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Welcome to COHDA 2019

We welcome you to join us in Hiroshima, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, 2019 for the 6th Conference on Human Development in Asia. The Fall is an ideal season for visiting Hiroshima. All attending participants will have an opportunity for travel around Hiroshima, including its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Peace Park and the Shrine Island of Miyajima (Itsukushima).

Please note that the number of oral and poster time slots is limited.  The organizers will close submissions and registration when the event has reached its capacity.

About COHDA 2019

Welcome to the 6th Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2019). With the theme of Emerging Issues for Change, Continuity and Diversity, the aim of this event is to draw attention to both the progress and challenges facing an increasing globalized Asia. The economic, industrial and political developments among the nations that are located within the continent have brought about dramatic social change. Within a span of just over a century, Asia has been a major site of colonialism and decolonization, global warfare, political upheaval and regime change, the rise of new nations, ongoing ethnic and religious conflict, economic boom and recession, population explosion, cultural diasporas, viral epidemics, technological advancement, and severe environmental pollution and disasters.

While commentators and analysts have recognized the vast changes that have shaped the Asian continent, it is also crucial to understand the continuities that are maintained even in the face of such impetus for change. Apart from change, what constants still resist change? In addition, what factors contribute to such ongoing resilience? Although it may be argued that the forces of globalization and development have set in motion a number of positive changes in the ways we live our lives, this has also been counterbalanced by the continuities of inequality and suffering of many others. The tide of change often exists in a state of tension with the forces of continuity. Hence, in order for us to comprehend the forces of change, we must also engage other opposing forces.

At the same time, attempts to mediate the tension between change and continuity have given rise to growing diversities. Driven partly by the forces of migration within a global economic order often guided by transnational markets of production or consumption, new political and social-cultural fragmentation and intersections within nation-states in Asia have emerged. In the face of such developments, the implications of and challenges to efforts at sustainability are numerous. While it is increasingly recognized that sustainability entails dimensions far beyond the ecological sphere, the next step is to examine and understand the impact of change and continuity and the resultant diversities that are contained within.

COHDA 2019 Streams

  • Business
  • Cultural Studies
  • Disaster Management
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Human Rights
  • Migration & Identity
  • Public Health
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban Planning
  • Other Areas (please specify)

We welcome proposals of 250 words in English by Friday, August 16, 2019. Click on the Link Below to Submit your Proposal Today!

COHDA 2019 Submission Application Form

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Program Committee

Takayuki YamadaChairperson and Plenary Speaker
Takayuki Yamada
INTESDA Chairperson
Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also has served as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2018 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada served on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordCo-Chairperson and Program Director
Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director
Japan

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Natthawut KaewpitoonReview Co-Chairperson
Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D.,  Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand

Dr. Rattanapitoon is a leading researcher in the fight against Liver Fluke — a Neglected Tropical Disease, which kills more than 20,000 people each year in Thailand.  He is a faculty member in the Institute of Medicine at Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. His research interests include: Parasitology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Bioinformatics, Genetics and Gastroenterology.  He earned his doctoral degree in Bio-Medical Science, his MSc in Medical Parasitology and BSc in Public Health all at Khon Kaen University in Thailand.

Harry-Carley-73x85Review Co-Chairperson and Featured Speaker
Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech,
English Department, School of Humanities,
Matsuyama University, Japan

Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, currently lecturer in the English Department of the School of Humanities, at Matsuyama University, Ehime, Japan has acquired an expanded knowledge of the Japanese educational system while instructing English. His almost 30 years of residing in Japan has afforded him the opportunity to become involved with all aspects of English language teaching. He has taught extensively at the kindergarten, primary, junior and senior high levels for 20 years. His current position at the tertiary level has permitted him to incorporate his prior earlier teaching knowledge with the latest technological advancements. His aim has been to offer lessons that offer opportunities for language expansion as well as at the same time as contributing to expanding learner’s active presentation and computer skills. His key research interest concerns understanding language learning as it is constantly evolving along with the latest enhancements in technical knowledge.

Readers

  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, English Department, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • James Harry Morris, Ph.D., School of Humanities, Tsukuba University, Japan
  • Gary Smith, M.Eng., Great Lakes Lights Photography, USA
  • Kanato Kashima, Ph.D., Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Nathkapach Rattanapitoon, Ph.D., Suranaree University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Schawanya Rattanapitoon M.D., FCFP, Suranaree University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Zulfiya Imyarova, Ph.D., International Educational Program, Narxoz University, Kazakhstan
  • Beverly A. Sarza, Ph.D., De La Salle University Manila, Manila, Philippines
  • Jin Su Jeong, Ph.D., School of Engineering and Industrial Design, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
  • Thirayu Meererksom, M.B.A., Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
  • Ana Salomé García Muñiz, Ph.D., Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain