Wednesday, 22.06.2022 - Friday, 24.06.2022

Regional Exchange Platform: Transforming Asia's cities

Register to join practitioners, policymakers and researchers from across Asia in a discussion of challenges and opportunities for transforming cities in the region.

Please note that a Zoom account is required to register and participate in this event.

Urban transformation in Asia is inevitable. The change of socio-economic structures, climate change adaptation and mitigation drive change in cities across the region. What this transformation will look like, is not a fixed process, however. People from all backgrounds should get a say in what their urban future needs to look like to be socially and ecologically just.

The regional exchange platform on social-ecological transformation of cities in Asia welcomes participants to join us online from 22-24 June 2022 to share knowledge and learn from each other´s experiences in making cities a livable place. The Climate & Energy Project of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia is glad to announce three sessions with speakers from academia, politics and civil society on urban transformation trends, feminist cities and circular economy and invites participants to join the discussions.

The event opens on day one with a panel on “Cities as places for transformation”. Hosted by Rita Padawangi, we seek to identify the root causes for social inequalities in cities, the key change-makers and the possibilities for a just future. We will explore what progress means in different places, and what we can learn from each other to change development paths.

On the second day, Birte Rodenberg will lead us through an exchange of perspectives on feminist cities. What does a feminist city look like in different contexts? What are feminists doing to address power structures in their respective urban spaces?

Day three is dedicated to discussing the circular economy as a concept to change how we think about and make sustainable cities. What does this shift in mindset, from linear to circular, look like in practice in Vietnam, Thailand and India?

Confirmed speakers:

First day: 

Dr Rita Padawangi – Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Social Sciences  

Klearjos Papanicolaou – Film maker and researcher specialised in urban and sensory ethnographic filmmaking. 

Dr Nitin Bathla – Lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich  

Le Quang Binh – Director of the social enterprise ECUE in Hanoi 

Melinda Martinus - Lead Researcher in Socio-cultural Affairs at the ASEAN Studies Centre, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore 

Boonanan Natakun, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University 


Second day: 

Dr Birte Rodenberg – Sociologist and consultant, facilitator and trainer for non-profit organizations on gender, women´s and human rights, climate change and sustainability 

Senator Risa Hontiveros – currently serves in the 18th Congress as the Chairperson of the Committee on Women, Children, and Family Relations in the Philippines

Dr Shilpa Phadke - Professor at Mumbai Campus, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Culture, School of Media and Cultural Studies in India 

Mansi Sachdev - Senior urban planner, experienced in regional planning, and participatory planning approaches at UN Habitat, India 

Dr Khuat Thu Hong – Founder and Director of the Institute for Social Development Studies in Hanoi 

Titi Soentero - Executive Director of Aksi! for gender, social and ecological justice, in Mendut, Indonesia, and has been a core partner in the international GUCCI project of gender cc – women for climate justice 


Third day:

Do Bich Thuy -  Senior consultant in human performance, business development and networking. 

Dr Lai Van Manh – Director of Natural Resources and Environment Economics Department, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam 

Dr Kanittha Tambunlertchai – Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok 

Shruti Sinha – Manager of Policy and Outreach, Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group in India 

Dr Kasia Weina - Director, Co-founder of Evergreen Labs, a purpose-driven, creative business lab in Vietnam 

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