Discussing Global Challenges in Southeast Asia

Cities of the Future Springboard Event November 2017

Working with colleagues at Sunway University, Malaysia, a team of Lancaster staff, led by Professors Harry Hoster (Faculty of Science and Technology) and Nick Dunn (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), held a 3-day intensive event to identify and explore research interests within the Southeast Asian region that seek to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and issues around global city development.

In total 19 researchers from Lancaster University and 21 researchers from Sunway University worked with like-minded academics, entrepreneurs, NGOs and industry partners from across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

The event entitled ‘Cities of the Future’ discussed issues including energy systems for smart cities, rural electrification, industrial innovation, urban obesity, aging populations, disease eradication, community resilience and education on sustainability.

This Springboard is the latest in a series of opportunities for Lancaster researchers to create new ideas and  to consolidate new collaborations for potential research projects in the global south.

At the end of the event the most promising project ideas received seed-corn funding to allow for further development.

 Previous Global Challenge events include:

  •  International Forum - Bridging the gap between business and academia in West Africa. July 2016.
  • Africa – UK Global Challenge Springboard Ghana event. November 2016.
  • The Africa - UK Forum: The Human and Social Dimensions of Innovation and Development. July 2017.