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Dr Abhishek Agarwal
Title: Dr
First Name: Abhishek
Surname: Agarwal
Position: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263976
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Duties and Responsibilities

Dr. Abhishek Agarwal is a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Policy in the Aberdeen Business School. He has contributed to the delivery of various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Aberdeen Business School since 2004. He is currently coordinating a number of modules, including 'Energy Policy and the Environment' (BSM117), 'Energy Project (BSM673)' and 'Renewable Energy Management (BSM158)'. He has been instrumental in resourcing and leading industry sponsored consultancy projects.

Abhishek graduated with an MBA from the University of Aberdeen and a PhD from the Aberdeen Business School. He has been involved in writing papers for publication in peer reviewed journals, guest editing special issues of reputed journals, chairing sessions in renowned international conferences and reviewing for high ranking journals. Abhishek was honoured with the prestigious "Hind Rattan" award for Non-Resident Indians in 2014 at the Eve of Republic Day in Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi. He also received the I Love My Lecturer - Recognition with Distinction Award for excellent teaching and support provided to students in 2015.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on 1) management, strategy, planning and policy processes and trends shaping the businesses environment and more specifically the energy sector, and 2) the integration of sustainability into the core strategies of businesses for the sustainable future of industry.

Doctoral Supervision

Bamikole Aduloju - Oil and gas pollution and environmental taxation in Canada: A comparative analysis and lessons for non-green oil producing economies in Africa. (Offer issued)

Alessandra Galeano - Decision Making Process during the Preparation Phase of Decommissioning of Oil and Gas Installations on the UKCS (Offer issued)

Maureen Kehinde - Embedding Sustainability into Institutional Culture: A Synthesis of Transformational Change Strategies for UK Business Schools

Victor Osu - Investigating the Prospects for a Transition towards Ocean Based Renewable Energy Innovation in West African Sub-Region

Udechukwu Oguagha -. An Evaluation of Transparency Practices in the Implementation of the Local Content Policy in the Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry

Ofasa Abunumah – Potential and Competitiveness of Enhanced Oil Recovery Methods in Nigeria Oil Plays (with school of Engineering)

James Bruiners - Engineering a holistic asset integrity management governance framework for electrical power systems assets and companies. (with school of Engineering)

Ahmed Ibrahim Butu - Promoting Community Renewable Energy Investment: The Nigerian Prospective

Omobolaji Epoyun- The influence of social media on small business enterprise (SMEs) performance and development in Nigeria. (Methodology is mixed methods)

Matthew Anderson - A Cross Case Thematic Analysis of Systemic Leadership Development (Awarded)

John Telesford (DBA) - Applying the Industrial Ecology Concept within the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development: Towards Conceptual Strategy for Tourism Development in a Complex Island System. (Awarded)

Funding

Funds secured from Visit Scotland, Conference Chair and IMAGES Research Institute (RGU) to present a paper and chair the eco-industrial development session at the International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Hong Kong (2010) - £1380.

UNEP funding bid (EU Youth in Action Programme) won as part of the Low Impact Lifestyle and Youth (LILY) group in collaboration with StudentForce for Sustainability (2009) - £21,078.

Funding secured from an International LCA Organisation Quantis to participate in the Water Footprint Summit in London Measuring Corporate Water Footprints (2008) – £1000.

Grant received from Yale University to participate and contribute to the International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference, Toronto (2007) - $1700.

Bursary from Chair’s Funds to attend the Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference (2006) - $700.

Consultancy work for the UK National Industrial Symbiosis Programme and Databuild Ltd. (2006) - £11,750.

Professional Memberships

  • Member - Energy Institute
  • Member - Scottish Oil Club
  • Member - Energy Network, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce
  • Member - Nuclear Consulting Group (NCG)
  • Vice-chair - Steering Committee (North Scotland) Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
  • Member - Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)
  • Auditor - Environmental and Quality Management Systems (IEMA and IRCA certified)

External / Professional Roles

Non-Executive Director, Kirkland Development Limited.

Organised energy industry focussed events including, 'Lessons learnt from oil spills', 'Does Scotland need nuclear energy' and 'Energy future: what's next?'.

Principle organiser for five conference tracks consecutively since 2008 for the leading International Sustainable Development Research Conference, India (2008), Netherlands (2009), Hong Kong (2010), New York (2011) and UK (2012).

Member of the Scientific Committee, Sustainability, Technology and Education Conference, Perth Australia (2012).

Member of the Technical Committee, International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference, Lisbon, Portugal (2009).

Contribution to Professional Practice

External Review Panel Member - Accreditation of Postgraduate Programmes; United Arab Emirates Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).

Is Industrial Symbiosis only a Concept for Developed Countries? The Journal for Waste & Resource Management Professionals, The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (commissioned piece).

Provided consultancy services to public and private sector bodies, including the UK National Industrial Symbiosis Programme and Databuild Ltd.

Evaluation Methodologies to Measure Performance of Eco-industrial Development Initiatives. Consultancy Report prepared for Databuild Ltd. and National Industrial Symbiosis Programme, UK. (with Prof. Peter Strachan) 2006

Facilitation of client engagement seminars for Scottish Industrial Symbiosis Programme.

Publications

Community benefit provision for Windfarm development in Scotland – local government perspective. (forthcoming, with Prof. Peter Strachan and Sean Huff)

Key criteria for sustainable wind energy planning—lessons from an institutional perspective on the impact assessment literature, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 39, pp. 1012–1023 (with Janne Thygesen), November 2014. (impact factor 5.510)

Industrial Symbiosis: Testing the Boundaries and Advancing Knowledge, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 16(1), 1-18 (with Dr. Rachel Lombardi, Prof. Donald Lyons and Prof. Shi Han), February 2012. (impact factor 2.276)

Managing Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Networks, Business Strategy and the Environment, 20(7), pp. 421-427 (with Prof. Alfred Posch and Prof. Peter Strachan), September 2011. (impact factor 3.236)

Waste Management Policies for Industrial Symbiosis Development: Case Studies in European Countries, Journal of Cleaner Production, 18(8), pp. 815-822 (with Dr. Ines Costa and Dr. Guillaume Massard), May 2010. (impact factor 3.398)

NISP: Towards Developing a New and Integrative Methodology to Evaluate Industrial Symbiosis Networks. Industrial Symbiosis in Action: Report on the Third International Industrial Symbiosis Research Symposium, Yale F&ES Publication Series, pp. 21-24 (with Prof. Peter Strachan), May 2007.

Consultancy Projects (Lead)

  • Investigation of North Sea Oil & Gas Deals and Benchmarks
  • Reuse and market potential for decommissioned oilfield gensets
  • Development of Early Warning System for Wood Group PSN
  • Stakeholder Analysis and Assessment of Institutional Capacity for Sustainable Renewable Energy in Kenya
  • Development of a Business Model for a Marine Risks Management Consultancy Services Company
  • Rural Lighting Utilities: Feasibility Study for Business Expansion Across Asia
  • The Development of a Technological Business Model for the Enhancement of Smart, Intelligent and Efficient Electrical Energy Services
  • Potential for Small Scale Community Anaerobic Digestion in Scotland using Waste Streams as Feedstock
  • The Development of a Business Plan for Solar Cooling Technology in Australia and India
  • Viability of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Measure in the UK

Conference Papers

IBRAHIM, A., STRACHAN, P. AND AGARWAL, A. (2016)  Critical Appraisal of Socio-Technical Transition Process: A Case of Community Renewable Energy in Off-Grid Rural Areas Electrification in Nigeria. 7th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, Germany. (August)

 IBRAHIM, A., STRACHAN, P. AND AGARWAL, A. (2016)  Understanding Socio-Technical Transition Pressures and Barriers. Empirical Perspectives on Community Renewable Energy for Off-Grid Rural Electrification in Nigeria. 7th International Sustainability Transitions Conference, Germany. (August) 

OGUAGHA, A., AGARWAL, A. AND STRACHAN, P. (2016) Transparency Practices and the Nigerian Local Content Policy. Law Research Seminar, Robert Gordon University. (June)

RAPER, R., SUTHERLAND, W., AGARWAL, A. And FRANCOIS THUAULT (2016) Formal Mentoring in the Design and Effective Delivery of Work Integrated Learning. Learning and Teaching Conference ‘The Enterprising Teacher: doing things differently, doing different things’. Robert Gordon University. (May)

Collaboration in mentoring programme design and delivery: a case study of effective practiceThe 15th UFHRD Conference: 'Towards Evidence Based HRD Practice: Bridging the Gap', Cork, Ireland (with Ms Renee Raper, Dr William Sutherland, Mr Francois Thuault) 2015

Community benefit provision for Windfarm development in Scotland – local government perspective. Energy Transition Seminar, University of Stavanger. (with Prof. Peter Strachan and Sean Huff) 2013

Drivers and barriers in the national-level wind energy planning process – a case study comparing processes and outcomes in the consent decision-making process for wind energy in Norway and Scotland. The 21st Annual Norwegian National Political Science Conference, Bodø, Norway. (with Ms. Janne Thygesen) 2013

The UK National Industrial Symbiosis Programme: exploring the policy context. International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Hong Kong, China. 2010

Waste management policies for industrial symbiosis development: case studies in European countries.  International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. (with Dr. Ines Costa and Dr. Guillaume Massard) 2009

The legislative framework on waste management in the European Union: a key issue of industrial symbiosis. International Sustainable Development Research Conference, New Delhi, India. (with Dr. Ines Costa and Dr. Guillaume Massard) 2008

Regional context of the UK National Industrial Symbiosis Programme: a regional coordinators’ perspective. International Society for Industrial Ecology Conference, Toronto, Canada. (with Prof. Peter Strachan) 2007

Performance evaluation of eco-industrial development initiatives: a review of tools and techniques. British Academy of Management CSR Special Interest Group Conference, York, UK. (with Prof. Peter Strachan) 2007

UK National Industrial Symbiosis Programme: towards developing a new and integrative methodology to evaluate industrial symbiosis networks. International Industrial Symbiosis Research Symposium, Birmingham, UK. (with Prof. Peter Strachan) 2006

Working Papers

1) KEHINDE, M. AND AGARWAL, A. Culture Change for Sustainability in UK Business Schools: How do institutions realise deep paradigm shift?

2) OGUAGHA, A., AGARWAL, A. AND STRACHAN, P. Critical Evaluation of Transparency Practices in the implementation of the Nigerian Local Content Policy in the Oil & Gas sector.

3) OSU, V. AND AGARWAL, A. Sustainability transition practices: Prospects for Ocean Based Renewable Energy in developing economies.

Media Coverage

2015 (click the bold text to open links in a new window)

OilVoice - Declining oil price and the Nigerian economy: An opportunity for national oil and gas industry and local content reform

2014

Aberdeen Business News - RGU academic honoured with one of the highest Indian awards

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce - RGU academic honoured with one of the highest Indian awards

The Conversation - Bright and breezy future for renewables in an independent Scotland

The Herald - Control of Energy policy is Needed

The Times of India, Education Times - Energetic Enterprise

Mid-Day (Pune) - Adding Energy to Education

Energy Voice - RGU academic honoured with one of the highest Indian awards

India Education Diary - Robert Gordon University academic honoured with one of the highest Indian awards

APN News - RGU academic honoured with one of the highest Indian awards

India Education Review - RGU academic honoured with one of the highest Indian awards 

EFYTimes.com - RGU academic honoured with one of the highest Indian awards

2013 

Guardian - Give help to small renewables firms

The Telegraph - MPs and academics call for National Audit Office to review nuclear negotiations

Energy Voice - RGU survey assesses guidance on community benefits of wind farm developments in Scotland

Le Journal - Open letter appeal to Commissioner Almunia to halt public subsidies for nuclear power

News Blaze - Opposition Grows to UK Government Subsidy For Hinkley Nuclear Power Station

Journal Management

Member of the Editorial Board - Business Strategy and the Environment Journal (impact factor 3.236)

Member of the Editorial Board - Sustainable Development Journal (impact factor 1.884)

Associate Editor - Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2010 to 2013 (impact factor 2.276)

Lead Guest Editor - Special Issue on Managing Industrial Symbiosis NetworksBusiness Strategy and the Environment (with Prof. Peter Strachan) 2011

Lead Guest Editor - Special Issue on Industrial Symbiosis: Testing the Boundaries and Advancing Knowledge, Journal of Industrial Ecology (with Dr. Rachel Lombardi, Prof. Donald Lyons and Prof. Shi Han), 2012

Professional Certification

Project Management - PRINCE2 Practitioner, APMG-International

ISO 14001 Internal Auditor, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

Renewable Energy Management and Finance - Galileo Master Certificate, United Nations – UNEP, European Energy Centre, Centro Studi Galileo

Carbon (GHG) Accounting and Management, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Implementation, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA)

Internal Quality and Safety Auditor, International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA)

Life Cycle Assessment and SimaPro, Intertek

Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST), OPITO

Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET), OPITO

Escape Chute Training, Maersk