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 (Professor Tan Sri Datuk Dr. ) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah
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(Professor Tan Sri Datuk Dr. ) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah

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English, Malay

Areas of expertise:
Fisheries and Recreational Economics

Prof. Datuk Dr. Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah was born in Kelantan where he received his primary education, before moving to Sekolah Dato Ab. Razak in Tanjung Malim, Perak and Seremban, Negeri Sembilan. He continued his higher education at the then Universiti Pertanian Malaysia and obtained a Diploma in Agriculture in 1976. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resource Economics from the University of California at Davis in 1979, and Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University, Corvallis in 1981 and 1989, respectively.

Nik Mustapha joined the Faculty of Economics and Management in February, 1981. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993 and a Professor in 1997. He served as the Head of Natural Resource Economics Department from 1989 to 1997, before assuming the Deputy Dean position in 1997. From 1999 until 2004, he held the Dean’s portfolio at the Faculty. During his deanship, he brought the Faculty of Economics and Management (FEP) to a greater height when FEP was “ranked” as one of the, if not the best economic faculties, in the country. His leadership style, focusing on quality management was well-received and appreciated by his staff and proved to be successful when he led the faculty to obtain MS ISO9000:2001 in 2004, covering comprehensive scope of teaching, research and administration. He left the faculty in June 2004 to become the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) at UPM. His stellar work experience has led him to the position as UPM's Vice Chancellor from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2010.

Besides teaching courses in Microeconomics, Managerial Economics and Fisheries Economics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Nik Mustapha is also an experienced researcher and consultant. He has undertaken several research assignments for the government and international agencies, mainly in the field of Fisheries Economics and Management. He has to his credit over 150 papers that were either published in journals or presented at seminars and conferences locally and overseas. To date, he has successfully supervised 9 Ph.D., 11 M.S. and more than 60 undergraduate students on their thesis and project papers.

Nik Mustapha is well-recognized professionally. At the national level, he sits on the National Consultative Committee for the Fisheries Development of LKIM, an Assessor for the National Accreditation Board (LAN), and has been the Deputy President of the Malaysian Agricultural Economics Association (PETA) from 1997 to 2001. At the International front, he serves as a member of a Steering Committee for the Fisheries Co-Management Worldwide Program which is funded by DANIDA; Chairman of Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network and also a member of the Editorial Board for Marine Resource Economics Journal. He used to serve as a Board Member of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environment Protection (GESAMP) of the IMO/FAO/UNESCO-IOC/WMO/WHO/IAEA/UN/UNEP (1995 - 1999) and a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel for World Fish Centre – ICLARM in 2000.

Based on his expertise and long experience working in the field of natural resource economics in general, and specifically in the area of fisheries economics, he was appointed as an international consultant on several major projects sponsored by the international development agencies and government agencies in Malaysia and overseas. In 1985, he carried out a consulting work on fish marketing in Sri Lanka, a project commissioned by the IDRC of Canada. In 1993, he was reappointed by IRDC as the international consultant for a project on “Resource Allocation to Fisheries Research in Asia” involving countries such as China, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia. In 2003, he was appointed as one of the ten international consultants assembled by MIER in a project entitled “Fisheries Development in Malaysia” commissioned by the Economics Planning Unit (EPU) of Malaysia.

With all his contributions, Prof. Dr. Nik Mustapha was awarded the Excellent Service Award of UPM in 1994, and for the second time in 2001. Now he sits on the Board of Directors of Malaysian Cocoa Board, Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM), MAJUIKAN Sdn Bhd, METEOR Sdn. Bhd. and Malaysian Examination Council. He also currently serves on the Scientific Council of the Malaysian Agriculture Research and Development Institute (MARDI).

In December 2006, he was conferred the Royal Award "Dato’ Paduka Mahkota Selangor (D.P.M.S.) bestowed by Sultan of Selangor which carries the title Dato'.

In April 2007, Prof. Dato' Dr. Nik Mustapha received the award, Ahli Yang Kedua (Dato' Paduka) Bagi Darjah Kebesaran Setia Mahkota Kelantan Yang Amat Terbilang (D.P.S.K) from Sultan of Kelantan, and Darjah Kebesaran Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) award in June 2007 from His Majesty the Yang Di Pertuan Agong which carries the title "Datuk".

1) Jesper Raakjaer Nielsen, Poul Degnbol, K. Kuperan Viswanathan, Mahfuzuddin Ahmed, Mafaniso Hara, Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah, 2004. Fisheries Co-management – An institutional innovation? Lessons from South East Asia and Southern Africa. Marine Policy, 28: 151-160.

2) L.W. Zen. Nik Mustapha, R.A., T.S. Yew, 2002. Technical Efficiency of the Driftnet and Payang Seine (Lampara). Fisheries in West Indonesia. Asian Fisheries Science, 15(2): 97-106.

3) L.W. Zen, S.Y. Tai and Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, 2001. Socioeconomic Characteristics of Payang Seine (Lampara) and Driftnet Fisheries in West Sumatra, Indonesia. NAGA – The ICLARM Quarterly, 23(4): 33-37.

4) Tai Shzee Yew, Kusairi Mohd. Noh and Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah, 2000. Valuing Fisheries Depreciation in Natural Resource Accounting: The Pelagic Fisheries in Northeast Peninsular Malaysia. Environmental and Resource Economics. 15:227-241.

5) Ahmad Zubaidi Baharumshah and Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah, 1999. Meat Demand in Malaysia: Testing for Habit Formation and Structural Change. Journal of Agricultural Economics. 65:167-184.

6) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah and Ahmad Zubaidi Baharomshah, 1999. Demand for Fish and Its Substitutes in Malaysia: Evidence of Habit Formation and Structural Change. Pertanika Journal of Soc. Sci. and Humanities, 7(2) : 111-119.

7) K. Kuperan, Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah, R.S. Pomeroy, E.L. Genio and A.M. Salamanca, 1999. Measuring Transanction Costs of Fisheries Co-management in San Salvador Island, Philippines. NAGA – The ICLARM Quarterly. 22(4):45 – 48.

8) Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah and K. Kuperan, 1999. An Overview of Fisheries Management in Asia. Bay of Bengal News – The Journal of BOBP for Fisheries Management. II(13):39 – 43.

9) Nik Mustapha Raja Abdulah, K. Kuperan and Robert S. Pomeroy, 1998. Fisheries Co-management and Transaction Costs. NAGA-The ICLARM Quarterly. 21(3):40-42.

10) Nik Mustapha Raja Abdullah and K. Kuperan, 1998. Fisheries Management in Asia – An Overview and The Way Forward. INFOFISH INTERNATIONAL. 4/98:66-72.

11) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, K. Kuperan and Robert S. Pomeroy, 1998. Transaction Costs and Fisheries Co-Management. Marine Resource Economics, Vol.13(2):103-114.

12) Nik Mustapha R.Abdullah and K.Kuperan, 1997. Fisheries Management in Asia: The Way Forward. Marine Resource Economics, Vol.12(4): 345-353.

13) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, 1995. Estimating the Benefits of Beach Recreation: An Application of the Contingent Valuation Method. Pertanika Journal of Soc. Sci. & Humanities, Vol.3 (2): 1-10.

14) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, 1995. Towards an Integrated Fisheries Information System in Malaysia. Marine Resource Economics, Vol. 10(3): 312-320.

15) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, 1994. Incorporating Habit in the Demand for Fish and Meat Products in Malaysia. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, Vol. 31(2): 25-37.

16) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, Roslan A. Ghaffar and D. Poerwono, 1994. An Almost Ideal Demand System Analysis of Fresh Fish in Semarang, Indonesia. Journal of International Food and Agribusiness Marketing, Vol. 6(3): 19-28.

17) K. Kuperan and Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, 1994. Coastal Small-Scale Fisheries and Co-Management. Marine Policy, Vol. 18(4): 306-313.

18) Subade, R.F. and Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, 1993. Are Fishermen Profit Maximizers?: The Case of Gillnetters in Negros Occidental and Iloilo, Philippines. Asian Fisheries Science, Vol. 6: 34-49.

19) Ishak Hj. Omar, Kusairi Mohd. Noh, Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah and K. Kuperan, 1992. Malaysian Fisheries Policy - Search for New Grounds. Marine Policy, Vol. 16: 438-450.

20) Nik Mustapha R. Abdullah, 1990. Alternative Estimation of Recreational Demand - The Tobit Approach. Malaysian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 7: 43-52.

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