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Name Dr. Corinthias P. M. Sianipar
Location Kyoto, Japan
Nationality Indonesia
Interests Design Methodology for Appropriate Technology (DMAT)
Registered 2014
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Corinthias P. M. Sianipar is an Assistant Professor at Kyoto University, Japan, where he is affiliated with the Department of Global Ecology and the Division of Environmental Science and Technology. His former affiliations include, among others, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria; the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia; Tokyo University of Science (TUS), Japan; and Swisscontact Indonesia. He has served as, inter alia, a co-leader of the Business Special Interest Group (BSIG) at System Dynamics Society; an external supervisor at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI); a visiting professor at BINUS University, Indonesia; an expert examiner for the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Indonesia; and a consultant to various development projects in Southeast Asia. He was/is a three-times Best Graduate Awards, a recipient of Best Paper Awards, and a Principal Investigator (PI), Co-Investigator (Co-I), as well as Collaborator of several research grants. In addition, he is an Associate Editor for the Environmental Development journal (Elsevier). In 2016, he was elected by fellow young scientists from all around the world to deliver speech in front of H.E. Tarja Halonen (11th President of Finland, 2000–2012) and H.E. Heinz Fischer (President of Austria, 2004–2016) during their presidential visits to IIASA[1].

Dr. Sianipar has long been known as a technologist and an endorser of Appropriate Technology for Sustainable Development. An interdisciplinary scholar trained in engineering and social science education, his research interests include multi-actor systems[2], socio-ecological modelling[3], regional development[4], and technological change within the science-to-policy-to-action framework, with applied focuses on renewable energy[5], land-use planning[6], ecosystem services[7], circular economy, climate change adaptation[8], supply chain management, development engineering, and appropriate technology. On the other hand, his methodological expertise is in complex systems analysis (Systems Thinking, QUANTITATIVEW: System Dynamics, Agent-Based Modeling, Discrete-Event Simulation, Graph Theory, Interpretative Structural Modeling, Stochastic Optimizations; QUALITATIVEW: Drama Theory, Critical System Heuristics[2], Serious Games, Soft System Methodology), life-cycle assessment (Life-Cycle Assessment[9], Social Life-Cycle Assessment), and socio-technical design[10] (Socio-Technical Systems, Design Thinking). For more than a decade, his work has been delivering systemic and systematic socio-technical solutions for different development contexts. He crafts various methodical integrations of computational modeling and qualitative analysis to foster resilience and empowerment by delivering an "adequate fit of innovation" for vulnerable societal groups. He has been working with vulnerable communities, organizations, governments, etc., in developed and developing countries that have technical inadequacy, lack economic resources, suffer from environmental constraints, and experience social confrontations.

In scholarly communities, Dr. Sianipar is known as the leader of an international team of collaborators who developed the Design Methodology for Appropriate Technology[11] (DMAT), which is the first completely-dedicated methodology for guiding the design process of Appropriate Technologies. The methodology itself is known for being the first design methodology for humanitarian purposes that formally encode the position of humans as the center of design process, a maxim on which philosophers of design have been calling for years[12]. Before the first release of the DMAT, he also proposed the Seven Pillars of Survivability[13] to address the idea of technological solution for community empowerment purposes, by which he proposed an in-depth three-level classification of technological appropriateness[10] (i.e., basically-appropriate, environmentally-appropriate[14], and socially-appropriate). The seven pillars are distinguished into three tangible (technical, economic, and environmental) and three intangible pillars (cultural, judicial, and political), which are connected by an intermediating pillar (social). Later, the seven pillars become the fundamental understanding of many core principles in the DMAT.

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The list of selected articles is available on his personal homepage.

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The list of selected books & chapters is available on his homepage.

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  1. IIASA (August 19, 2016). "Dialogue session with Fischer, Halonen, and young scientists: World Leaders and future thought leaders". IIASA Events (Laxenburg, Austria). Retrieved January 28, 2024.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Sianipar, C.P.M.; Chao, Y.-M.; Hoshino, S. (2023). "Multi-actor systems in water–energy nexus: Identifying critical stakeholders in floatovoltaic (floating photovoltaic) project". Water 15 (6): 1241.
  3. Estacio, I.; Basu, M.; Sianipar, C.P.M.; Onitsuka, K.; Hoshino, H. (2022). Dynamics of land cover transitions and agricultural abandonment in a mountainous agricultural landscape: Case of Ifugao rice terraces, Philippines. Landscape and Urban Planning, 222: 104394.
  4. Chiang, H.H.; Basu, M.; Sianipar, C.P.M.; Onitsuka, K.; Hoshino, S. (2021). "Capital and symbolic power in water quality governance: stakeholder dynamics in managing nonpoint sources pollution". Journal of Environmental Management 290: 112587.
  5. Djatmika, P.; Listiningrum, P.; Sumarno, T.B.; Mahira, D.F.; Sianipar, C.P.M. (2024). "Just transition in biofuel development towards low-carbon economy: Multi-actor perspectives on policies and practices in Indonesia". Energies 17 (1): 141.
  6. Estacio, I.; Sianipar, C.P.M.; Onitsuka, K.; Basu, M.; Hoshino, H. (2023). "A statistical model of land use/cover change integrating logistic and linear models: An application to agricultural abandonment". International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 120: 103339.
  7. Mardiyanto, A.; Riyanto; Sianipar, C.P.M.; Shibata, S. (2024). "Forest ecosystem services and local communities neighboring Biha Resort in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Southern Sumatra, Indonesia". Asian Journal of Forestry 8 (1): 24-36.
  8. Sarker, M.N.I.; Raihan, M.L.; Chumky, T.; Rahman, M.H.; Alam, G.M.M.; Sianipar, C.P.M. (2023). "Adaptation strategies for Asian farmers against climate change". In W.L. Filho et al. (eds), Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals – Regional Perspectives: SDGs in the Asia and Pacific Region, ch. 1, pp. 1–30. Cham, CH: Springer.
  9. Sianipar, C.P.M.; Dowaki, K. (2014). "Eco-burden in pavement maintenance: Effects from excess traffic growth and overload". Sustainable Cities and Society 12: 31-45.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Pin, L.A.; Pennink, B.J.W.; Balsters, H.; Sianipar, C.P.M. (2021). "Technological appropriateness of biomass production in rural settings: Addressing water hyacinths (E. crassipes) problem in Lake Tondano, Indonesia". Technology in Society 66: 101658.
  11. Sianipar, C.P.M.; Yudoko, G.; Dowaki, K.; Adhiutama, A. (2013). "Design methodology for Appropriate Technology: Engineering as if people mattered". Sustainability 5 (8): 3382-3425.
  12. Goodier, R. (September 21, 2013). "Communities move to the center of the design process in a newly proposed methodology". Engineering for Change. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  13. Sianipar, C.P.M.; Dowaki, K.; Yudoko, G.; Adhiutama, A. (2013). "Seven pillars of survivability: Appropriate Technology with a human face". European Journal of Sustainable Development 2 (4): 1-18.
  14. Sianipar, C.P.M. (2022). "Environmentally-appropriate technology under lack of resources and knowledge: Solar-powered cocoa dryer in rural Nias, Indonesia". Cleaner Engineering and Technology 8: 100494.
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