Congratulations and Thank you to Yangki Suara! Yangki is a researcher at the Center for Economics and Development Studies, Padjadjaran University (CEDS UNPAD). His research interest include environmental economics, international development and poverty especially in emerging countries. The main reason why he works in research sector because it allows him to keep learning about different new things that are happening worldwide.
Currently he is studying for his master degree at King’s College London on Emerging Economies and Inclusive Development. He received his BA in Economics from Faculty of Economics and Business, Padjadjaran University in Indonesia. He also an alumnus of the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI) on Energy and Environment, hosted by Institute for Training and Development, Amherst (ITD-Amherst), MA, USA.
How long have you been on Mendeley?
I just checked my email and I found out that I have been using Mendeley since July 2012. Dr. Arief Yusuf, my director at the Center for Economics and Development Studies, Padjadjaran University (CEDS UNPAD) introduced me to Mendeley.
What were you using prior to Mendeley?
EndNote and RefWorks. I used EndNote from 2006 while I was studying at Padjadjaran University. From 2010 prior to Mendeley, I used RefWorks prior to my summer school at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA.
How does Mendeley influence your research?
Mendeley save my time with its automatic references and it also helps me find some similar research papers with its Mendeley Suggest’s button. At the moment, I used Mendeley to help me dealing with my reading materials at King’s College London that is a lot. I synchronize my reading materials between Mendeley Desktop with my iPad so I can read it while I’m in a bus or while I’m traveling by train.
Why did you decide to become an Advisor?
I decided to sign up as an Advisor because it’s a good opportunity for me to promote Mendeley. At that time there was only one Advisor in Bandung and only a few in Indonesia. As an Advisor, Mendeley also provide me with some Mendeley stuff to help me promoting Mendeley through open sessions, Mendeley workshops and other opportunities. Participants love it because they get the knowledge and also Mendeley’s promotion materials.
How have you been spreading the word about Mendeley?
Organized Mendeley sessions at Padjadjaran University with a help from Economics Department for undergraduate and master students. I have organized several Mendeley at King’s College London for my peer students. In addition, I use mailing list, personal website, social networks and one-to-one approach to promote Mendeley.
What book are you reading at the moment and why?
I am reading “Why Nations Fail” by Daren Acemoglu & David Robinson to support my reading on States, Markets and Institutions module at King’s College London. It’s a remarkable book in explaining why some nations rich and other poor while they have the same cultural background, location and climate.
Any fun fact people might be surprised to learn about you?
The fact that I have been traveling to 16 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa in the last 6 years. Looking forward to travel to Latin America and Australia in the upcoming years.
What is the best part about being a researcher?
Traveling around Indonesia for some training and field project, and meeting with other remarkable experts in my research field.
And the worst?
Sometime you have to work on several projects in the same time with a tight deadline. In the end, you have to enjoy it because this is the consequence of being a researcher.