Theme 1: Sustainability Science

Theme 1: Sustainability Science

Eric Bruno_photoEric BRUNO (co-author)

Title of Paper: Factors Affecting the Engagement of Community Forest Enterprises in Timber Commercialization

Eric Bruno is a Project Manager in Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) – Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Email:


Guadalupe CalalangGuadalupe D. CALALANG (co-author)

Title of Paper: “A regional soil reference system for fertility assessment and monitoring for highland soils in Mindanao, Philippines”

Guadalupe Calalang currently works for Xavier University in its engagement to the EPaM Research Project, which is supported by the Commission of Universities for Development, Government of Belgium. While earning for a PhD degree in Agronomic Science and Biology Engineering at the University of Liege Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium, Ms. Calalang works on the soil research component of the project which is the Developing of a Generic Protocol for Establishing a Land Information System for Land Use Planning in Mindanao, Philippines.

Prior to her PhD studies, she had finished two international Master degree programs. First, the Master of Environmental Management at Griffith University, Australia which was supported by the Australian Development Scholarship Grant, and second, the Master of Science in Environmental Risk Assessment for Tropical Ecosystems, a joint program between Chiang Mai University, Thailand and the University of Saarland, Germany which was under the sponsorship of the German Technical Cooperation for Development. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Visayas State University, Leyte, Philippines that was funded by Philippine Coconut Producers’ Federation (CocoFed) Scholarship Grant. With her desire to be in the teaching profession, she studied to gain academic units in Bachelor of Science in Education at the University of the Visayas, Cebu City, Philippines.

An Associate Professor of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at Xavier University, she served as the Dean of Agriculture from2001 to 2006, had led the establishing and the recognition of the Regional Center of Expertise of Education for Sustainable Development – Northern Mindanao (RCE Northern Mindanao) by the United Nations University in 2008. Presently, together with the EPaM Project partners, she is setting up a Soil Laboratory at Manresa, College of Agriculture Complex at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City. Guada is both a licensed Professional Agricultural Engineer and Professional Agriculturist, which were granted by the Professional Regulations Commission of the Philippines. Email:

prof-halletVincent HALLET PhD

Title of Paper: “Groundwater investigation, assessment and production of small volcanic islands: a solution for small isolated communities subjected to severe shortages”

Vincent Hallet is a full professor in the University of Namur with a Doctorate in Sciences (Hydrogeology) from the University of Liege – Belgium. Aside from having worked for various private companies both in Belgium and other countries, Professor Hallet also conducted surveys for the United Nations Development Program in various countries of the South Pacific. He is currently engaged in various research projects in a number of countries including the Philippines. Vincent is committed to teaching and developing scientific projects in the field of quantitative and qualitative management of groundwater. Email:

Craig-HuttonCraig HUTTON PhD

Title of Paper: “The role of integrated socio-environmental modeling in policy support: case studies in tropical deltas”

Dr. Hutton’s research, applied research & consultancy focus lies at the intersection between the environment and social implications of environmental/climate change and management for sustainable development. This socio-environmental research emphasises the coordination of spatial data handling and the management/policy/governance implications of climate change/environmental vulnerability of communities, land cover and earth observation in decision-making support systems. Dr Hutton is a lead author and research coordinator for ESPA Deltas and DECCMA project looking at links between poverty and ecosystem services in coastal and Delta systems Bangladesh (£4m + £8.5m) and is currently in negotiations to conduct similar work internationally across the Ganges basin (£8m) as well as having lead socio-environmental survey project inputs dealing with the integration of environmental and socio-environmental data in South Africa, Malawi, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tanzania, Libya, Vietnam, Bhutan, and developing strategic programs in catchment management in the Philippines (BC) and assessing poverty and environment in Central Asia (Azerbaijan, Tajikistan & Kazakhstan – World Bank. Email:

gabbyGabriel LAMUG-NAÑAWA SJ

Title of Paper: “A Study of Transboundary Water Management Issues in Hou Sahong, Mekong River”

Gabriel Lamug-Nañawa SJ graduated from De La Salle University in Manila with a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management. His thesis involved the construction and software programming of a 3-axis industrial robotic arm. He also completed a Master of Applied Science degree in the Governance of Natural Resources from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia. His thesis was on community-based water quality monitoring on the Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. At present, he is head of the Ecology Program of Jesuit Service-Cambodia, based in Phnom Penh. Their programs include ecological restoration, education and formation, research and publication, and encouraging sustainable practices in Jesuit institutions. The health of the Mekong River and support of the communities that depend on it are important concerns. Email:

Bronwyn-LayBronwyn LAY

Title of Paper: “Recognising material violence – a silent solution to transformative governance: Sustainability science and its relationship to law”

Bronwyn LAY is an Australian lawyer, writer and communications consultant. She is currently a PhD candidate at the European Graduate School under the supervision of Prof Catherine Malabou. Her thesis traces the erasure of material jurisprudence and posits possibilities for the inclusion of nature within law. She is actively engaged with several NGO’s and citizens groups advocating for the rights of nature within her home of Europe and internationally. Email:

fr danDaniel MCNAMARA SJ PhD

Title of Paper: “Black Carbon”

Fr Daniel McNamara, SJ, PhD, is currently the Chair of the Environmental Science Department of Ateneo de Davao University and also a professor of the Department of Physics and Master’s Program in Risk Management.   His fields of expertise include climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction; atmospheric pollution monitoring; solar earth interaction from the upper atmosphere with possible applications to atmospheric weather; ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC); and chaos and data statistical analysis. Email:

Xavier SAVARIMUTHU SJ PhD (co-author)

Title of Paper: “Water sustainability issues for India with its social and ecological impacts”

Rev. Dr. Xavier Savarimuthu is a Jesuit priest, heading the department of Environmental studies at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He teaches in the departments of environmental studies and microbiology with a PhD in the epidemiological research on arsenic poisoning and its health impacts on the affected population of North and South 24 Parganas districts in West Bengal. He is involved in a dug well program in India to provide arsenic-safe water to the poor villagers in the arsenic affected blocks in North 24 Parganas district. He has presented and published valuable papers on his work in arsenic both in India and abroad. His latest article is on “The Earth we want requires reconciliation with creation”.(

He conducted courses on “Environment and Public health in South Asia” at Santa Clara University, California. He is also a consultant in the arsenic research, taking place at the Bioengineering Department of Santa Clara University and Institute of Catholic Bioethics, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Email:

letlet-simpolLourdes R. SIMPOL PhD

Title of Paper: “Social interaction of science and technology in Mindanao

Dr. Lourdes Simpol is a faculty of Ateneo de Davao University doing research on climate change. She has 22 years of professional experience in environmental sciences and the academe. Her areas of expertise include: climate change, “applied” risk assessment, mitigation and adaptation to grassroots (Local Government Units and People’s Organizations). The results of her work in water quality assessment, including protocol development for new analysis and sampling procedures, have been applied to different river systems of Davao City (7 river systems), Davao del Sur (2 river systems) and South Cotabato (3 river systems) since 1994. Dr. Simpol is the Director of the Tropical Institute for Climate Studies (TropICS) at the Ateneo de Davao University, a newly created institute that deals with the research on climate related studies. Email:

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