The Asian Conference on Urban Planning and Sustainable Cities – August 1-3, 2017 in Hiroshima, Japan»
Welcome to UP-City 2017
Welcome to the 2nd Asian Conference on Urban Planning and Sustainable Cities, which will precede the 72nd Hiroshima Peace Memorial and Remembrance Ceremony.
UP-City 2017 will be held August 1-3, 2017 at the Hiroshima KKR Hotel in partnership with the 4th Asian Symposium on Healthcare Without Borders and the 3rd International Conference on Advancing the Life Sciences and Public Health Awareness.
In addition to these events participants will have an opportunity to visit Hiroshima Peace Park and the famous shrine island of Miyajima — both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
About UP-City 2017
As the world’s population becomes predominantly urban, academics and practitioners are challenged to find sustainable solutions to increasingly complex urban problems. Sustainable cities require a balance between environmental protection and economic development ensuring equitable outcomes. Achieving such a delicate balance requires tackling complex urban problems that may lead to unsustainable development paths.
Understanding today’s complex urban problems requires a variety of theoretical frameworks and methods. The Asian region has traditionally looked at urban planning problems from an intra-disciplinary quantitative perspective. The conference welcomes innovative technical approaches, but also encourages diverse views and analysis procedures, including qualitative and mixed methods. We seek to create a learning environment where participants can share their research and discuss trans-disciplinary ideas to propose solutions to today’s increasingly complex urban problems.
We invite members of the academic community and practitioners to click on the link below to submit a proposal of 250 words in English by Friday, July 7, 2017
Diversity and Justice
Topics on the Diversity and Justice track may include, but are not limited to, immigration issues, conflict, compromise and negotiation, methods for citizen participation, urban displacement, and gentrification.
Transportation and Development
Topics on the Transportation and Development Track may include, but are not limited to, transit, walkability, bicycle and pedestrian planning, mobility for vulnerable populations, equity issues, and infrastructure design.
Climate Change and Hazard Mitigation
Topics on the Change and Hazard Mitigation track may include, but are not limited to, modeling and planning for physical impacts of climate change, adaptation of infrastructure and institutions, GHG emissions adaptation, public risk perceptions, and disaster resilience.
Topics on the Housing track may include, but are not limited to, neighborhood dynamics, design considerations, housing need and vulnerability, affordable housing, informal housing, including resilience and tenure security, and recent trends in housing preferences.
Topics on the Economic Development track may include, but are not limited to, creative cities, cultural revival efforts, community development, industrial redevelopment, incentive structures and development strategies.
Environmental Management and Green Infrastructure
Topics on the Environmental Management and Green Infrastructure track may include, but are not limited to, ecosystem services, community food access, urban agriculture, environmental externalities of development, environmental justice, drivers and disparities in health outcomes and food access, and making livable and healthy communities.
Plan Your Attendance
Co-Chairperson & Plenary Speaker
Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Dr. Santiago’s research has been guided by a vision of more equitable access to natural resources in urban settings, a broader participation in urban green area planning and decision-making, and an identification of paths to ensure the availability of those resources for future generations. His work has researched patterns of uneven access to common green areas among city residents and visitors, and has also elicited beach and river recreationists’ participation in selecting and valuing environmental attributes they consider fundamental in their recreation experience.
Planning has always been a field of study that values integration of knowledge. Dr. Santiago’s research agenda has been one based on strengthening inter-disciplinary links to advance planning theory and methods by examining them from a broader social-ecological context. From a planning knowledge perspective, his efforts have included exploring ecosystem services as an alternative planning and management analytical framework, and examining the institutional context in which such a framework can facilitate resource management and broader stakeholder participation.
Co-Chairperson & Plenary Speaker
Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D., Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
Dr. Kaewpitoon serves dual roles on the Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and also serves at Suranaree University of Technology Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. His research interests include: Parasitology, Epidemiology, Public Health, Bioinformatics, Genetic, Gastroenterology. He earned his PhD in BioMedical Science, his MSc in Medical Parasitology and BSc in Public Health all at Khon Kaen University in Thailand.
Organizing Committee Chairperson
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.
INTESDA Program Director
Michael Sasaoka 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.
- Luis Santiago, Ph.D., Graduate School of Planning, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
- Thirayu Meererksom, Ph.D., Faculty of Management Science, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
- Natthawut Kaewpitoon, Ph.D., Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand
- Khaled K. Al Dossari, M.D., Vice Dean for Quality & Development, College of Medicine, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
- Vorapoj Promasatayaprot, Ph.D. (Health System Development), Faculty of Public Health, Mahasarakham University, Thailand
- Jun Norkaew, Ph.D., Faculty of Public Health, Vongchavalitkul University, Thailand