The ASAA Conference will include five roundtables on 'wicked problem' themes applied to Asia.
Each roundtable will include 4-6 speakers discussing topical issues in relation to the whole region.
What’s in an urban lifestyle? Environmental, health and artistic interventions in Asian cities
The process of urbanising Asia is taking substantially different forms in each country. Yet, in each one the result has been a polarisation of wealth and poverty, and a substantial change in the ways of life of individuals and families. The coexistence of wealth and poverty is a global urban phenomenon and this panel intends to discuss the different elements that are characterising approaches to governing the Asian city, from an environmental, health and artistic perspective. Questions will be about the ways in which changing lifestyles (from more complex mobility patterns to changes in diet, to new ideological understanding of the city to the new desires of the growing middle class) are impacting on the overall goal of turning cities into healthy, high-consuming, professional and sustainable engines of the new economies of Asia. While the image of urbanisation may appear as one of modernity and efficiency, Asian cities often also emphasise the need for a holistic approach to the problems created by urbanisation, which requires interventions from a number of different methodological perspectives.
Senior Research Fellow, Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Dr Melody Ding currently holds a Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellowship and a University of Sydney SOAR Fellowship. As an epidemiologist and population behavioral scientist, she works at the intersection of physical activity, epidemiology, behavioral medicine and chronic disease prevention. Her work on physical activity has been widely disseminated through international media. As a Chinese national, she remains a strong tie to China through collaborative research on public health.
Associate Profesor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore
Pow CP's research revolves broadly around urban geography with specific interests on urban social transformation in Asian cities. In particular, his work examines urban segregation and the spatial politics of middle-class lifestyle-enclaves in contemporary urban China. More recently, his research has moved towards addressing ecological governance and the ‘urbanization of nature’ with an empirical focus on flagship eco-city projects.
Professor in International Public Health, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Professor Mu Li is a trained physician and global health practitioner. Grown up in China, she has a first hand experience of what was like living in China 30+ years ago. Her academic and research activities have taken her to many Asian countries, including China, to witness changes in many cities in recent decades. A major driver of childhood obesity, an emerging public health problem affecting millions of children and adolescents in Asia, is urban living.
Tammy Wong Hulbert
Lecturer, Schol of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne
Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert is an artist, curator and academic. Her research focuses on the expanded notions of curation, investigating cities as curated spaces. Her art and curatorial practice focuses on the complicated, multi-layered and fragmented spaces between cultures and recent projects involve a socially engaged community practice, addressing migration, belonging and how art can contribute towards an inclusive city. Tammy lectures in Curating Contemporary Art in the Masters of Arts (Arts Management) in the School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne.
Director, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney
Born and educated in Italy, Luigi is a political scientist with almost three decades of China experience, having visited China for the first time in 1988. He has been teaching and researching Chinese politics and society at the ANU between 2001 and 2017, when he moved to University of Sydney. His work covers many aspects of China’s political and social change, with a particular interest in the consequences of China’s urbanisation on its society and governance. Luigi has also been, for a decade between 2005 and 2015, the editor of The China Journal, one of the best-known international research journal on post-1949 China.
Heritage is at the centre of local, national and global cultural linkages, politics and economics in Asia. Governed by both internal concerns and international institutions, heritage is entangled in the dynamics of tourism, community and markets in culture, making it also an area of contestation. By looking at the way heritage is governed, supported, funded in museums and other institutions, and reshaped by different forces, we will examine the changing nature of heritage and the ways that it is studied.
Dr Vinod Daniel
CEO of India Vision Institute, IndHeritage and Daniel Heritage Services
Dr Vinod Daniel is the Chair of the Board of AusHeritage, Vice Chair of the International Council of Museums-Committee for Conservation, President of the Board for the Australian operations of the Centre for Environmental Education, CEO of India Vision Institute, CEO of IndHeritage and CEO of Daniel Heritage Services. He was a Board Member of the Australia India Council (2005-2011), and has previously worked at the Australian Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute.
Dr Marnie Feneley
Lecturer in Asian Studies, University of New South Wales
Dr Marnie Feneley is a lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of New South Wales and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Archives and Museums: Atlas of Maritime Buddhism. As an expert in Khmer sculpture, Dr Feneley has amalgamated archaeological and art historical expertise with new media art practice by creating a digital visualisation of this research. She is considered a pioneer in digital archaeology and heritage.
Dr Hélène Njoto-Feillard
Researcher, Nalana Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
Dr Hélène Njoto-Feillard, is a researcher, Nalanda Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. She is also an associate at Centre Asie du Sud-Est and AUSSER Architecture Urbanistique Société (Paris). Dr Njoto specialises in Indonesian modern and contemporary Art and Architecture History, specifically the circulation of foreign art and architectural types in Java. Her NSC project questions cultural exchanges in Maritime Southeast Asia through the study of Early Islamic Art of the Northern Coast of Java (15th–17thc.).
Professor Wu-Wei Chen
Visiting Assistand Arts Professor and New York University, Shanghai
Professor Wu-Wei Chen, is Visiting Assistant Arts Professor at New York University, Shanghai. His focus is on the integration of digital imaging, design and body aesthetics into digital heritage research, including conservation, sculpting, and aesthetics of cultural objects. The cyber-archiving, through photogrammetry, of the deities at Dazu Rock Carvings further inspires his research into smart city initiatives. Professor Chen has worked in New York, Taipei, Hong Kong and Beijing.
Ms Natali Pearson
PhD Candidate in Museum Studies, University of Sydney
Natali Pearson, PhD candidate in Museum Studies, University of Sydney, is currently researching underwater cultural heritage in Southeast Asia, in particular the roles and responsibilities of museums in collecting, displaying and interpreting this heritage. She is co-founder of Perspectives on the Past, a postgraduate research group interested in alternative perspectives on Southeast Asian histories and heritage.
There has been a gradual decline in preference for democracy across Asia in the last decade. Even countries like Japan and the Philippines, we are witnessing a serious drop of confidence in the democratic system. What is happened to democracy in the region? This panel brings experts on contemporary politics of various countries across the region to critically discuss signs of concern and hope over democratic politics in Asia.
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra
Nicole Curato is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra. She holds Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Research Fellowship for her work on participatory politics in post-disaster Philippines. She is the Editor of the Duterte Reader: Critical Essays on Rodrigo Duterte's Early Presidency (Ateneo de Manila University Press/Cornell University Press).
Niraja Gopahl Jayal
Professor for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Niraja Gopal Jayal is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her book Citizenship and Its Discontents (Harvard University Press, 2013) won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize of the Association of Asian Studies in 2015. She is also the author of Representing India: Ethnic Diversity and the Governance of Public Institutions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and Democracy and the State: Welfare, Secularism and Development in Contemporary India (OUP, 1999). She has co-edited The Oxford Companion to Politics in India, and is the editor/co-editor of, among others, Democracy in India (OUP, 2001) and Local Governance in India: Decentralisation and Beyond (OUP 2005). She is currently working on a book on the decline of the public university in India. She has held visiting appointments at, among others, King’s College, London; the EHESS, Paris; Princeton University; and the University of Melbourne. In 2009, she delivered the Radhakrishnan Memorial Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford. She was Vice-President of the American Political Science Association in 2011-12.
Professor in the Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University
Edward Aspinall is a Professor in the Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. He researches politics in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, with interests in democratisation, ethnicity, and clientelism, among other topics. He has authored two books, Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance and Regime Change in Indonesia (Stanford University Press, 2005), and Islam and Nation: Separatist Rebellion in Aceh, Indonesia (Stanford University Press, 2009) and co-edited ten others, the most recent being Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism (National University of Singapore Press, 2016). He has also published about sixty journal articles and book chapters, most on aspects of Indonesian politics, and is the co-series editor of the Asian Studies Association of Australia’s Southeast Asia Publications book series with National University of Singapore Press.
Professor of political science at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas
Alisa Gaunder received her doctorate in political science, specializing in comparative politics and Japan, from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001. Her research interests include comparative political leadership, campaign finance reform in Japan and the United States and women in politics. She is the author of Political Reform in Japan: Leadership Looming Large (Routledge 2007) and the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Japanese Politics (Routledge 2011). Her current research focuses on the obstacles that face women running for national office in Japan.
Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
Aim’s research interests centre on the relationships between digital media, political participation and political regimes in Southeast Asia. She is the co-founder of the Sydney Cyber Security Network and a Thailand country coordinator for the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Aim has served as the Expert Contributor for Varieties of Democracy and Bartelsmann Transformation Index, which measure degrees and types of democracy, and is currently a Research Associate of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Aim is also a regular commentator on Southeast Asian politics for the ABC, SBS, CBC, Channel News Asia, Al Jazeera, CNBC and Sky News.
No part of the planet will escape the impacts of climate change – not only the physical impacts, but the related impacts on knowledge, power, and governance. This roundtable will explore the implications of climate change for Asia, with a particular focus on the meaning of such change, how it impacts both livelihoods and knowledge systems, and the range of potential public responses – from elite and top-down to more bottom-up designs for ‘solidaristic flourishing’.
Assistant Professor of Education, University of Canberra
Dr. Hill is a Human Geographer and Diverse Economies scholar by training with specific interests in collective ethics and methods for living in a climate and resource-changing world. She is a member of the Community Economies Collective and a founding member of the Community Economies Research Network, both of which are international cross-disciplinary networks of academic and lay-researchers committed to diverse economic theory and practice.
Emeritus Professor of Human Geography, University of Sydney
Prof Hirsch specialises in natural resource management, rural change and the politics of environment in Southeast Asia. Phil leads the Mekong Research Group, which carries out engaged and collaborative research on a range of natural resource governance, livelihood and development themes in the Mekong region. He has been working on and in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia since the early 1980s.
Senior Lecturer in Geography and Planning, Macquarie University
Fiona Miller conducts research on the social and equity dimensions of environmental change in the Asia Pacific, notably Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as Australia. She has applied and theoretically-informed knowledge of society-environment relations, specialising in social vulnerability, society-water relations, resilience, adaptation and social impact assessment.
Professor of Contentious Politics and Social Change, University of Leeds
Prof Routledge’s research interests include critical geopolitics, climate change, social justice, civil society, the environment, and social movements. He has long-standing research interests concerning development, environment and the practices of social movements in the Global South, particularly South Asia and Southeast Asia, and in the Global North. In particular, his research has been concerned with two key areas of interest: the spatiality of social movements in the Global South and Global North; and the practical, political and ethical challenges of scholar activism.
Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Sydney
Dr Webber is a human geographer, who conducts research about the political economies of climate change and international development assistance, principally in South East Asia and the Pacific region. In particular, Sophie studies how 'truth' (knowledge claims and expertise), 'capital' (financial flows and investments), and policy packages structure relations between the minority and majority worlds.
Professor of Environmental Politics and Co-Director of the Sydney Environmental Institute, University of Sydney
Professor Schlosberg’s work focuses on environmental political theory, environmental and climate justice, climate adaptation planning and policy, and contemporary environmental movements. His current book project is on sustainable materialism, or the environmentalism of the practices of everyday life.
Tobacco kills 7 million people a year around the world, with over 87% of premature deaths from tobacco-related disease occurring in low and middle-income countries. Asia remains a market stronghold for the tobacco industry, with over half of the world's smokers living in the Asia-Pacific and over 121 million smokers in Southeast Asia alone.
The entry into force of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005 has accelerated countries' efforts to combat the tobacco epidemic in the region, in the face of the tobacco industry's aggressive campaign to undermine tobacco control policies.
This roundtable will discuss the key challenges facing tobacco control in the region, given the history of tobacco industry influence, current economic and social barriers, and the relevance of the FCTC in addressing health and development challenges in the era of the sustainable development goals.
Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney
In partnership with Dr Alexandra Crosby, Director of Interdisciplinary Design at UTS, Jessica brings UTS design students to Indonesia for an annual Global Design Studio that focuses on exploring some of Indonesia's most wicked problems. In recent years, Alexandra and Jessica have partnered with Vital Strategies (formerly the World Lung Foundation) to collaborate on highly localised design activism events that bring attention to the actions of tobacco corporations in Indonesia, how these actions exploit youth culture, and the long-term detrimental effects this has on the health and economy of Indonesia's people. Jessica is a PhD candidate in Design Innovation at the University of Sydney.
Assistant Professor from Faculty of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Aua-aree earned her LL.B. from Thammasat University in Thailand before receiving her LL.M. and Ph.D. in Public Law (Public Finances) from University of Paul Cézanne (Aix-Marseille III) France. Her academic interests include public finance, rights and equality, and public health law. At Chulalongkorn University, she teaches courses in public law, for example Public Economic Law, Election Law, Seminar on Constitutional Law and Public Finances. She also has been appointed to be a legal consultant of Tobacco Control Bureau, Ministry of Public Health. Currently, she is the Associate Dean.
Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Dr Becky Freeman is an early career researcher at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. With fourteen years of experience working in the tobacco control field she is well versed in program and policy best practice. Dr Freeman was awarded her PhD, titled Tobacco control 2.0: Studies on the relevance of online media to tobacco control, in July 2011. As part of her PhD, she was the first researcher to publish papers on tobacco product promotions through the online social media websites YouTube and Facebook. Dr freeman is an established authority on the potential of the Internet to circumvent tobacco advertising bans and have pioneered research methods in tracking and analysing online social media content. She is also the Associate Editor of New Media for the international journal, Tobacco Control.
Regional Coordinator for Asia, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer
Evita Ricafort is the Regional Coordinator for Asia of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, an organization based at Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Evita’s work covers law and non-communicable diseases, with a focus on tobacco control. She leads the components of the McCabe Centre’s capacity-building programs pertaining to Asian countries in the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia regions and provides technical support to governments. Evita has worked in public health policy development for over eight years and has experience in policymaking and public interest litigation to protect and promote law reform. Evita is based in Manila, Philippines.