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Anthony Halog is a Continuing Academic Staff at the University of Queensland (Australia) and joined from the University of Maine, USA where he was a professor in Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Bioeconomy. He has been researching the circular economy and bioeconomy since 2008 long before it became known in Australia in 2017. He was educated in Asia, Australia, and Europe, and worked in Japan and North America prior to settling in Australia. His research focuses on the sustainability of human-nature complexity through understanding the nexus of material and energy systems. Over the years, he has been working on the foundation and industrial applications of Circular Bioeconomy, Greening Supply Chains, Green Economy, Sustainable Operations, Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment (LCSA), and Resource Management. His Research Group in Industrial Ecology and Circular Economy at UQ ( endeavours to provide service/expertise for industry clients (e.g. agri-food-energy systems) in transforming existing linear system-based value chains and operations towards circularity, which enhances their resource efficiency & productivity, creates added value products from wastes, and reduces emissions into the environment for more sustainable consumption and production in the future. He is keen in pursuing collaborative and cross-disciplinary research across industries via system analysis and modelling. He participated in sustainability assessment-related courses at the United Nations University, Japan, and Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. His qualification in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) has been certified by the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) since January 2009. He has been serving as Australia-Germany Research Ambassador (DAAD-Australia) since September 2019.

He has been a Visiting Research Scholar/Fellow/Professor in several leading research institutions in Europe, North America, and Asia. He has given keynote talks worldwide to share his expertise in greening supply chains, circular economy, and industrial sustainability. He has served on different grant review panels in the USA, Europe, and Asia as well as in several technical and organising committees in conferences over the past years, and involved in editorial boards in peer-refereed journals. Before UQ, he received funding from highly competitive grants and was involved in US-funded projects of ~$7.7 million as a CI, out of which $841,281 was awarded to his specific research on the life cycle sustainability assessment of biomass-based technological systems. He had been awarded highly competitive early-career fellowships in Japan, Canada, and the USA, equivalent to ARC DECRA/UQ. Together with his collaborators, he has received grants and fellowships for a total of $69192 non-ARC funds in Australia.

Funded Projects through Grants and Fellowships

  • 2022- 2026 Optimization of Refuse-Derived Fuels to Decarbonize Electricity Sectors and Achieve Nationally Determined Contribution Targets in Indonesia, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) Climate Change Engagement Initiative, A$406K.

  • 2022-2023 Partnering for Innovation and Impact: Collaboration for Net Zero Emission, Circular Bioeconomy, UQ's Global Strategy, and Partnership, A$10K
  • 2022 Updating Greenhouse Gas Emission Factors and Methodology, Earth Check, Australia, A$25K
  • 2020 - 2021 Small is beautiful – moving towards a zero organic waste community on Karragarra Island through a community-based organics recycling scheme, Goodman Foundation Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) Research Grant, Total Value: $116,500 (Johannes Biala, Anthony Halog, Christian Brunk, Karragarra Community Garden, Running Wild Youth Conservation Culture, Southern Moreton Bay Islands Permaculture, Redland City Counci.

  • 2020 Empowering Small-scale Recycling Enterprises in Emerging Economies, University of Queensland/Business, Economics and Law (BEL) Connect Grant, $19,947 (Anna Phelan, Jacquelyn Humphrey, Helen Ross, Ian Mackenzie, Anthony Halog)

  • 2018-2019 Optimizing the Reuse Potential of Waste in Agri-food Sector with Circular Economy Strategies, Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD)/ Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) on Transformational Technologies and Innovation, A$ 16,000

  • 2018 Transformational Technologies and Innovation/Conference Sponsorship for International Conference on Circular Economy for Agri-Food Resource Management, Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD)/ Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) Research Programme, A$ 47,600

  • 2015-2017 Faculty for the Future Fellowship program (Research Project: Analysing Gold Mining's Impact Pathways in Agusan del Sur, Caraga Region, Philippines: Towards a Circular-Economy-based Formulation of Development Strategies), Schlumberger Foundation, the Netherlands, US$80,000 (A$106000) - with Dr. Raquel Balanay as Postdoctoral Researcher
  • 2015 Exploring the Application of the Circular and Green Economy Paradigm for Australian Agri-Food Sustainability, Global Change Institute, UQ A$5000
  • 2015 UQ Travel Awards for International Collaborative Research/ Project 609677 Halog_Rigamonti (21 September – 20 November), UQ A$3219
  • 2015 Incorporating Socio-Economic Indicators for Evaluating Innovation Opportunities for Sustainable Bioeconomy, European Union and Hungary and co-financed by the European Social Fund/ New Central Europe II" Research Grant under the "Senior Researcher" category, HUF 1 million (A$5000)
  • 2013-2014 Industrial Transformation: Towards Creating Circular Economy-Oriented Industries in Australia,UQ New Staff Research Start-up Grant, A$ 11,192
  • 2012-2013 Life Cycle Sustainability Analysis of Renewable Technologies: Pursuit for Collaborative Activities, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short Term),
  • 2014 Promotion of Circular and Green Economy Principles into Australia-Indonesia Agri-food Trading, UQ-Indonesia Partnership Award, A$5000
  • 2012-2016 Securing the Future of Natural Rubber – An American tire and bio-energy platform from Guayule, USDA/BRDI Collaborative Project, USA, US$ 6.85Million (share of US$ 415,000 )
  • 2011-2013 Database Development for Integrated Sustainability Assessment of Forest Based Biofuels Supply Chain, USDA/NIFA/, FASE Seed Grant, USA, US$149,861
  • 2012 Establishing Collaborations with Japanese University Researchers, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science/Bridge Program, 783,810 Yen (US$10,000)
  • 06/2011 -08/2011 Critical Role of Ecosystem Goods and Services to Sustainability of Renewable Energy Production (Case of Wood Derived Ethanol), Department of Energy/ Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) Fellowship, USA, US$ 12000
  • 06/ 2011- 08/ 2011 Development of a Dynamic Integrated System Model for Sustainable Bioresource Management: Case of Forest Biofuels Production Potential , Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Research Fellowship, 6868 Euros
  • 11/2008- 08/2009 An Active Learning Strategy in Teaching the New Interdisciplinary Course in Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment to Undergraduate Students, University of Maine Cent,re for Teaching Excellence (CTE), USA, US$1000
  • 10/2008 – 10/2010 LCA of co-production of pulp and ethanol, Department of Energy (DOE), USA, US$100,000
  • 10/2009 - –09/2013 Modelling and Assessment of Forest Biomass for Sustainable Bioenergy Development, McIntire-Stennis/Maine Agricultural and Forest Experimental Station (MAFES) , USA, US$100,000
  • 01/ 2009 – 12/2009 Risikoanalyse Energetischer Biomasseverwertung (Risk Analysis of Bio-energy Use), DFG-German Excellence Seed Funds, Germany, Euro 44,200
  • 06/ 2004 –06/ 2006 Development of Dynamic Systems Models for the Oil Sands Industry: Demonstrating Triple Bottom Line Concept of Sustainability, Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)/Canadian National Research Council, Canada, C$100,000
  • 03/2002 – 03/2004 Development of Assessment Methodology for Waste Gasification Technologies with Data Uncertainty, Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 14,152,751.91 Yen

Previous Research, Academic and Industry Appointments

  • 29/11/2018- 22/03/2019 OECD/CRP Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • 11/2018 Lead Trainor in Sustainable Engineering and Management Workshop, University of Santo Tomas, the Philippines
  • 10 - 11/ 2018 Invited Visiting Professor, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
  • 12/2017 – 11/2018 Returning (Balik) Scientist, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippines hosted by Caraga State University
  • 01/04/2017 – 10/04/2017 Invited Visiting Researcher, Massey University, New Zealand
  • 01/07/2016 – 01/07/2017 Associate Editor, Elsevier/ Resources Conservation and Recycling Journal
  • 05/30/2016 – 01/07/2016 Visiting Professor in Industrial Systems Engineering and Management, CentraleSupelec, Paris, France
  • 13/05/2016- 29/05/2016 Silla Corona Visiting Professor in Industrial Environmental Management, School of Business, Unibersidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • 01/05/2016 – 12/05/2016 Visiting Professor in Agricultural and Environmental Management, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • 06/2015 – 07/2015 Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Pannonia, Kőszeg Centre, Hungary
  • 12/2012 – 02/2013 Visiting Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invited Research Fellow, Laboratory of Life Cycle Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 06//2012 – 08/2012 Visiting Faculty Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Department of Energy, Golden, Colorado, USA
  • 06/2011 – 08/2011 Visiting Research Fellow, Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA), Joensuu, Finland,
  • 02/2011 – 03/2011 Visiting Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invited Research Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
  • 07/2008 – 06/2012 Graduate School Faculty Member, Graduate Program in Ecology and Environmental Science, University of Maine, USA
  • 07/2008 – 07/2012 Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, USA
  • 08/2006 – 07/2008 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Business, Brock University, Ontario, Canada
  • 01/2006 – 07/2006 Part-time Lecturer, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada
  • 06/2004 – 06//2006 Early Career/Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sustainable Technology Laboratory, Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technologies (ICPET), National Research Council (NRC), Ottawa, Canada
  • 04/2002 – 03/2004 Early Career/Postdoctoral Research Fellow National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
  • 04/1999 – 02/2002 Research Associate/ Scholar, Institute for Industrial Production and Management/ French-German Institute for Environmental Research,Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • 06/1995 – 06/1996 Assistant Professor & Part-time ISO 9000 Consultant, Department of Industrial Systems Engineering, De La Salle University, Philippines
  • 05/1994 – 05/1995 Quality Control & Assurance Manager/ISO 9000 Representative, ACEL Precision Plastics Incorporated, Singapore
  • 01/1994 – 04/1994 Quality Control & Assurance Engineer, Dynamic Toys Inc., Thailand
  • 05/1990 – 05/1992 Quality Control & Assurance Supervisor, PureFoods Corporation, Philippines

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Foundations of Sustainable Development (ENVM2100/7100) - Lecturer and Course Coordinator
  • Sustainable Consumption and Production (ENVM2101/7104) - Lecturer and Course Coordinator
  • Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Thinking - Lecturer and Course Coordinator
  • Case Study in Environmental Management (ENVM 4100) - Lecturer and Coordinator

Academic Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Assessment in Transboundary Context,Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • Graduate Certificate in Environment and Sustainable Development, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Doctor of Economic Sciences (Dr.rer.pol.) in Industrial Environmental Economics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Decision Sciences, Monash University, Australia
  • Master of Engineering (ME) in Industrial Systems Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemical Process Engineering – (Magna cum Laude and Class Valedictorian), University of Mindanao, Philippines

Professional Associations

  • Since 2015 Australian Industrial Ecology Network
  • Since 2014 Global Change Institute, College of Experts
  • Since 2013 Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS), Australia


English, German, Tagalog, Filipino, Cebuano

Areas of research