Associate Professor Ahmad Hezri Adnan



PhD in Public Policy, ANU


Dr Adnan Hezri is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) and Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. Specializing in comparative public policy, his work spans areas such as sustainable development strategy, green economy, and natural resources governance. In 2015, Hezri was appointed as a Member of the United Nations’ International Resource Panel (IRP), a UN Environment expert body that focuses on strategic issues of resource scarcity, efficiency and decoupling. He is also the Co-Creator of The Buwana Institute in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, which focuses on the themes of sustainability, governance, and spirituality. Until July 2016, he was the Director of Technology, Innovation, Environment and Sustainability at the think-tank Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia, and currently, serves as its Visiting Fellow. Dr Hezri has been awarded research fellowships by various institutions including the Australian Studies Fellowship by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Commonwealth of Australia, International Leadership Programme by the United States Department of State, and the Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship by The Nippon Foundation of Japan. His latest book, The Sustainability Shift: Refashioning Malaysia’s Future, was funded by The Perdana Prime Minister’s Exchange Fellowship. He has consulted for governments and international organizations such as UNESCAP, UNDP, UNICEF and the World Bank.


Research interests

  • Environmental policy
  • Sustainable development strategy
  • Green economy
  • Natural resources governance



Hezri, A.A. and M. Kwa. 2018. Resources Nexus: The Importance for Asia and the Role of Institutions. In: Marsden, T (ed.), The Sage Handbook of Nature. Sage Publisher; London. pp.1218-1244.

Cooke, F.M. and A.A. Hezri. 2017. Malaysia: Structure and Agency of the Environmental Movement. In: Hirsch, P. (ed.), Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia. Routledge; Abingdon, pp. 400-417.

Hezri, A.A. 2016. The Sustainability Shift: Refashioning Malaysia’s Future. Areca Books and ISIS Malaysia; Penang, 240 pages.

Hezri, A.A. 2015. Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainable Development Policies. In: Weiss, M.H. (Ed.), Handbook on Contemporary Malaysia. Routledge; New York, pp.226-235.

Hezri, A.A. 2014. A Question of Balance? Non-Linear Change, Ecology, and Governance. In: Vaz, J. & N. Aphinives (Eds.). Living Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment and Change Across Asia. Areca and TNF; Tokyo, pp. 283-291.

Hezri, A.A. 2013. Broadening the Environmental Dimension in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. IDS Bulletin. Vol.44(5): 81-88.

Hezri, A.A. and W. Hofmeister (Eds.), 2012. Towards Green Economy: In Search of Sustainable Energy Policies for the Future. Konrad Adenauer Stiftung; Singapore, 175 pages

Hezri, A.A. & R. Ghazali. 2011. A Fair Green Economy? Studies of Agriculture, Energy and Waste Initiatives in Malaysia. Occasional Paper Two: Social Dimensions of Green Economy and Sustainable Development. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung; Geneva.

Dovers, S. and A.A. Hezri. 2010. Institutions and Policy Processes: The Means to the End of Adaptation. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change.  Vol.1(2): 212-231.

Hezri, A.A. and  S.R. Dovers. 2009. Australia’s Indicator-Based Sustainability Assessments and Public Policy.    The Australian Journal of Public Administration  Vol.68(3): 303-318.

Abdullah, S.A. and A.A. Hezri. 2008. From Forest Landscape to Agricultural Landscape in the Developing Tropical Country of Malaysia: Pattern, Process, and Their Significance on Policy. Environmental Management. Vol.42: 907-917. 

Hezri, A.A. & S.R. Dovers, 2006. Sustainability Indicators, Policy, and Governance: Issues for Ecological Economics.   Ecological Economics.  Vol. 60(1): 86-99.

Hezri, A.A. 2005. Utilisation of Sustainability Indicators and Impact through Policy Learning. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management. Vol.7(4): 575-595

Hezri, A.A. 2004. Sustainability Indicators System and Policy Processes in Malaysia: A Framework for Utilisation and Learning. Journal of Environmental Management. Vol. 73 (4): 357-371.


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