Our Team

Prof. Amrita Daniere

Co-Director

University of Toronto

Canada

Professor Amrita Daniere is a full professor of Geography and Planning and Co-Director of the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (which is funded through the IPaSS program, a cooperative initiative of SSHRC and IDRC). In March 2016, she was appointed Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean at U of T Mississauga for two years (2016-2018). Amrita has worked for over 20 years on issues related to infrastructure provision, urban environmental issues and community governance in Southeast Asian cities including Bangkok, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City. The current research project involves bringing together scholars and city builders from across North America and Southeast Asia to study how to better plan for urban climate change impacts, particularly in the rapidly growing secondary cities of Asia. Amrita holds a PhD in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dr. Pakamas Thinphanga

Co-Director

Thailand Environment Institute

Thailand

Pakamas 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 Ph.D. from James Cook University, Australia and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford.

Our Members

Role
Country
Status

Current

Angie Agulto

Research Project and Grant Manager

University of Toronto

Canada

Angie is an administrative professional with a lifelong interest and extensive experience in international development and research administration and management. She has worked in non-profit, charitable, academic and research institutions and in funding agencies such as UNDP (Philippines) and UNICEF (Canada). She has overseen the administration of grants in the areas of environmental management, poverty alleviation, education, natural sciences and medical research in Canada, Asia and West Africa. Prior to joining the UCRSEA Project, she was a Grants-Contracts Specialist at The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute focusing on Global Child Health and major infrastructure projects. She also worked at Right To Play International and at the Research Services Office of the University of Toronto. Angie provides logistical, administrative and financial support to the UCRSEA team and works with partners in Southeast Asia.

Current

Bhichit Rattakul

International Advisory Board Member

ADPC

Thailand

Dr. Bhichit Rattakul is a scientist with over 20 years experience in Industrial Science and Technology in the areas of policy and management, disaster management, and environmental education and research. He is an active advocate and promoter of community-based disaster risk reduction activities, and a key supporter of multicultural natural resources management programs. Dr. Bhichit received a doctorate in Microbiology from Bringham Young University in the United States and taught at the Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

His work has encompassed both academic and political arenas. Dr. Bhichit graces many Boards of Trustees of universities in Thailand and has served as a board member in many state enterprises in Thailand. He was elected as a Member of the Parliament in Thailand three times and served as the Science and Technology Portfolio Cabinet Member of the Royal Thai Government. In 2000, he was the elected Governor of Bangkok, and as an elected Senator from Bangkok in 2005. His experience with international organizations includes his role as Director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (2008-2011), which is run under the auspices of the United Nations. Dr. Bhichit is currently a president of Navamindradhiraj University.

Past

Danny Marks

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Canada

A dual Thai-US citizen, Dr. Danny Marks is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia project in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Dr. Marks has spent a number of years conducting research and working in Southeast Asia, particularly in the fields of climate change adaptation and environmental governance. He has worked for a number of organizations in the region, including the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Governance Hub, the Rockefeller Foundation, ActionAid and the NGO Forum on Cambodia. Dr. Marks completed his PhD dissertation, An Urban Political Ecology of the 2011 Bangkok Floods, at the University of Sydney. He received his MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has published on climate change governance, disaster risk reduction, and Thai domestic politics in numerous academic journals, blogs and newspapers.

Current

Dr. Bach Tan Sinh

International Advisory Board Member

Research Center of Science and Technology Policy, National Institute for Science and Technology Policy and Strategic Studies

Vietnam

Dr. Bach Tan Sinh is Deputy-Director of the Research Centre of S&T Policy, National Institute for S&T Policy and Strategic Studies – a policy advisory institution to the Ministry of S&T. He has more than 25 years of experience in policy analysis and governance in science, technology, innovation, environment and development in Vietnam. Dr. Sinh is General Secretary of Vietnam’s HDP on Global Environmental Change. He was the lead author of the IPPC’s SREX Report. Dr. Sinh served as Member of Review Board of the Millennium Ecosystem Management Program during 2003-2004. During 2002-2005, he was Assistant to the Chairman of the ASEAN Sub-committee on Infrastructure and Human Resource Development of Science and Technology. He is currently coordinating the scientific research and policy studies for the Asian Cities CC Resilience Network in Vietnam supported by Rockefeller Foundation. He is the leader of project on communicating climate change risks for adaptation in coastal and delta communities in Vietnam (2012-2014) supported by IDRC, Canada. Dr. Sinh is also the Policy Engagement Coordinator and advisor of the Sustainable Mekong Research Network supported by Swedish International Development Agency.

Dr. Sinh graduated from Ilmenau Technical University, Germany in 1985 and received his MA in Science and Technology Policy from Lund University, Sweden in 1993. In 1998, he completed his PhD at Aalborg University, Denmark. He was awarded as Fulbright Post-doctoral visiting Scholar at University of California, Berkeley from 1999 to 2000 and was a visiting lecturer and scholar at Brandeis University in 2010.

Current

Dr. Buapun Promphakping

Country Collaborator

Thailand Environment Institute

Thailand

Buapun Promphakping is Director of the Center for Civil Society and Nonprofit Management (CSNM) and the Research Group on Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (WeSD) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khon Kean University, Khon Kaen, Thailand. His expertise includes development sciences, wellbeing, civil society, gender, democratization, tobacco control and the environment. His recently research report is “The Assessment of Ecosystem Services: Changes and their Implication on Human Wellbeing” (2012). He is also the co-author, with Jonathan Rigg and Ann Le Mare, of “Personalizing the Middle-Income Trap: An Inter-Generational Migrant View from Rural Thailand,” published in World Development in 2014.

Current

Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti

Country Collaborator

Chiang Mai University

Thailand

Chayan Vaddhanaphuti received his PhD in International Development Education with a concentration in Anthropology from Stanford University and a PhD (Honourary) in Social Anthropology from Göteborg University. At Chiang Mai University, he has been involved in teaching and research in the field of ethnicity, development, multiculturalism, resource management, and cultural heritage and revitalization etc., while promoting the intersection between social science and people-centered development. He is actively engaged in founding interdisciplinary international programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the Faculty of Social Sciences operated under the Regional Center for Social Sciences and Sustainable Development (RCSD), and in adopting tools in social sciences to examine emerging transformations in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) in multi-layered aspects. He has edited numerous books including Transcending State BoundariesContesting Development, Social Suffering and Negotiation (2011) and Spatial Politics and Economic Development in the Mekong Sub-region (2011). He is now Director of Center for ASEAN Studies (CAS), Director of the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) and of the Center for Ethnic Studies and Development (CESD), all based in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University.

Current

Dr. Douglas Young

Co-Investigator

York University

Canada

Douglas Young holds a B. Architecture (University of Toronto), a Postgraduate Diploma in Planning Studies (Architectural Association, London UK) and a PhD in Environmental Studies (York University). In the past, he has worked as an architect, an urban planner for municipal government and a project manager of new construction in the non-profit cooperative housing sector in Toronto. Young’s most recent research lies in two areas: processes of decline and renewal in Toronto’s post-war suburbs with a focus on the renewal of high-rise rental apartment buildings; and living with the legacies of 20th century socialist and modernist urbanism with case studies in Hanoi, Berlin and Stockholm. His publications include: In-between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability, (2011) Young, Douglas; Wood, Patricia Burke; Keil, Roger (eds) Kelowna, B.C.: Praxis (e) Press; and Changing Toronto: Governing Urban Neoliberalism, (2009) Boudreau, Julie-Anne; Keil, Roger; and Young, Douglas. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Current

Dr. Dylan Jones

Co-Investigator

University of Toronto

Canada

Dylan Jones is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics. He received a BA in Physics and Astrophysics, an MSc in Applied Physics, and a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science from Harvard University. His research is focused is on a range of issues in air quality, atmospheric transport of pollution, and climate change, using observations and global atmospheric models.

Current

Dr. Htun Ko

Country Collaborator

University of Yangon

Myanmar

Dr. Htun Ko is currently Professor and Head of Geography Department of University of Yangon, Myanmar. Prior to this, he served as Chairperson of the PhD Steering Committee of Geography at the same university, as a member of the Technological Advisory Board of Disaster Management School, Hinthada Township, Ayeyarwady Region, and as Chairperson of Subject-wise (Geography) Curriculum Development Committee for Basic Education. His specialization is on fluvial geomorphology, with emphasis on sustainable environmental management and practices on disaster risk reduction. He received his PhD (Geomorphology) from the University of Yangon in 2005.

Current

Dr. Hue Le

Country Collaborator

Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies 

Vietnam

Hue Le is lecturer and researcher from the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (CRES), Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Her specialization and research focus is on natural resource use and management, climate vulnerability and adaptation in the North, Central and Central Highlands of Vietnam. Dr. Hue received her MA in Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University, USA and her PhD in Agriculture and Rural Development at the Institute of Social Studies at The Hague, the Netherlands. From February to August 2012, Dr. Hue Le was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. From October to November 2016, Dr. Hue Le was a visiting scholar at York Centre for Asian Research, York University, Canada, in 2015.

Current

Dr. Lisa Drummond

Co-Investigator

York University

Canada

Lisa Drummond’s research focus is urban social life in Vietnam, and she has published on gender and cultural issues in the post-doi moi period, including work on popular culture, representations of femininity, and public space from the French colonial period to the present. Lisa has been conducting research in Vietnam since 1991, and 1992-1997 she worked as a consultant to CIDA, UNDP, the World Bank, and other agencies, institutions, and NGOs, on various development projects and programmes.  Lisa has a PhD from The Australian National University, in Geographical Sciences, and held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the National University of Singapore.  Lisa recently co-edited (with Van Nguyen-Marshall (Trent University) and Danièle Bélanger (l’Université Laval)) a volume on the middle class in historical and contemporary Vietnam.  She has co-edited several other volumes on urban Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Dr Drummond has just completed a research project (with Doug Young, York University) on Socialist Cities in the 21st Century, and is presently working with Amrita Danière (Toronto) to investigate and compare urban water issues in Hanoi and Bangkok.

Current

Dr. Melissa Marschke

Co-Investigator

University of Ottawa

Canada

Melissa Marschke’s training is in human-environment relations, with a particular emphasis on livelihoods, common pool resources and political ecology. More recently, she has begun exploring transition theory (agrarian transition; resilience, adaptability and transformation). Melissa is the author of Life, Fish and Mangroves: Resource Governance in coastal Cambodia (University of Ottawa Press, 2012), and has published in various journals including Environmental Science & PolicyGlobal Environmental Change, International Journal of the Commons, and Marine Policy.
Specifically, her research focuses on livelihoods, sustainability and environmental change in coastal villages throughout Southeast Asia. She is currently investigating if and how ‘smaller scale’ fishers transition towards fish farming given declining fish stocks, paying specific attention to such transitions in Cambodia and Vietnam. She is also investigating how local resource management institutions are able to draw on their local knowledge vis-a-vis climate change adaptation.

Current

Dr. Naret Heng

Country Collaborator

Royal University of Phnom Penh

Cambodia

 Dr. Naret Heng received his PhD in Community Development in 2010 from the College of Public Affairs and Development, University of the Philippines Los Baños. His research concerns local irrigation management, social capital, cooperative management, poverty reduction, rural livelihoods, climate change and social vulnerability assessment, and payment of ecosystem services. From 2011 to 2013, he was a member of the ‘Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change in Southeast Asia’ project funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and its Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). In 2014, he was an invited visiting researcher at Nagoya University, Japan. Dr. Heng is Head of the Department of Community Development of the Faculty of Development Studies at the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia.

Current

Dr. Richard Friend

Co-Investigator

University of York, England

United Kingdom

Dr. Richard Friend is currently with the Environment Department, University of York, United Kingdom, which he joined in 2016. Prior to that he was Senior Scientist with the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET). Dr. Friend has a technical background in social anthropology and development studies, with a PhD from the University of Bath (UK) based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in southern Thailand. He speaks Thai fluently and is proficient in Lao.

He has over twenty years experience working in Southeast Asia, in various capacities – program management, capacity building, and policy-oriented action research. The main focus of his work has been on the poverty and governance dimensions of social and environmental transformations. Most recently this has addressed urbanization and climate change. He has played a prominent role in facilitating participatory processes and multi-stakeholder dialogues around IWRM, hydropower and local livelihoods in the Mekong basin – with the ADB in the 3S River Basin (RETA 6367), the Mekong River Commission and the World Bank. He has managed complex multi-partner regional programs (including the UNDP/GEF-IUCN- MRC Mekong Wetlands Biodiversity Program), and lead policy oriented research teams on diverse issues including public administration reforms and child labour and education in Cambodia. He was the leader of the Livelihoods and Fisheries research theme of the M-POWER research network. He has published widely – acting as lead author for the UNDP 2011 Human Development Report for Cambodia on climate change and rural livelihoods, as well as publishing in peer review journals. His most recent writing has focused on how to address poverty and vulnerability within urban climate resilience theory and practice, and the governance dimensions of mainstreaming urban climate resilience in Asia.

Current

Dr. Sayamon Saiyot

Senior Researcher

Thailand Environment Institute

Thailand

Sayamon Saiyot is a senior researcher at the Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) based in Bangkok, Thailand. She received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health and Masters of Science in Technology of Environmental Management from Mahidol University, Thailand. She pursued her dream of postgraduate study in Japan at Yokohama National University’s Graduate School of Urban Innovation, and received her PhD there in 2016. Her dissertation focused on enhancing resilience to disaster at the community level. Her cross-disciplinary background has led her to a variety of work experiences such as a consultant in the private sector, assistant researcher at the Faculty of Public Health and Faculty of Environment and Resources Studies, Mahidol University, and School of Urban Environmental Management, Asian Institute of Technology.

She joined the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA) in May 2016. Working with UCRSEA has given her the opportunity to strengthen her research and communication skills, especially how researchers transfer and implement their knowledge.

Current

Dr. Surichai Wun’gaeo

Country Collaborator

Chulalongkorn University

Thailand

Surichai Wun’Gaeo is currently serving as Director of the Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at Chulalongkorn University, where he is also Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Political Science and Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. Dr. Wun’Gaeo was formerly a joint secretary of the National Reconciliation Commission chaired by Mr. Anan Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand (2005-2006). He has research expertise in rural sociology, social movements, democratization and multiculturalism, human security and social justice.

Current

Dr. Unggoon Wongtagoon

Country Collaborator

Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna

Thailand

Dr. Unggoon Wongtragoon is one of UCRSEA’s newest collaborators who joined in early 2017. He is an instructor at the Civil Engineering and Environment Department, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Thailand. He is currently working on a research project on participatory monitoring of air quality and urban heat in Udon Thani, Thailand, under the UCRSEA Project.

Dr. Unggoon previously collaborated with the Thailand Environment Institute Foundation (TEI) on the analysis of water resource consumption management in Chiang Rai City. He also developed the indicator of city resilience under the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCRN) Project. He recently studied and analyzed carbon dioxide emissions along the main road network in Chiang Rai City, Thailand.

Dr. Unggoon holds a PhD in Water Systems Engineering from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. His current focus is on improving water management performance in a large-scale irrigation scheme.

Past

Dr. Vanessa Lamb

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Canada

Dr. Vanessa Lamb is the first UCRSEA Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient. She supported and assisted the Co-Directors in managing the research elements of the Partnership as well as conducted pathbreaking research work of relevance to its research objectives. She completed her dissertation, Ecologies of Rule and Resistance, focused on the politics of ecological knowledge and development of the Salween River at York University’s Department of Geography in Toronto, Canada. She is an affiliated researcher with the York Centre for Asian Research at York University and the lead principal investigator for a CGIAR WLE Greater Mekong project on water governance titled, Matching policies, institutions and practices of water governance in the Salween-Thanlwin-Nu River Basin: Towards inclusive, informed, and accountable water governance. She is currently based at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Current

Dr. Yanyong Inmuong

Country Collaborator

Mahasarakham University

Thailand

Yanyong Inmuong is Dean, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies at Mahasarakham University, Thailand. He holds at PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Tasmania, Australia. His research interests include environmental health impact assessment and community-based actions on sustainable environment and management.

Current

Dr. Zaw Min Sein

Country Collaborator

Swanyee Foundation

Myanmar

Dr. Zaw Min Sein was born in 1966 in Loikaw Township Kayar State in Myanmar. He received his BSc (Physics) in 1992 from the University of Yangon and a Master of Public Administration in 2005 from the Yangon Institute of Economics. He holds a PhD in Public Administration from IERD-INDIA (2012); and the Trinity World University (2014).

He is Founder and President of the Swanyee Group: Swanyee Development Foundation and Integrated Swanyee Social Business Co., Ltd. as well as Managing Director of STG Co., Ltd. He initiated the Myanmar Environmental Group for Action (MEGA) in 2014.

Dr. Zaw Min Sein is responsible for the overall administration and management in policy making for the group including the modification of existing policies, rules and regulations to be in line with the organization’s practices in addition to the overall management of the development sector in the areas of emergency relief and disaster risk reduction, rural development and poverty reduction, livelihoods and food security, environmental conservation, and micro finance. He also manages the Swanyee Group’s business: hardwood plantations and construction.

Current

Gwenn Pulliat

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Canada

Dr. Gwenn Pulliat, a French geographer, has joined UCRSEA in January 2017. She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics of the Environment from AgroParisTech and was trained in Geography at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris, France). She then spent four years (2010-2014) in Hanoi, Vietnam, where she conducted her Ph.D. research on food vulnerability in an emerging city. Her postdoctoral research focuses on the nexus between the environmental change in developing cities and the urban dwellers’ food security. Under the UCRSEA Project, her research will explore how urban and peri-urban agriculture can enhance resilience of the city to environmental change. With a critical perspective, it aims to explore whether the change in land use, the environmental change affecting farmlands, and the urban and environmental policies result in rising inequalities in access to food. It will draw upon two case studies in Hanoi (Vietnam) and Bangkok (Thailand).

Current

Krongjit Kitikard

Project Manager

Thailand Environment Institute

Thailand

Krongjit Kitikard is the project manager for the UCRSEA Partnership, based at the Thailand Environment Institute. She received her BSC degree in 1997 from Kasetsart University, and an MA in Resource Management in 2004 from Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand. She has almost fifteen years of experience as a project researcher. Most of her work has involved Geography Information System (GIS), hydrometeorology and geology analysis; watershed development; natural disasters; earthquakes; Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on geology, water resources and earthquakes; climate change adaptation; and meteorological analysis. Since November 2010, she has worked as a researcher on the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) project.

Current

Leo Roozendaal

Country Collaborator

Mercy Corps Myanmar

Myanmar

Leo Roozendaal is an internationally oriented dynamic leader and manager. He is a strong believer in social change by facilitating connections and mutual understanding between different stake-holders. He believes in promoting systemic change so that poor segments of society can also benefit from a globalized world with fair sharing of resources and equal opportunity. He is currently the Country Director for Mercy Corps in Myanmar. He creates organizational value through strategic coherence and synergy, efficient operational management and increased team performance. He is a trained workplace coach and at ease in complex organisational settings.

Leo has lived and worked outside of the Netherlands (his country of birth) for more than 25 years. His job has taken him to four continents and eight countries. He has worked all his life in non-profits (SNV, CARE, Plan, Oxfam and Mercy Corps). Leo loves other cultures and has a passion for tribal and contemporary art. He loves spending time with his family, good food, 50’s and 60’s jazz music and painting. His Gallup Strength finder signature themes are: Connector; Responsibility; Relator; Activator; Learner.

Current

Matthias Garschagen

Collaborator

United Nations University

Germany

Dr. Matthias Garschagen joined the UCRSEA Partnership Project in January 2017.  He is the Head of Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management and Adaptive Planning (VARMAP) at the United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). His research focuses on urban vulnerability and social resilience in the context of climate change impacts, particularly in Asia. He is especially concerned with the governance of urban adaptation efforts in dynamically transforming countries and with the question of how shifts in vulnerability can be assessed in a forward-looking manner using novel scenario techniques. Among his previous positions, Dr. Garschagen was in the writing team of the UN’s New Urban Agenda and serves as an invited author in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, WG2, Chapter 21 on Asia. He leads several international research projects and his research findings have been published in high-ranking international journals, e.g., on the need to strengthen resilience in small and mid-sized cities (in Nature); on the concept of adaptive urban governance (in Urban Climate and in Sustainability Science); on novel techniques for vulnerability scenarios (in Climatic Change); or on the applicability of urban resilience concepts in a cross-cultural perspective using a theoretical lens of organizational institutionalism (in Natural Hazards). Dr. Garschagen holds a PhD in Urban Geography from the University of Cologne, Germany, and has an additional background in Economics and Cultural Anthropology.

Current

Ngoc Ly Nguyen

Country Collaborator

Center for Environment and Community Research

Vietnam

Ngoc Ly Nguyen is a chemical environmental engineer by training. She received her engineering degree from the Prague Chemical Technology, Czech Republic, a MEng in Environmental Management and Technology from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and an MLS from the University of Maryland. Her areas of research are diverse and include environmental governance, water governance, industrial and urban environmental management, community participation and ecosystem approach in environment protection, and climate change adaptation.

She founded the Center for Environment and Community Research (CECR) in 2009. She initiated in 2013 and is leader of the Coalition to Advocate for Water Pollution Control Act in Viet Nam. She also founded and led the Sub Association of Viet Nam Intellectual Women on Environmental Protection and Climate Change.

Prior to establishing CECR, she was the Head of the Sustainable Development Cluster of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam for 10 years. During this time, she played a leading and catalytic role in promoting sustainable development in Viet Nam through the formulation and implementation of programs such as Agenda 21, energy efficiency for SMEs in Viet Nam, conservation of national parks and nature reserves, environment and poverty, disaster management, national target program for climate change and through small grant programs to support communities and civil society works.

She was also an Environmental Policy Consultant for the Viet Nam government and numerous institutions including the World Bank Institute and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She was a lecturer at Ha Noi University of Technology for 15 years.

Current

Nong Kim

Country Collaborator

Department of Administration For Nature Conservation and Protection, Ministry of Environment

Cambodia

Nong Kim is Deputy General Director for the General Department of Administration for Nature Conservation and Protection at the Ministry of Environment in Cambodia. He is Research Team Leader of the Participatory Management of Coastal Resources Project and Deputy Director of the United Nations REDD National Programme in Cambodia, based at the Ministry of Environment. He has 20 years of experience in community-based resources management, co-management, environmental education, conflict resolution, peace building and in bridging information gaps between policy makers and local communities. Nong was a qualified chemistry engineer, and studied at the High Technology Institute, Cambodia. He has an advance degree in Environmental Protection of Coastal Water and an advance diploma in Community-Based Development from Bremen, Germany and Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada respectively. He has attended many training courses, workshops, international conferences, United Nations conferences and study tours related to community development, sustainable livelihoods, climate change issues, environmental change, health and climate, environmental policy, biodiversity and natural resources conservation and protection in many countries. He has undertaken consulting assignments for international organizations, and also produces relevant research articles with national and international academics. Nong is particularly interested in social action research, project planning, monitoring and evaluation and exploring linkages between experience and lessons learned from a practitioner level and at a policy level.

Current

Prof. L. Anders Sandberg

International Advisory Board Member

York University

Canada

Anders Sandberg is a Professor and former Associate Dean in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Toronto, Canada. His research interests focus on forest, nature conservation and environmental history, environmental and resource politics, political ecology, urban forests and greenspace, and climate justice. He is the recipient of several research and teaching awards and the founder of the Alternative Campus Tour. He is the author or editor of eight books, including (with J. Foster) (eds.) Post-Industrial Urban Greenspace: An Environmental Justice Perspective (London: Routledge, 2015); (with A. Bardekjian, and Sadia Butt) (eds.) Urban Forests, Trees and Greenspace: A Political Ecology Perspective (London: Routledge, 2014); (with G. Wekerle, and L. Gilbert), The Oak Ridges Moraine Battles: Sprawl, Development, and Nature Conservation in the Toronto Region (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013); and (with S. Bocking, C. Coates, and K. Cruikshank) (eds.) Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region(Hamilton, ON: L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, 2013).

Current

Prof. Nay Htun

International Advisory Board Member

State University of New York

USA

Nay Htun is currently Research Professor, Department of Technology and Society, Stony Brook, State University of New York. He Chairs the Board of Directors, Peconic Institute, Long Island, NY, and is Founder and Honorary Patron of Green Economy Green Growth, GEGG Myanmar (not for profit) Association, Yangon, that organize annual GEGG Forums on green, sustainable, resilient, smart and inclusive development.

He was formerly with UNEP (Deputy Executive Director, Nairobi, Bangkok, Paris) and UNDP (Assistant Administrator & Regional Director, New York) where he held the rank of UN Assistant Secretary General at both organizations with responsibilities for the Asia Pacific Region.
At UNDP, he directed a number of large multi-year regional programmes, that included negotiations and establishment of and support for the Mekong River Commission and the Tumen River Area Development Programme, Human Rights and Development; Strengthening the Role of Gender in Development; Energy, Environment and Climate Change: Development and Poverty Alleviation.

He was seconded to the UNCED Secretariat, Geneva, Switzerland where he was the Program Director and Special Advisor for business & industry and help organized the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. He was also the focal point for business and industry; help established and liaised with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva. Prior to joining the UN, he was with Exxon Thailand and managed the largest Department.

He is a Fellow of Imperial College London, the highest honor for outstanding achievements the College can confer and Visiting Professor at its Centre for Environmental Policy; Honorary Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, China; Visiting Professor and Advisor, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand.

He was Visiting Scholar at Harvard; Visiting Scholar Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Chancellor Distinguished Fellow, University of California, Irvine; Visiting Professor and Senior Advisor for Asia Pacific, International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics, Lund University, Sweden; and Associate Chairman and Professor Department of Environmental Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.

He was affiliated with a number of not –for-profit institutions, including serving as Member, Board of Overseers, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, New York; Member, Board of Trustees, Institute for Global Environmental Studies, Hayama, Japan; Founder and Emeritus Trustee, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Korea; Member, Advisory Council for the Environment, International Council of Scientific Unions, Paris, France; Board Member, Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; Member, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, Beijing, China

At its 30th Anniversary Commemoration in November 2014, he received the International Institute for Energy Conservation, IIEC, Washington DC Award for “outstanding contributions and guidance to the IIEC in its mission to accelerate energy and efficiency, promote sustainability and reduce GHG emissions in developing and emerging countries”

He graduated with a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London, which was one of the major Colleges of the University of London.

Current

Prof. Saw Win

Country Collaborator

REAM

Myanmar

Saw Win worked for 40 years as a botany lecturer, professor and head of the department at several universities in Myanmar. He is also a retired Rector of Maubin University, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Myanmar. After his retirement, he joined Renewable Energy Association Myanmar (REAM) and became the member of its Central Executive Committee. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as project director in the central dry zone of Myanmar in community development and capacity building of grassroots and environmental conservation in the area. He became an advisory board member of the Understanding Myanmar Development Project at the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, in August 2014. Professor Saw Win is also a core member of the Salween Studies group formed at Chiang Mai University, Thailand in September 2013.

Current

Yanjun Cai

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Toronto

Canada

Dr. Yanjun Cai is UCRSEA’s Postdoctoral Fellow for 2017/2018 and will join the Project in September 2017. She completed her doctoral dissertation, “Photovoice for Vulnerability: Resilience Building in the Philippines”, in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The dissertation project was funded by the Toyota Foundation and recognized by the MIT Climate CoLab Popular Choice Award. Dr. Cai has years of research and practice experience in resiliency planning, environmental policy, participatory governance, and community capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region. She has worked with a number of organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, University of the Philippines, University at Albany, and NGOs in the Philippines, China, and Vietnam. Her publications include among others, “Bonding, bridging, and linking: photovoice for resilience through social capital” (2017),  Natural Hazards, 88(2), 1169-1195.

Current

Ying Li

Researcher and Coordinator

Thailand Environment Institute

Thailand

Ying Li is a researcher and coordinator for the UCRSEA Partnership, based at the Thailand Environment Institute. She obtained her master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Mahidol University, Thailand in 2010. She received a Distinguished Thesis Award for her research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the wastewater treatment plans in Bangkok. She has a background in water quality monitoring, water resources management, water/wastewater treatment, and solid waste management.

Ms. Li worked for two years on the Towards Sustainable Development of the Greater Mekong Sub-region: Building Capacity of Civil Society Organizations on Climate Change Adaptation and Good Environmental Governance project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), based at the Thailand Environmental Institute (TEI). She also worked for the Global Environment Institute (GEI), a local Chinese NGO based in Beijing, on the Stimulating Chinese Capital for Impact Investment in Developing Countries (Myanmar) project, funded by the Blue Moon Fund for 18 months.