Emerging Scholar Awards

A small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active research interest in the conference themes. The Award provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics—meeting experts in the field, interacting with colleagues from other parts of the world, and creating networks and lasting connections. Awardees are invited to attend the conference to present their work and play a critical organizational role in the conference by leading discussions, chairing parallel sessions, and providing assistance in session rooms.

Applications are open to those pursuing research degrees, post- and graduate students, as well as early career faculty.

To apply, follow the link below. You may also view further instructions by selecting our "Step-By-Step Guide."


Final Deadline: 2 January 2020

2020 Recipients

Abiola Ojo

Abiola Ojo

Lead City University, Nigeria

Dr Abiola Ojo holds a PhD degree in health education from the Premier University in Nigeria, University of Ibadan. She is the current head of the Department of Kinesiology, Sports Science and Health Education, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria. She was an academic advisor and online tutor at the University of Ibadan Distance Learning Centre. She has work experience with NGOs, and she is a consultant to health, education, and community-based organizations. Her areas of research boarder on global sustainable, healthy living, and pedagogies. She is a member of several national and international professional associations.

Amy Schweikert

Amy Schweikert

Colorado School of Mines, USA

Dr. Amy Schweikert is a research assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a fellow in the Payne Institute for Public Policy at The Colorado School of Mines. Her current work focuses on systems analysis and policy aspects of clean energy technologies, notably including a focus on electricity access and equity considerations as well as security considerations including proliferation risks from nuclear power. Prior to joining The School of Mines, she was a consultant with the World Bank, the United Nations, and several other agencies as part of a team that developed the first quantitative modeling approach to understand the impacts of climate change on road infrastructure globally. She holds a master’s and PhD in civil engineering with an emphasis in civil systems from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BA in international relations from Boston University.

Katarina Dordevic

Katarina Dordevic

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Katarina Dordevic is a recent graduate passionate about environmental and social sustainability. She has an interdisciplinary background in political science and European studies (BA, American University in Bulgaria) and international development (MSc, University of Amsterdam). As a young professional, Katarina has gained experience in different aspects of sustainability carrying out research activities in the non-governmental (Friends of the Earth Bulgaria), academic (Centro-Euro Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici - CMCC, Italy) and finance sector (Triodos Investment Management, the Netherlands). Being particularly interested in sustainable food systems, in her latest research project she explored the potential of innovative blockchain technology in food supply chains.

Monirul Islam

Monirul Islam

University of Tsukuba, Doctoral Student, Japan

Md. Monirul Islam completed his MS from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh and is now pursuing his PhD at the Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT Scholarship). In his professional life he has been working as an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh. He has 20 research articles, some of which are published in reputed journals such as Soil and Tillage Research, Data in Brief, and GeoJournal. His research interests are in the field of Agricultural Economics, Climate Change, GIS & Remote Sensing, Land Use Policy, and Food Security.

Seema Rani

Seema Rani

Assistant Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi, India

Dr. Seema Rani is an assistant professor at Miranda House, University of Delhi, India. Her main field of expertise is climate change and hydrology. She graduated with her master’s as a university rank holder. She has completed her doctorate in geography from the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, on the effects of climate and land cover change on the flow regime of the Upper Beas basin of Western Himalaya. She has written research papers in reputed international and national journals on the current state of climate variability/change and its future impact on the watershed hydrology in Western Indian Himalaya.

Long-Chen (Tommy) Li

Long-Chen (Tommy) Li

Project Leader, Chemists Without Borders, USA

Mr. Long-Chen Li is the co-founder of Sustainable Environment for Earth and a project leader at Chemists Without Borders. He has been involved with the global sustainability community for years now. As a CEO, he believes the future of global climate change lies within the hands of global business leaders. His area of research includes Biochar and other carbon sequestering materials. He has been a pioneer in Biochar promotion and research in the greater China region, including Taiwan (R.O.C), and India.

In Their Words

I learned a lot about the different climate research and initiatives happening worldwide. It was also very valuable experience facilitating the sessions."

Lindsay Luke, 2015 Awardee

My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group"

Dellarue Howard, 2015 Awardee

Being a graduate scholar forced me to network and become involved in the conference more than I would have as just an attendee."

Kelly Stevens, 2015 Awardee