Rethinking environmental futures in Asia and the Pacific

Crawford School of Public Policy | Resources, Environment and Development Group

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 14 November 2013 to Friday 15 November 2013


HC Coombs Lecture Theatre, Building 8a, Fellows Road, ANU


Various speakers.


Paul D’Arcy

Profound environmental change on a global scale now appears certain, and the emerging effects of the convergence of population growth, economic development, resource scarcity and climate change are being felt across Asia and the Pacific. Anticipating these fluid relationships will require a deep understanding of social and economic change in countries of the region, and the measures adopted to mitigate their impacts will require or cause major social, economic and political changes in themselves. We know little about the ways in which Asian and Pacific societies might react to the sense of danger and to the changes and sacrifices that may be demanded of them.

This conference brings together the unique disciplinary diversity and breadth and depth of regional expertise within the College of Asia and the Pacific and a series of experts from around the world to:

  • Map scholarly consensus on the character of the environmental changes likely to occur in the Asia-Pacific region over the coming decades.
  • Evaluate the resilience and adaptability of the various social, political, economic and cultural organising principles shaping Asian and Pacific communities in the face of these changing environmental circumstances.
  • Examine the multiple dimensions of these crises – including the political and social implications of change, with the impacts of rapid development alongside environmental deterioration working out very differently across time, space and varying scales.
  • Examine critically the forecasting tools at our disposal. How reliable are our forecasts? How accurate have they been in the past? What do they address and what do they omit?

Please see attached flyer for a complete list of speakers and conference agenda.

For further details, please contact the conference organisers, Paul D’Arcy ( and Matthew Prebble (

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