Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia: Webinar & Panel Presentation

November 29, 2018 - November 29, 2018

Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia: Webinar & Panel Presentation

Climate change is an urgent universal crisis facing all human beings. The impacts of climate change are potentially catastrophic and are unevenly distributed among different cities and countries due to environmental, geographical, social, political, and economic factors, rooted in systemic inequalities. Building resilience to climate change is complex, particularly in rapidly growing cities of Southeast Asia. In response to climate change, globalization, and urbanization, many Southeast Asian cities are experiencing a dramatic transformation due to socioeconomic and environmental challenges, especially under China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative.

Scholars and practitioners across different sectors have been invited to share their latest knowledge in the field and explore cutting-edge approaches. It hopes to further strengthen links between a community of climate leaders connected to the ground; and generate opportunities for collaboration in future urban climate resilience governance.

Objectives

-Promote the knowledge mobilization of UCRSEA, including academic dissemination, knowledge translation to a wider public, and ongoing networking among scholars and practitioners
-Increase the research products of UCRSEA through presentations and workshops
-Enhance the digital presence of UCRSEA
-Strengthen and expand the current UCRSEA network among scholars and practitioners across sectors.

This event consists of two major sessions: a webinar at 8:30-11:30 am and a panel discussion at 2:00-4:30 pm.

During the webinar, six experts on climate issues in Southeast Asia will present their work through Facebook Live:

Ms. Cat Tuong Nguyen
Project Manager, CHANGEVN, Vietnam

Dr. Indrajit Pal
Assistant Professor, Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Ms. Ragene Andrea Palma
Freelance Urban Planner, Blogger and Contributing Writer, CNN Philippines

Dr. Seak Sophat
Vice Dean, Faculty of Development Studies, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Mr. Win Myo Thu
Director, EcoDev Myanmar

Ms. Ngoc Tran
Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, Vietnam

Each invited speaker will make a 3-minute elevator pitch to address the most critical environmental/climate issue in the region by answering the following questions briefly:
1. What is the most urgent environmental/climate issue in your city/country?
2. Why is it important?
3. What can we do?

A 10-minute Q&A session will follow each elevator pitch.

For the panel presentation in the afternoon, five emerging scholars will share their current research work on urban climate resilience in Southeast Asia, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience. They are:

Dr. Yanjun Cai, PhD
2018 UCRSEA Postdoctoral Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Katherine Laycock
2019 UCRSEA Postdoctoral Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Furqan Asif
PhD Candidate, International Development, University of Ottawa

Try Thuon
PhD Candidate, Social Sciences (International Program), Chiang Mai University, Thailand
and UCRSEA Graduate Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Tu Nguyen
PhD Candidate, Urban Planning, National University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam
and UCRSEA Graduate Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

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