and inspirational as it magnifies ISDRS’s potential for impact on sustainability. Based on my experiences and learnings, I foresee a role in fostering partnerships with governments, businesses, civic groups, etc. to implement research for sustainability.    

My ongoing research focuses on service innovations, financial inclusion, and improving access to affordable, quality healthcare. The projects https://www.iimb.ac.in/iimb_initiatives/initiatives-consumer-insights  on sustainable consumption, digital innovations and impact of social capital on choices made by the poor have provided me a ringside view of the tremendous potential for leveraging technology & innovative delivery models to improve the lives of the poor.  My research, aligned with the UNDP’s Global Goals,  focus on economic inequality, innovation and sustainable consumption. 

During my tenure as Dean – Administration at IIM Bangalore, we implemented several initiatives to develop our 100 acre campus as a role model in sustainability. Projects on energy conservation, environment protection, waste & water recycling, rain water harvesting, recharge of ground water, solar water heating, etc. helped us implement the 3Rs ‘reduce, reuse and recycle of sustainability –        

https://tinyurl.com/y7uxv4pq  https://youtu.be/tIUH1Nc4b8g   


My engagements  with civic groups like Citizen Matters, https://tinyurl.com/ybl4xagt and e-bird  https://tinyurl.com/y9od6vcs also helped me appreciate that we, as individuals, can enhance sustainability initiatives by partnering with stakeholders in the ecosystem. I propose to leverage these experiences by working with the ISDRS community. 


Dr Sebastian Thomas


University of Melbourne 

Professional and organisational activities

I am a lecturer and scholar at the University of MelbourneMy work investigates the dynamics of social-ecological systems with a focus on impacts and opportunities of sustainability governance mechansisms and climate policy instruments. I am interested in energy transitionthe blue economy, and sustainable development at local scales through self-determinationempowerment, and livelihood innovationsMy research is inter- and transdisciplinary, and focused in Australia, Asia, and the Pacific. 

Previously I managed an interdisciplinary Master of Energy Studies program delivered by three of Australia’s leading universities. I lived in Asia for seven yearsbuilding a successful education and training business in Taiwan. I teach the foundation subject in UoM’s Master of Environment programtitled Sustainability Governance and Leadership. I supervise graduate research students at PhD and Master’s level in the Sustainability Lab @Melbourne (SL@M). I am a Senior Fellow with the Australia-Indonesia Centre. I consult to organisations including the CSIRO, Pacific Islands Development ForumAustralian government agencies, and private sector and civil society organisations. 

My current research includes a 4-year project investigating technicalregulatory, and social equity issues in distributed energy resources and community-owned projects in Victoria, and a 3-year project exploring youth and sustainable development in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. 


Sustainable development is arguably more relevant than ever given the scope and scale of current and future environmental changeresource challenges, and social equity issuesThere is a clear and important role for an interdisciplinary research network going forward. I would seek to build on the ISDRS legacy and develop its reachconnectivity, and impact. 

key interest would be to increase the focus on the global south including Asia and the PacificThis region is the frontline of development and represents significant challenges as well as opportunities. I would like to see the ISDRS engage with local institutions and cultures to support a dynamic two-way flow of knowledge and expertise. 

have a strong commitment to diversity and proactively make space for different voicesDiversity is critical to achieving the most thrivingenduringequitable, and enjoyable outcomes in researchprofessional practice, and social development. 

have extensive networks globally and in the Indo-Pacific regionthrough universitiesgovernmentlarge corporations, and civil societyThese networks would be valuable leverage for the ISDRS in this part of the worldFinally, I am passionateenergeticcollaborative, and committed to innovation in research and practice, and would bring these qualities to the Board. 

Eduardo Wills-Herrera (Re election)


Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá- Colombia  

Professional and organisational activities

I am an organizational and well-being scholar. My research area deals with the proposal of subjective well-being as an indicator for sustainable development for people, organizations and society. I also do research on institutional change and its relationship to sustainability. 

I am a full Professor at the Management School and have promoted the creation of the sustainability academic area in the school 

Was the chair of the 21st ISDRS Conference at our University 

I am part of the Latinamerican Center for ODS in Uniandes 


  1. To consolidate track 9a within ISDRS and its academic community related to ODS 16: the importance of institutions, justice and peace for sustainability. 
  2. To create the Latin American Chapter within ISDRS 
  3. Participate as member of the committee for election of best article award within ISDRS 
  4. Promote more research from institutional theory framework within ISDRS 

Zengwei Yuan


School of the Environment, Nanjing University 

Professional and organisational activities

I am Dr. Zengwei Yuan, a full professor at the School of the Environment, Nanjing University which is one of the top universities in China. I am the director of the Lishui Institute of Ecology and Environment, Nanjing Universityand the director of Urban Mining Center of Natural Resource Institute, Nanjing University 

My research is focused on promotig sustainable development by cloing material (like phosphorus, copper, etc.) cycles with technological, societal, and economic approaches. I have published 70 articles in peer-reviewed international journals like PNAS, ES&T, J ENVIRON MANAG, SCI TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, and J CLEAN PRODU (see: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-9283-2014) and they were cited more than 2400 times without consideration of self-citations in the database SCI. I am also a team member of project CRESTING (see: http://cresting.hull.ac.uk). 

I organized the 25th ISDRS Annual Conference between 26 and 28 June, 2019 and compiled the proceedings of the 25th ISDRS Annual Conference. Now I am organizing a special issue in the Journal of Cleaner Production titled “Sustaining Resources for the Future”, which calls for paper from but not limited to the participants of the ISDRS 2019 conference.  I also participated the 24th ISDRS Annual Conference and will attend the next ISDRS annual conference in 2020.


The ISDRS is a great platform for international scholars, stake-holders, policy-makers to communicate and share knowledge about sustainable development, which inspired scholars so much and provided more opportinuties for their future. By participating and organizing the ISDRS Annual Conferences, I made some good new friends and international academic collaborations, for example, I was involved in the project “CRESTING” and have opportunities to know more about internationals. Therefore, I hope I can be a member of the ISDRS Board and have more chances to communicate with, share knowledge with, and serve our members. 

If I can be a member of the ISDRS Board, I will do more things as but not limited to the followings: 

  1. find more chances to introduce the ISDRS to others and encourage more peers to join the society. 
  2. Develop more collaborations with the ISDRS members. 
  3. Organize some special issues in international journals with the ISDRS members to talk about the topics around sustainable development. 
  4. Launch a new journal “Resources and Environment” as a platform of international scholars. 
  5. Other activities and responsibilities required for the ISDRS Board members. 
  6. To organize some trainings for internationals about the knowledge of sustainable development.