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Professor Adrian Kuah

Professor Adrian Kuah

Professor Adrian Kuah

Professor of Strategy and Sustainability


  • International Teachers Program (ITP), SDA Bocconi, 2007-2008
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Manchester, 2000-2007
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Strathclyde, 1997-1998
  • Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Nanyang Technological University, 1991-1995
  • Fellow (FCMI), Chartered Management Institute, 2010
  • Fellow (FCollP), College of Preceptors, 2010
  • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy, 2003

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Professor Adrian Kuah assumed the role of Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at James Cook University on January 1, 2024.  With 12 years in the United Kingdom and 18 years in Singapore, he led research, learning & teaching, and managed large projects on environmental sustainability. While in England, he held faculty roles at esteemed institutions such as Manchester, Bradford, Huddersfield, and Nottingham Trent universities. Between 2019 and 2022, he actively contributed to the Sustainable Development Working Group at James Cook University Australia, receiving the JCUA award for outstanding contributions toward addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Professor Kuah was honored with the JCUA Vice Chancellor Award of Excellence for Innovation and Change in 2021. Renowned for his global expertise, he has also been entrusted as a member of the National Committee for Circularity of Materials in Singapore and leads its Delegation on ISO/TC 323 Circular Economy meetings at the International Organization for Standardization over the last 5 years, showcasing his leadership and commitment to sustainability beyond academia.

Over the years, Professor Kuah has authored 90+ papers and secured $900,000+ in research grants from research councils and governments in the United Kingdom, Finland, France, Australia, and Singapore. Between 2017 and 2022, he has published 15 Scopus Q1 refereed articles, 5 conference papers, 2 book chapters, and an edited book. His recent works have been featured in high-impact journals such as the Journal of Business Research, Science of the Total Environment, and Journal of Cleaner Production, solidifying his reputation as a thought leader in the intersection of strategy and sustainability. In 2024, ScholarGPS places him top 3% in the field of circular economy, while SciVal recognizes Professor Kuah as one of the top six researchers in Singapore in closed-loop supply chain, remanufacturing and reverse logistics.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to business education, Professor Kuah was named Professor of the Week by the UK Financial Times. At James Cook University, he leads the design and teaching of LB5113 Corporate Strategy while also supervising several PhD, MBA, and BBus students in their research projects. Prospective PhDs and post-docs are welcome to apply. For more information, you may contact him at [email protected]

Research Interests

  • Circular Economy comprising inter alia, remanufacturing, recycling, recovery, servitization, sharing economy and design for longevity
  • Sustainability Grand Challenges including, inter alia, climate change transition, sustainable livelihoods, infrastructure, and businesses