Speakers

The IAFOR International Conference on the Social Sciences – Hawaii (IICSSHawaii) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment – Hawaii (IICSEEHawaii), and The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii (IICAHHawaii). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for any one of these conferences permits attendance in all three within the event.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Dr James W. McNally
    Dr James W. McNally
    University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging
  • Professor William G. Staples
    Professor William G. Staples
    University of Kansas, USA
  • Donna McIntire-Byrd
    Donna McIntire-Byrd
    United States Department of State, USA
  • Dr Nathaniel Newlands
    Dr Nathaniel Newlands
    Distinguished Researcher and Innovator from Canada
  • Dr Jaimey Hamilton Faris
    Dr Jaimey Hamilton Faris
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
  • Dr Richard Donovan
    Dr Richard Donovan
    Kansai University, Japan
Dr James W. McNally
University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging

Biography

Dr James W. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation. Dr McNally has directed the NACDA Program on Aging since 1998 and has seen the archive significantly increase its holdings with a growing collection of seminal studies on the aging lifecourse, health, retirement and international aspects of aging. He has spent much of his career addressing methodological issues with a specific focus on specialized application of incomplete or deficient data and the enhancement of secondary data for research applications. Dr McNally has also worked extensively on issues related to international aging and changing perspectives on the role of family support in the later stages of the aging lifecourse.

Featured Presentation: Methodologies for the Collection of Comparative Community Level Public Health Data: Obtaining Powerful and Statistically Meaningful Findings for Small Populations

Professor William G. Staples
University of Kansas, USA

Biography

William G. Staples is the 2016-17 Paul and Helen Roofe Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Founding Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center at the University of Kansas. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. Staples is well known internationally for his work in the areas of social control and surveillance. He is the author of five books and dozens of articles and chapters. His most recent work is the second edition of Everyday Surveillance: Vigilance and Visibility in Postmodern Life, considered a foundational work in the interdisciplinary field of surveillance studies. Staples is a former Co-Editor of Sociological Inquiry, The Sociological Quarterly, and is currently Associate Editor of Surveillance & Society, the international journal of the Surveillance Studies Network.

Featured Presentation: Statistics in the Cognitive/Risk Era: Bridging Knowledge, Solutions and Pathways to a Sustainable World

Donna McIntire-Byrd
United States Department of State, USA

Biography

Donna McIntire-Byrd serves as Chief of the Energy & Sustainable Design Unit for the US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. She leads a team of multidisciplinary professionals within the department who are responsible for greening US embassies and consulates around the world and compiling a greenhouse gas inventory for the department’s approximately 20,000 building portfolio. Donna’s team produced the Guide to Green Embassies: Eco-Diplomacy in Operation, which has proven to be an invaluable tool for US embassies and consulates to improve performance and build a stronger environmental platform for the Department. In her recent role as Buildings & Climate Change Officer for the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Donna facilitated the launch of the Common Carbon Metric for measuring energy efficiency and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from building operations as a global tool to establish.

Featured Presentation: Eco-Diplomacy – Water Conservation/Protection at US Embassies Demonstrating Best Practices for a Sustainable Built Environment

Dr Nathaniel Newlands
Distinguished Researcher and Innovator from Canada

Biography

Dr Nathaniel Kenneth Newlands is an associate professor in geography with the University of Victoria (UVic), and an award winning research scientist and innovator. Nathaniel is a member of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC), American Statistical Association (ASA) and The International Environmetrics Society (TIES). He is an editor (Associate and Review) for the Frontiers Environmental Science (Interdisciplinary Climate Change) Journal. He is the author of Future Sustainable Ecosystems (Taylor & Francis), and has authored 68 original peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, conference proceedings and numerous governmental and non-governmental technical reports. He is a strong lateral learner and systems thinker. His research addresses public-good food-water-energy nexus issues and tackles broad, integrated, complex global problems (e.g., climate change) to help support and advance global sustainable development.

Featured Presentation: Statistics in the Cognitive/Risk Era: Bridging Knowledge, Solutions and Pathways to a Sustainable World

Dr Jaimey Hamilton Faris
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Biography

Jaimey Hamilton Faris is based in Honolulu, where she is Associate Professor of Art History and Critical Theory at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. At UHM, she directed Intersections, the Visiting Artist and Scholar Program, from 2008 to 2014, a residency that brings in globally recognised artists to share their artistic processes with the community. She is currently working on establishing a digital archive for oral histories of Hawaii’s artists. Since 2008 she has been interviewing Hawaii’s artists and is now working with her students to record conversations and studio practices of the islands’ artists. The histories reflect the uniqueness of artistic processes on the islands and relate how Hawaii’s history as a colony, plantation, military outpost and tourist paradise has impacted its visual culture.

Her academic writing focuses on issues of global trade networks and systems, environmentalism, and sustainability in contemporary art, especially in the Asia-Pacific context. Her book, Uncommon Goods (Intellect, 2013), explores the use of everyday goods and situations in contemporary art practice in response to neoliberal trade expansion in the nineties. In 2015 she guest edited a special volume of Art Margins on Capitalist Realism. She has published other articles on contemporary art in October, Art Journal, InVisible Culture, Art Pulse and more. Her current focus is on a collection of essays called Liquid Archives.

Keynote Presentation: Liquid Archives

Dr Richard Donovan
Kansai University, Japan

Biography

Richard Donovan lectures in comparative literature and translation studies in the Faculty of Letters at Kansai University. He has also worked as a translator at the Kyoto City International Relations Office. He obtained a PhD in literary translation studies at Victoria University of Wellington in 2012. The title of his thesis was Dances with Words: Issues in the Translation of Japanese Literature into English. His other areas of interest include Japanese media subculture and environmental technology.

Spotlight Presentation: “It is Happening Again”: Re-imagining in Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks