Special Studies


The special studies division examines unique, multidisciplinary challenges to come up with unconventional solutions to wicked problems.


We focus on strategic research objectives, such as the intersection of sustainability with the other traditional JCI research programmes.

Related Events

Beyond COVID-19 : Fighting Infectious Diseases Symposium

Infectious diseases like COVID-19 have a significant adverse impact on human lives and societies. Esteemed presenters and panel discussants will be invited to share their views on the following issues related to infectious diseases like COVID-19

JSC Sustainable Development Training on Children’s Rights and Business Principles A collaboration with UNICEF

On the 27th and 28th of April, the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC), in collaboration with UNICEF Malaysia conducted a two-day training on Children’s Rights and Business Principles at Sunway University.

JSC Sustainable Development Outreach with Rotary Club of Bukit Kiara Sunrise

On the 20th of April 2019, the Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development hosted the Rotary Club of Bukit Kiara Sunrise at the Sunway University Post Graduate Lounge.

Related Op-Eds/Press Coverage

Insight - Re-carbonising South-East Asia’s blue carbon ecosystems

Special Studies Ops
Leong and Platts make a case to protect mangrove forests against a "development at all costs" mindset because of their carbon sequestering potential, and point the way forward for cooperation.

Crossing the Great Decarbonisation River

Special Studies Ops
Leong and Platts develop a logic model in words and quantity-type numbers, setting out the elements that are happening and need continued attention in a technology roadmap concerning moving away from coal.

Viewing the 12th Malaysia Plan through the lens of decarbonisation

Special Studies Ops
Leong, Platts and Woo comment on energy, ports, soil fertility, fertiliser and mindset.

‘Explore long and viable solution to reduce waste’

Special Studies Ops
Prof. Agamuthu, a solid and hazardous waste management specialist, speaks on Malaysia's effective management of healthcare waste. He elaborates on key improvements for household waste management in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Climate and environmental Governance: Building cooler cities for a cooler future

Special Studies Ops
Prof G Reuben Clements and Andrew Fan argue that If we want to have a cooler future, sacrificing more forests for urban development is no longer a viable option.

COVID-19 Threatens To Derail Plastic Reduction Efforts

Special Studies Press
Prof. P. Agamuthu agrees that to achieve a real reduction in plastic usage, a total ban on single-use plastics and real substitutes need to be developed.