Unleashing solar and wind in ASEAN

This report analyses the latest electricity data in five major ASEAN countries. Furthermore, it aims to link the progress of clean energy development and the future renewable energy target to the IEA Net Zero pathway.
Conference paper

Barriers to implementing solar energy systems in buildings: the resident’s perspective in Malaysia

In Malaysia, solar energy has been used in numerous industrial buildings as a source of electricity generation since the country benefits from high solar radiation throughout the year. However, solar energy is still not used in residential buildings despite a wide interest from the sector.
Journal article

A hybrid approach using entropy and TOPSIS to select key drivers for a successful and sustainable lean construction implementation

Successful implementation of the lean concept as a sustainable approach in the construction industry requires the identification of critical drivers in lean construction. This paper presents a list of all essential drivers within three aspects of sustainability (social, economic, and environmental) and proposes a novel...
Journal article

Critical success factors for corporate social responsibility adoption in the construction industry in Malaysia

In the construction industry, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is increasingly valued as a strategic tool for business sustainable development and for addressing ethical issues. However, understanding the concept of CSR in the construction industry, and how to practice it, is limited. This study aims to...

Foreign and security policy in the new Malaysia

This analysis argues that the democratisation of the policymaking process, efforts at greater transparency, and leadership in the area of human rights at the global level are all welcome moves under the Pakatan Harapan government. However, these will have only limited international impact if unaccompanied...
Journal article

Highway infrastructure: visions and challenges in the next decades

The challenges for smart highway implementation is waiting ahead. Issues related to technology acceptance, political will and policies, creativity and innovations, construction methods, ethics and changing in human values need to be discuss in depth.

‘New’ Malaysia: four key challenges in the near term

In May 2018 Malaysia underwent its first regime change in its political history. This analysis identifies four key areas that the new administration must deal with in the next twelve months: the Malay Agenda/Bumiputra Policy; the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63); political Islam; and a clear...
Discussion paper

Mobile minds: culture, knowledge and change: discussion paper

This discussion paper examines how governments, cultural organisations, creative practitioners, thought leaders, representatives from other sectors and citizens can, and do, work together to actively lead intercultural cooperation and to challenge current conditions.
Journal article

Assessment of lean construction practice at selected construction sites in Klang Valley

Lean construction can reduce costs and production times, improve profit, quality, salaries, health and safety, and increase customer satisfaction. This paper evaluates and measures feasibility in applicability at sites in Klang Valley. Total Quality Management and Industrialized Building System were rated to be highly effective...
Conference paper

ISO and lean can contribute to a culture of continuous improvement

There is increasing 'acceptance' that compliance to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Quality Management Systems is adequate to secure the full benefits of continuous improvement (CI) practice. This appears to detract construction organizations from developing CI practice that can significantly contribute to a culture of...

Digital inclusion and mobile media in remote Sarawak

This research suggests the single most effective strategy for achieving digital inclusion in Sarawak is to provide remote villages with reliable, affordable, publicly accessible internet infrastructure.

The operational search for MH370 - final report

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has published its final report into the search for the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared on 8 March 2014. It was the largest search of its type in aviation history, covering several million square kilometres of the ocean's surface and...
Journal article

Critical success factors for lean thinking in the application of Industrialised Building System (IBS)

Productivity in the manufacturing process of building components can be increased by optimising each advantage that is available in each activity. Identification of critical success factors (CSFs) for lean thinking in the Industrialised Building System (IBS) will be able to minimise cost and reduce time...

How Southeast Asian and Bangladeshi extremism intersect

Links between Bangladeshi and Southeast Asian extremists appear to be growing, fuelled by ISIS and increasing population movements across the region
Briefing paper

Philippines: shifting tides in the Sulu-Celebes Sea

This paper seeks to explore the significance of maritime piracy and kidnapping in the Philippines, the emergence and significance of the ASG within the tri-border area, the Philippines government response to maritime piracy and kidnapping and the future implications and opportunities for the broader Indo-Pacific...
Blog post

Legacies of violence: anti-crime campaigns and extrajudicial killings in Southeast Asia

Amid the Philippine Government’s ongoing campaign of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and addicts, and reports that Indonesia is looking to emulate aspects of this approach, it is timely to recall similar previous anti-crime campaigns in south-east Asia.

The regional impacts of Australian asylum seeker policies: what "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum

To date, relatively little attention has been given to the experience of people seeking asylum being 'warehoused' in our region. While the policies of the country in which they are residing also impact on their experiences, it is clear from researchers, non-government organisations (NGOs) that...
Conference paper

Building Information Modelling for Building Energy Efficiency Evaluation: Integration with Green Building Index (GBI) in Malaysia

Due to the arising concern for sustainability in built environment, numerous green building certification and rating systems are available throughout the world including Green Building Index (GBI) and GreenRE which were introduced in Malaysia in 2009 and 2013 respectively. However, the current methods of measuring...

Geoblocking and global video culture

Geoblocking and Global Video Culture explores the cultural implications of access control and circumvention in an age of VPNs. Featuring seventeen chapters from diverse critical positions and locations – including China, Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, Cuba, Brazil, USA, Sweden and Australia.

Potential macroeconomic implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

On October 4, 2015, 12 Pacific Rim countries concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If ratified by all, the agreement could raise GDP in member countries by an average of 1.1 percent by 2030. It could also increase member countries’ trade by 11 percent by...

Black flag rising: ISIL in Southeast Asia and Australia

Overview Although the prime focus of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been on establishing a state—a caliphate—in the Middle East, it has also sought to gain a presence beyond that area. Southeast Asia is one region that’s now receiving increased attention...

Trans-Pacific partnership agreement (full text)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) that will liberalise trade and investment between 12 Pacific-rim countries: New Zealand, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam. As the Depositary of the TPP Agreement...

Using large-scale assessments of students' learning to inform education policy

This paper presents results from a systematic review of 68 studies that examined the link between participation in large-scale assessment programs of students’ learning and education policy in 32 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Discussion paper

University research: policy considerations to drive Australia’s competitiveness

Universities are integral to Australia’s research effort and provide the foundation of skills and knowledge required for the nation’s long-term success. Research and innovation have been consistently identified as essential ingredients for improving productivity and quality of life.