Regional Roundtable on Rural Sustainability

Regional Roundtable on Rural Sustainability – critical issues in Asia


Peri-urban areas in the Asia-Pacific region are at the crossroads. While rural communities are facing severe problems of depopulation and environmental deterioration, they also present invaluable opportunities to address climate change, food and water security, and other sustainability challenges. In this Roundtable, academics and practitioners from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand will share their revitalisation experiences and strategies in addressing local challenges. These experiences might coalesce into an Asia-Pacific model for rural sustainability. The event will also officially launch the Rural Sustainability Programme – APAC Initiative for Regional Impact (AIRI) and introduce the regional partnership for rural sustainability. The one-year incubation programme, AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship 2022-23, will be announced at the launch and will call for interest from keen individuals who aspire to be the change fellows steering urban-rural integration.

View the Zoom Webinar Recording

Date: 25th June 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 14:00-17:00 (Hong Kong Time)
Format: Zoom Webinar (Facebook live broadcast available @hkuccsg)
Targets: All are welcome
Programme: Click here
Opening Remarks:
Thematic Presentations:

Building Rural Resilience Through Collaborative Governance: insights from the Lai Chi Wo experience

Riverine Initiative for Rural Sustainability: toward concerted diversity

Practice and Experience of Rural Sustainability in Beijing Miyun

  • Dr. Ruijuan Zhang
    Associate Research Fellow, Rural Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • Ms. Yuhan Chen
    Postgraduate, Rural Development Institute, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Decentralising Rural Governance for Sustainability: Thailand’s experiences

  • Assistant Professor Thi Phuoc Lai Nguyen
    Program Chair of Development Planning Management and Innovation, Department of Development and Sustainability, Asian Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Rattikarn Khambud
    Urban Planner, Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning, Ministry of Interior, Thailand
Roundtable Discussion:



  • Professor Wai-Fung Lam
    Director, Centre for Civil Society and Governance, The University of Hong Kong
  • Professor Ching-Ping Tang
    Director, University Outreach Office, National Chengchi University
  • Professor Yahua Wang
    Associate Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University; Executive President, China Institute for Rural Studies, Tsinghua University
  • Professor Mokbul M. Ahmad
    Head of Department of Development and Sustainability, Asian Institute of Technology
Languages: English (with simultaneous interpretation into Mandarin and Thai on Zoom Webinar)
Fee: Free of charge
Enquiry: 3917-4910 /
Registration: Click here
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