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Researchers

The Centre for Sustainability Through Research & Education

CSRE researchers are renowned world-class faculty, scholars and international subject-matter experts and consultants, engaging in applied research and projects with local, regional and global partners with a wealth of experience in industry, academic, and applied research in multi-disciplinary fields with sustainable development and the UN SDG's at the core of theirs activities. They are supported by 95+ research assistants from MODUL University Dubai's brightest graduate and post-graduate students. 

Why CSRE?

Guided by the ideals of a The Humboldtian Model of Higher Education where study should be guided by humanistic ideals and free thought

Influenced by the economic theories that have become centerpieces of modern economic and business analysis

Overcome the institutionalized separation between basic research, which is dedicated to producing knowledge without regard to its usability, and applied research, which is carried out with a conscious view on its direct applicability in our daily lives.

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Researchers

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Finsinger

Professor

Programme Area Director for International Management

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Prof. Dr. Jörg Finsinger

Professor

Prof. Dr. Jörg Finsinger has been active in the world of academia since 1982 and prior to joining MODUL University Dubai has held the Chair of Financial Services Research as well as the Chair of Public Economics at the University of Vienna. Previously, Prof. Dr. Jörg Finsinger held professorial positions at the University of Bern, University of Lüneburg, University of California, Tongij University in Shanghai, University of Miami, and University of Hohenheim- Stuttgart. He is also a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, member of the Academy of Insurance, cofounder of the Finance and Ethics Academy in Austria, holds board memberships in public and private institutions - and has been a consultant for Government organizations in Brussels, Bonn, New York, Bern and Vienna. Beside being a successful academician, he has been a part of Board of Directors for several companies: IT Warehouse AG, Sigma Investment AG, Hamburg, Smart Trader AG, Zollikon, Global FX United and a CEO of several companies.

Professional Background

  • Board of Directors on several companies including IT Warehouse AG, Sigma Investment AG, Hamburg, Smart Trader AG, Zollikon, Global FX United
  • Senior management positions in several financial and advisory firms in Europe

Educational Background

  • Venia Docendi in Business Administration, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Habilitation in Economics, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • PhD, University of Bonn, Germany
  • MSs in Mathematics, Ohio State University, USA
  • BSs in Physics, Technical University Berlin, Germany
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Prof. Dr. Jörg Finsinger

Professor

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Dr. Jeremy B. Williams

Dr. Jeremy B. Williams

Head of Academic Research

Public Governance and Sustainable Development

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Dr. Jeremy B. Williams

Dr. Jeremy B. Williams

Head of Academic Research

  • Demonstrated strategic and leadership skills at a senior executive level in both public and private sectors
  • A PhD degree in economics, economic history and politics, with a special interest in sustainable development. Also qualified at postgraduate level in education
  • Publication of three textbooks, more than 40 refereed journal articles, chapters, book reviews and conference papers, and over 50 other articles and papers
  • More than 20 years of experience in international education ranging from postgraduate management education to preschool teacher education. A specialist in the area of digital pedagogies and learning design, with a focus on the provision of custom-built programs to meet the specific needs of individual learners
  • Deep knowledge and first-hand experience of contemporary issues affecting the tertiary, secondary and early years education sectors in Asia, Europe and North America. Extensive personal networks throughout these geographies developed over a period of more than 25 years
  • An education futurist, acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of technology-enhanced learning. Frequently called upon to present keynote speeches at international conferences on the subject, most recently on the disruptive impact of online education on traditional education business models
  • Skilled in the leadership of cross-disciplinary teams in a variety of formats: ‘traditional’ distance education, blended delivery, on-line delivery (domestically and globally), and face-to-face on a single and multi-campus basis
  • An award-winning teacher including the U21Global Prize for Excellence in Pedagogy, QUT nominee for the Australian Awards for University Teaching, finalist in the John Wiley Australia Award for Innovation and Excellence in MBA Teaching, and the QUT Award for Outstanding Academic Contribution (Teaching Performance and Leadership). Student evaluation of teaching scores consistently in the ‘high distinction’ range. Teaching prize money and grants amount to more than $100,000
  • Highly developed interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills. An accomplished public speaker and capable negotiator whether dealing with private sector executives, university committees, or government officials
  • Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Green School for Girls (GS4G), a sustainable enterprise that seeks to produce strong, independently-minded, entrepreneurial young women, capable of earning a good living for themselves and their families whilst also serving the interests of the community and the natural environment.
Dr. Jeremy B. Williams

Dr. Jeremy B. Williams

Head of Academic Research

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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Walter Simon

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Walter Simon

Professor

Programme Area Director for Public Governance and Sustainable Development

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Prof. Dr. Jürgen Walter Simon

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Walter Simon

Professor

Prof. Jürgen Simon, with for 40 years of academic experience, is a Guest scholar at the Law University Hanoi in Vietnam, Head of the Institute of Law at the University of Lüneburg, Chair of the European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine and former Head of the innovation and cooperation department at Siemens Healthcare. He has also held positions at CERN and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. His research focuses on themes relating to Law and Biotechnology, Environmental Law, Economics and New Information Technologies. He is the author of many books and articles in these areas.

Professional Activities

  • Tenured Full Professor of Civil Law, Economic Law and Environmental Law at Leuphana University in Lower-Saxony, Economic Faculty 
  • Member of CELLS/Medical University Hannover and worked at the University of London. Director of the Institute of Law at the University of Lüneburg since 1989
  • Head of the Research Centre of Biotechnology and Law
  • Head of the European Academy of Environment and Economy in Lünebur
  • Head of the “Further Education in Environment, Management and Law” at the University of Lüneburg
  • Co-organisator of the further education course (M.A.) “Bio-conflict Management (with Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Knoepffler, Head of the Ethics Institute Jena)
  • Director of the Academy Finance, Insurance & Law in Hamburg
  • Director of the Bioethics Law e.V.
  • Assistant Professor at the Universities of Freiburg (Roman and Civil Law) and Munich (Economic History, 1973-1979)
  • Assistant Professor at the University of Hannover (1980-1988)
  • Founder and Director of the Institute of Law and the Faculty of Environmental Science at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg
  • Research Fellowship at the New University of Lisbon/Portugal (2009-2010) and the University of London/United Kingdom (2011-2013)
  • Member of the Institute of the Medical University Hannover “Center of Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences” since 2009
  • Member of the “Global Applied Ethics Network”, an international network of professional experts in applied ethics from a variety of disciplines (as Prof. Julian Savalescu/Oxford, Xiao Wen/Zhejiang, Takeshi Nakazawa/Tokyo, Tom Beauchamp/Georgetown and Stephan Sonnenberg/Harvard) since 2009
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Walter Simon

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Walter Simon

Professor

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Prof. Dr. Edith M. Szivas

Prof. Dr. Edith M. Szivas

Professor

Programme Director for Tourism & Hospitality Department of Tourism & Service Management

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Prof. Dr. Edith M. Szivas

Prof. Dr. Edith M. Szivas

Professor

Dr. Edith M Szivas, a British national, is a leading international expert in the area of Tourism and Hospitality with the track record in strategy and development of over 25 years. Her involvement into a number of Governmental projects aimed at strategic development of the hospitality industry across several countries in Europe and Middle East. She is an author of numerous publications and also she is actively engaged into public speaking.

Dr. Szivas has a vast academic experience in the Universities of London, Surrey, Greenwich, Macau, and others. Her ongoing consultancy activity with the leading global organizations like UNWTO and USAID has made her contribution into development of the industry truly invaluable.

Professional Background

  • Director, SeaStar Consultancy, UAE
  • Senior Management positions at various financial, educational and hospitality institutions (Budapest Bank, University of Surrey, Jumeirah Group)

Educational Background

  • PhD in Tourism Employment and Labour Market, University of Surrey, UK, 1997
  • MSc in Tourism Planning and Development, University of Surrey, UK, 1994
  • BSc in International Trade, Kulkereskedelmi Foiskola, Hungary, 1990
Prof. Dr. Edith M. Szivas

Prof. Dr. Edith M. Szivas

Professor

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Dr. Theodor Strohal

Dr. Theodor Strohal

Professor

Department of International Management

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Dr. Theodor Strohal

Dr. Theodor Strohal

Professor

Dr. Strohal is an Austrian national and a Founder of Strohal Legal Consultants. In 1979, Dr. Strohal got admitted to the Austrian Bar cum laude after graduating from Vienna University. He has been working as a foreign lawyer in Singapore since 1993 in addition to offices in Myanmar and Qatar. Dr. Strohal has been a lecturer in financial and corporate law at postgraduate courses at the European Journalist Academy in the University of Vienna Campus from 2002 to 2004 and MODUL University Dubai from 2017. His main interests are: real estate, joint ventures and international taxation and corporate law. 

Awards and Recognition

  • Twice awarded a scholarship for outstanding academic records

Main Areas of Activity

  • Frequent speaker in seminars on Austrian and International property law.
  • Working experience in Indonesia, Singapore and South America and the UAE
  • Lecturer of European Journalist Academy in the University of Vienna Campus
  • Post Guest Lecturer at University of Dubai on UAE Corporate Law
  • Speaker in Singapore (government institution) on market entry and corporate law in GCC countries
  • Training professor in arbitration practice seminar, Yangon, Myanmar

Educational Background

  • Graduated from Vienna University, School of Law in 1974 (cum laude)
Dr. Theodor Strohal

Dr. Theodor Strohal

Professor

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Dr. Declan McCrohan

Dr. Declan McCrohan

Assistant Professor

Department of Applied Statistics & Economics

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Dr. Declan McCrohan

Dr. Declan McCrohan

Assistant Professor

Dr. Declan McCrohan, an Australian national, has over a decade of experience working in the field of Academia throughout Asia and the Middle East.  His academic experience and unparalleled leadership skills have enabled him to develop and deliver a number of unique undergraduate and postgraduate courses at a number of universities including Alfaisal University in the KSA, Zayed University  and Heriot Watt University in the UAE and Victoria University in Australia. Dr. McCrohan’s research interests cover a wide range of areas including financial modelling of Middle Eastern stock markets, entrepreneurship drivers in the Middle East and the development of international education offshore programmes, with particular focus on Australian Tertiary Institutions’ expansion into Asia and the MENA Region. Dr. McCrohan was also the team leader of the 2009 UAE GEM Study into Entrepreneurship in the UAE.

Professional Background

  • Austock Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • Australian Trade Commission, Sydney, Australia
Dr. Declan McCrohan

Dr. Declan McCrohan

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Oliver Loisel

Dr. Oliver Loisel

Assistant Professor

Department of International Management

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Dr. Oliver Loisel

Dr. Oliver Loisel

Assistant Professor

With extensive experience in corporate management as well as management consultancy, Oliver Loisel balances strategy, business models and processes with E-Business and IT. His work covered the process industry, energy supply and infrastructure, governmental and education, banking, insurance and IT. As co-founder of the ATLAS group, he built up several companies in the service and IT industry and actively manages them. Dr. Loisel´s focus is on strategy and business models in the internet of things.

Dr. Loisel has more than 15 years of experience in top management consulting and adult education. He trained companies, managers, undergraduate and postgraduate students regarding General Management, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. For over a decade he held several hundreds of speeches during Europe´s largest E-Business Roadshow.

Oliver Loisel is an Austrian national based in Switzerland and has been active in the Middle East since 2011.

Professional Background

  • Managing Partner and CEO, ATLAS group
  • Project Manager, Malik Management Zentrum St. Gallen
  • Interim Manager, ÖBB Holding
  • Executive Partner, Loisel.Consulting
  • Project Manager, IDC
  • Project Manager, Braintrust

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Laws, University of Vienna, Austria, 2008
  • Master of Science Human Resource Management and Organizational Development, PEF Private University for Management, Vienna, Austria, 2004
  • Master of Business Administration, University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna, Austria, 2004
  • Master of Advanced Studies Information Technology Consulting, Danube University, Krems, Austria, 2002
  • Master of Laws, University of Vienna, Austria, 2001
Dr. Oliver Loisel

Dr. Oliver Loisel

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Ana Stranjančević

Dr. Ana Stranjančević

Assistant Professor

Department of Tourism and Service Management

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Dr. Ana Stranjančević

Dr. Ana Stranjančević

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ana Stranjancevic is an Assistant Professor in the field of Management, Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Sports Management. She graduated from the Department of Geography, Tourism and Hospitality Management at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad in 2005. She obtained her MSc degree in 2009 and PhD degree in 2012 in the Association of Centers for Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies and Research at the University of Novi Sad. She attended post doctorate mobility programme at the University of Deusto in Spain at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences in 2014/15.

From 2007 she has been engaged at the Faculty of Tourism, Mediterranean University in Montenegro, as a teaching assistant, and from 2013 as an Assistant Professor. She has been an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of International Management in Tourism and Hospitality Montenegro / Algonquin College Canada since 2013. She has participated in several national and international projects in her field of expertise, as a researcher and a consultant. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, the Akdeniz University in Turkey, the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Poland, the University of Business Studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Burgenland University in Austria, and at the Canadian University Dubai in the UAE.

Dr. Ana Stranjančević

Dr. Ana Stranjančević

Assistant Professor

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Research Assistants

Faculty members at MODUL University Dubai frequently require assistant to support with their research work. Depending on the project, roles and responsibilities of research assistant may vary. However, they are mainly required to:

  • Obtain signed consent forms from subjects
  • Manage correspondence with subjects
  • Conduct site surveys and data entry
  • Apply data analysis techniques using specialized software applications such as SPSS, Nvivo, etc.
  • Conduct desk research

Research Assistants are part/time temporary positions, paid by an hourly rate determined by the project supervisor and based on experience and project complexity. A Research Assistant can be a student, currently registered in any degree program, or a job seeker with necessary and sufficient experience. Job seekers should be UAE residents with an NOC from their sponsors. Interested candidates can apply as Research Assistant by providing the following details to csre@modul.ac.ae

  • Subject: Research Assistant Application
  • Curriculum Vitae including research experience
  • Two reference letters
  • For current students, please mention your student ID, programme of study, major and expected semester of graduation

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