This page contains a list of the individuals associated with the UCRSEA Partnership, categorized by title.
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.
Furqan’s experience lies at the intersection of environment, policy and development spanning Canadian government (CIDA), NGO (WorldFish Philippines) and intergovernmental levels (United Nations University) in research, environment-policy analysis, communications, capacity building and coordination roles.
His research interests focus on resilience, well being and poverty among small-scale coastal fishing communities in Southeast Asia, paying particular attention to the role of migration. Conceptually, Furqan’s research seeks to contribute towards unpacking the social dimensions of resilience thinking through thinking about the importance of migration (within a village, but also in the places people move to). Furqan will conduct his research in coastal Cambodia, looking at how fishers move into special economic zones in response to newly emerging economic opportunities in the region. He will connect his findings with the UCRSEA project, and will work with the Cambodian team to help facilitate a vulnerability assessment in coastal Cambodia.
His publications include:
Tupper, M., F. Asif and L.R. Garces (2015). Evaluating the Management Effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas at Seven Selected Sites in the Philippines. Marine Policy 56: 33-42. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2015.02.008
Astrud Lea Beringer holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development from the University of Vienna, Austria. She has been working as development professional in NGOs and research institutes in Austria, Thailand and the Philippines. Astrud has been engaged in advocacy and research on human rights, land grabbing, agrarian reform, food security and climate change. She has a deep commitment for community- and grassroots-based work. Currently, she is a research coordinator at the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahasarakham University, Thailand.
Anshul is pursuing his Master of Science in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Environmental Studies Collaborative Program at the School of Environment. He is also a certified Project Manager. He has over seven years of experience working on government and international projects. Previously, he worked in liaison with the Government of India’s Ministry of External Affairs along with Indian Embassies in 168 developing countries. With the goal of encouraging cooperation and partnership among developing countries, for mutual benefit, he was associated with the Indian Technical and Economic Corporation (ITEC) and Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme (SCAAP) for four years in the capacity of project manager. His research at the University of Toronto focuses on political ecology and international waters.
As an intern with UCRSEA based at Mahasarakham University, Anshul will be working on a project related to transport infrastructure development in the city of Khon Kaen, Thailand whereby developing his understanding towards translating urban climate resilience concepts into practice.
Arika Bridhikitti received her Bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering from the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand (2002), Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (2004) and her PhD in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clemson University, SC, USA (2011).
Currently, Dr. Bridhikitti is assistant professor in the Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahasarakham University, Thailand. Her teaching courses in undergraduate level include “Air and Noise Pollution”, “Water Supply”, “Water Quality Management” and “Meteorology.” Her graduate-level course is “Pollution Prevention and Control.”
Her research is focusing on the areas of particulate pollution monitoring using satellite imagery analyses and urban air pollution assessment. She is also interesting in understanding patterns of climate changes and adaptations, particularly those associating with agricultural practices and land cover changes.
Tammy is one of the UCRSEA’s 2017 summer interns. She will be undertaking research on the socio-political and environmental impacts of development within the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Myanmar, through her placement with Mercy Corps in Yangon. She is currently completing her Master of Science in Planning and Collaborative Program in Community Development at the University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies major in Urban Planning from the University of Waterloo. She is interested in exploring how social equity can be achieved throughout the planning process. Through both her academic and professional pursuits, Tammy has demonstrated experience in public policy making, strategic planning, and project coordination.
Professor Amrita Daniere is Co-Director of the Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (which is funded through the IPaSS program, a cooperative initiative of both SSHRC and IDRC). 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.
Angelica de Jesus is a PhD candidate in Planning at the University of Toronto (Canada). Her doctoral research documents how Myanmar migrants understand, anticipate, and experience climate change effects in Phuket, Thailand in order to identify correlations between migration, gender, and climate change resilience.
Angelica has previous experiences in water, sanitation, and hygiene [WASH] service delivery in the Global South; as well as communications, project coordination, international relations, policy analysis, and qualitative & quantitative research. She has worked and researched in Jamaica, South Africa, and the Netherlands; and has contributed to multi-country WASH projects targeting Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Uganda, and India.
Angelica holds a Master of Science degree in International Development Studies from Utrecht University (the Netherlands), and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Ryerson University (Canada).
Jonathan is reporting on the state of research regarding municipalities vulnerable to environmental changes for the UCRSEA partnership. His own research at York University focuses on vulnerable and marginalized communities of informal workers in Hanoi and their access to necessary resources and services such as water, housing and healthcare. He has a Bachelors degree in Human Environmental and a post-graduate degree in Community Economic Development (CED), both from Concordia University in Montreal. Previous to his research at York, Jonathan has worked with Oxfam and WWF on human-trafficking, migration and the promotion of sustainable agriculture in Vietnam as well as participatory planning in waste management in the Philippines.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel Hayward (Bristol, UK; 1975) received a first master’s degree in Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University in 1998. A subsequent shift of career saw him work professionally for over 15 years as a dancer, choreographer and dance writer. In 2013 he entered a period of retraining, undertaking a research masters programme in Sustainable Development (track: International Development) at Utrecht University. His thematic interests are peri-urban development, land governance and mobility, involving research in Vietnam and Thailand. At present he is coordinator of the Mekong Land Research Forum at Chiang Mai University, and works as a project researcher for the UCRSEA partnership through the Thailand Environment Institute.
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.
I was born in Hanoi, Vietnam. I grew up in the countryside and have since observed drastic changes in the area’s economic and environmental conditions. In 2008, I participated in Cathay Pacific’s International Wilderness Experience in South Africa for high school students from Asia. Earlier this year, I graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a double major in Economics and French Studies. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Human Geography MA program at the University of Toronto and a Research Assistant for the UCRSEA project. I am planning to focus my research on climate change, human livelihoods and community awareness in Vietnam.
Jason is conducting research on the climate resilience of employees at the Special Economic Zone in Koh Kong, Cambodia. The research is exploring how development projects in Cambodia, such as this Special Economic Zone, and the subsequent urbanization of an emerging city like Koh Kong, enhance the general development and climate adaptive capacities of people.
Jason has a Bachelors Degree in Politics-History-Economics that makes him keen to understand governance and the political economy of climate adaptive development in Koh Kong. His work experience (with World Renew) in rural and non-industrializing Mozambique and Malawi makes understanding the tight rural-urban linkages and industrialization in Cambodia fascinating. Jason’s love of the outdoors and work in the Environment Division of Global Affairs Canada makes fieldwork on climate change adaptation in beautiful coastal Cambodia rewarding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joanna Kocsis is a Participatory Research Methods Specialist and a PhD student in Planning at the University of Toronto. Her research inquires into the world of international development from many angles, from the evaluation practices of grantmakers to the psychological impacts of farmer research on smallholders. She focuses on helping to empower members of marginalized communities through transformative, participatory research, by offering opportunities for reflection and social learning. Kocsis worked as the Professional Development Awardee for the International Development Research Centre’s Evaluation team in 2014.
Phuong Linh is the first recipient of the UCRSEA Graduate Fellowship in Urban Climate Resilience. She is spending part of the 2017 winter term at the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto. She is a second year Masters student in Traffic and Transport at the Vietnamese German University, Vietnam. Her interests are in transport geography, spatial planning, traffic-related air pollution and urban health. She has three years of experience working on an urban planning and transportation project in Ho Chi Minh City. As a visiting graduate student with UCRSEA, she will carry out her research on urban air pollution, urban infrastructure and climate resilience transport.
Phuong Linh, who grew up in the central highlands of Vietnam, loves cats, books, drawing and travelling.
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.
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.
Dang is a doctoral student at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. As a recipient of a UCRSEA doctoral scholarship, he plans to explore how gender roles in families who live in the urban and peri-urban areas of Can Tho City, at the centre of the Mekong Delta, face and deal with natural disaster risk. He is interested in how family members make decisions related to disaster risks and how they engage with local government officials and others stakeholders. In his study, he plans to investigate three districts: Cai Rang, Binh Thuy and Ninh Kieu.
Dang holds a bachelors degree in environment sciences from the University of Science, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2007) and an International Masters of Advanced Studies in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland (2012).
Dang has several years of experience in the development field in the Mekong Delta and in Mekong Region countries. He held an M-Power Fellowship (2012) and was an ASEAN-Canada Junior Fellow (2013-2014). In both positions, he focused on water governance. He was a part of a Thailand Environment Institute (TEI) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) partnership programme on climate change adaptation and natural resource management studies in 2014-2015.
He was a wildlife conservation education fellow with Bat Conservation International (2008 and 2010) and with the Rufford Foundation (2013 and 2015). Dang also participated in a young leadership program supported by the Joke Waller-Hunter Initiative, organized by Both Ends, a Dutch organization. It offers young environmental leaders in the developing world the opportunity to realize their full potential, and in doing so helps them to navigate a new, more sustainable path to development. In 2015, he was selected as a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Fellow in Montana and Washington, D.C., United States.
Earth Rights International and the Rufford Foundation, among others, have published Dang’s research. His publication on “Ecotourism in Vietnam and Costa Rica: Is it sustainable?” was accepted for publication by Sustainability: Journal of Record. He also has upcoming publications on water and sanitation courses for higher education and on water management through the lenses of gender, ethnicity and classes, which is a case study of the Mekong Delta.
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.
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 & Policy, Global 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.
Mayur graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) in Chemical from BITS Pilani, India. He is passionate about environmental sustainability and have worked on projects showcasing renewable energy usage and reduced carbon footprint in cost-effective water purification for rural and coastal communities. He has served as an intern at Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) for six months, and proposed some energy-efficient improvements to their production process. Additionally, he joined Ranbaxy Laboratories as a Production Manager, managing energy-intensive sterile facility functions. In 2014, following his passion for learning more about sustainability, Mayur studied urban development and green buildings and was credentialed as a LEED Green Associate. Meanwhile, he mentored in a small NGO and taught underprivileged children of his hometown in India.
Currently, he is pursuing Master of Science in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto. As a UCRSEA intern, he will be working on vulnerability assessment in Myanmar under the supervision of Mercy Corps/Yangon University. In this project, he will utilize his knowledge of climate change to assess the susceptibility of some rapidly urbanizing communities to climate change impacts.
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.
Song Nguyen is a Master’s student of Anthropology at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi. His research, which is funded by UCRSEA, focuses on the impacts of climate change on the livelihoods of coastal urban dwellers in the city of Haiphong, Vietnam. He is conducting fieldwork across four distracts in Haiphong: Do Son, Kien An, They Nguyen and Vinh Bao.
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.
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).
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.
Graham Reeder is the latest recipient of the UCRSEA Graduate Student Research Funding from Canada. He is currently completing his Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, specializing in Urban Planning and climate change impacts. Prior to attending York University, Graham earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Maine (USA). Graham’s work investigates the governance of flooding at climate impacts across jurisdictions and scales. His UCRSEA- funded research project in Bago, Myanmar will investigate the drivers of flood vulnerability and whether the intervention and resilience projects implemented since 2015 flooding have addressed them. His broader research interests include urban planning and policy, global climate justice, disaster risk reduction, and urban flood management.
Sa Kimleng received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) in 2012. Since 2015, he has been pursuing a master’s degree in Economic Development at Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). He has been involved in research activities related to climate change, rural livelihood and education in Cambodia. Currently, he is conducting graduate research on climate change vulnerability in Koh Kong focusing on relations between climate hazards and poverty in urban areas. His research objectives are to assess the vulnerability of climate change by constructing the vulnerability index and to use an econometric approach to study the impact of climate hazards on household expenditures. The research also aims to compare the vulnerability between people living close to or on the water and those who are living on the mainland, and to understand on how climate change threatens the livelihood of the urban poor in Cambodia. His research is taking place in Smach Mean Chey District, which covers three communes: Smach Mean Chey, Daun Tong and Veal Vaeng.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Ei Shwe Sin Phyo is a recipient of fieldwork funding from UCRSEA for her research in Bago City. She will focus on the city’s water systems with the aim to help local people find ways to overcome frequent and severe flooding that is exacerbated by urbanization, climate change and a failure to build resilience in Bago, one of the two UCRSEA focus cities in Myanmar.
She is a postgraduate student taking a masters course and doing archaeological research in Department of Archaeology at the University of Yangon, Myanmar. She received her first degree in Archaeology from Dagon University. She has a postgraduate honours diploma in applied archaeology from the Field School of Archaeology (Pyay), Myanmar. She is interested in excavating the ancient sites and analyzing the hydration systems of ancient urbanizing areas.
She worked on the archaeological excavation site in Sriksetra Pyu, an ancient city in Pyay Township, Myanmar in 2013 and went on field trips to other locales in Myanmar from 2011 to 2016. She also worked on the ancient kiln excavation site in Kyaik Ma Yaw Township, Myanmar as part of a Myanmar-Japan partnership. She has conducted research on archaeological remains in Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda in Bago. She is also a freelance part-time teacher.
Nathan Stewart is currently completing his Masters degree in Urban Planning, specializing in economic policy and environmental planning. Prior to attending the University of Toronto, Nathan earned a Bachelors degree in International Development and Hispanic Studies from the University of Guelph.
Currently, Nathan’s research is focused on using both qualitative and quantitative methods to identify how perceptions of vulnerability and climate change differ between key stakeholders in cities experiencing rapid urbanization and economic growth, and to determine how this impacts policy outcomes. As part of this project, Nathan is currently working on producing a case study of climate change and vulnerability perceptions in Khon Kaen, Thailand – the regional capital of the country’s northeastern Isaan region.
Outside of this, Nathan has also worked on research projects focused on mega-urbanization and governance, homelessness and the ‘geographies of survival’, development controls and institution building, and the ‘biopolitical landscapes’ of cities. In addition to his research, Nathan has also worked with a variety of NGOs, political organizations and government agencies in the areas of data production, spatial analysis, marketing and project management.
As part of his current research, Nathan conducted his fieldwork in Thailand between May and August 2016.
Ho Kim Thi is a graduate student in the Economic Geography & Regional Development section in the Faculty of Geography at Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City. Her doctoral research assesses the livelihood resilience and vulnerability to climate change of Khmer ethnic minority group in Sóc Trăng, Vietnam. Khmer people, with a population of more than 1.3 million, are the largest ethnic minority group in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam. She is the recipient of UCRSEA fieldwork funding.
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.
Try Thuon is the first recipient of an Urban Climate Resilience in Southeast Asia Partnership (UCRSEA) PhD scholarship.
Before commencing his doctoral studies, Try conducted research with diverse institutions including the Mekong River Commission (MRC), United Nations agencies, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Centre for Environmental Management (ICEM), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Mekong Program on Water and Environment Resilient (M-POWER), academic research institutions like the Royal University of Phnom Penh (for postgraduate studies) and the Finland Futures Research Centre as well as various NGOs, civil society and community organizations.
His research interests include resource politics, rural livelihood systems, green economy, water infrastructure development and urban climate resilience. His doctoral research focuses on risks and resilience of urban populations, using Battambang town in Cambodia as a case study.
Some of Try’s relevant presentations and publications include:
Käkönen, Mira and Try Thuon (2016). “Overlapping Zones of Exclusion in a Resource Frontier of Cambodia.” A paper to be published/presented at World-Ecology, World-Culture, and World-Economy: Crisis, Slump, Revolution. Second annual World-Ecology Network conference, 15-16 July 2016, Durham University, UK.
Friend, Richard and Try Thuon (2011). Building Resilience: the Future of Rural Livelihoods in the Face of Climate Change. Cambodia Human Development Report 2010/2011. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: United Nations Development Programme.
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 Boundaries: Contesting 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.
Taylor is a Master of Science in Sustainability Management student at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Management and Innovation. As an UCRSEA student intern at Mahasarakham University, Taylor will work on a project on water use/consumption patterns and supply in the city of Khon Kaen, Thailand. This project will look at issues associated with water availability and capacity, as well as vulnerabilities related to climate change within the broader context of rapid development in the region. Taylor also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies which he obtained from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. Taylor has extensive international experience including the Global Studies Experience program which took him to Xi’an, China for a summer placement. He spent two years working as a Border Officer with the Canada Border Services Agency in Toronto, as well as operating an online content writing business.
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.
Woo Jin Cho is a graduate student at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto. His field of interest is the socioeconomic relation between the discourse of “advanced country” and the ginseng industry in modern South Korea (from 1950s to 2000s). He will spend his UCRSEA summer internship at Mahasarakham University providing research support through a situational analysis of the urban wastewater system/management in Pralab Sub-district in Khon Kaen City and its impact on the vulnerability of communities to urban flood.
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.
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.