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: 15 October 2019

2020 Recipients

Long-Chen Li

Long-Chen Li

Chemists Without Borders, Taiwan

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.

​Ahmed Badreldin

​Ahmed Badreldin

Global Sustainability Institute, United Kingdom

Ahmed Badreldin is a PhD researcher at the Global Sustainability Institute in Cambridge, UK. Ahmed's research centres around structural impediments to sustainable development arising from neoliberal globalization. His doctoral research focuses on structural impediments to sustainable development and their implications for global risk and resilience. His article, Energy Crisis Keeps Egypt on the Wrong Side of Capitalism, earned him both The International Award for Excellence of The Global Studies Journal as well as the Graduate Scholar Award from Common Ground Research Networks. His book chapter, “Structural Impediments to Sustainable Development in Australia and Its Asia-Pacific Region,” earned him the best book chapter in 2018 from the Newcastle University Postgraduate Student’s Association. He has a master's of philosophy from the University of Newcastle-Australia and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, UK.

Sarbjeet Singh

Sarbjeet Singh

Panjab University, India

Dr. Sarbjeet Singh is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. He completed his PhD on eco-city development (urban anthropology). His work is mainly qualitative research. He has worked as a volunteer for the United Nations from Asia–Pacific region, in support of the United Nations' secretary general’s campaign to end violence against women and girls during the social media festival of the School of Communication Studies. His main areas of interest include urban development, sustainable development, understanding people and behaviors, gender studies, and displacement and migration. He is a fellow member of the Australian Anthropological Society and Royal Anthropological Institute London.

Veronika Zavratnik

Veronika Zavratnik

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Veronika Zavratnik is a researcher at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and a PhD student of anthropology and ethnology at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana. Her research interests are based on understanding relationships between people, things, and identities and have recently merged with the field of smart and sustainable rural development. At the moment, her main research fields are Smart Villages, the role of digitalization in enhancing sustainable development, and empowerment of local communities in development processes. She co-authored various scientific papers on Smart Villages and sustainable rural development.

Cayley Burton

Cayley Burton

University of British Columbia, Canada

Cayley Burton is a master of arts (MA) student in early childhood education (ECE) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Living and learning on the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples in Vancouver, her research focuses on the ways in which ECE practitioners can promote sustainable relationships between very young children and more-than-human creatures within urban environments. Cayley is both grateful and excited to be recognized as an Emerging Scholar at this year’s conference.

Julián Cortés Oggero

Julián Cortés Oggero

University of Chile, Chile

Julián is a researcher for the Seismic Risk Program of the University of Chile and coordinator for the Energy Poverty Network (RedPE). He is lawyer and licentiate in Legal and Social Sciences at the University of Chile. His interests are associated with the investigation of socio-natural risks and disasters, resilience, energy poverty, governance, state responsibility, and environmental education. He actively participates in the academic support to the University of Aysén and in other academic study programs of the University of Chile.

Francois Simon

Francois Simon

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile

Francois Simon has four years of experience in industry and five years as a research fellow in energy engineering. Possessing an ongoing interest in building services development and sustainable energy solutions, a common thread in his research is to develop models based on fundamental physics to characterize energy system behavior and energy in buildings. His work focuses on: i) Building design parameters such as passive heating & cooling, thermal mass, ventilation, and phase change materials; ii) Energy system modeling such as the simulation of thermal energy flows in buildings, evaluation of heating & cooling production systems, and assessment of power generation systems; iii) Energy systems performance.

Francisco Gelves-Gómez

Francisco Gelves-Gómez

University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Francisco is from Colombia and has an interdisciplinary background. Originally trained as an environmental engineer (honours), he now focuses on studying human-environment relationships. He moved to Australia in 2012 to complete a master's of environment, majoring in conservation, restoration, and landscape management at the University of Melbourne. His research to date has focused on examining complex socio-ecological systems in biodiversity conservation, issues related to land use and appropriation in traditional communities in Colombia, discourses of territory, and the understanding of traditional knowledge and practices as tools for the conservation of ecosystems. He is part of the Landscape and Environmental Sociology Research Group at the University of Melbourne and is currently doing his PhD (Geography) at the Sustainability Research Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast. His PhD research is a more-than-human exploration of human-nature relationships in the context of biodiversity conservation and adaptive co-management (AcM) in protected areas.

Huamani Orrego

Huamani Orrego

University of British Columbia, Canada

Huamani was born and raised in the Maipo Valley of Chile, where he grew up in a small community with his family of around 70 people (going back five generations!). Presently, the family community manages an ecotourism center, a private protected park, and an animal rescue center.

Currently, Huamani is a master’s student in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on interconnection. Working on a project called “The Salmon Forest,” he and his colleagues are exploring the myriad of interconnections that occur between plants in symbiosis with mycorrhizal fungi and the salmon in the forest of the Pacific Northwest. His approach focuses specifically on the knowledge held about these interconnections by indigenous peoples.

In Their Words

It was an amazing experience to be a Graduate Scholar at such a big event. This conference brought an opportunity to grow my professional and research skills and it provided a great altitude of management while chairing sessions and being part of the team."

Jam Shahzaib Khan, 2016 Awardee

While I often find myself working within the realm of environmental sustainability, it was a great experience to hear multiple perspectives from the realms of social, economic, and cultural sustainability."

Christopher Olsen, 2015 Awardee

I was so happy to get to be immersed in such a powerful experience and to make such worth wile connections with so many people doing amazing things across the globe! The flow of the conference, the structures that enables organic conversations as well as the structures that cultivated collaboration across fields were essential to the success of this conference."

Sara Roe, 2019 Awardee