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Meet the Authors: Climate change resilience actions - Solomon Islands

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A meeting of the minds brought to you by UNSW Grand Challenges and the Institute for Global Development.

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UNSW’s Grand Challenge in Rapid Urbanisation and the Institute for Global Development invite you to join the second of three webinars as part of series: Urbanisation at risk in the Pacific? Meet the Authors.

The second webinar will see UNSW’s Laura Bruce reflect upon the journey from climate change vulnerability assessments to the implementation of climate resilience actions from Honiara, Solomon Islands with Bernhard Barth, Serene Ho and Alexei Trundle.

The three webinars are opportunities for further discussion with contributing authors from the newly- released edited book, Urbanisation at Risk in the Pacific and Asia. Disasters, Climate Change and Resilience in the Built Environment.

The speakers:

Laura Bruce is the Research Associate for the Judith Neilson Chair in Architecture at UNSW Sydney, where she is supporting research in urban resilience both internationally and in Australia. Laura has over 12 years’ experience working for international NGOs in project management, advocacy and research for development and humanitarian programmes.

Bernhard Barth is Human Settlements Officer at UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, based in Fukuoka, Japan, where he oversees several country programmes including those in the Pacific Island Countries. Bernhard also oversees UN-Habitat’s Cities and Climate Change Initiative across the Asia and Pacific Region.

Serene Ho is a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the School of Science and affiliated with the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University. Her research explores how new technologies used to map land rights in urban informal settlements impact trust between communities and governments. She is also part of an interdisciplinary group engaged on the ‘Climate Resilient Honiara’ project (funded by the UNFCCC Adaptation Fund and administered by UN-Habitat).  

Alexei Trundle is a Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Development and coordinates the Future Cities Research Cluster at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute . His current research focuses on the way that cities are contributing to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as urban climate resilience and adaptation planning in Pacific Small Island Developing States.

About the webinar series:

The Urbanisation at risk in the Pacific? Meet the Authors webinar series is in celebration of David Sanderson and Laura Bruce’s newly edited book: Urbanisation at Risk in the Pacific and Asia. Disasters, Climate Change and Resilience in the Built Environment.

The webinar series will feature seven contributing authors, who will deliberate and expand on topics spanning urban resilience, climate change vulnerability, the social dimensions of change and lessons learnt from disasters.

The Urbanisation at risk in the Pacific? Meet the Authors webinar series is run in partnership with the Institute for Global Development and in affiliation with the second Urban Resilience Asia Pacific Conference – URAP 2.

The series comprises of:

  • Webinar 1: The humanitarian-development nexus in Pacific urban contexts: lessons from tropical cyclone Winston in Fiji
  • Webinar 2: Reflecting on a journey from climate change vulnerability assessments to the implementation of climate resilience actions: Honiara, Solomon Islands
  • Webinar 3: Resilience in Pacific towns and cities: the social dimensions of change

SPECIAL OFFER:

For a limited time only, those that register for the event on Eventbrite can redeem a 40% discount on all purchases of the Urbanisation at Risk in the Pacific and Asia. Disasters, Climate Change and Resilience in the Built Environment.

The discount code and purchase link will be sent to recipients as part of their registration confirmation.

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