Ariva Sugandi Permana, or simply Ariv (with “v”, most people with same tone name use “f” – arif, instead of “v” – ariv) has civil engineering education background of his tertiary degree from Diponegoro University, Indonesia. His choice was inspired by the fact that civil engineering closes to the development of civilization. Most of his career in civil engineering was spent for the development of rural areas (although his office was in urban area) through developing rural water supply and sanitation projects, flood control, irrigation, swamp development, and rural development projects.
Fed-up with a monotonic career connected to rural areas. His “anti-static” thinking brought him to an idea to terminate rural orientation career and tried a diametrically opposite career as something coherently connected to urban areas, cities or towns. Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand offered him a CIDA-Canada full scholarship to pursue his master degree in urban environmental management (literally means urban planning and environmental management). He loves challenges. To increase the challenge, he intentionally selected research arena that he had totally no idea about the research. He chose research on nexus of land use – transportation – environment. These three elements were new things to him. Therefore, within 6-month time, he must up-side-down to understand things while completing his master thesis. Upon completion of his master degree successfully and outstandingly he was awarded with John H. Hrones as the most outstanding graduate.
Due to his academic performance, the Canadian International Development Agency, again, offered him second time full scholarship to pursue his doctoral study. Again, it was not him with a smooth challenge. If his bachelor degree was in civil engineering, his master degree in urban planning and environmental management with research interest was in land use – transport – environment. He tried something different with his previous background. Then he selected energy efficiency in transport and residential domains as his doctoral research. His master and doctoral supervisor, was the same person, told him once that he was crazy for dodging his non straight-line research. But amazingly he completed his doctoral study within exactly 3 years! and he became the fastest graduates in the department so far, with academic GPA was straightly 4.0/4.0.
By his academic performance, Southeast Asia Urban Environmental Management Applications Project, a project under the collaboration of Canadian International Development Agency and Asian Institute of Technology offered him a project-based position as Senior Research Associate then within 4 months was promoted to be a Program Specialist under same project, until the project completed in September 2010.
In October 2010 up to July 2011 he was hired by the Government of the Province of West Kalimantan, Indonesia as Consultant of Sustainable Development. In August to December 2011 he was UNDP consultant for solid waste management in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. From December 2011 to December 2012 he was Program Specialist of Mekong Region Waste Refinery International Partnership Project, based in Bangkok. This project was funded by the Government of Finland.
His career was spent mostly in non-academic career. His mix-mode (academic and project) career was started in 2003 until 2012. Starting 01 January 2013, he changed his career to purely academic career (teaching and research) when he joined the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. One of the best universities in Malaysia, one among five research universities in Malaysia including Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
With that colorful career, his research interest was consolidated into urban associated affairs including sustainable urban development, sustainable cities, green cities, land use-transport-environment nexus, urban energy, and zero waste and zero landfill. He wrote many manuscripts for official speeches -including Presidential and Ministerial speeches, books, technical manuals, conference papers, monographs, project reports, technical reports, journal articles etc. But most of the manuscripts written by him were anonymous or were not authored under his own name. Now after his job was purely in academic career, he realized that ignoring authorship was not a good idea. Then he started again to build his career from zero.
He is currently a regular member of International Society of Sustainability Professional (ISSP) – http://www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org