Joni Jupesta joined the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) as a PhD Fellow in September 2010, continued as a Postdoctoral Fellow in October 2010 and became a JSPS UNU Postdoctoral Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Tokyo, Japan in September 2011. Jupesta’s research focuses on system analysis, system innovation and system governance across the forestry, agriculture and energy sectors. His current research project is on sustainability transitions in emerging countries (e.g. Indonesia), to scale up Science and Technology Innovation (STI) to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This project involves multistakeholders including industry, academics, policymakers, civil society organizations and local communities. He is also involved in several projects regarding Green New Deal Policy (in association with GRIPS), Low Carbon Governance in Asia (in association with National Institute for Environmental Studies) and Green Investment in Cities (in association with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies). He received several international awards for his research work in innovation for sustainability, among others: the Green Talent Award 2012 from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Mitra Award in 2013 from Asia Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN).
A native of Indonesia, Jupesta holds a Bachelor of Gas and Petrochemical Engineering from the University of Indonesia (Indonesia), a Master of Science degree in Quality, Safety and Environment from the University of Magdeburg (Germany), a Master of Business Administration degree from the Hochschule Esslingen (Germany) and a PhD degree in Management Science and Technology from Tohoku University (Japan). His MBA thesis described a market strategy for entering the energy market focused on bioenergy industries, and was written in collaboration with FESTO AG, an automation company in Germany. His PhD research was funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and focused on systems analysis of the introduction of biofuel in the transportation sector in Indonesia from energy, economics and environmental perspectives. In 2007, he worked as a Research Associate for Sustainable Energy Development at the Department of Energy Systems at the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Earlier, from 2001 to 2003, he worked as a quality engineer in a petrochemical company in Indonesia.
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