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Make environment a security issue

By Alizan Mahadi and Nazran Johari Two incidents last month reminded us... Read More

Pandemic should pave way for green new deal

WHILE Malaysia has made huge strides in modernising and diversifying our economy,... Read More

Building resilience, adaptability vital

ON April 3, as Covid-19 was spreading around the world, Cyclone Harold... Read More

Covid-19 is a reminder of our relationship with Nature

Article by Alizan Mahadi and Nazran Johari which appeared in Malay Mail... Read More

We should unite on climate action

Article by Alizan Mahadi and Nur Syahirah Khanum which appeared in New... Read More

Trash Talk: Is waste emerging as a new security threat?

In 1991, former chief economist of the World Bank Lawrence Summers caused... Read More

Environment can threaten health, security

SUSTAINABILITY and environmental issues caught the headlines globally and in Malaysia last... Read More

Climate Resilient Growth May Be Our Only Option

IN 1988, former National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist James Hansen raised... Read More

The case for a ‘better safe than sorry’ policy

LAST week, environment ministers from around the world met at the United... Read More

Look Beyond Government to Boost Multilateralism

As the role of states wanes, countries that provide space and incentives... Read More

Clearing the Air on Our Basic Right to Clean Air

As the smog engulfs the region, many have questioned whether we are... Read More

Navigating the Technological Revolution

Imagine a world where computers grow the food we eat, drones construct... Read More

A New Climate of Cooperation

Last Saturday, the Paris agreement on climate change was struck and hailed... Read More

Impressive Initiatives: Translating Rhetoric into Solutions Requires Collective Action

IMPRESSIVE INITIATIVES: Translating rhetoric into solutions requires collective action If a dollar... Read More

A Sustainable World by 2030

WHAT can we do today for a better world in 2030? What... Read More

Raising Literacy on Sustainability Issues

EL Nino is reported by the World Meteorological Organisation to have 60-88... Read More

Clearing up Muddy Waters in Supply Issues

By Alizan Mahadi which appeared in New Straits Times, 29 January 2013 Read More

Governing Climate Change: Challenges for a Coherent ASEAN Policy on Climate Change

Article by Alizan Mahadi which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry... Read More

Warding off Easter Island Syndrome

Article by Alizan Mahadi which appeared in The New Straits Times, 7... Read More

Happy to be Rich

Has your life been 4.7 per cent better within the last three... Read More

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Mr Alizan Mahadi

Mr Alizan Mahadi is a Director of Research at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia. Previously, he served as the Special Officer to the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Alizan is currently completing his PhD at the School of Media and Governance at Keio University, Japan on understanding the influence of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to address interlinkages across SDGs. His research area includes governance of and for sustainable development and global environmental governance and was previously the lead author for the National Readiness study to implement the SDGs for the Economic Planning Unit of Malaysia. His other areas of research include institutions for sustainable development and sustainable consumption and production. He is currently a team member of Future Earth’s Knowledge Action Network on SDGs (SDGs KAN). Alizan also has extensive experience in network building, including being a founding member of the Malaysian CSO SDG Alliance and the founding principal officer of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Malaysia Chapter. Alizan has a MSc in Sustainable Development from University of Uppsala, Sweden and had 5 years of experience as a sustainability consultant in the United Kingdom prior to that.


Published Articles

Make environment a security issue

09 October 2020
By Alizan Mahadi and Nazran Johari Two incidents last month reminded us about the absurd juxtaposition when it comes to environmental security in Malaysia. On...

Pandemic should pave way for green new deal

22 August 2020
WHILE Malaysia has made huge strides in modernising and diversifying our economy, the Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated our continued reliance on our natural resource base,...

Building resilience, adaptability vital

19 May 2020
ON April 3, as Covid-19 was spreading around the world, Cyclone Harold made landfall in Vanuatu, a small island state in the middle of the...

Covid-19 is a reminder of our relationship with Nature

28 March 2020
Article by Alizan Mahadi and Nazran Johari which appeared in Malay Mail 28 March 2020 One of the few pieces of seemingly good news to...

We should unite on climate action

23 January 2020
Article by Alizan Mahadi and Nur Syahirah Khanum which appeared in New Straits Times 20 January 2020 THE year 2019 saw greater action from all...

Trash Talk: Is waste emerging as a new security threat?

16 January 2020
In 1991, former chief economist of the World Bank Lawrence Summers caused a stir when he laid out an argument that the economic logic behind...

Environment can threaten health, security

14 October 2019
SUSTAINABILITY and environmental issues caught the headlines globally and in Malaysia last month. In New York, as part of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly,...

Climate Resilient Growth May Be Our Only Option

24 July 2019
IN 1988, former National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist James Hansen raised the alarm on climate change by telling a United States congressional hearing that,...

The case for a ‘better safe than sorry’ policy

19 March 2019
LAST week, environment ministers from around the world met at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, with one of its agenda being to agree...

Look Beyond Government to Boost Multilateralism

23 August 2018
As the role of states wanes, countries that provide space and incentives for non-state actors stand a better chance at achieving meaningful progress. AMIDST the...

Clearing the Air on Our Basic Right to Clean Air

23 August 2016
As the smog engulfs the region, many have questioned whether we are doing enough to hold those responsible accountable. The challenge is that resolving the...

Navigating the Technological Revolution

14 June 2016
Imagine a world where computers grow the food we eat, drones construct our buildings and robots diagnose our illnesses. It may sound like something from...

A New Climate of Cooperation

15 December 2015
Last Saturday, the Paris agreement on climate change was struck and hailed as a historic turning point towards averting a climate catastrophe. Along with the...
Impressive Initiatives: Translating Rhetoric into Solutions Requires Collective Action

Impressive Initiatives: Translating Rhetoric into Solutions Requires Collective Action

03 March 2015
IMPRESSIVE INITIATIVES: Translating rhetoric into solutions requires collective action If a dollar is gained every time sustainable development is mentioned, it will probably be enough...
A Sustainable World by 2030

A Sustainable World by 2030

11 November 2014
WHAT can we do today for a better world in 2030? What are the development goals that will chart a path to a future that...

Raising Literacy on Sustainability Issues

08 July 2014
EL Nino is reported by the World Meteorological Organisation to have 60-88 per cent likelihood to be fully established between now and December. As this...
water shortage

Clearing up Muddy Waters in Supply Issues

29 January 2013
By Alizan Mahadi which appeared in New Straits Times, 29 January 2013
climate change

Governing Climate Change: Challenges for a Coherent ASEAN Policy on Climate Change

02 November 2012
Article by Alizan Mahadi which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), September 2012, p. 4-5
mangrove

Warding off Easter Island Syndrome

09 August 2012
Article by Alizan Mahadi which appeared in The New Straits Times, 7 August, 2012 Attachments: Alizan_NST_7Aug12.pdf

Happy to be Rich

05 June 2012
Has your life been 4.7 per cent better within the last three months? If the economic indicator in the form of gross domestic product (GDP)...