News and Events

CITBA carries out research to provide the knowledge needed to ensure the development of sustainable international trade and business practices for Asian businesses, government institutions, and industry associations.

As part of these offerings, we are keen to engage with media regarding the types of research and consultancy services that we offer. If you are interested in finding out more about CITBA and our areas of specific expertise please refer to our media contacts list.

2020

CITBA News - October 2020

We are pleased to announce that CITBA James Cook University will host the International Conference on Business, Economics, Management, and Sustainability (BEMAS). This exciting and content-rich conference will be held online in July 2021, and it is open to academics, professionals, and students from a variety of disciplinary fields. Abstract submissions open 20 October 2020. For more details, please check out our conference page here

Inquiries: A/Prof Taha Chaiechi (General Chair) via email: taha.chaiechi@jcu.edu.au

CITBA James Cook University cordially invites chapter proposals for an edited book entitled “Business, Industry and Trade in the Tropics”. This book is based on an accepted book proposal by A/Prof Jacob Wood, PhD Dr Thirumaran K and A/Prof Taha Chaiechi James Cook University as part of the Book Series “Advances in Research on the Tropics” by Routledge Publishing.

Inquiries: A/Prof Jacob Wood via email: Jacob.wood@jcu.edu.au

Economic effects of Natural Disasters- Theoretical Foundations, Methods, and Tools, book cover
A/Prof Taha Chaiechi led an edited Book project with Elsevier entitled: "Economic effects of Natural Disasters- Theoretical Foundations, Methods, and Tools". The book is now available for pre-order and was published on 21 October 2020.  This book consists of 35 chapters (660 pages), 12 of which are authored by 20+ JCU researchers (from both JCUA and JCUS). Congratulation to A/Prof Taha Chaiechi for editing this valuable and timely and valuable collection, and thanks to all the authors for sharing their wisdom and knowledge with the global community. More details can be found here.

CITBA News - September 2020

On Thursday 24th September 2020, Professor Peter Case, who is a Professor of Management and Organisation Studies in both JCU and Bristol Business School, UWE, gave an inspiring talk to the CBLG HDR cohorts and academics.

Professor Case's webinar focused on "Multidisciplinary Research Teams and Transdisciplinary Impacts." The presentation explored complexity and degrees of "wickedness" in different categories of research projects and assessed the rational aspects of project development and implementation Vs non-rational dynamics of teamwork and politics of project implementation.  For more information contact Professor Peter Case via email: peter.case@jcu.edu.au

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi is one of the invited experts who has been interviewed for the above article published in INTHEBLACK magazine published by CPA Australia's flagship publication. It is Australia's most-widely circulating monthly business magazine (150,000+ circulations), and it features interviews with strategic business leaders from Australia and around the world.

Read the full article.

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi gives another interview six months after her first interview about COVID-Economy. With key statistics of National Accounts for June Quarter released on 01 September by the RBA, Taha shares insights about the continues effect of the pandemic on Australian Economy, and it is not all doom and gloom for Australia. Read the full article

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi was invited by the MIT-World Peace University to give a presentation about COVID-Economy. As one of the Chief Speakers of this webinar series, Taha's presentation focused on "COVID-Economy: Hibernation, Reset, and Recovery". The event was held on 25 September. The event was attended by more than 130 students and faculty members.

Associate Professor Riccardo Welters: Call for price rises as cut-price smokes used more.

His new study, which was published in the Nature Human Behaviour journal, compares Australia with New Zealand which introduced plain cigarette packaging six years after Australia. The research found that tobacco plain packaging has not reduced the prevalence of smoking in Australia, and has actually led to smokers switching to cheaper brands and smoking more.

For more information, please refer to the following links:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/news/releases/2020/september/call-for-price-rises-as-cut-price-smokes-used-more

https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/australian-smokers-undeterred-by-plain-packaging/12688674

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32958901/

2020

CITBA News - August 2020

Professor Abhishek Bhati, Campus Dean at JCU-Singapore and a Professoriate member of CITBA, was interviewed by TTG Asia about new job opportunities are emerging in the hospitality and tourism industry.

"We are preparing JCU students and graduates to be resilient and to (be) innovative to improve business outcomes. They will be welcomed in different roles as long as they can add value to businesses," said Professor Abhishek Bhati. Read the full article here.

Professor Abhishek Bhathi, Campus Dean at JCU-Singapore and professoriate member of CITBA, is running a professional development workshop at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2020. The title of this workshop is "The Equity Issues in Hospitality and Tourism- Exploring (IN)equalities. The workshop is co-hosted by Dr K Thirumaran (Academic Head, Business) and Vanessa Bernauer.

To watch the introductory video, click here.

Associate Professor Jacob Wood published his logistics study in the Journal of Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Titled “Transportation CO2 emission decoupling: An assessment of the Eurasian logistics corridor” the highlights of the study are:

  • Analyzes the trends in transportation CO2 emissions for 29 Eurasian countries.
  • Tests link between transportation development and CO2 emissions using the Tapio index.
  • Key factors of transportation CO2 emissions decoupling are explored using LMDI method.

The study can be retrieved from here.

CITBA News - July 2020

CITBA is pleased to announce that the third workshop as part of the Research Training Series is now available. Lesson 3 briefly visits the Research Onion Model and then moves to introduce Case Study as a research methodology and an empirical inquiry into phenomena within the real-life contexts. We are also pleased to advise that in addition to CITBA's YouTube channel, all these lessons now are available on CITBA's homepage

The training sessions are primarily aimed at Higher Degree Research students (HDRs), and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who are at early stages of their research career and may find some sessions more relevant to their work than others. Each training video deals with specific aspects of the research methods, design, tools, and writing. We recommend HDRs to talk to their supervisors about which sessions are best suited to their current aims and needs. This series is edited by A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, who has a passion for providing additional research training opportunities to develop professional capabilities of our HDR cohort and ECRs.

Associate Professor Jacob Wood published his transportation study in the Journal of Cleaner Production. Titled "CO2 emission in transportation sector across 51 countries along the Belt and Road from 2000 to 2014" the highlights from the study are:

  • The heterogeneity of the transportation sector CO2 emissions along the belt and road countries is analysed.
  • The levels of CO2 emissions intensity in the transportation sector has reduced, with the level of difference narrowing.
  • With the exception of Southeast Asian countries, there is no significant spatial correlation.

The study can be retrieved from here.

CITBA News - June 2020

Dr Breda McCarthy talked to a radio presenter about online reviews. The live telephone interview took place on Wednesday, June 17th and was broadcast to regional SA from Port Pirie. The presenter, Angela Smallacombe, was interested in finding out more about online reviews, such as why people post online reviews, whether people are more inclined to read reviews rather than post them, the impact of online reviews on a business's reputation and whether fake reviews exist on the internet. Listen in:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/riverland/programs/mornings/episodes/

The research study is about online hotel reviews and the principal investigator, Associate Pengji Wang, JCU Singapore, is hoping to recruit a large sample of Australian and Chinese respondents.

The online survey takes 10 minutes to complete and everyone who completes it can enter into a prize draw with a chance to win a $100 shopping voucher.

If you wish to give your thoughts on online reviews and hotel room bookings, then visit the link below.

Survey - English language version

https://jcubusiness.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e9YPb4E8wr2iJgx

Survey - Chinese version:

https://jcus.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8BOAbpUnaIBniTP

(CITBA) Shut-up and Write Bootcamp

Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) organised a two-day virtual writing retreat that was open to all HDR candidates and academics across JCU. The main goal of the retreat was to turn writing from a solitary, to a virtual social experience, to help you set aside dedicated writing time, make progress, and learn from others. The retreat also offered great targeted training opportunities (mini-lessons) as part of the two-day program. Here is the list of our amazing speakers.

List of key speakers

The bootcamp invitation was well-received by attending Academics and HDR students from across JCU campuses with the majority expressing their desire for future similar events by CITBA. In total, 72 registrations were received by the due date of Thursday 4 June 2020, with few cancellations due to other commitments. Overall, 38% of the participants were from the CBLG and 63% from other colleges and divisions from across the university. See an overview of the academic fields of participants below. Attendance was at its highest during day 1 and also during the mini-lesson sessions and debriefs with our key speakers. Here is a screengrab of our participants, below, we also provided some infographic and feedback that may be interesting to some readers. CITBA will issue the attendees with a certificate of participation endorsed by A/Prof  Taha Chaiechi, the Australia Director for CITBA, and A/Prof Jacob Wood, the Associate Dean of Research, CBLG.

Infographic

Infographic

Some Feedback

Extensive feedback was collected throughout the workshop, and participants progress was recorded against their goals. Participants found the workshop a great avenue to connect to others, expand their network, and learn about a different aspect of their research. From those who participated in the second-day feedback session, 91% requested similar future events to be organised by CITBA.

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Participants' rate of progress against their writing goals

CITBA News - May 2020

Shut-up & write Bootcamp

When: Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th June 2020

9.30am- 4.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time
via Zoom communication channel

Shut-up and write Bootcamp

CITBA logo

Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) is offering a two-day virtual writing retreat open to all HDR candidates and academics. The main goal of the retreat is to turn writing from a solitary, to a virtual social experience, to help you set aside dedicated writing time, make progress, and learn from others. The retreat also offers great targeted training opportunities as part of the two-day program.

Bootcamp components:

1. Mini-lessons:

Our Speakers:

  • Mrs Diana Castorina: Master of Ceremonies (MC)
  • A/Prof Elizabeth Tynan : Topic: Getting Started
  • A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, Topic: Writing a persuasive literature review : different approaches to conducting literature review
  • A/Prof Josephine Pryce, Topic:  Qualitative research: methods for data collection, analysis and presentation
  • A/Prof Hilary Whitehouse (Deputy Dean, GRS): Debrief Day 1 and Day 2, and group Q&A

2. Independent writing times

3. Conferring and sharing

The structure of the bootcamp is influenced by the Pomodoro Technique, a time management method that encourages academics to focus on their daily tasks and work with the time they have, rather than against it.

Registration

Registration is free but essential. Please register here by or before Thursday 4 June 2020:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/citba-writing-bootcamp-tickets-105044350480

The link to private Zoom channel, and Bootcamp information pack will be distributed to all registered participants on Friday 5 June 2020 (to receive this information please register by Thursday 4 June)

Contacts

Bootcamp Coordinator for HDRs: Ms Diana Castorina diana.castorina@jcu.edu.au ,

Bootcamp Coordinator for Academics: A/prof Taha Chaiechi taha.chaiechi@jcu.edu.au

Dr Breda McCarthy is part of a multi-disciplinary team from the College of Business, Law & Governance (CBLG) who were successful in obtaining some funding under the Australia-France Social Science Collaborative Research Program. The project is led by Dr Stephane Le Queux (Chief Investigator) and titled: Australian input to the Polynesian Smart Islands initiative.

Dr McCarthy plans to conduct research using the lens of social marketing and will explore sustainable consumption patterns from the perspective of food consumers in Tahiti. She will work with the founder of the Natural Shop Tahiti to recruit one group of consumers, the ‘sustainable consumers’, drawing on a scale developed by Geiger, Fischer, & Schrader (2018). An integrative framework, incorporating a selection of relevant, sustainable consumption behaviours based on impact, will be applied.  One of the anticipated outputs from this project will be the measurement of sustainable consumer behaviour on the individual level, through use of an online survey, along with a change in behaviours after the introduction of an intervention. The project is in the planning stage, and work will commence after ethics approval has been obtained.

Screen shot of an organic store based in Tahiti

Screen shot of an organic store based in Tahiti

References

Geiger, S. M., Fischer, D., & Schrader, U. (2018). Measuring what matters in sustainable consumption: an integrative framework for the selection of relevant behaviors. Sustainable Development26(1), 18-33.

CITBA News - April 2020

How is this pandemic affecting our economy? Who has been hit the hardest? How closely connected are health and wealth? Are there things we, as individuals, can do now to prepare for the aftermath of COVID-19? A/Prof Taha Chaiechi gives insight into these questions in an interview article with “This is Uni”. Read the full article here.

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Senior CITBA Research Fellow Prof. Eddy Ng is the research lead on this fantastic new study

We are currently living in an exceptional health and economic situation in the world for an indefinite period of time. In this context, telework has become the daily reality of many workers who have to adapt. The aim of this study is to take a new look at teleworking, to analyse the adaptation of employees to new ways of working and to digital tools. Beyond the impacts of teleworking in a crisis, we want to identify the potential for innovation in ways of working for the future.

For an international reach, this study is being conducted in the US, Canada, France, Australia, and Singapore.

We invite you to complete our online questionnaire that will take 10-12 minutes of your time. We will share the results of our survey on the websites of James Cook University, Bucknell University, Université de Montréal, TBS Business School, Université Laval, and Macquarie University.

This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (#1920-114) at Bucknell University and partner institutions.  You may discuss any questions you have about this study with Dr Eddy Ng at eddy.ng@bucknell.edu (copy to eddy.ng@jcu.edu.au ).

Click the link to participate in the survey: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/telcov_usa

CITBA News - March 2020

We are pleased to announce the publication of the edited volume entitled “A Multidimensional Economic Assessment of Africa” edited by A/Prof Jacob Wood published by Springer.

A Multidimensional Economic Assessment of Africa

This book provides a practical resource for academics, government policy analysts, and business professionals who wish to develop a more detailed understanding of some of the key economic issues facing the African region in 2020. In the face of weak governance and growth globally, there is still a window of opportunity for countries in Africa to build on not only their traditional industrial capabilities, but also pave the way for positive developments in international trade and in the way governments tackle poverty and inequality. By focusing on four areas—(1) agriculture and livestock, (2) consumption, poverty and inequality, (3) financial services, employment and corporate governance, and (4) economic integration, international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI)—this book presents a series of empirical studies that examine important contemporary economic issues facing Africa. The book incorporates a range of methodological approaches, with some chapters providing case study analyses while others embrace more traditional forms of econometric testing. This book is a useful resources for academics, students of higher education and business practitioners interested in African economics.

A year of exciting research related events are planned for CITBA in 2020 which will provide our members opportunities to  engage in exciting talks, hands-on workshops and research projects to discover a collaborative and creative future through the centre. CITBA’s research programs will continue amid COVID-19 outbreak, although following university’s instruction, the way we conduct research activities will account ways to eliminate risk to our members. Accordingly, our workshops, activities, and deliverables are designed to be done remotely and online for the most part of the year.

Our online presentations, and podcasts will showcase the exciting research going on within CITBA and in collaboration with others. Our online staged projects will also provide opportunity to direct our great expertise and limited resources towards narrowly defined research problems, with clear impacts and deliverables. A range of hands-on & online workshops will see members engaging with one another, providing platforms for our academics and HDR students to find creative and innovative ways to venture exciting new projects or advance existing projects. Our HDR members are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this unique research-enabling environment provided through CITBA. I, now, invite you to browse our 2020 planner in the table below, and please be reminded that some of the timelines could be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. If you were interested in participating in any of the events below or you would like to propose to organise an event within CITBA please email A/Prof Taha Chaiechi at taha.chaiechi@jcu.edu.au

CITBA in 2020

Event Name

Organisations Involved

Location

Lead Personnel

Estimated Timelines

WriCo (Online weekly writing workshops for CITBA members-continuing from 2019)

CITBA

Online (Zoom channel)

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi,

Ms Diana Castorina

Wednesdays 9:30am- 11:05 am (weekly)

Strategic collaboration and visit

CITBA and Centre for Advanced Modelling and Geospatial Information Systems

(CAMGIS)

CNS

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, Distinguished Professor Biswajeet Pradhan (University of Technology of Sydney)

April 2020

Strategic Workshop: Empowering Our Communities to Transform Our Tropical Cities

(staged project round 1)

CITBA- The Cairns Institute, HASS

Video Conferencing (CNS-TSV-JCUS)

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, Dr Diane Jarvis, A/Prof Josephine Pryce

May 2020

Strategic Workshop: Empowering Our Communities to Transform Our Tropical Cities

(staged project round 2)

CITBA- The Cairns Institute, HASS

Video Conferencing (CNS-TSV-JCUS)

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, Dr Diane Jarvis, A/Prof Josephine Pryce

August 2020

Strategic Workshop: Empowering Our Communities to Transform Our Tropical Cities

(3-day workshop)

CITBA- The Cairns Institute, HASS

CNS

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, Dr Diane Jarvis, A/Prof Josephine Pryce

Late 2020 (when travels are resumed)

Qualitative Research Workshop: Design, Analysis and Representation

CITBA, CBLG

TSV & CNS separate days

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi,
A/Prof Josephine Pryce

June 2020

HDR workshop

CITBA, CBLG

TSV-SG- CNS

(video conference)

Ms Diana Castorina
A/Prof Taha Chaiechi

June 2020

Collective Action: Participatory Action Research workshop

CITBA, selected Industries, potentially JCU-Connect

CNS

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi,

A/Prof Josephine Pryce

July- August 2020

Launch of podcast series for CITBA flagship

On-Prime graduates of CITBA

Online

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi,

A/Prof Josephine Pryce

Ms Diana Castorina

July-August  2020

Book Launch (PR, media coverage, and seminar):” Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters” with Elsevier

CITBA-JCU

TSV-SG-CNS

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi

Publication May 2020, launch August 2020

Panel discussion on Public Space: Ethics, Economy, Ecology

CITBA-TUDLab

SG

Dr Simona Azzali

August 2020

Urban Thinkers Campus

CITBA

TSV

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi,

TSV members (TBC)

October  2020

Urban Thinkers Campus

CITBA- University of Nottingham

Kuala Lumpur

A/Prof Taha Chaiechi, and University of Nottingham

November 2020

2019

CITBA News - December 2019

white pebbles aligned into 2020 shape

We will be back in 2020, with exciting research activities, research training opportunities, and public and industry engagement activities. So stay tuned.

CITBA News - November 2019

A large number of community groups from academia, State High Schools, Cairns Regional Council, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Cairns Airport, business leaders, town planners, non-profit organisations, social enterprises, and other members of the public attended the Urban Thinkers Campus event organised by the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA). The event entitled “Urban Design, Economic Growth, and the Jobs of the Future in the Tropics” was part of the United Nation’s Habitat program and it took place over three days between 25-27 Novembers inclusive.

The event proved to be a catalyst to build consensus between participating constituencies for addressing urban and economic challenges in our city and proposing solutions to future challenges.

The event was the culmination of 9 months planning and preparation by a small army of people within CITBA, with special mention of and thanks to A/Prof Josephine Pryce, Dr Silvia Tavares, Ms Diana Castorina, Ms Trang Nguyen, Ms Jane Njaramba, Ms Dwi Sugiharti, Mr Andrew Dineen, Mr Emmanuel McCarthy, and Ms Suzie Pont for their generous contribution of time and expertise pre-during- and post-event.

Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia would also like to especially highlight the hard work of Dr Taha Chaiechi, the Australian Director of the Centre, for her continues engagement with the local community in the past several months in promoting the UN initiative in order to amplify the urban thinkers’ movement here in the tropics.

Post-event reports and evaluations are in progress and more details will be released and shared with the colleagues in due course.

Speakers at the Urban Thinkers Campus included (but not limited to):

  • Dr Taha Chaiechi, Australian Director, Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia, James Cook University: “Planning on Future Sustainable Cities”
  • Professor Liz Spencer, Head, Law, JCU, “Urban Thinkers: The Interdisciplinary Imperative”
  • Cairns Regional Council , “CBD Activation”
  • Mr Pat Flanagan, Market Lead Environment & Planning, Northern Australia: “Cairns 300/500”
  • Ms Nikki Huddy, PLANZ Town Planning & PIA: “Shape of the City”
  • Dr Silvia Tavares, TUDLab, College of Science and Engineering, JCU: “Innovative Urban Solutions and Sustainable Communities”
  • Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan, Social Enterprise Network for the Tropics (SENT), JCU, “Addressing homelessness through social enterprise.”
  • Mr Brian Arnold, Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust (ADBT) “Empowering the Gulf through Business  and Liveability”
  • A/Prof Lawal Billa, University of Nottingham: “Flood Resilience and Urban Planning”
  • Mr Greg Mews, Urban Synergies Group, “Right to the City”
  • Urban design students: Smithfield State Highschool, “The City We Need”

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Group work

teams

CITBA News - October 2019

Based on shared interests and objectives, the Centre of International Trade and Business in Asia at James Cook University, Singapore, (CITBA@JCU) and the Center of Entrepreneurship at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (CFE@VU), the Netherlands, agreed to cooperate as per 22 October 2019.

With the aim of working together on teaching, research and consultancy projects in the area of entrepreneurship (including start-ups, scale-ups and small business development), management, and international trade), Dr. Eijdenberg (Senior Lecturer, JCU Singapore – on behalf of CITBA@JCU Singapore) and Prof. Masurel (Full Professor, VU – Director of CFE@VU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

Dr. Ejdenberg and Prof. Masurel

We are proud to announce that the first CITBA flagship was launched on 15 October. The flagship around important topic of “Community Empowerment, Transformative Cities, And Building a Climate-Resilient Economy” was ideated early August 2019, and Expressions of Interest from researchers interested in collaborating on the flagship was sought end of August. Subsequently, a multi-disciplinary team with the necessary and appropriate range of skills, and expertise was assembled in early September, and the flagship was formally launched on 15 October. The launch of this flagship marks an important step for CITBA as the flagship team seeks to build a track record around the topic and apply for funding. We wish the team all the success in this significant journey.

Taha Chaiechi, Flagship Lead

Taha Chaiechi, Flagship Lead

From left to right: Trang Nguyen, Silvia Tavares, Nikki Huddy, Jacob Wood, Taha Chaiechi, Emmanuel McCarthy

From left to right: Trang Nguyen, Silvia Tavares, Nikki Huddy, Jacob Wood, Taha Chaiechi, Emmanuel McCarthy

We are delighted that a CITBA team has been successful in securing a place in this competitive program that is supported by the CSIRO. The CITBA team comprise of Dr Taha Chaiechi, A/Prof Jo Pryce, Dr Silvia Tavares, Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmizakar, Ms Diana Castorina (PhD candidate). The ON-Prime Innovation program is designed to empower researchers to attract the resources they need to create impact. It is a hands-on learning program that provides researchers with skills to take their projects and career forward, navigating the changing research landscape.

  • From left to right: Silvia Tavares, Jo Pryce, Taha Chaiechi, Trang Nguyen, and Diana Castorina

From left to right: Silvia Tavares, Jo Pryce, Taha Chaiechi, Trang Nguyen, and Diana Castorina

Working hard

Working hard

From left to right: Trang Nguyen, Jo Pryce, Diana Castorina, and Taha Chaiec

From left to right: Trang Nguyen, Jo Pryce, Diana Castorina, and Taha Chaiec

CITBA News - September 2019

On September 27, JCU Singapore hosted the 1st Sustainable Tropical Urbanism Symposium: Tropical cities in a warming world. It was an insightful event that brought together more than 60 academics, researchers, practitioners, and students from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Australia, and the US. Delegates discussed contemporary pressing issues as methods for tropical urban research, how tropical cities respond to the climate in an era of climate change, creation and curation of tropical space and place, and new regulations and policies for the tropical city. After inspiring keynote talks and parallel sessions, the event ended with a workshop on design communication, a walking tour in the vibrant Geylang neighbourhood and a visit to first Singapore’s urban farm, Citizen Farm in Penjara.

From left to right A/P Lisa Law (TUD Lab Director); Keynote speakers Prof Jason Pomeroy (Pomeroy Studio) and A/P Im Sik Cho (NUS); Dr Jacob Wood (CITBA Director); Dr Simona Azzali (CITBA and TUD Lab member)

From left to right A/P Lisa Law (TUD Lab Director); Keynote speakers Prof Jason Pomeroy (Pomeroy Studio) and A/P Im Sik Cho (NUS); Dr Jacob Wood (CITBA Director); Dr Simona Azzali (CITBA and TUD Lab member)

Participants during one of the symposium’ sessions

Participants during one of the symposium’ sessions

Prof Jason Pomeroy during his keynote speech at the symposium opening

Prof Jason Pomeroy during his keynote speech at the symposium opening

Towards Zero Waste competition flyer

Find out more about the competition towards zero waste here

The book intends to address ways in which businesses and communities adapt to constrained environments. Constrained environments are unique territories characterised by challenging man-made circumstances, or limited natural resources. These can be places with a small municipal boundary or cities in which policy decisions may have imposing limitations, can also serve to limit capacity for business expansion and community survival.

Publication timeline

* Proposal Submission (max 600 words): 1 Nov 2019
* Notification of Acceptance of Proposals: 15 Nov 2019
* Full Chapter Submission (min 5,000 - max 7000 words): 30 April 2020
* Review Results Returned: 30 May 2020
* Revised Chapter Submission: 15 July 2020
* Full Acceptance Notification: 15 Aug 2020
* Final Chapter Submission: 31 August 2020

Editors

Simona Azzali, James Cook University Singapore, email: simona.azzai@jcu.edu.au

K. Thirumaran, James Cook University Singapore, email: k.thirumaran@jcu.edu.au

CITBA News - August 2019

On 15 August, at 3 pm, we tuned into ABC News Radio, Far North Drive, to hear Dr Taha Chaiechi, and Dr Silvia Tavares talk to host Mr Adam Stephen about their research on “the relationship between city temperatures and urban economics”. Adam recalled during North Queensland's record-breaking heatwave late last year, he had walked into a usually busy coffee shop with no customers. Taha reiterated the strong impact of extreme temperature on business activities and sales, she also mentioned that people living in the tropics should be alarmed, as the outcomes will worsen if no changes or preparations are made today. She adds the rural population is declining because of the lack of economic opportunities.

ABC News

Taha Chaiechi, Silvia Tavares, Adam Stephen @ ABC News station, Cairns

ABC News 2

Taha Chaiechi, Silvia Tavares @ ABC News station, Cairns

CITBA and the Cairns Institute held another collaborative public forum about “Climate change: risks and responses for the tropical north” on 8 August. We had 7 amazing James Cook University researchers who talked about their research and findings pertinent to climate change in our region. Our Australian Director, Dr Taha Chaiechi, talked about her research connection to a number of Sustainable Development Goals particularly , DSG 8 and SDG 13. In particular she unpacked the intricate relationship between Economic Growth and Climate change and the challenges faced by regulators.

Taha Chaiechi

Taha Chaiechi

Our deepest appreciation for our other speakers for their excellent contributions and dedication to expanding the conversation in climate change discourse:  Dr Nick Osbaldiston,  A/Prof Susan Laurance, Mr Gavin Singleton, A/Prof Felecia Watkin Lui, Prof Jon Nott, and Mrs Katie Chartrand.  Special thanks to our amazing MC Prof Allan Dale.

August news group

From left to right (back row): Katie Chartrand, Stephanie Folpp, Taha Chaiechi, Jon Nott, Felecia Watkin Lui, Nick Osbaldiston, Allan Dale. Front row: Gavin Singleton

Silvia and Taha

Silvia Tavares, Taha Chaiechi


Prof A Bhati

Associate Professor Abhishek Bhati at the report launch of “The Effects of Overseas Business Expansion on Firm Performance: Evidence from Australia”

This economic discourse is examined in “The Effects of Overseas Business Expansion on Firm Performance: Evidence from Australia,” which saw its report launch on Friday 2 August 2019 at the Singapore campus of James Cook University.

CITBA panel

From left to right: Dr Jacob Wood, Associate Professor Riccardo Welters, Mr Ben Smith, His Excellency Bruce Gosper, Ms Ally Tehan

The report launch also included a panel discussion, moderated by Dr Jacob Wood, Senior Lecturer in Business in the Singapore campus of James Cook University, comprising of the following experts:

His Excellency Bruce Gosper - Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, Associate Professor Riccardo Welters - Head, Economics and Marketing, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University (Australia), Mr Ben Smith - Head of Australia New Zealand Desk, ANZ, Ms Ally Tehan - Co-Founder, Ally’s Basket

Read more about this event here.

Report Launch: The Effects of Overseas Business Expansion
“The Effects of Overseas Business Expansion on Firm Performance: Evidence from Australia” report launch in #JCUSingapore provided insight into the impact that overseas business activities can have on business firms.

CITBA News - July 2019

CITBA was delighted to support and contribute to "Inclusive and Sustainable Development" symposium organised by the Cairns Institute James Cook University. Special thanks to Prof Hurriyet Babacan for organising such a vibrant event. Also, thanks to all participants, particularly our keynote speakers Prof Biman Prasad, A/Prof Adrian Kuah, PhD, Prof Allan Dale, Mr Nick Trompf, Prof Stewart Lockie, and Prof Hurriyet Babacan.

CITBA July news

Left to right: A/Prof Riccardo Welters, A/Prof Adrian Kuah, Prof Hurriyet Babacan, Dr Taha Chaiechi, Ms Jane Njaramba, A/Prof Jo Pryce

July news

Keynote speech by A/prof Adrian Kuah about the Circular Economy

Prasad, Chaiechi, Kuah

Left to right: Prof Biman Prasad, Dr Taha Chaiechi, A/Prof Adrian Kuah

CITBA News - June 2019

One of CITBA’s HDR members, Mrs Diana Castorina, organised a Writing Bootcamp for HDR students within the CBLG on Wednesday 5th June through to Friday 7th June. In total there were ten PhD candidates across Townsville and Cairns campuses who attended the bootcamp including our members Mrs Diana Castorina, Ms Trang Nguyen and Mrs Jane Njaramba. The two and half day writing program sponsored by CBLG consisted of writing sessions were broken up by breaks for morning tea, lunches, and afternoon teas. Our Australian Director Dr Taha Chaiechi and Senior CITBA Research Fellow A/Prof Josephine Pryce co-facilitated a workshop session on “The Smart Way to Manage your PhD” which was well received by attendees. Overall, the writing bootcamp received very positive feedback with the request for more events to occur in the near future.

Left to right (front row): Trang Nguyen, Diana Castorina, Jane Njaramba, Taha Chaiechi
Left to right (back row): Josephine Pryce, Graeme Cotter, Chung Thanh Phan, Suzie Pont

Left to right: Trang Nguyen, Graeme Cotter, Suzie Pont, Jane Njaramba

CITBA News - May 2019

We are pleased to inform that you can now watch the CITBA Panel Discussion Event on The Relevance of Chambers in the 21st Century on the official YouTube channel of James Cook University Singapore. Special thanks to our amazing panellists: Mr Bill Tweddell, Chancellor, James Cook University, Mr K Barathan, CEO, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Azrulnizam Shah, Executive Director, Singapore Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Er Dr Michael Teng, Assistant Secretary-General, Singapore Manufacturing Federation, Mr Victor Mills, CEO, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC), Mr John Dick, Partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Energy Practice, AustCham Singapore (Honorary Secretary, past President and Life Member).

James Cook University’s Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab (TUDLab) and Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) welcome contributions to an interdisciplinary symposium on tropical cities. Contributions are invited from academic researchers, practicing planners and architects, public artists, local government officers, students in urban planning and design and anyone interested in understanding tropical cities. Themes include but are not limited to:

  • How tropical cities respond to climate in an era of climate change
  • Creation/curation of tropical space and place
  • Methods for tropical urban research

For more information, please visit the conference homepage:
Website: https://www.jcu.edu.sg/events/sep-2019/citba-symposium

Organized by: James Cook University Singapore 
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 1st June 2019 
When: 27th to 27th September 2019 
Contact person: Dr Simona Azzali (simona.azzali@jcu.edu.au)

Dr Taha Chaiechi is editing a book with Elsevier titled: “Economic Effects of Natural Disasters”. The book aims to use multidisciplinary thinking to approach the socio-economic effects of natural hazards/disasters. In particular, the aim is to provide a practical guide for applied research in this area. There is no competing title of this nature in the market, and we believe that this book will provide a comprehensive collection of outstanding research to be used by other scholars and practitioners for years to come.

We invite academic researchers and practitioners to write a chapter on any of the listed topics or on a related topic of their choice that fits in with the title of the book. Please view the “call for chapter contribution” here. If you are interested in contributing to this collection, please submit a maximum 2-page chapter proposal by or before 20 June 2019 via email to Dr Taha Chaiechi (taha.chaiechi@jcu.edu.au).

The proposals should contain:

  • Title of chapter, author name/s and their institutional details,
  • Corresponding author’s email address
  • Abstract of maximum 500 words containing a brief summary of the chapter mission, theme and content,
  • 3-5 Keywords,
  • A short bio (maximum of 100 words).

Dr Breda McCarthy is part of a multi-disciplinary team from the College of Business, Law & Governance (CBLG) who were successful in obtaining some funding under the Australia-France Social Science Collaborative Research Program. The project is led by Dr Stephane Le Queux (Chief Investigator) and titled: Australian input to the Polynesian Smart Islands initiative.

Dr McCarthy plans to conduct research using the lens of social marketing and will explore sustainable consumption patterns from the perspective of food consumers in Tahiti. She will work with the founder of the Natural Shop Tahiti to recruit one group of consumers, the ‘sustainable consumers’, drawing on a scale developed by Geiger, Fischer, & Schrader (2018). An integrative framework, incorporating a selection of relevant, sustainable consumption behaviours based on impact, will be applied.  One of the anticipated outputs from this project will be the measurement of sustainable consumer behaviour on the individual level, through use of an online survey, along with a change in behaviours after the introduction of an intervention. The project is in the planning stage, and work will commence after ethics approval has been obtained.

Organic products from Tahiti website
Screen shot of an organic store based in Tahiti

References

Geiger, S. M., Fischer, D., & Schrader, U. (2018). Measuring what matters in sustainable consumption: an integrative framework for the selection of relevant behaviors. Sustainable Development26(1), 18-33.

CITBA News - April 2019

In a hyper-competitive market, with a wide array of vested interests both domestic and foreign, Singaporean Chambers of Commerce are aggressively vying for members, re-evaluating their value propositions, and creatively evolving to meet future challenges in a market that has seen their traditional services eclipsed by technological disruption.

Left to right: Mr Bill Tweddell, Chancellor, James Cook University, Mr K Barathan, CEO, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Azrulnizam Shah, Executive Director, Singapore Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Er Dr Michael Teng, Assistant Secretary-General, Singapore Manufacturing Federation, Mr Victor Mills, CEO, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC), Mr John Dick, Partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Energy Practice, AustCham Singapore (Honorary Secretary, past President and Life Member)

Left to right: Mr K Barathan, Dr Jacob Wood, Er Dr Michael Teng, Mr Bill Tweddell, Mr Victor Mills, Dr Kendall Wesley, Mr John Dick, Mr Azrulnizam Shah, and Professor Chris Rudd

CITBA News - March 2019

The CITBA was proud to announce the inclusion of Dr. Taha Chaiechi as a co-director of the centre. This development reflects CITBAs objective of developing stronger research and industry engagement opportunities for its members in Australia. Taha brings a lot of great ideas, capability, and connections with both faculty and industry.

CITBA News - February 2019

JCU Singapore successfully completed the signing of its MOU with the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) at a recent SICCI event held at the Park Royal Hotel. Signed on behalf of the university and CITBA by Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor Associate Professor Abhishek Singh Bhati, the agreement marks another important step forward in the Centre’s efforts to engage more actively with members of the Singaporean business community. Read full article here

CITBA News - January 2019

CITBA signs MOU with the Management and Economic Research Institute (MERI) Located in Daejeon, South Korea, MERI is a large Government backed research institute with significant research capabilities. It’s Director Prof. Hee-Cheol Moon, believes the partnership with CITBA and JCUS provides a great opportunity to extend its research and collaborative ties in the South East Asian region. The partnership between CITBA and MERI will provide additional research opportunities for JCUS scholars as well as potential access to Korean government grant projects through the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF).

The CITBA team would like to congratulate Dr. Pengji Wang on her promotion to Associate Professor of Business. This is a reflection of her hard work and outstanding achievements at JCU Singapore.

2018

CITBA News - December 2018

CITBA is very happy to welcome Prof. Eddy Ng to our team. Eddy is a Visiting Professor of Organisational Behaviour at JCU Singapore. His research focuses on managing diversity for organisational competitiveness, the changing nature of work and organisations, and managing across generations.

CITBA News - September 2018

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Azzali to our team. Dr. Azzali is a planner, designer, and urbanist who is passionately interested in working across traditional disciplinary boundaries to solve urban problems. Her research interests transcend scale and discipline and include all aspects of urbanism and sustainability of tropical cities with a strong emphasis on the impact of socio-cultural factors in shaping the built environment.

CITBA News - August 2018

Kingkaew, S., & Dahms, S. Explaining autonomy variations across value‐chain activities in foreign‐owned subsidiaries. Thunderbird International Business Review

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Wesley Kendall to our research team. As an experienced educator and accomplished attorney with a strong background in commercial transactions, criminal and contract law Dr. Kendall has worked in universities in the US, China, Fiji and Vietnam. His experience will be vital as we look to continually develop the centre moving forward.

Dr. Wong has published widely in the field of knowledge management by taking a multidisciplinary approach and this field of research extends into knowledge-based cities, smart cities, creative cities, and creative industries with special focus on Singapore. This diverse array of research experience with a particular emphasis on Singapore will enhance our capabilities moving forward.

CITBA News - July 2018

With a strong interest in social psychology and cognitive psychology we welcome Dr. Wang to the research team. His skills and knowledge in these areas will be important with the development of CITBA moving forward.

In keeping with the multidisciplinary aspect of CITBA, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jonathan Ramsay to the research team. With a background in psychology and research interests spanning the areas of personality psychology, social psychology, and organisational behavior Dr. Ramsay has much to offer the centre.

CITBA welcomes Dr. Desti Kannaiah to the research team. Dr. Kannaiah has more than 35 years teaching and research experience and has been published in a range of leading international journals. His skills and depth of knowledge, particularly in the field of Accounting will be a value asset to the centre moving forward.

The centre welcomes Professor Adegbite to the research team at JCU Singapore. As a prodigious researcher his widely cited research on corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and corporate finance, has been published in leading academic journals. We are excited to have him on board.

CITBA News - June 2018

Dr. Jacob Wood recently published an article "The new wave of protectionist trade policy in Asia". A digital copy of the magazine can be found at https://www.austcham.org.sg/blogpost/1006441/Access-Asia

CITBA News - May 2018

Guo, Ying, Wood, Jacob, Pan, Wei, and Meng, Quingchun (2018) Inventory optimisation of airport perishable emergency supplies with replacement strategy facing stochastic occurrence time by CVaR approach. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 31. pp. 170-183.

The article can be found here