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Center for Sustainable Innovation & Society (SIS)

About

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION AND SOCIETY

The Center for Sustainable Innovation and Society (SIS) was established by Khon Kaen University’s International College with the primary aim of conducting research and promoting practical solutions for societal benefit. Aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SIS focuses on reducing inequality (Goal 10) and promoting sustainable consumption and production (Goal 12). Through interdisciplinary collaboration and cutting-edge research in sustainable technologies, SIS strives to address global challenges and create a more equitable and resilient future. The center also empowers communities, advocates for sustainable policies, and raises public awareness to drive positive change toward a sustainable world.

a little effort towards saving the environment is better than no effort.

Impact

Researching in the areas of people, prosperity, and planet is crucial for addressing various global challenges and promoting sustainable development. These areas encompass a wide range of topics, and conducting research in these fields can lead to valuable insights and innovative solutions to improve the well-being of individuals, societies, and the environment.

  • People: Research in this area can lead to significant improvements in people’s lives. It can result in advancements in healthcare, education, and social well-being, leading to better quality of life, increased life expectancy, and reduced poverty and inequality.
  • Prosperity: Research focused on prosperity can foster economic growth, innovation, and sustainable development. It can lead to the creation of new industries, job opportunities, and enhanced economic stability, ultimately raising the standard of living for individuals and communities.
  • Planet: Research addressing environmental issues is crucial for the preservation of our planet. It can drive advancements in renewable energy, conservation efforts, and sustainable practices. This research is vital for mitigating climate change, protecting biodiversity, and ensuring a healthier environment for current and future generations.

Our Goals

SIS focuses on two primary goals

  • Generating New Research
    We aim to create cutting-edge research that pushes the boundaries of human understanding and knowledge in various fields.
  • Applying Research for the Betterment of People, Prosperity and the Planet
    SIS utilizes our research and innovation projects to benefit people, foster prosperity, and contribute to the well-being of our planet. By putting our findings into action, we seek to make a positive impact on society and the environment.

Research and Collaboration

  • Research Theme: Sustainable Business and Innovation

    SIS focuses on developing environmentally and socially responsible practices within the business world. We aim to create long-term value by balancing economic, environmental, and social impacts. Through innovation, SIS helps companies to find novel and efficient ways to reduce resource consumption, minimize waste, and create products and services that positively contribute to the well-being of society and the planet. By integrating sustainability principles into their operations, businesses can achieve competitiveness, resilience, and lasting success in a rapidly changing world.

  • Research Collaboration

    Collaborations with multiple institutions and organizations can bring diverse perspectives, expertise, and resources to a research project. Each partner can contribute unique insights and methodologies, leading to more comprehensive and impactful outcomes.

Our Collaborations

Mekong Institute (MI)

The Mekong Institute is a regional intergovernmental organization based in Khon Kaen, Thailand, specializing in capacity building and research in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Collaborating with the Mekong Institute demonstrates a commitment to addressing socio-economic and development challenges in the GMS through applied research, knowledge sharing, and skill development programs. This partnership will likely involve joint projects, policy research, workshops, and training initiatives aimed at fostering sustainable development, economic growth, and regional cooperation in the Mekong region.

 

Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME)

The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) is a United Nations-supported initiative that brings together business schools and academic institutions worldwide to promote responsible management education. This collaboration indicates a commitment to integrating principles of sustainability, ethics, and social responsibility into business education and research.

 

University of Southern Denmark (SDU) 

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is a renowned institution of higher education and research located in Denmark. This collaboration likely involves joint research projects, academic partnerships, and knowledge exchange initiatives. Such collaborations are common in academia and often aim to leverage the expertise of both parties to address complex research questions and foster academic progress.

 

University of York 

The University of York is another distinguished institution, located in the United Kingdom. Partnering with the University of York may entail similar activities, such as collaborative research projects, faculty and student exchanges, and joint workshops or conferences. The specific fields of research and the scope of collaboration may vary based on the shared interests and strengths of both institutions.

 

University of the West of England Bristol (UWE Bristol)

UWE Bristol is a well-regarded university located in Bristol, United Kingdom, known for its research and teaching excellence. A research collaboration with UWE Bristol suggests that your organization is partnering with this university to conduct joint research projects, share knowledge, and collaborate on academic and research activities.

 

By joining forces with these esteemed institutions and organizations, the research collaboration can make a significant contribution to knowledge and promote responsible and sustainable practices in the academic and business communities. It’s essential to leverage each partner’s strengths and expertise to achieve the best possible outcomes for our research endeavors.

Our Past Projects

 
Ugly Veggies

Ugly Veggies – Innovative Marketing Campaign  and ecommerce platform is supported by the Program Management Unit for National Competitiveness Enhancement (PMU-C). The project aims to change consumers’ perception of ugly and discarded vegetables, promoting sustainable consumption. Through online and offline advertising campaigns, the initiative encourages consumers to value the nutritional worth of these less attractive vegetables.

 
Circular Economy X Creative Economy – The Management of Losses and Residues from Mango Processing Industry in the Northeast Region

The “ESAN Circular X Creative Economy” research project focuses on creating a business model for the circular economy and creative economy, utilizing waste from the mango processing industry in Thailand’s northeastern region. It aims to promote waste reuse to enhance business value and raise social awareness. The project aims to (1) create a business model for waste management based on the circular economy and social entrepreneurship and (2) develop innovative uses for the waste through six sub-research projects, including mango waste management, innovative mango seed butter, paper from mango peels, vegan leather from mango pulp, handicrafts from waste, and implementing a circular economy model in the mango processing supply chain.

Research
Publications

The impact of citizen science on environmental attitudes, environmental knowledge, environmental awareness to pro–environmental citizenship behaviour

Lefebvre’s Spatial Ternary Theory in Regional Planning of Mulan Retirement Community

Eco-innovation policies for food waste management: A European Union-ASEAN comparison

Assessing the role of public policy in fostering global eco-innovation

Study on the influence of network live broadcasts on contemporary inland China

Chapter 14 – Bioresorbable polymers: Challenges and opportunities for development and applications of medical devices

Green Consumer Profiling and Online Shopping of Imperfect Foods: Extending UTAUT with Web-Based Label Quality for Misshapen Organic Produce

Two New Species of Elaphoidella (Copepoda, Harpacticoida) from Subterranean Waters in Northeast Thailand, with a Record of a Gynandromorphic Specimen and an Up-to-Date Key to Elaphoidella Species from Southeast Asia †

Rice Grains from A Slightly Saline Field Exhibited Unchanged Starch Physicochemical Properties but Enhanced Nutritional Values

Comparative quantitative trait loci analysis framework reveals relationships between salt stress responsive phenotypes and pathways

A new cyclopoid genus (Copepoda, Crustacea) from a deep aquifer in northeastern Thailand with comments on peculiar sampling sites and local fauna

Production of Biocalcium from Fermented Fish Bone Residue for Fish Emulsion Sausage Fortification

Encouraging sustainable consumption: Investigating consumer inclination to purchase products made from mango wastes

The impact of a crisis on monetary policy’s influence on financial markets: Evidence from the COVID-19 pandemic

The analysis of marking reliability through the approach of gauge repeatability and reproducibility (GR&R) study: a case of English-speaking test

Factors that Influence Innovation Acceptance on Bioactive Paper for Fruit Shelf Life Extension

Green or greed? Generational perspectives of sustainability claims in restaurants

QR code payment in Thailand 4.0 era: expand the understanding of perceived susceptibility to COVID-19 in the TAM theory

Unleashing Customer Empathy in the Circular Economy: Development of A High-Calcium Fish Sausage Prototype from Fermented Fish Residue

Mekong–ROK cooperation: a perspective from Thailand

Trust and website conversion in consumer responses to green product purchasing: A new perspective through the lens of innovative website Design’s technology integration

Enhancing the multifunctional properties of cellulose fabrics through in situ hydrothermal deposition of TiO2 nanoparticles at low temperature for antibacterial self-cleaning under UV–Vis illumination

Sustainability assessment for Thai mango: The environmental impact and economic benefits from cradle-to-grave

Phyllodiaptomus parachristineae, a new species of copepod (Copepoda, Calanoida, Diaptomidae) from the floodplain of the lower Mekong River Basin in Thailand and Cambodia

Parartemiopsis shangrilaensis, a new species of fairy shrimp (Branchiopoda, Anostraca) from Yunnan, with a key to the Chirocephalidae of China

Regime type and Thailand’s foreign policy position, 1950–2020: Some statistical evidence

Development of eco-friendly antifungal and antibacterial adhesive derived from modified cassava starch waste/polyvinyl alcohol containing green synthesized nano-silver

From pride to plate: how feelings of pride and guilt lead Gen Z to plant-based consumption at restaurants

Transgenerational stress memory and transgenerational effects caused by wood vinegar and spermidine are associated with early germination of rice seeds under salt stress

Factors of Food Waste Reduction Underlying the Extended Theory of Planned Behavior: A Study of Consumer Behavior towards the Intention to Reduce Food Waste

OUR TEAM

ASST. PROF. WUTTIWAT JITJAK

PROJECT ADVISOR

ASST.PROF. SIRIMONBHORN THIPSINGH

PROJECT ADVISOR

ASST. PROF. DR. CHAVIS KETKAEW

PROJECT ADVISOR

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phaninee Naruetharadhol

DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION & SOCIETY

Sasikorn Wongsaichia

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Wutthita A. Srisathan

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

SIRINAPHA PHONSIRI

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICER