Dr Adolf Acquaye

Senior Lecturer in Sustainability

About

Dr Acquaye is Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at Kent Businesses School. He obtained his PhD in the research area of Energy, Environment and Sustainability from Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland and a Master's Degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, UK. He also has a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana.

Previous to joining Kent Business School, Dr Adolf Acquaye was a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield Management School and the Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York.

Dr Acquaye has been appointed as Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), 2018-2021. He also previously acted as a Lead Author for the AR5 (2012-2014) and Contributing Author of the Technical Summary Report of the IPCC. Set up by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the IPCC is task to produce one of the leading international scientific reports that underpins global sustainability and climate change mitigation and adaptation assessment and response strategies.  

He was Managing Guest Editor for the Journal: Energies for its Special Issue on Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems. He was also Guest Editor for the Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management on a Special issue on Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Sustainable Development: Theory, Models and Applications. Currently, he serves on the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP).

Dr Acquaye’s research has been funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 and the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies. His research has been published in Associated of Business School (ABS) ranked journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, Ecological Economics, International Journal of Production Economics, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Production Research, Omega: The International Journal of Management Science, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Environmental Management, etc. He has also published in High Impact Factor journals such as Energy and Environmental Science, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Nature Scientific Reports, etc. In 2014, he won the Best Conference Paper in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management track at the British Academy of Management annual conference.

He is a strong believer of the positive impact of research on society, academia and scholarship. For instance, he was part of the research team that developed the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT); a Decision Support Tool currently being used by a number of companies in industry to measure and manage the carbon impacts of their supply chains.

He currently serves as Chair of Kent Business School’s Research Ethics Committee, Coordinator of  the school’s Q-Step Programme; KBS representative to the university’s Equality Diversity and Inclusivity (EDI) committee and he coordinates the school’s UN Principles for Responsible Management Education activities.

Dr Acquaye is also very passionate about teaching, in particular on the role that Responsible Management (Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics and Sustainability) has to play in developing responsible graduates and informing business practices. At Kent Business School, he developed and convenes the modules: Business Ethics and Sustainable Management (Year 2 Undergraduates) and Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Management (MBA programme).

Research Interests

Development and application of sustainability frameworks and models used to inform business practice, sustainability research and policies for a sustainable and low carbon society.

Dr Adolf Acquaye's research interest covers:

  • Sustainability Research in Business Practice and CSR
  • Environmental Modelling and Lifecycle Assessments
  • Green Supply Chains Management
  • Sustainable Frameworks and Resource Accounting
  • Climate Change Policy and Mitigation
  • Development of Decision Support Tools
  • Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems

Research Grant Awards

  • European Commission H2020: Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018. “Re-Evaluating the Transition to the Circular Economy: Models, Methods and Applications (ReTraCE)” Kent PI, valued at €303,173.
  • Society for the Advancement of Management Studies: A Multi-disciplinary Research Approach to Environmental Sustainability Modelling: Methods and Applications; £4800
  • Q-Step Programme, Quantitative Research Training Fund (QRTF); £2000

Teaching

Module Code Module Title Role
CB733 Business Ethics and Sustainable Management (Year 2 Undergraduates) Module Convenor
CB9085 Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Management (MBA Class) Module Convenor
CB8023 Contemporary Topics in Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Masters Level)  

Supervision

I welcome enquiries by prospective PhD research in the areas of Sustainability Research in Business Practice and CSR, Environmental Modelling, Green Supply Chain Management, Renewable Energy Systems, Climate Change Policy and Mitigation and other related areas outlined in my research interest page.

Current Supervisees

  • Rasmi Jamil Rasmi Meqbel: The role of family involvement in explaining the causal relationship between CSR and earnings management tendency: the perspective of socio-emotional wealth

Past Supervisees

  • Norfaieqah Ahmad: The multi-objective routing with an emphasis on economic and environmental factors
  • Bradley Cronk: The relationship between political ideology and ethical consumption behaviour 

Dr Adolf Acquaye acts as PhD External Advisor to:

  • David Glew (University of York): Validating the sustainability of bio-renewable replacements for petrochemical products.
  • Taofeeq Ibn-Mohammed (DeMontfort University): Development of a novel and robust decision-making methodology that ranks and sequence a range of intervention options for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in buildings.

Professional

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, UK
  • Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report-AR5 (Chapter 10-Industry)
  • Research Grant Review Panel Member-British Council’s Newton Fund Research Grants scheme
  • Partner, Advances in Cleaner Production Network (ACPN)
  • Editorial Board Member, The Annual Reviews of Social Partnerships (ISSN:  2059-4291)
  • Member, The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS)

Publications

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Article

  • Oppon, E. et al. (2018). Modelling Multi-regional Ecological Exchanges: The Case of UK and Africa. Ecological Economics [Online] 147:422-435. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.01.030.
  • Acquaye, A. et al. (2018). A Quantitative Model for Environmentally Sustainable Supply Chain Performance Measurement. European Journal of Operational Research [Online] 269:188-205. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2017.10.057.
  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2017). Perovskite solar cells: An integrated hybrid lifecycle assessment and review in comparison with other photovoltaic technologies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews [Online] 80:1321-1344. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.05.095.
  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2017). Are lead-free piezoelectrics more environmentally friendly? MRS Communications [Online] 7:1-7. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1557/mrc.2017.10.
  • Koh, S. et al. (2016). Drivers of U.S. toxicological footprints trajectory 1998–2013. Scientific Reports [Online] 6:39514. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1038/srep39514.
  • Acquaye, A. et al. (2016). Measuring the Environmental Sustainability Performance of Global Supply Chains: a Multi-Regional Input-Output analysis for Carbon, Sulphur Oxide and Water Footprints. Journal of Environmental Management [Online] 187:571-585. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.10.059.
  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2016). Integrated Hybrid Life Cycle Assessment and Supply Chain Environmental Profile Evaluations of Lead-based (Lead Zirconate Titanate) versus Lead-free (Potassium Sodium Niobate) Piezoelectric Ceramics. Energy & Environmental Science [Online] 9:3495-3520. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6EE02429G.
  • Nasir, M. et al. (2016). Comparing linear and circular supply chains: A case study from the construction industry. International Journal of Production Economics [Online] 183:443-457. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.06.008.
  • Genovese, A. et al. (2015). Sustainable Supply Chain Management and the transition towards a Circular Economy: Evidence and some Applications. Omega [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2015.05.015.
  • Glew, D. et al. (2015). Evaluating the Potential for Harmonized Prediction and Comparison of Disposal‐Stage Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Biomaterial Products. Journal of Industrial Ecology [Online]:1-15. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12421.
  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2014). Integrating economic considerations with operational and embodied emissions into a decision support system for the optimal ranking of building retrofit options. Building and Environment [Online] 72:82-101. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.10.018.
  • Dadhich, P. et al. (2014). Developing sustainable supply chains in the UK construction industry: A case study. International Journal of Production Economics [Online] 164. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925527314003958.
  • Lake, A. et al. (2014). An application of hybrid life cycle assessment as a decision support framework for green supply chains. International Journal of Production Research [Online]. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2014.951092.
  • Acquaye, A., Yamoah, F. and Feng, K. (2014). An integrated environmental and fairtrade labelling scheme for product supply chains. International Journal of Production Economics [Online] 164:472-483. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2014.12.014.
  • Acquaye, A. et al. (2014). Benchmarking Carbon Emissions Performance in Supply Chains. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal [Online] 19:306-321. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/SCM-11-2013-0419.
  • Genovese, A., Lenny Koh, S. and Acquaye, A. (2013). Energy efficiency retrofitting services supply chains: Evidence about stakeholders and configurations from the Yorskhire and Humber region case. International Journal of Production Economics [Online] 144:20-43. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.12.019.
  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2013). Operational vs. Embodied Emissions in Buildings — A Review of Current Trends. Energy and Buildings [Online] 66:232-245. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2013.07.026.
  • Koh, S. et al. (2013). Decarbonising product supply chains: design and development of an integrated evidence-based decision support system - the supply chain environmental analysis tool (SCEnAT). International Journal of Production Research [Online] 51:2092-2109. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207543.2012.705042.
  • Genovese, A., Koh, S. and Acquaye, A. (2013). Energy efficiency retrofitting services supply chains: Evidence about stakeholders and configurations from the Yorskhire and Humber Region. International Journal of Production Economics [Online] 144:20-43. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.12.019.
  • Acquaye, A. et al. (2012). Green supply chain management: the development of supply chain carbon maps. International Journal of Engineering Management and Economics [Online] 3:175-192. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJEME.2012.049891.
  • Acquaye, A. et al. (2012). Biofuels and their potential to aid the UK towards achieving emissions reduction policy targets. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews [Online] 16:5414-5422. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2012.04.046.
  • Glew, D. et al. (2012). How do end of life scenarios influence the environmental impact of product supply chains? Comparing biomaterial and petrochemical products. Journal of Cleaner Production [Online] 29-30:122-131. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.02.005.
  • Acquaye, A., Duffy, A. and Basu, B. (2011). Embodied emissions abatement-A policy assessment using stochastic analysis. Energy Policy [Online] 39:429-441. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2010.10.022.
  • Acquaye, A., Duffy, A. and Basu, B. (2011). Stochastic hybrid embodied CO2-eq analysis: An application to the Irish apartment building sector. Energy and Buildings [Online] 43:1295-1303. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2011.01.006.
  • Wiedmann, T. et al. (2011). Application of Hybrid Life Cycle Approaches to Emerging Energy Technologies - The Case of Wind Power in the UK. Environmental Science and Technology [Online] 45:5900-5907. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es2007287.
  • Acquaye, A. et al. (2011). Identification of 'Carbon Hot-Spots' and Quantification of GHG Intensities in the Biodiesel Supply Chain Using Hybrid LCA and Structural Path Analysis. Environmental Science and Technology [Online] 45:2471-2478. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es103410q.
  • Acquaye, A. and Duffy, A. (2010). Input-output analysis of Irish construction sector greenhouse gas emissions. Building and Environment [Online] 45:784-791. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2009.08.022.

Book section

  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2013). A Decision Support Framework for Evaluation of Environmentally and Economically Optimal Retrofit of Non-domestic Buildings. in: Sustainability in Energy and Buildings: Proceedings of the International Conference in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB'09). Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 209-227. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36645-1_20.

Monograph

  • Koh, S. et al. (2013). Promoting Green Deal in Low Income Communities. Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, University of Sheffield.
  • Koh, S., Genovese, A. and Acquaye, A. (2012). BIG Energy Upgrade: Procurement and Supply Chain report – Green Deal and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Supply Chains Delivery. Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability, University of Sheffield.
  • Koh, S. et al. (2011). Supply Chain Environmental Analysis (SCEnAT)-a new system for delivering a low carbon supply chain. Centre for Low Carbon Futures.
  • Koh, S. et al. (2011). Making the Change. Centre for Low Carbon Futures.

Conference or workshop item

  • Morris, J. et al. (2014). Benchmarking the Supply Chain in Public Procurement: A Case Study of Energy Efficiency Retrofitting. in: 2014 British Academy of Management Conference.
  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2012). Optimal Ranking of Retrofit Options for Emissions Reduction in Non-Domestic Buildings-A Review. in: CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium.. Available at: http://www.cibse.org/knowledge/cibse-technical-symposium-2012/optimal-ranking-of-retrofit-options-for-emissions.
  • Acquaye, A., Genovese, A. and Koh, S. (2012). The demand and supply synergy: best practice procurement policies and design of supply chains configurations for regional energy efficiency projects. in: 2012 British Academy of Management,.. Available at: https://www.bam.ac.uk/sites/bam.ac.uk/files/BAM_2012_Programme_0.pdf.
  • Acquaye, A., Genovese, A. and Koh, S. (2012). The demand and supply synergy: best practice procurement policies and design of supply chains configurations for regional energy efficiency projects. in: British Academy of Management.
  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2012). Foundation for a Decision Support Framework for Optimal Sequencing of Emissions Savings Refurbishment Options in Non-Domestic Buildings. in: West Africa Built Environment Research (WABER) Conference.
  • Ibn-Mohammed, T. et al. (2012). Foundation for a Decision Support Framework for Optimal Sequencing of Emissions Savings Refurbishment Options in Non-Domestic Buildings. in: WABER Conference.
  • Acquaye, A., Duffy, A. and Basu, B. (2009). Embodied Energy Analysis: A Sustainable Construction Design Assessment Tool. in: Engineering Sustainability Conference: Innovations that Spans Boundaries.. Available at: http://engineering.cmu.edu/about/events/2009/04_19_engineering_sustainability.html.
  • Acquaye, A., Duffy, A. and Basu, B. (2009). Embodied Energy Analysis- An Assessment Tool for Sustainable Construction Process. in: Engineering Sustainability Conference: Innovations that Spans Boundaries.
  • Acquaye, A., Duffy, A. and Basu, B. (2009). Assessing the energy and CO2-eq emissions embodied in buildings towards a sustainable building design and construction. in: 2nd Int Conference on Whole Life Urban Sustainability and its Assessment.

Book

  • Onyekuru, A., Eboh, E. and Acquaye, A. (2012). Global Energy Crisis and Household-level Energy Substitution in Nigeria. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Edited book

  • Acquaye, A. ed. (2013). Feedstocks: Production Practices, Technologies and Environmental Impacts. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Research report (external)

  • Fischedick, M. et al. (2014). Industry In: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Technical Report. [Online]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. Available at: http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/wg3/.
Total publications in KAR: 44 [See all in KAR]