The 5th Conference on Human Development in Asia – Sunday and Monday, April 29-30, 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan »

About COHDA 2018

Welcome to the 5th Conference on Human Development in Asia held on Sunday and Monday, April 29-30, 2018. COHDA 2018 is being held in partnership with the Asian Symposium on Tourism for Development, the Asian Conference on Disaster Response and Management and the Asian Conference on Education for Sustainability.

This is a small, international, peer-reviewed conference with a limited number of oral and poster presentation time slots. We encourage all interested participants to submit abstracts as early as possible. In addition to this conference participants will have an opportunity to visit Hiroshima Peace Park and the famous shrine island of Miyajima — both Peace Park and Miyajima are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

About COHDA 2018

The theme of COHDA 2018 is  Pathways to Global Competence, which focuses on the issues of an increasingly globalized Asia that have resulted over the course of the past 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 rightly 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 are the constants that are still resistant to change? In addition, what are the factors that have contributed 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 for many others. More than often, the tide of change 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 the other forces that hold it back.

The Final Deadline for Submissions has been Extended to Friday, April 13, 2018. Click on the submission link below to submit your proposal today!

Submission Application Form

Topic Streams

  • Asian Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economic Development
  • Education & ICT
  • Gender Studies & Equality
  • Globalization
  • History
  • Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Urban Studies
  • Other Areas (please specify)

Who Should Attend

COHDA 2018 will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, students, researchers, educators, technology specialists, healthcare workers, social workers and other professionals.

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Review Committee

Takayuki YamadaCOHDA 2018 Organizing Committee Chair
Takayuki Yamada,
Chairperson, INTESDA,

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 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 was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Michael K. Sasaoka-AlvordCOHDA 2018 Program Director
Michael Sasaoka-Alvord,
INTESDA Program Director,

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. He is passionately concerned about the impact of pollution and over-fishing on the global health of oceans and reefs.


  • Harry Carley, MA ELT, MA Ed Tech, School of Humanities, Matsuyama University, Japan
  • Kanato Kawashima, Graduate School of Design, Kyushu University, Japan
  • 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
  • Ana Salomé García Muñiz, Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo, Spain