Keynote Speakers

Professor Dr Tim Bunnell, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Dr Tim Bunnell work on human geographies of urban and regional change. That includes examination of the transformation of urban regions (cities and wider urban territories), the lives of people in those territories, and constitutive connections between them. Empirically, he have focused on Southeast Asia (mostly working on cities in Malaysia and Indonesia) and on interurban connections between that region and elsewhere.

Beginning with doctoral research carried out in the 1990s, his work on the discursive and material making of megaprojects and high-tech urban space in and around Kuala Lumpur culminated in the publication of Malaysia, Modernity and the Multimedia Super Corridor (Routledge) in 2004.

The main focus of his research subsequently shifted to examination of historical linkages between Southeast Asia and the port city of Liverpool through the lives of Malay men who arrived there as sailors in the middle decades of the twentieth century. The book which emerged from that research, From World City to the World in One City: Liverpool through Malay Lives (Wiley) was published in 2016. Tim Bunnell developing further material from his research on Malay sailors in Liverpool and other Atlantic port cities, particularly Cardiff where Malays were caught up in racial riots in 1919.

He also have a longstanding interest in relations between innovation, broadly conceived, and urban and regional studies – ranging from economic geographies of firm location and networks, to policy and governance ‘good practice’ and to ground-level incremental change associated with individual and community aspirations.

Professor Dr. Muh. Aris Marfai, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Muh Aris Marfai is a professor, faculty member and researcher of the Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Indonesia, where he has been since 1999. Born in Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia, he received his doctoral degree in Geography from Justus-Liebig-Universitaet, Giessen, Germany in 2008 after completing an MSc in Earth System Analysis at International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) The Netherlands in 2003. He completed his bachelor’s degree program in Physical Geography in 1998 from the Faculty of Geography UGM. In September 2013, at the age of 37, he assumed his professorship at Universitas Gadjah Mada.

Marfai headed MPPDAS Program in 2010-2015, assisted by Dr. rer. nat. Djati Mardiatno, M.Si as his secretary. Under their leadership, MPPDAS Program has grown significantly through national and international cooperation, both university and institution. MPPDAS started establishing coperation with Chiba University, Cologne University, University of Twente, and other universities to hold exchange students, researchers and lecturer as well as organize international conference and training. However, national cooperation between MPPDAS and several Indonesian universities and institutions keep on enhanching, such as with State University of Yogyakarta, University of Indonesia, Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta (UNS), Universitas Khairun Ternate, Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysic, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Ministry of Public Works, Local government, etc.

Marfai is a highly active member of the Center for Natural Resource and Development (CNRD), a worldwide university network promoting academic exchange and cooperation in the area of natural resources management, in particular related to water, land, ecosystem and renewable energy resources, on which some of his research interests center. In addition, he has made numerous contributions to the study of coastal areas and watersheds; one is shown by his involvement in Delta Alliance, an international knowledge-driven network organization with the mission of improving the resilience of the world’s deltas. As of 2015, he has produced over 100 publications (books, textbooks, journal articles, chapters, conference papers), including some which have been published in reputable journals at national and international levels

Associate Professor Dr. Mohd Faris Dziauddin, Department of Geography and Environment, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia

Mohd Faris Dziauddin is an Associate Professor in Geography. He received his B.A. (Hons.) in Geography and M.A. in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) both  from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 1999 and 2001 respectively. He joined Department of Geography and Environment at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in 2001 as a Junior Lecturer. In 2005, he went on to read his PhD at Newcastle University, England and resumed his role back at UPSI in 2008. In 2009, he was successfully promoted as a Senior Lecturer, and subsequently as an Associate Professor in 2017. His research interests are on urban economics especially on transportation economics and property values through the use of hedonic pricing methods and spatial econometrics such as geographically weighted regression (GWR). He has published many papers on these topics. Till date, has has received research grants worth RM500,000 in total. In terms of administration, he was appointed as Deputy Dean for Research and Innovation at Faculty of Human Sciences, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris.

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