Updated: 02 Sep 2018
Way back in the year 2000, Malaysian researchers in the Environment-Behaviour (Environmental Psychology) field in Malaysia seemed to work in ‘silos’. There was a need to create a database amongst those researchers for mutual benefit. Hence, the main purpose for the establishment of AMER. It was officially launched during the Opening Ceremony of 1nCEBS on 14th November 2009, with the Formative Meeting held in the evening. A Pro-tem Committee was initially formed in 2010 for the registration process with the Registrar of Societies (ROS), Malaysia. However, due to a communications breakdown between ROS and AMER in 2011, the registration was turned down. A fresh registration process was then pursued in early January 2012 with the new Pro-temp Committee, Ultimately, AMER was officially registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS), Malaysia on 27th January 2012. The AMER Constitution can be downloaded here.
Upon tremendous responses also shown by non-Malaysians studying in Malaysian universities, who actively participated in the conferences held since 2009, the formation of ABRA, an international organisation was considered necessary and timely.
The official Formative Meeting of ABRA was held in conjunction with AicE-Bs 2010 Kuching, on the 8th December 2010. The main agenda for the meeting was to introduce about ABRA and its main objectives. ABRA was officially registered with ROS on 20th October 2014, with AMER being the permanent secretariat. The ABRA Constitution can be downloaded here.
ABRA Heads worldwide are currently represented from seven countries, namely Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Turkey as follows:-
Assoc. Prof., Dr. Rasha Mahmoud Ali El-Zeiny, FAD, Modern Sciences & Arts University, October City, Egypt firstname.lastname@example.org
Assoc. Prof., Ar., Dr. Smita Khan, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Najpur, India email@example.com
Assoc. Prof., Dr. R. Siti Rukayah, Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Yusoff Abbas, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia email@example.com
Dr. Mona Bisadi, Islamic Azad University, West branch of Tehran, Iran firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof., Dr. Shenglin Elijah Chang, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan email@example.com
Assoc. Prof., Dr. Cigdem Canbay Turkyilmaz, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey firstname.lastname@example.org
AMER membership is also opened to non-Malaysian citizens, living in Malaysia or abroad, in particular for nationals not represented in ABRA. New applications or renewal of memberships should be submitted online. Response shall be automatic, with membership numbers generated for new applications.
One benefit in becoming a member of AMER ABRA is the huge discount given to members who attend forthcoming activities organised by AMER / ABRA / cE-Bs. With future conferences to be held worldwide, the discount given to members would more than pay back members’ annual fees.
Due to logistics, administrative and financial reasons, both AMER and ABRA are currently and temporarily placed under the care of the Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies (cE-Bs), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying (FSPU), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia.