Successful UCRSEA Virtual Seminar begins third year

The UCRSEA Virtual Seminar re-started in September for its third year. The second meeting of the year will be held on Thursday, 27 October 2016. The seminar series comprises an international group of students and junior professionals working in similar areas: climate change resilience, urban environmental management, service provision — particularly in Southeast Asia.

The seminar meets once per month via a video conferencing service. At each meeting, two participants share drafts of their work (draft journal article or chapter, research proposal, etc.) and the rest of the participants discuss these works and offers feedback and suggestions.

We welcome new members to the seminar! If you are interested in joining, please contact Angelica de Jesus at

The Politics of Flooding in Bangkok

danny-marksThursday, December 1, 2016 | 12 pm to 2 pm | 208 North House, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto

Danny Marks, UCRSEA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Asian Institute, University of Toronto

This presentation challenges the dominant approach to examining flooding through a case study of the 2011 Bangkok, Thailand floods, the fourth‐costliest disaster ever globally and which led to over 800 deaths. The alternative approach developed here views floods not only as outcomes of biophysical processes but also as products of political decisions, economic interests, and power relations. This approach illustrates how vulnerability to floods in Bangkok, which is a combination of exposure to floods and capacity to cope with them, and the extent to which floods are a disaster, are uneven at multiple scales across geographical and social landscapes. While the Chao Phraya River Basin received heavy rainfall in 2011, a number of human activities interacted with that rainfall to create the floods. This talk discusses how state actors together with unequal socioeconomic processes caused vulnerability to be unevenly distributed before, during, and after the event.

The event is presented by the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (UCRSEA) Partnership and the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Building Urban Climate Change Resilience in Southeast Asia: Case Studies from Cambodia and Thailand

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 | 4 pm to 6 pm | 208 North House, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, University of Toronto

How can Southeast Asian cities build resilience of the most vulnerable populations  to climate change? The Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia (UCRSEA) Partnership helps address this challenge by researching how to make urban climate governance more inclusive and equitable. We invite you to join an afternoon of presentations from four graduate students who will share their findings from recent fieldwork in the region.


Dual Challenges of Migration and Climate Change: Experiences of Myanmar Labour Migrants in Phuket, Thailand
Angelica de Jesus, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Building the Case for a Low‐Carbon Cambodia
Furqan Asif, PhD Candidate, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa

Deconstructing Perceptions of Vulnerability and Risk in Khon Kaen’s Informal Spaces
Nathan Stewart, Master’s Candidate student, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

Role of Public Partcipation in Sustainable Development: Building Light Rail Transit in Khon Kaen
Anshul Bhatnagar, Master’s Candidate, Sustainability Management Program, University of Toronto

Chair: Amrita Daniere, Co‐Director, UCRSEA; Vice‐Principal, Academic and Dean, University of Toronto Mississauga

UCRSEA is an IPaSS initiative supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the International Development Research Centre.

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Bhatnagar meets MSU President


Anshul Bhatangar presents Prof. Dr. Sampan Rittidech, Acting President of Mahasarakham University (MSU), with a token of appreciation from Canada. Bhatnagar is UCRSEA’s summer intern based at MSU. A Masters student in the Sustainability Management program at the University of Toronto, he is supporting research on Khon Kaen City’s tram development project and the analysis on how it contributes to an improved and more sustainable transportation system.

Engaging Cities in Climate Resilience

The very first UCRSEA Writeshop was held on 28 April 2016 at Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam. This Proposal “Writeshop” focused on building the capacity of graduate students in Southeast Asia to better design research proposals and research projects. Learn more about the event here.