Vulnerable Resilient and Climate Justice Communities

Flood-resilient school in Thailand. Image credit: Indrajit Pal (WG member in 2018 and 2019).

Work Group Leader:

Dr Chingwen Cheng, Arizona State University | chingwen.cheng@asu.edu

Description:

In previous two conferences, this formerly named Vulnerable Community Work Group (WG) has discussed the root cause of vulnerability in mega cities in the Pacific Rim region and challenges in addressing vulnerability in communities. This year, the WG will embrace the critical topics of resilience and climate justice, and investigate the theory of resilience and vulnerability in community and economic development. This will encompass landscape architecture, urban planning and design, geography, landscape and urban ecology, disaster management, environmental and civil engineering, anthropology, governance and public policy, environmental psychology, and sustainability studies, to understand the root cause of risks to communities and innovative solutions to address equity and sustainability under climate change impacts. The Work Group aims to develop strategies to enhance transdisciplinary research and practice capacity to allow social-ecological-technological systems resilience building in vulnerable communities and their built environment. In addition, we will discuss innovations in building transformative capacity to address climate justice and sustainable development goals for SDG 11-Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, SDG 9-Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation, and SDG 13-Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Relevant SDGs:

Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Expression of Interest to Join a Working Group

Registration

Programme

Key Dates

• Expressions of interest for Working Groups to be submitted by: Monday, 31 August 2020

• PhD papers submission due on: Sunday, 6 September 2020

• Early birds registrations close on: Monday, 2 November 2020

• Standard registrations close on: Friday, 11 December 2020

Please note that all key dates are in New Zealand Daylight Time (UTC+12).

About APRU


As a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. We bring together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

We leverage collective education and research capabilities of our members into the international public policy process. Our primary research areas include natural hazards & disaster risk reduction, women in leadership, population aging, global health, sustainable cities, artificial intelligence & the future of work, the Pacific Ocean, and labor mobility.