Institute for Sustainability Studies


To provide a platform for the support of interdisciplinary research on Sustainability/ESG related topics.

Activities include:

  • Connecting and encouraging Sustainability/ESG research by interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, inter-college and inter-campus scholars.
  • Tracking, collecting, promoting, and archiving of Sustainability/ESG related research including publications, projects, conference presentations and related activities by faculty, staff and students.

Initial Goals

The specific goals of ISS for 2022-2023 include supporting Sustainability and ESG related research by:

  • Presenting the related interdisciplinary research of members at Int’l Conferences. A minimum of two per year depending upon funding.
  • Publishing interdisciplinary related research papers in recognized and indexed peer reviewed journals. A minimum of two per year depending upon funding.

ISS Members


Dr. Rob Kim Marjerison, College of Business and Public Management

College representatives:

  • Dr. Aloysius Wong, College of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Jerry Choi, College of Business and Public Management
  • Dr. Maurizio Vrenna, College of Architecture and Design
  • Dr. Agnes Tang, College of Education
  • Dr. Amrita Kaur, College of Liberal Arts

Research Focus

  • The 3+1 Pillars of Sustainability

Social Sustainability
i.e. poverty reduction, access to healthcare and education

Economic Sustainability
Economic development that meets the needs of today without harming the opportunities for future generations

Ecological Sustainability
A long term view of human interaction with the planet

Cultural Sustainability
Balancing Globalization with the preservation of regional, and local cultures, languages and traditions, art, artifacts and architecture.

  • ESG–Environmental, Social and (Organizational) Governance

ESG is framework designed for integration into the strategy of an organization in order to create economic, social and environmental value.

How the organization can reduce it’s carbon footprint

How the organization can offer benefits to the society

(Organizational) Governance
How the organizational structure can promote ethics and legality