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Jin Chan

Jin Chan PhD, PGC HE, MPhil, MTech, BEng, FHEA, CEng, CEnv

Jin Chan

Jin Chan
PhD, PGC HE, MPhil, MTech, BEng, FHEA, CEng, CEnv

Senior Lecturer, Strategy, Operations and Systems Management

Department of Systems Management and Strategy

Business School

Dr Chan has about 20 years of extensive industry and academic experience across many regions globally. He holds a PhD in Management Studies awarded by Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He also received a MPhil degree in sustainability studied under a Cambridge-MIT programme. He was a Shell-Centenary-Chevening Scholar and ESRC Cambridge Commonwealth Trust- Dorothy Hodgkin Scholar.  

Dr Chan is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy of UK. Since 2001, he has involved extensively in undergraduate and post-graduate programme management and delivery in a number of universities such as University of Cambridge, Coventry University, Greenwich University and University of Malaya. He has expertise in teaching multiple subjects e.g. innovation, entrepreneurship, business research methods, business strategy, energy business and policy, international business, sustainability, environmental management and philosophy, oil and gas management, and environment impact assessment. He is regularly being invited to deliver guest lecture at top universities worldwide such as at Beijing Normal University, Minzu University of China. He also has an extensive experience in senior executive education such as designing and executing international business courses for Executive MBA of Judge Business School at University of Cambridge from 2009 - 2011.

Since 1996, Dr Chan has acquired an extensive international business experience, at various senior levels, and with a good understanding of business cultures across many regions. He can speak and write many Asian languages. He has provided strategy, internationalisation and sustainability consulting to clients in China, South East Asia, Europe, and Africa. Dr Chan has experience in developing and managing multi-million projects and managed international business offices across Asia. He has extensive experience in project management, project financial evaluation and technical assessment, customer and government relation management, and international business development. In recognition of his professional achievements and experience, he was awarded two Charteredships by professional institutions in the UK

2016 Nominated Most Outstanding Contribution to Student Experience (University wide) @ University of Greenwich

2007 ESRC-Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Dorothy Hodgkin Award tenable @ University of Cambridge

2005 Travel Award - Cambridge Commonwealth Trusts & Royal Academy of Engineering UK

2004 Shell Centenary & Chevening Award, tenable @ University of Cambridge

2001 Best Postal Award – 1st International Conference on Life Cycle Management, Copenhagen

Associate Researcher, Energy Policy Research Group, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Journal reviewer

Energy Policy (Outstanding contribution)

Energy Journal

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Approach to Innovation

Deputy Sector Editor

Chinese Management Handbook, Sun Tzu Art of War Institute, Singapore

2016: Expert Panel, Empowering Youth through Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship, UNCCD, United Nations Campus, Germany

2016 Visiting Researcher, Peking University, China

2016 Visiting Professor, Institute of Technology Management, National Chiao Tung University Taiwan

2015 Invited Lecture, Asia Regional Governance Issues Lecture Series, Beijing Normal University, China

2015 Invited Lecture, Research Lecture Series, China Agricultural University

2015 Invited Lecture, International Business School Research Lecture Series, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China

Since 2014 Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK

2013- 2015 Invited Lecture, World Famous Scholar Lecture Series, Minzu University, China

2012 Advisor, Project Vision - commissioned by the President of Togo, Africa and led by Sir Paul Judge (UK) in the capacity of an adviser of the Presidential Investment Advisory Council of Togo.

Since 2010 Chartered Environmentalist, UK

Since 2010 British Institute of Energy Economics, UK

Since 2009 Member of British Academy of Management

Since 2008 Chartered Engineer, UK

Since 2007 Member of Institute of Mechanical Engineers, UK

Since 2004 Fellow of Cambridge Commonwealth Society, UK

2002 Registered Consultant, Natural Resources & Environment Council, Malaysia

1996 Registered Engineer, Engineering Council, Malaysia

Dr Chan has a broad research interest and published broadly in many topics such as energy (renewable) policy, industry policy, industrial organisation, strategy, entrepreneurship, innovation, sustainability, tourism management, and gentrification. He has an extensive collaboration network worldwide and has experience in doing fieldwork research in Europe, Africa, China and South East Asia.

His research in evolution of policy and industrial structure in energy sector is based at Energy Policy Research Group at University of Cambridge. He is an expert in biofuel and renewable energy sector. He studies how industry players response to energy policy and the resultant evolution in industrial structure. Dr Chan has 20 years of experience in energy and environment, and as a serial entrepreneur, worked on more than ten research projects funded by government and industry including from European Commission, China and Malaysia with various roles such as PI, Co-I or project manager.

Recently, Dr Chan has also been studying clean-tech, e-commerce, creative and cultural sector, and tourism sectors in Asia contributing to theoretical understanding of international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship orientation, entrepreneurship ecosystem, innovation diffusion, innovation ecosystem, industrial lifecycle and sustainability.

Funded research projects

Principal Investigator, Social Network Analysis of Innovation Cluster in Creative and Cultural Value Chain: Case of George Town World Heritage Site. Funded by RCUK/ESRC & Newton Fund Programme (ES/P010377/1) (Valued at £120,137)

Principal Investigator, Institutional Dimensions of Entrepreneurship Orientation: Case of Firms along Technology Supply Chain in China and Taiwan. Funded by REA Research Fund & SCM Research Group Funding, University of Greenwich

Co-PI, Diffusion of Environmental Practices and Innovations in China. Funded by Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China  (valued at £20,000)

Pan Regional Prospects for Fuel Ethanol in Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. Funded by European Commission: EC-ASEAN Energy Facility 159/2005 (valued at £200,000)

Increasing the Market Awareness of the Benefits of Energy Efficiency Improvements at Sugar Mills and Paper Mills in Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. Funded by European Commission: EC-ASEAN Energy Facility 135&136-2005 (valued at £400,000)

Assessment and Ranking of Sites for Potential Coal-Fired Power Stations. Funded by TNB Research (valued at £50,000)

Management Information System for Hydroelectric Catchment. Funded by TNB Research (valued at £400,000)


Chan,J.H., Iankova, K., Zhang, Y., McDonald, T., Qi, X., (forthcoming, July 2017). Self-gentrification and indigenous entrepreneurship, in B., Lane (eds.) Sustainable Tourism and Indigenous Peoples, Routledge.

Zhang, Y., Ji, Z., Chan, J.H., Pan, X., 2016. Tourism gentrification and sustainable development in heritage site's farming culture: A case study of Yuanyang Rice Terraces UNESCO World Landscape Heritage Site. Journal of the Central University for Nationalities (Philosophy and Social Sciences). ISSN 1005-8575.

Chan,J.H., Iankova, K., Zhang, Y., McDonald, T., Qi, X., 2016. The role of self-gentrification in sustainable tourism: Indigenous entrepreneurship at Honghe Hani Rice Terraces World Heritage Site, China, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 24 (8&9), 1262-1279. (ABS3*)

Chan, J.H., Zhang, Y., McDonald, T., Qi, X., 2016. Sustainable tourism in indigenous community: Entrepreneurship and economic development in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Indigenous People and Economic Development, Iankova, K. & Hassan A, (eds.), Routledge. ISBN: 978-1-4724-3485-2.

McDonald, T., Zhang, Y., Chan, J.H., 2015. A Cultural Interpretation of Ethnic Tourism: Case Study of Honghe Hani Rice Terrace. Tourism Planning and Design, 16: 32-39.  ISBN: 978-7-112-18202. (in Chinese)

Chan, J.H., 2013. Penang Economic Outlook: Developing Green Industries in Penang. Penang Monthly, 13(01), Penang Institute: Georgetown (January). ISBN: 978-9-83-222101-2

Chan, J.H., 2012. Evolution of Biofuel Value Chain Governance and Government Policy: The Cases of China, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. PhD Thesis. Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Chan, J.H., Reiner, D., 2010. Dynamics of Evolution of Global Fuel-ethanol Industry. EPRG Working Paper Series No.1111 & Cambridge Working Paper in Economics CWPE No.1129, Judge Business School and Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.

Chan, J.H., 2010. EU Bio-Energy Policy: Sustainability Requirements and Challenges. Chemical Enterprise Management, 3. (In Chinese)

Chan, J.H., 2009. EU Biofuel Policy: Sustainability Requirements and Challenges (Chinese). China Chemical News.

Chan, J.H., 2005. Sustainable Sanitation: Water Quality Modelling and Assessment in Maputo Mozambique. Master of Philosophy Dissertation, Centre for Sustainable Development, Engineering. University of Cambridge.

Ahmad Rosly, A., Low, K.S., Chan, J.H., Mohd Noh, A, Kharulmaini, O.S., Sasekumar, A., John K.R, Fauza, A.G., Abdul Yamin, S, Wan Aida, W.Z., Phua, Y.T., Phua, Y.N., Wong, Y.Y., & Mohd Nor, A., 2005. Assessment Parameters for Coal-Fired Generation Plant Site Selection, International Energy Journal, 6(1): 45-54.

Chan, J.H., et. al., 2003. Assessment and Ranking of Sites for Potential Coal-Fired Power Stations in the Peninsular Malaysia, Final Report. TNB Research & University of Malaya, Malaysia. (With Low, K.S., Khairulmaini, O.S., et al.)

2002. The Development of Hydroelectric Catchment Management Information System for Cameron Highlands - Batang Padang Scheme, Final Report. TNB  Research & University of Malaya, Malaysia. (With Low, K.S., Choy, F.K., et al.)

Chan, J.H., 2002. A Study of Sustainable Development in Cameron Highlands. Master Thesis, University of Malaya.

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Zhang, Y., Ji, Z., Chan, J.H., & Wang, Y., 2016. Determinants of residents' perception on tourism based on social exchange theory and levels of community attachment: The case of Mainland Chinese tourists in Taiwan. International Tourism Studies Association (ITSA) Biennial Conference, 2016. London.

Chan, J.H., Zhang, Y., Coles, A.M., Qi, X., 2016. Re-engineering cultural "DNA" of an innovation in the process of adoption and diffusion: In the lens of adopters of an eco-innovation in Honghe UNESCO World Heritage Site in Yunnan, China. Small steps towards sustainability: exploring the distributed, fragmented and piecemeal aspects of socio-technical change workshop. London.

Ji, Z., Pan, X., Chan, J.H., Zhang, Y., 2015. The threats of tourism induced gentrification in indigenous villages: A case in Honghe UNESCO World Heritage Site. 10th International Conference in Cutting Edge Tourism Research: World Heritage Site OUV Protection and Sustainable Tourism. SanQingShan, China. 

Chan, J.H., Zhang, Y., Qi, X.G., McDonald, T., 2014. Cultural and religious influence in the adoption and diffusion of eco-innovation in Honghe Yunnan – a UNESCO World Heritage Site in China. British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2014.

McDonald, T., Zhang, Y., Chan, J.H., 2014. Tourism's Potential for Learning: Understanding Local Cultural Perspectives on Environment. Conference proceedings: Global Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference, 15-18 May, Florida, USA.

Chan, J.H., Qi, X.G., 2013. Will institutional elements foster the formation of an isomorphic inter-organisational governance structure across an industry? British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2013.

Chan, J.H., 2012. Competing Objectives under An Energy Policy: A Comparative Study for Thailand, China, Vietnam, Philippines Biofuel Policy. Council of Engineering System Universities CESUN, MIT. Delft.

Chan, J.H., Reiner, D., Zhang, J., 2011. Determinants of Inter-firm Governance Mode in Biofuel Value Chain: Cases from Four Countries in Asia. British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2011.

Chan, J.H., 2011. Critical Success Factors as Explanatory Variables of the Choice of Inter-firm Governance Mode: Cases of Biofuel Industry in Thailand and China. WOxbridge Doctorate Conference. Warwick Business School.

Chan, J.H., Reiner, D., 2010. Vertical Integration in a Growing Industry: Security of Supply and Market Access in Fuel-ethanol Value Chain. Conference Proceedings: 8th BIEE Academic Conference "Energy in a low carbon economy: new roles for governments and markets" British Institute of Energy Economics and UK Energy Research Council.

Chan, J.H., 2010. Horizontal Consolidation and Vertical Integration in a Growing Industry: Security of Supply and Market Access in Fuel Ethanol Value Chain. YEEES Conference, UK.

Chan, J.H., Reiner, D., Zhang, J., 2008. Uncertainties in European Biofuels Policies and the implications on World Biofuels Market. The 4th World Biofuels Symposium.

Chan, J.H., Stone, C., 2007. Bio-energy: Biofuels and Biomass Financing and Investment. Renewable Energy Finance, Asia. Singapore. Greenpower, SEAS, REEP & WCRE.

Chan, J.H., 2006. Promoting the Utilization of Ethanol as Transport Fuel: Bioethanol in the Philippines. International Biofuels and Alternative Energy Conference. KL. ASLI & MPOB.

Chan, J.H., 2006. Bioethanol Market and Development in Laos. Bioenergy Seminar, Vientian. Asia Centre for Excellence, EC ASEAN Energy Facility.

Chan, J.H., 2006. Bioethanol Market and Development in Cambodia. Bioenergy Seminar, Phnom Penh. Asia Centre for Excellence, EC ASEAN Energy Facility.

Chan, J.H., 2006. Bioethanol Market and Development in Vietnam. Bioenergy Seminar, Ho Chi Minh City. Asia Centre for Excellence, EC ASEAN Energy Facility.

Chan, J.H., 2006. Bioethanol Market and Development in Indonesia. Bioenergy Seminar, Jakarta. Asia Centre for Excellence, EC ASEAN Energy Facility

Chan, J.H., 2006. Energy Efficiency Potential of Sugar Mills, Indonesia. Asia Centre for Excellence, EC ASEAN Energy Facility.

Chan, J.H., 2006. Energy Efficiency Potential of Sugar Mills, Philippines. Asia Centre for Excellence, EC ASEAN Energy Facility.

Chan, J.H., 2004. A Problem-Based Learning Case Study in Environmental Management for Three Classes of Undergraduate Students. Proceedings of the 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Problem-Based Learning, Kuala Lumpur.

Ahmad Rosly, A., Low, K.S., Chan, J.H., Mohd Noh, A, Kharulmaini, O.S., Sasekumar, A., John K.R, Fauza, A.G., Abdul Yamin, S, Wan Aida, W.Z., Phua, Y.T., Phua, Y.N., Wong, Y.Y., & Mohd Nor, A., 2004. Assessment Parameters for Coal-Fired Generation Plant Site Selection, Proceedings of the International Conference on Electric Supply Industry in Transition ~ Issue and Prospects for Asia, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Chan, J.H., Low, K.S., 2001. Potential of Palm Oil and Palm Biomass as an alternative Green Energy Source: A Life Cycle Approach. The 1st International Conference on Life Cycle Management, Copenhagen, Denmark. (Best Postal Award)

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