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Dr. Abhishek Agarwal is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Strategy and Policy in the Aberdeen Business School, Department of Management. 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)'.
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.
Abhishek's research interests are focused on strategy, planning and policy approaches shaping the energy sector, and the development and management of industrial symbiosis networks, as well as more broadly in the integration of environmental, energy and resource efficiency perspective into the core strategies of businesses for the sustainable future of industry.
Udechukwu Oguagha (PhD) - An evaluation of the implementation of Local Content Policy in Nigeria and its impact on Oil & Gas Industry and the indigenous communities in Niger Delta.
Victor Osu (PhD) - The economic viability of marine energy for the UK.
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.
Ahmed Ibrahim Butu (PhD) - Promoting Community Renewable Energy Investment: The Nigerian Prospective
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.
- 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
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.
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
Collaboration in mentoring programme design and delivery: a case study of effective practice. The 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
2015 (click the bold text to open links in a new window)
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
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
Guardian - Give help to small renewables firms
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 Networks, Business 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
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