My basic knowledge is computer science, my master is engineering management focusing on renewable energy, my phd is sustainable energy. So what is sustainable energy? sustainable energy is a small chapter in environment science – a book (Cunningham 2010), is a chapter in renewable energy – a book (Boyle, MacKay). I am finished reading this in my master year -which is not master by research but master by taught.
So where and when the research begin? research is an investigation, so it must be something new, that people never did it before. So in my experience, I think it just start now.
My keyword is energy modelling.
It is about environmental impact of energy development in Indonesia. I am using LEAP (Long Range Energy Alternative Planning) which help me to measure the impact. But the biggest challenge is to understand the driver behind the scenario. So an understanding about developing countries, energy transition and sosiopolitical fator behind the scenario is also very important.
In the first year, I spend my time to understand the current energy situation. In the second year I begin to test my understanding by using modelling and interview as supporting. So in the third year, I can write the result. Simple, challenge is to focus. That its why I need to write daily.
My reading list currently is 547 paper, I read it better now, instead last year. The same paper could provide more knowledge in the second or third year reading it.
Social science is a study which the main focus is people. For example in energy study, the focus is Ministry of Energy from government, Pertamina as company, NGO that promote environmentally policy. People is important aspect in social study, especially in policy making. A very good policy from government might not be effective if the people is not support it, not effective if is not align with global voice.
Social science is very subjective study. Political study for example is very subjective. Suharto portrait is very effective leader in 1980, if written in 1990, but not effective if written in 2000. There are a lot of way to make social science more effective such as:
- Modelling/Econometrics, shifting from analyzing the people, into analyzing the number. E.g energy scenario planning, FDI analysis.
- Correlation, shifting from analysing to find relation/correlation. E.g energy and job employment.
Environmental quality is a powerful determinant of health expenditure in developing countries, Yahaya et al 2015, from a social sciences journal, using 125 health care data developing countries.
Thinking that there should be link between academia (industry) with (commercial) industry is just like thinking that there is should be a link between automotive industry and food industry.
Yes, there is a link between rubber industry with automotive industry, one as supplier and one as buyer. The relationship is clear. One can make connection from automotive industry with sport industry as sponsor, but naturally there is no connection, it just a cooperation.
When people saying that there should be a link, it is saying that we need to diversify the business
PS: There is sciencedirect paper in the link, very good.
*)period used in US, full stop in UK.
“Indonesia needs more entrepreneur“, wait is this statement is meaningless? Is it only motivation statement? It is like saying “You need to work harder” or another version of “Indonesia needs more scientist“
“Hydropower is the best renewable energy in Indonesia” (Tasri and Susilawati, 2014), wait is this statement is meaningless? but is coming from scientific analysis. It is also the same with statement that “FDI affecting carbon emission”, which if provide policy recommendations would be ended up in statement like this “Finally, the most important implication of our findings is that uniform carbon emissions control policies are unlikely to succeed equally across countries with different carbon emissions levels”
“Capacity building is key factor of institution to assure the sustainability of MHPP” (Purwanto & Afifah, 2016), well