Sustainability Science Program

Yosef Manik

Yosef Manik

Yosef ManikDr. Yosef Manik
Sustainability Science Program
Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 81
Harvard University
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Office: 506 Rubenstein Building
Tel: (1) 617-496-0426
Email: yosef_manik@hks.harvard.edu
Group affiliation: Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Sustainability Science

Yosef Manik is a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program. His work focuses on technology innovation and policy analysis to support sustainable development. His research seeks to model and identify sustainable pathways for the production, processing and distribution of palm oil biodiesel by understanding the complex dynamic of its agents, flows, and networks. Yosef is contributing to collaborative work with the Initiative on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development led by William Clark. Yosef has Doctor of Philosophy degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine (2013) under a Fulbright Fellowship. He pursued his Master of Science (MSc) degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universität Karlsruhe in Germany (2008) under a German Academic Exchange Service scholarship. There he was involved in a study to design of a high performance, low emissions porous inert media burner. His Bachelor’s degree is in Industrial Engineering from the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Indonesia (1998). His faculty host is William Clark. He is also working closely with Kira Matus at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Toward sustainable palm oil biodiesel: Advancing a sustainable pathway by understanding the complex dynamics of its supply chain
The global demand for biofuels is rapidly increasing. Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) is a preferred feedstock for biodiesel due to its high oil content and yield. Major producing countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, have set national targets for the expansion of palm oil biodiesel production. However, the establishment of a solid palm oil biodiesel supply chain has negative environmental and social implications. This research addresses the question of how a sustainable palm oil biodiesel supply chain can be attained.  Sustainable palm oil biodiesel focuses on minimal environmental impacts, economic viability, and social equitability of stakeholders. The research aims to identify sustainable pathways for the production, processing and distribution of palm oil biodiesel by understanding the complex dynamic of its agents, flow, and networks. Attention is paid to the complexity of multiple issues, stakeholders, and scales. While the scope of this research is at the national to global level, Indonesia, as the largest producer of palm oil worldwide, is the focus of the study.

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