Our Principal Researchers


Professor Dr. Ismi Arif Ismail specializes in extension and continuing education, teaching and learning, youth development, leadership, career development and human resource development. He received his PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. He was the former deputy director of the Centre for Leadership in Teaching and Learning at the National Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), Ministry of Higher Education, and continue to research on leadership training, digital education, online learning, flipped classroom, and future education. He currently serves as the Executive Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Youth Studies (formerly the Malaysian Journal of Youth Studies), is the Editorial Board Member for SAGE Open, Asia Pacific Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Asia Council of Science Editors as well as a reviewer for international journals like BMC Medical Education, European Journal of Training and Development, Journal of Social Sciences, Journal of the History of Education Society by Taylor & Francis and PERTANIKA Journal of Social Sciences and other local universities publishers. He is a think tank expert member for the National Institute for Youth Research, (IYRES) based at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. He writes speeches and policy papers for a number of federal government ministers and university leaders. He sat on a university board and other advisory councils in various ministries and NGOs including the Malaysian Youth Council. He is featured in a number of forums on television and radio. Internationally, he coordinates program with the Commonwealth Youth Secretariat London since 2001 until now. He also works with Commonwealth Higher Education Youth Work Consortium, UNESCO, Erasmus as well as consulting firms like Khazanah Research Institute, McKinsey & Company, Ernst & Young and Hay Group.



Prof. Dr. Haslinda Abdullah is a Professor of Applied Psychology at the Department of Social and Development Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She received her PhD from Institute of Work Health and Organizations, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom specializing in Applied Psychology. Since May 2000, she has taught various subjects and key areas of Psychology including Social Psychology, Theories in Social Psychology, Community Psychology and Psychology of Work. Currently her work are more focused on youth and development. Her credentials and knowledge on the Malaysian youth is reflected in her role as a member of the think tank for the Institute for Youth Research (IYRES), under the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia. Her research also focuses on sexual and reproductive health and started during her attachment at Bronfenbrenner Centre for Translational Research, Cornell University as a visiting scholar in 2017. She was also an invited speaker for ‘Projek Amanat Negara XVI 2019’, by United Kingdom and Eire Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC) to talk on the future of Malaysian children. Under a Muslim women NGO (MPWIM), she was appointed to lead a panel of expertise to select future youth leaders. Outside of academic field, she is the president of Family Empowerment Society (FAME), an NGO that strives to tackle societal issues (regarding family) head-on. She is also a trainer for Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP) in which she trained a group of prison officers from commonwealth country on youth. Her contribution was acknowledged by Malaysia Prison Department when she was given Pingat Bakti Setia in 2015.


Abd. Lateef (Steven Eric) Krauss, PhD, is a Professor with the Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, and Head of the Youth and Community Well-Being Laboratory of the Institute for Social Science Studies(IPSAS), Universiti Putra Malaysia. He received his PhD in Youth Studies from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2005, his M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University (USA) in 1998, and his B.A. in Political Science/Economics from the University of Delaware (USA) in 1994. He joined the Faculty of Educational Studies, UPM, in 2006. He currently serves as the Chief Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Youth Studies (formerly the Malaysian Journal of Youth Studies), and is an Editorial Board member of Frontiers in Psychology, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, and Education Thinking. Dr. Krauss is also a member of the Qualitative Research Association Malaysia (QRAM), an Executive Board Member of the Asian Regional Association of Career Development(ARACD),and a member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA)Covid-19 Research Initiatives Task Force. Dr. Krauss’ approach to research reflects his commitment to the healthy development of all young people by building supportive ecologies for young people to thrive in schools, families and communities. His recent work has focused on maximizing developmental relationships in Malaysia, with a focus on youth-adult partnerships in schools and youth-serving organizations. His research has led to peer-reviewed publications in high impact journals (i.e., Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Youth & Society, American Journal of Community Psychology),books and book chapters. His research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation (USA), American Psychological Association(USA), the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia



Ts. Dr. Mohd Zairul bin Mohd Noor is a Technologist, Graduate Architect, and Senior Lecturer at the UPM Serdang Faculty of Architecture. Dr Mohd. Zairul received his PhD from TU Delft from the Department of Management in the Built Environment in 2017. His research interests cover Flexible housing, Circular economy, Business model, Qualitative data analysis, ATLAS.ti, Open building, Mass Housing industry, Affordable housing, Industrialized building system (IBS), Modular / Prefab housing, Management in the built environment, and Architectural pedagogy. He is a certified professional trainer for ATLAS.ti. In 2022, he was appointed as the Head for the Cyber Generation Laboratory at IPSAS, UPM. He has a PhD in Management in the Built Environment, where he recommended a solution for a new business model for affordable housing in Malaysia. In 2018, he spent a semester as a visiting scholar at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). He has published in publications, including Open House International (OHI) and Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, both SCOPUS-indexed Q1 journals (JOHO). He also serves on the editorial boards of numerous prestigious journals, including MDPI (Buildings), Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, and a few more. He received various prizes at UPM, including best paper awards, top publication, copyright award, teaching, and excellent service award. He has conducted over 200 courses in various countries, namely Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and India using his own created teaching module and research workshops. He supervises PhD and Master's students working on a variety of issues related to youth and community wellbeing, especially from an architectural pespective. Visit for more info on his works.


Dr Haliza Abdul Rahman holds a PhD. in the field of Environment and Development and a Master in the field of Environmental Management from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Head of the Youth in Leadership, Politics and Citizenship Laboratory, Institute of Social Science Studies (IPSAS) UPM. Previously, she has served as a Senior Lecturer for 8 years in the Environmental and Occupational Health Program, School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Health Campus, Kelantan. Her areas of expertise include Environmental Governance, Sustainability Science, Environmental Policy and Legislation, Environmental Management and Public Involvement in Environmental Related Issues. She has published extensive writing material in journals, books, chapters in books and newspapers.