Webinar on haze and air pollution science-policy interface, 29 July 2021

I was invited to be part of this panel discussing how academic research on haze in Southeast Asia and air pollution in Taiwan can be more effectively adopted into policy. It was an interesting discussion with Professor Jiun-Horng Tsai on how both regions can learn from each other. Moderated by the excellent Ms Najah Onn, who represents CERAH – AntiHazeAction, a Malaysian civil society group which aims to raise awareness on haze and fight for clear sikies in Malaysia and beyond. Click here to view the recording of the discussion.

Commentary: “Do Malaysians Understand Their Climate Commitments?” The Vibes, 21 June 2021

I co-authored an opinion piece on Malaysia’s climate commitments with Dr Matthew Ashfold from the University of Nottingham Malaysia. We discussed how climate science and concepts are often complex and inaccessible to the general public, which leads the the lack of public engagement with national commitments. Read the full commentary here.

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Webinar, “The Economics of Biodiversity: The ASEAN Context”, 11 June 2021

I was invited to speak on a panel on “Sustainable Consumption and Production, Green Growth and COVID Economic Recovery” as part of a webinar series by the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity. Speakers were invited to reflect on the recently released Dasgupta Report in the ASEAN context. I spoke on “COVID-19, Southeast Asian Haze, and Socioenvironmental-Epidemiological Feedback”, which was based on a paper developed with Dr T.E.L. Smith at the London School of Economics. The webinar can be viewed here.

Political Ecology in Asia Series, Chulalongkorn University, 10 June 2021

I was invited by Dr Carl Middleton from Chulalongkorn University to have a dialogue with him on “Transboundary Governance of Haze in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Solutions” as part of the Political Ecology in Asia Dialogue Series. The dialogue premiered on the Centre for Social Development Studies’ Facebook Page on 10 June 2021. The video can be viewed here and more information about the dialogue can be found at the CSDS website here.

Virtual Guest Lecture at Jeonbuk National University, South Korea (27 May 2021)

I was invited to be one of the speakers in the lecture series on “Understanding the New Southern Policy with Experts” organised by the School of International Studies, Jeonbuk National University, South Korea. I spoke on the topic of “ASEAN, Malaysia, and Republic of Korea: The Environment and Air Pollution”. Here, I discussed the complementarities between the governance of ASEAN haze and Northeast Asian yellow dust, and opportunities for cooperation.

Earth Matters BFM: Bite-Size Climate Action

Dr Matthew Ashfold (University of Nottingham Malaysia) and I were interviewed by Juliet Jacobs on Earth Matters, BFM, about climate education and action in Malaysia. We introduced Bite-Size Climate Action, which is a series of free, fun, and flexible online modules designed to inspire Malaysian youth to act for the climate. The project was developed by a group of educators and students from Universiti Malaya and Uniersity of Nottingham Malaysia. Listen to the podcast here.

Navigate to the project’s website, Instagram, or TikTok to check out our modules.

People for Peat Regional Symposium 2021: Series 1

I am pleased to have been invited to speak in the first PFP Regional Symposium on “Peatlands: Why are they important?”. My talk was titled “Peat & Haze: Why haen’t we solved this?” and I spoke on the link between peatland governance and transboundary haze. The other speakers were extremely renowned peat scientists, Dr Salmah Zakaria (Akademi Sains Malaysia), Prof Sue Page (Leicester), and Prof Hans Joosten (Greifswald Mire Centre). You can view a recording of the event here.

EU-ASEAN Business Council Webinar

I was invited to be part of a panel discussing “EU & ASEAN: Working Together for a Green Recovery” organised by the EU-ASEAN ABC on 23 February 2021. The panel was moderated by Don Kanak, Chairman, EU-ASEAN Business Council and other members of the panel were H.E. Igor Driesmans, Ambassador of the European Union to ASEAN, Lars Tveen, President, Developing Regions, Danfoss, and Ann Mettler, Vice President, Europe at Breakthrough Energy.

The virtual webinar provided an overview of ongoing actions in the EU and ASEAN to support the EU green deal priorities and green agenda and presented the opportunities that the EU green deal offer to business and civil society in ASEAN. We focused on areas where the two regions could step up their cooperation to achieve results in a short term (such as decarbonisation of the energy sector; sustainable finance; circular economic and fight against plastic pollution).

The full webinar recording can be found here and a review of the event can be found here.

The Vibes Opinion: Leveraging soft power in sustainable palm oil branding

I co-wrote a piece with Ms Sujatha Spaapen on soft power aspects of Malaysian sustainable palm oil, which was published here in The Vibes on 3 February 2021. We argued that Malaysia should leverage soft power strategies to co-opt rather than coerce countries to be more receptive to the Malaysian brand of sustainable palm oil, with the broader goal to push the sustainable palm oil agenda forward in a more inclusive manner for the global South.