“Global Changes and Sustainable Development in Asian Emerging Economies”

EDESUS keynote speakers

 Professor LUC HENS is a Belgian human ecologist who has been performing and supporting research on climate change and environmental policy instruments in Vietnam for over 25 years. He worked for the Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO) which is Belgian’s largest environmental research organization. Professor Hens has an impressive list of over 150 publications in international, peer-reviewed journals. He currently acts as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environment, Development and Sustainability (ENVI).

JEAN MICHAUD is professor of Social Anthropology at Laval University in Canada. His field-based investigations are rooted in the Southeast Asian Massif and in particular, the highlands of northern Vietnam and southern Yunnan. His broad research interests lie in understanding the rapport ethnic minorities have with modernity, the State, and market forces. This includes social change and the long-term processes of cultural and economic adaptation of indigenous populations in response to national and international pressures linked to globalization. The theoretical perspectives he adheres to bridge a wide range of interest. In collaboration with Dr Sarah Turner (Geography, McGill) and graduate students, he examines how ethnic minority societies adapt to changing livelihood imperatives and ideological shifts typical of the Socialist agenda prevalent in these two countries. He also has a strong interest in critical anthropology and anthropological history, in particular French colonial missionary and military ethnography in highland Asia.

SARAH TURNER is professor of Development Geography in the Department of Geography, McGill University, Canada. She has conducted fieldwork in urban Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, and for the past twenty years with upland ethnic minority groups in rural northern Vietnam and southwest China. In the Sino-Vietnamese borderlands she works alongside a number of graduate students, post-docs, and collaborators, including Profs Jean Michaud (Laval), and Nguyen An Thinh (VNU). Sarah’s research interests span agrarian change, everyday politics and resistance, minority livelihoods, and urban informal economies. She has edited Red Stamps and Gold Stars: Fieldwork Dilemmas in Upland Socialist Asia (University of British Columbia Press, 2013), and co-authored with Christine Bonnin and Jean Michaud Frontier Livelihoods. Hmong in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands (University of Washington Press, 2015). She is currently an editor of the journal Geoforum.

Roberto Rañola, Jr. has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, major in Resource Economics from the University of Minnesota, U.S.A. He is a retired and currently adjunct Professor of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, College of Economics and Management, University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB). He was previously the Vice Chancellor for Administration of UPLB. He was also a Core Team Member and UPLB Program Leader of the Research Project on “Managing Environmental Risks for Sustainable Food and Health Security in Watershed Planning in Southeast Asia” that was funded by the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Japan. He is currently the Chairman, Board of Trustees, of the Philippine Association of Agriculturists, a National Association of Licensed Agriculturists in the Philippines as well as core member of the Regional Advisory Committee for Future Earth Asia with office at RIHN, Kyoto, Japan. He has worked extensively on various issues related to climate change, payment for environment services, sustainable agriculture and fisheries with various national and international organizations. He was just recently involved in the updating of the Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan with focus on the implications of climate change on Philippine Agriculture that is funded by UNDP.

Associate Professor AN THINH NGUYEN guided and performed an impressive series of human geography, landscape ecology and climate change projects in Indochina. Professors Nguyen and Hens co-edited “Human ecology of climate change hazards in Vietnam: Risks for nature and humans in lowland and upland areas” (Springer Press, 2018). Currently, Professor Nguyen is in charge of Associate Dean of Faculty of Development Economics, VNU University of Economics and Business