Tan Zu Dienle is working together with me on the Work Package on Biomass Burning/Haze in the Sustainable Development of Transboundary Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia (TECSEA) project at Asia Research Institute, NUS. During my time as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at ARI, I have worked with Zu on a commentary on the effect of Covid-19 on Indonesia’s peatland governance. The commentary has been published here.
I spent six months as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore in 2021. During my time here, I continued work on-site on a Singapore government-funded project on “Sustainable Governance of Transboundary Environment Commons in Southeast Asia” (TECSEA). I worked with two collaborators on the TECSEA project, Dr Michelle Miller (ARI) and Associate Professor Dr Alberto Salvo (Department of Economics), on an opinion piece about Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Singaporean context. The article was published in Business Times Singapore and is available to read here.
I was invited to be one of the speakers at KiniAcademy’s ASEAN Masterclass Series, organised by Southeast Asia Forum for Reporting. The Masterclass focused on Deforestation, Transboundary Haze, and Sustainable Palm Oil Production and other speakers were Mr Surin Suksuwan from PROFOREST and Mr Larry Maramis, ASEAN expert development consultant. I spoke on the haze in the context of human rights and human dignity, and explored to concept of haze as an environmental crime. The Masterclass was attended by journalists from almost all ASEAN countries. The recording is available on Facebook Live here.
I was one of the Keynote Speakers at a webinar on “Transboundary Haze Pollution in Southeast Asia: Effect and Forest Fire Management in Indonesia” organised by the Resilience Development Initiative, Indonesia. The webinar will be available for viewing on the RDI Facebook page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.