The 1st National Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies (1nCEBS 2009) was held on 14-15 November 2009, at FSPU, UiTM, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
The 1nCEBS can be seen as Malaysia’s ‘wake-up call’, particularly to those who are directly or indirectly involved in the creation of the built environment, as it has been well established in the literatures that the environments created do influence human behaviours which ultimately not only affected their productivity but more importantly upon their safety and health.
Being Malaysia’s 1st conference on Environment-Behaviour (EB) studies, the main objective of 1nCEBS was to gauge the nation’s interest on that field of study. Due to the nature of EB studies being multi-disciplinary, and the intention to congregate maximum local researchers in that field, the 1nCEBS was without a specific conference theme. Conference papers addressed various issues pertaining to the multi-disciplinary EB studies field. For the break-out presentations, the papers were categorized within the most appropriate environment grouping. Overall 1nCEBS attracted 57 numbers of papers. Majority of 58% from UiTM and the rest from 10 other establishments, which included a couple from Indonesia and Malaysians currently studying in the UK. Majority of the topics involved the Outdoor Environment, followed by Residential, Children’s, Learning, EB theories, Older People, Work and Hospitality Environments.
Coupled with 1nCEB’s main objective was to inculcate and nurture the research and writing culture specifically amongst EB researchers nationwide. As it was pertinent to continuously develop that culture further after 1nCEBS, two other ‘Historic First' activities - as 1nCEBS’s sidelines - involved the establishment of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers) and AJEBS (Asian Journal of Environment Behaviour Studies). The main objective of AMER being to increase closer cooperation amongst Malaysian EB researchers which transcended across individual establishments. AJEBS, an international double-blind refereed journal focuses on researches conducted within the Asian / Pacific region. Thus far it has attracted 40 distinguished academicians from 19 countries worldwide on its editorial board. Selected 1nCEBS papers shall partly spearhead the publication of AJEB’s maiden issue in January 2010.
Participations included those from the following establishments:-
Arkitek M. Ghazali, Malaysia
Centre for Islamic Thoughts & Understanding (CITU), Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Faculty of Art & Design, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Faculty of Health Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Puncak Perdana, Malaysia
Forestry Research Institute, Malaysia
International Islamic University, Malaysia
State Polytechnic of Pontianak, Indonesia
Universiti Pertanian Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Perak, Malaysia
Universiti Teknologi MARA, Perlis, Malaysia
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak, Malaysia
Universiti Utara Malaysia
University of Nottingham, UK
University of Sheffield, UK
University of Teeside, UK