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Irina Safitri Zen

Academic Qualification

  • PhD in Environmental Management - Doctor of Philosophy, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Master of Environmental Management - Masters Degree, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
  • Bachelor of Science in Conservation Biology and Ecology (Genetics) - Bachelor Degree, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Irina Safitri Zen (Dr.)

Assistant Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus


Expert Profile

Irina Safitri Zen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Kulliyah Architecture and Environmental Design (KAED), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). As an academician, a registered Sustainability professional by International Sustainability Society Professional (ISSP), United State of America, (USA) and registered Technologist on atmospheric science and environmental technology (Ts) by Malaysian Board of Technology, she has an academic background in environmental management and ecology. Currently she is an Associate Fellow with Sejahtera Center for Sustainability & Humanity (SC4SH), IIUM and an associate fellow for Center for Asian Climate and Environmental Policies Studies (CACEPS). Canada

Over the 15 years of teaching experience, she has taught various environment subjects that include environmental studies, environmental planning and management, environmental workshop, planning and technique analysis, sustainable development and sustainability science. 

Expanding from the field, her research and consultancy projects explore the interrelated areas between environmental planning, policy and management, urban environment, sustainable consumption, climate adaptation, mitigation and governance, carbon management and planning, education for sustainable development and sustainability science.  

During her 10 years of administrative post as campus sustainability director and head of sustainability research unit, the research manifested on the application of environmental planning and management into low carbon campus, campus sustainability and campus living learning lab. Her research expanding through various research grants from local, national to international grant research funding. She has completed research projects on examining public opinion on various environmental management issues such as plastic waste, zero waste community, consumer behavior, community based conservation effort, climate change and environmental pollution, with an interest how to assess and came up with the solution in an interdisciplinary approach of sustainability science and the current context of sustainable development goals, SDGs. For the past few years, her research network and works collaborate extensively with several ‘living lab’ in Siam Reap, Cambodia, Bali, Indonesia and Johor, Malaysia with a close collaboration with various stakeholders concerning sustainable development.

 In Asia Pacific, she was previously involved in developing the module for the UNESCO MasterClass on the sustainable development and sustainability science under Japan Fund In Trust. She was previously involved in the sustainability science project in Bali, Indonesia, the low carbon campus with MalaysiaGreenTech, the climate change action plan report with the state of Melaka and education for sustainable development, sustainability science and leadership under the Leadership Academy of Ministry of Education, AKEPT. Prior to entering IIUM in 2019, Irina has work experiences in the consultant firm in Kuala Lumpur (2005 – 10) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (2010 – 2019). 

Dr Irina graduated three PhD, three master students and seventeen (17) undergraduates, co-authors for six books, seven book chapters, three policy papers, 11 technical reports, 22 journal publications (seven in Q1 journals Web of Science, ten in Scopus Index Journals), 30 refereed articles in conferences proceeding and 60 invitations as speaker / panelist at conferences, programs and seminar inside and outside Malaysia, reviewed 50 articles journals and conference papers, part of the editorial boards from six journals, local and international level. Currently she is associate editor for Frontiers in Sustainability which handle special section on Education for Sustainable Development (2019-22).

She involves in several institutional linkages such as MalaysiaGreenTech, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water, AKEPT (Leadership Academy of Malaysia), Ministry of Higher Education, UNESCO Jakarta, Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Center for Asian Climate and Environmental Policies Studies. Canada and several universities in Asia Pacific. She was appointed as part of a member of the Malaysia SDSN Leadership Council under the Science Advisor of the  Prime Minister Office of Malaysia (2017 – 19), the Science Advisor for the Melaka Green Technology Corporation (2017 – 19), Head of atmospheric science and environmental technology working group, Malaysian Board of Technology (MBOT) (2021 - NOW), resources person in several UNESCO Meeting and Conference in Asia Pacific since 2014. 

She is among the recipient of the Top Research of IIUM in 2021, the High Impact Responsible Innovation Awards (Arts & Social Science) IIUM TAKRIM 2021, Board of Studies for Master Program for Science Communication and Public Engagement. Dept of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Science and Technology. University Malaya (2021 – 24), Member of Establishment Committee for Postgraduate Study for Sustainability Science. Center for Postgraduate Study. International Islamic University Malaysia (2021 – 22) and the Best Researcher Excellence Award from UTM in 2018, among the most active blended learning and teaching in 2015 and 2017, the Gold medal recipient for Campus Learning Lab Project, from the International Conference of Innovative Practices in Education and Industry Exhibition (I-PEINX 2016), the recipient of UNESCO grant for  module development and execution on MasterClass on Sustainable Development (2015) and Sustainability Science (2017). Her area of interest covers Environmental Planning, Management, Policy & Governance, Urban Environment, Environmental knowledge, attitude and behaviour, Sustainability in Higher Education, Waste Minimization, natural resources economics and management, Education for Sustainable  Development (ESD), Sustainable Consumption, Sustainability Assessment and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Policy.                                                                                                                                                           

Area of Specialisation

  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Political Sciences and Public Policy ~ Governance
  • Social Science ~ Social Science ~ Education ~ Other Education n.e.c. - Education for sustainable development
  • Natural Science ~ Environmental Sciences ~ Environmental Issues and Assesment ~ Global Warming/Climate Change - Climate Change Assessment
  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Accounting ~ Natural Resource Accounting
  • Natural Science ~ Biological Sciences ~ Biodiversity and Conservation ~ Parks and Protected Areas Conservation
  • Natural Science ~ Biological Sciences ~ Biodiversity and Conservation ~ Ecosystem Diversity - natural
  • Natural Science ~ Biological Sciences ~ Advancement of Biological Science Knowledge ~ Other Advancement of Biological Science Knowledge n.e.c.
  • Engineering Tech ~ Applied Sciences And Technologies ~ Urban Planning ~ Other Urban Environmental Planning n.e.c.
  • Economics, Business And Management ~ Economics, Business And Management ~ Management ~ Environmental Management

Professional Membership

  • 2019 - 2022: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (member), International Sustainability Society for Profesional
  • 2021 - 2022: Member of Profesional Body / Association: (Ordinary Membership. Based on years of experience conduct teaching, research and provide trainning in environment sustainability related. Its a yearly annual memberships update), Member of Assoc. of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers (AMER) I Assoc. of Behavioural Researchers on Asians / Africans / Arabians (ABRA)

Teaching Responsibilities

PLANNING STUDIO 4 (LOCAL PLANNING) 2020/2021 2019/2020
PROJECT IMPACT ASSESMENT 2020/2021 2018/2019

Research Projects

2020 - 2022 Research Component for APPGM-SDG 2020
2020 - Present Revisiting the Japanese Okayama Model of Education for Sustainable Development, ESD: Lessons to Reorient ESD for Malaysia (Reg. No. 198241)
2013 - Present Regenerative Islamic Heritage Research Unit(RIHRU)

Award & Recognition

10 Dec, 2021 Highest Top Researchers of Joint Publications for 2019-2021 - International Islamic University Malaysia University
08 Jul, 2021 BEST PRESENTER AWARD - Universitas Andalas International
18 Mar, 2021 International Subject Matter Expert - Okayama University International



2022 Case study of carbon emission intensity for Melaka state: its planning implication. Journal of Architecture, Planning and Construction Management, 12 (1) pp. 38-52
2022 Case study of defragmentation of city scale’s greenhouse gas emission in Melaka. Journal of Sustainability Science and Management, 17 (7) pp. 1-20
2022 Endeavor towards 2035: Selangor state structure plan. Design Ideals Journal, 4 (1) pp. 32-40
2022 Quintuple helix lens for transformation: an Okayama model of education for sustainable development. Frontiers in Sustainability, 3 () pp. 1-21
2022 Socioeconomics determinants of household carbon footprint in Iskandar Malaysia. Journal of Cleaner Production, 347 () pp. 1-14
2022 Systems thinking and leadership of teachers in education for sustainable development: a scale development. Sustainability, 14 (6) pp. 2-14
2021 High impact projects of state structure plan of Negeri Sembilan2045–towards balanced and sustained economic growth. Design Ideals Journal, 3 (1) pp. 41-47
2021 Magnitudes of households’ carbon footprint in Iskandar Malaysia: Policy implications for sustainable development. Journal of Cleaner Production, 315 () pp. 1-14
2021 Reviewing the existing structure plan for facilitating the growing changes in the economic, social and environmental needs of Negeri Sembilan. Design Ideals Journal, 3 (1) pp. 48-56
2020 A review on the states structure plan of Selangor 2035 : radial economic nucleus. Design Ideals, 2 (1) pp. 57-64
2020 Education for sustainable development as diffusion of innovation of secondary school students. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, 22 (1) pp. 84-97
2020 Framing the household sustainable consumption and lifestyle in Malaysia: the policy implications. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 24 (3) pp. 840-854
2020 Quo vadis development: assessing the livelihood of indigenous people’s communities in Malaysia and the potential for community‑based conservation effort. Environment, Development and Sustainability, () pp.
2020 Selangor state structure plan (SSP) : a way forward to 2035. Design Ideals, 2 (1) pp. 49-56
2019 Dengue risk prediction in illegal dumpsite of housing area by using geospatial analysis. Journal of architecture, planning & construction management, 9 (1) pp. 67-80
2019 Mainstreaming climate adaptation and mitigation policy: towards multi-level climate governance in Melaka, Malaysia. Urban Climate, 30 () pp. 1-14
2019 The importance of menu variety experience for public health sustainability at higher education institution. Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development, 10 (9) pp. 1851-1855
2019 University living learning labs: an integrative and transformative approach. International Journal of Sustainability Science & Management, 14 (4) pp. 139-155
Conference or Workshop Item

2021 Health resilience status of Covid19 for Malaysia and it’s city planning implication. In: Second Symposium on Disaster Resilience & Sustainable Development,
2021 Tapping the university’s potential on sustainable development goals. In: 4 th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Green Development in Tropical Region (4th IICGDTR),
2020 IIUM river of life : friends of Sungai Pusu. In: IIUM Sustainability WEBINAR 1.0: Untangling sustainability issues through inter & transdisciplinary approach: the case of Sungai Pusu, Gombak,
2020 Malaysia's Covid19 Response: health, economic and the link to Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs. In: International Seminar Covid 19: Lesson Learned from Indonesia-Malaysia,
2020 Regenerative sustainability from the Covid-19 pandemic. In: International Webinar "Achieving Sustainable and Regeneratiive Development Goals",
2020 Students’ perceptions of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to Achieve SDG 4 in Indonesia: a case study of Universitas Islam Riau. In: 3rd International Conference on the Future of ASEAN (ICoFA) 2019,
2019 Mobilizing sustainable development goals, SDGS through flagship project - the experience of International Islamic University Malaysia. In: Malaysia SDG Summit 2019,
2019 Revisiting the Okayama model of education for sustainable development by using the quintuple helix model of analysis’. In: 2019 Global Conference on Teacher Education for Education for Sustainable Development,
2019 Revisiting the Okayama model of education for sustainable development by using the quintuple helix model of analysis’. In: 2019 Global Conference on Teacher Education for Education for Sustainable Development,
2019 Take stock Bali Island as the potential of biosphere reserve site. In: The 2018 International Conference on Biosphere Reserve: The Role of Stakeholders in Mainstreaming Natural Resources Related to Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goals),
2019 University living learning lab - co-creation for sustainability. In: Commonwealth Tertiary Education Facility (CTEF) - Malaysian Society For Higher Education Policy And Research Development (PenDaPat) Roundtable On Higher Education And Sustainable Development GoalS (SDGs),
Book Section

2021 Closing the loop: a campus-wide waste minimization initiative through education for sustainable development. In: Sejahtera Center for Sustainability & Humanity, ISBN: , pp. 1-15
2021 Closing the loop: a campus-wide waste minimization initiative through education for sustainable development. In: Sejahtera Center for Sustainability & Humanity, ISBN: , pp. 1-15
2021 Malaysia’s complex multi-level climate governance between institutionalization and non-state actor interventions. In: ROUTLEDGE, ISBN: 9780367342555, pp. 91-111
2021 Malaysia’s complex multi-level climate governance between institutionalization and non-state actor interventions. In: ROUTLEDGE, ISBN: 9780367342555, pp. 91-111
2020 Plastic bag ban in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility: consumption and trade vis-a’-vis environmental sustainability concerns. In: Springer Nature, ISBN: 978-3-030-26758-2, pp. 43-68

2019 Melaka state climate action plan 2020 - 2030. In: Melaka Green Technology Corporation,