Evan Lau is a well-trained Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) graduate with vast experience and research excellence covering the areas of International Economics with numerous applications of econometrics techniques. Recently he ventured into socioeconomic discipline including Economics of Crime and Suicide. He joined Faculty of Economics and Business Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) in 2005 soon after completing his Ph.D in 2004. He serves as a senior lecturer since 2008 and the Managing Editor of International Journal of Business and Society (IJBS), an internationally recognized refereed journal since 2005. He is the director of Centre of Excellence for Business, Economics and Finance Forecasting (BEFfore), UNIMAS which among other serves as a platform and reference point for business, economic and finance forecasting since 2013. At present, he is the Visiting Scholar in Faculty of Economics in University of Cambridge.
As of today, his journal articles publications are at 69, in which 14 were in the Thomson ISI list. His excellence in research has brought him towards several award winnings. Beginning in his doctoral studies days, he was awarded with first prize from the Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2001. Subsequently, this led him on to more winning awards. These include: 3 times recipients of Young Researcher Award in UNIMAS; 2 times recipients Excellent Service Award, numerous research medals from several Research Expo (UNIMAS and UPM), best papers from several conferences and Highest Impact Journal Paper Award (Social Science Cluster) for UNIMAS from 2005 – 2013.
Research apart, he does carry out his role as a dedicated lecturer. He provides lectures, consultations and supervisions to students. To date, he has 34 post-graduate students under his supervision. Those who had completed include 1 Ph.D (Economics), 5 Master of Science (Economics) and 18 students from Corporate Master in Business Administration (CMBA). Those being in progress are the remaining 10 of which 4 Ph.D students (1 as chairperson, 3 advisory committee); 6 masters of sciences in Economics (5 as the chairperson, and 1 as advisory committee). Besides, he had successfully supervised 83 undergraduate students. He also managed to examine 14 postgraduate thesis and 118 undergraduate research projects.
As an active researcher, he has been awarded 19 research grants from UNIMAS (internal grants) and Ministry of Higher Education (Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, FRGS, Exploratory Research Grant Scheme, ERGS and Research Acculturation Grant Scheme, RAGS). In recent, Evan Lau has presented 79 research papers in local and international conferences around the world.
As part of recognition and internationalization, he was listed as Top 10% economists in Malaysia since 2008 and Top 12% in Asia since 2012 by the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) database. He was also cited as Top 10 Most Productive Malaysian Based Authors in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for the year from 2001 to 2010, published by the Malaysian Citation Centre (MCC), Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in 2012. Apart from that, his biography was selected to be listed in the 29th Edition of Who's Who in the world for 2012. He also indeed contributed to society in terms of economic research studies. Thus, an invitation was extended to him for interviews in several special programs on Budget (2006, 2011), post budget 2013 and live radio interview in 2012 on the Malaysian broadcasting station. His profile is also made available at SCOPUS, RePEc, ResearchGate, Google Scholar and Academia where he was among the highly cited authors in UNIMAS.