First project workshop

2015 UCRSEA Workshop

The 2015 project workshop was held from January  26th – 29th, 2015 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.


UCRSAP team members at the 3 October talk by Co-Director Pakamas Thinphanga at the University of Toronto
Lt-RT: Amrita Daniere, Dylan Jones, Pakamas Thinphanga, Lisa Drummond, Douglas Young and L. Anders Sandberg (International Advisory Board Member).

Start-Up Meeting in Ottawa, Canada

Tony Fouhse photograph (IDRC)

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).  It included representatives from the four grants that received funding in 2014.

Project Summaries of the four funded IPaSS projects

Networks for Change and Well-Being: “From the ground up” policy-making to address sexual violence against girls
Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership
The Institutional Canopy of Conservation
Hungry Cities Partnership: Informality, inclusive growth and food security in cities of the Global South


The Implications of Urbanization and Climate Change in Urbanizing Cities in the Lower Mekong Region

The Implications of Urbanization and Climate Change in Urbanizing Cities in the Lower Mekong Region

Friday, 3 October 2014 | 11am to 1pm | 5017A Sid Smith Building | 100 St. George Street

With Pakamas Thinphanga, Thailand Environment Institute

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.

Virtual Seminar Series for Graduate Students

The project’s Virtual Seminar Series for graduate students will meet online once a month to discuss research issues via assigned readings, including student works-in-progress, and to talk about graduate student challenges. The seminar takes place in a pedagogical space spanning Canada and the Mekong region, under the collaborative leadership of academic partner members and researchers.

Professors Amrita Danière and Lisa Drummond will organize the series in 2014.2015.

In the 2014 Fall Term, the two-hour sessions will be held on Tuesdays with the first session on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 8am Canada EST.

The Fall Term schedule (TBC) is:
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 – 8am EST
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 – Time TBD based on regions of students attending
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 – Time TBD based on regions of students attending

If you are interested in participating, please email the Project Manager with:

  • Your name
  • Your level of study, programme and university
  • Your e-mail address

You will be sent an invitation with instructions about how to access the course and more information about the sessions. Assigned reading materials will be sent out 10-14 days before each session. Students admitted to the seminar will be expected to participate actively and attend all sessions.