Santha Chenayah joined the Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Administration in 2001 as a lecturer. She completed her PhD in Economics from Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University, Japan in 2007. She is now an Associate Professor. She was the Head of Economics Department at the Faculty of Economic and Administration from 2019 to 2021. She has 22 years of experience in teaching and 17 of experience in research in the field of macroeconomics, operations research and environmental economics. Her dedication and work excellence has earned her the recognition of the University and she has been awarded the Excellent Service Award in 2016 and 2020 and Excellence Service Certificate in 2003 and 2004. Her article entitled 'Annotated methodological review of Lean Six Sigma' published in International Journal of Lean Six Sigma has been selected by the editorial team as an Outstanding Paper in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards.
Santha Chenayah is a consummate researcher and prolific writer. Her numerous works have seen print in both local and international journals. Some of her publications are in journals indexed in ISI such as the Environmental Science and Policy, Environmental Science & Pollution Research, Scientia Agricola, The Singapore Economic Review, Asia Pacific Business Review and Cybernetics and Systems. Her research involvement also includes several projects funded by the University such as the High Impact Research (HIR) grant, IIRG grant, UMRG grants, government funded FRGS and TRGS grants and International Agencies, such as Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC), Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) under Ministry of Environment, Japan. Her works on environmental issues, which span a large coverage – 3R, recycling solid waste, climate change-, put her in a relatively better position than her contemporaries with the same interests.
Santha Chenayah also sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Institutions and Economies (University of Malaya). In relation to this, she is engaged frequently as an ad-hoc reviewer for journal submissions, some of which include reputable journals such as the waste Management Research (WMR), Asia Pacific Business Review (APBR) and many others.
Further to her academic pursuits, Santha Chenayah has been a good team player in giving her full cooperation to organize and participate in the activities of the Faculty. She has been involved in several organizing committees for workshops and seminars held by the Faculty. She has supervised to completion 6 students at PhD and 19 Students at Masters level for their research paper and many final year undergraduates for their Graduation Exercise.