2nd Regional Curriculum Development Workshop

  • May 13, 2015
  • Siem Reap, Cambodia

Following on the heels of the Annual Workshop, the 2nd Regional Curriculum Development Workshop was held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, on May 13th. It brought together academics from the Mekong countries and Canada to explore and identify options for collaboration of academics between universities in the Mekong countries and in Canada under the UCRSEA framework. Participants also shared and exchanged information on syllabi, study programmes, and teaching materials and techniques.

To devise a training programme applicable and suitable to the Mekong context, discussions centered around planning and developing the new course, where it will be taught, and timelines for delivering the course and for a Training for Trainers. The discussions on a new course/subject were based on the Sustainable Development Framework, focusing on the SDGs 11 (Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) and 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). As was agreed in the first workshop held in Bangkok, Sustainability Science will address local, national and regional needs and issues, include multidisciplinary physical and social sciences subjects, cover research and practical skills with tools and methodologies to enhance the decision-making process, and require regional collaboration.

It was agreed that the Canadian academic partners will formulate and provide a training programme for academics from the Mekong countries. This training programme will assist them in developing a new syllabus and teaching this new course/subject in their own departments. It was suggested that Prof. Lisa Drummond (York University, Canada) will lead in the development and delivery of a Training for Trainers programme for participating academics from the Mekong countries. It was decided that this new course would become a component of the new degree programme and would be taught across the Greater Mekong Sub-region. This will allow the participating academics to share teaching materials and resources as well as to exchange insights and challenges.

It is expected that the new course will be delivered in mid 2018.

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First Project Workshop

  • January 26, 2015 - January 29, 2015
  • Bangkok, Thailand

The 2015 Project workshop was held from January  26th to 29th in Bangkok, Thailand. It was the first opportunity for the team and the project partners to meet, discuss secondary cities on which to focus the research and decide on key conceptual and operational elements.  The agenda for the second day of the workshop is available here.

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IPaSS Start-Up Meeting

  • October 1, 2014 - October 2, 2014
  • Ottawa, Canada
Project Co-Directors Amrita Daniere and Pakamas Thinphanga attended the IPaSS Start-up Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 1-2 October 2014. The meeting was hosted by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Representatives from the four projects which received funding in 2014 were in attendance.These are:Networks for Change and Well-Being: “From the ground up” policy-making to address sexual violence against girlsUrban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia PartnershipThe Institutional Canopy of Conservation; and Hungry Cities Partnership: Informality, inclusive growth and food security in cities of the Global South.
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The Implications of Urbanization and Climate Change in Urbanizing Cities in the Lower Mekong Region

  • May 22, 2022
Medium-sized cities in the Lower Mekong countries are rapidly urbanizing. Most urban centres are geographically located in hazardous space, such as low-lying floodplains, river deltas, and coastal zones. Rapid growth and expansion, leading to significant changes in ecological landscapes and land use, exacerbate existing risks. Weak governance and institutional capacity magnify the impacts of climate change and natural disasters, contributing to increasing vulnerability of urban residents. Regionalization will accelerate the pace of urbanization, particularly in smaller border towns. As cities continue to protect urban economic centres from weather-related disasters, risks are shifted and transferred to the hinterlands. But the development growth of urban centres is dependent on the hinterlands for natural resources and labour. Understanding regionalization and urbanization implications as complex, transformative processes is critical for assessing climate vulnerability and strengthening urban resilience to climate change.   Dr. Pakamas Thinphanga is one of the co-directors of the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership, funded by IDRC and SSHRC. As a Programme Manager at the Thailand Environment Institute Foundation, she leads the Urban Climate Resilience Programme and is responsible for the overall management, strategic planning, and building capacity of the project teams. Under the programme, projects, including the Rockefeller supported Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) and USAID funded Mekong Building Climate Resilient Asian Cities (M-BRACE), focus on research areas in urbanization, climate change, understanding vulnerability and resilience concepts, and translating urban climate resilience concepts into practice. Pakamas provides technical assistance to city stakeholders in urban climate resilience planning and building efforts. Her team at TEI also focuses on disseminating and communicating urban climate resilience thinking to broader audience for dialogues and to inform decision-making processes.   Pakamas has a technical background in biological sciences and coastal ecology with a PhD from James Cook University, Australia and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford. A light lunch will be served. To assist us with catering, please RSVP before Wednesday, 1 October 2014 and include any food sensitivities or allergies in your RSVP email.
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