Consumption and Resilience: The Role of Institutes of Higher Education

Consumption and Resilience: The Role of Institutes of Higher Education
Type: Webinar
Location: Online
Organizer: SCP Facility

When:  27 October 2022      I     Time:  14:00 - 16:00  (Bangkok Time)    I   Watch the Recording HERE 


Institutes of higher education (IHEs) are well positioned to coordinate efforts to build local resilience across the economic and civil sectors and reduce the harmful impacts of disasters and crises on lives and livelihoods. Their ability to experiment, move quickly, mobilise a wide range of stakeholders and capital through their networks of collaborators, and strategically support risk-taking makes them unique actors in the SCP ecosystem. In these ways, IHEs can contribute significantly to local, national, and global actions to ensure that current recovery efforts result in substantive progress toward SCP and local resilience. Indeed, they can be key players in achieving models of sustainable resilience that align with the central objective of the Sustainable Development Goals to “leave no one behind”. This approach places emphasis on eradicating poverty, ending exclusion and discrimination, and reducing the vulnerabilities and inequalities that undermine human flourishing and capabilities. With these factors in mind, there is a need to convene experts and sustainability practitioners from governments, businesses, educational institutions, and civil society to discuss the opportunity space presented by the post-pandemic recovery to build sustainable local resilience. This discussion must consider how universities can serve as experimental spaces or work with communities to create living laboratories where stakeholders can come together to solve these challenges and ensure that the costs and benefits of the recovery process and emerging post-pandemic ‘next normal’ are equitably shared across stakeholder groups.


This 2-hour workshop webinar, Consumption and Resilience: The Role of Institutes of Higher Education, organised by the SWITCH-Asia SCP Facility, will bring together Asian and global experts on sustainable local resilience, educational institutions, and lifestyles to exchange perspectives, experiences, and learning that can support the creation of a sustainable and resilient ‘next normal’. The goal is to think together about how universities can lead or contribute to efforts to build sustainable systems of consumption and production that are equitable, secure, resilient, and leave no one behind. The workshop will explore three key aspects of post-secondary educational institutions and investigator-driven pursuit of knowledge that lend themselves to developing just these sorts of systems – particularly with regard to disaster/crisis preparedness, response, and resilience. 


Dr. Roger Petry, Professor of Philosophy at Luther College at the University of Regina in the Department of Philosophy and Classics

He is co-coordinator of the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Saskatchewan (RCE Saskatchewan), one of 179 RCEs recognized globally by the United Nations University (UNU) to help advance the U.N. Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) from 2005-2014 and and now the UNESCO Global Action Programme on ESD, and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030). He was appointed Regional Advisor for RCEs in the Americas by the UNU starting in 2020. He is also the institutional lead on "Responsible Consumption and Production" for the International Association of Universities (IAU) Thematic Cluster on Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12. 


Prof Md Ashikur Rahman Joarder, Department of Architecture, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Prof Md Ashikur Rahman Joarder, PhD has two decades of experience using ambient environment monitors and building simulations to improve visual, therapeutic, and safe environments of industrial, commercial and healthcare facilities. He is highly experienced in Green Architecture and Sustainable Building Design in Bangladesh and United Kingdom. At present he is also acting as the Additional Director, Institutional Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), BUET; Project Director, CASR BUET Grant Research; Principle Investigator (PI), BUET, Climate Change and Health Award Research, UK; and Chairman, Executive Committee (EC) and Coordinator, Green Architecture Cell (GrACe), DoA, BUET. He was the National Expert of the SWITCH-Asia funded project ‘Action Plan on SCP implementation in the housing and buildings sector in Bangladesh’ in collaboration with adelphi consult GmbH and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Govt. of Bangladesh.   

Dr. Daniel Neyer,  Senior Researcher at the Unit of Energy Efficient Building at University of Innsbruck, Austria

Dr.techn. Daniel Neyer is senior researcher at the Unit of Energy Efficient Building at University of Innsbruck, Austria. In this role he is Project Manager of the SWITCH-Asia funded Projekt BEEN –Building Energy Efficiency in Nepal. Further, he is Managing Director at neyer brainworks a certified consulting engineering office for renewable energy, building services and energy efficient buildings. In 2021 he co-founded and serves as Managing Director of the social enterprise – TWIGA Sun Fruits, which is providing turnkey solar heating/cooling off-grid solutions for the agrifood sector. Currently building up an organic pineapple drying manufactory in Uganda. 

Kanat Sultanaliev, Executive Director, TSPC, American University of Central Asia

Leads the work of the Center on policy analysis, research & development in various themes related to Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. He manages the current portfolio of the Center's projects on migration, environment, democratic governance and human rights. Coordinates the resource mobilization efforts of the Center, and builds and maintains partnerships with relevant organizations and institutions.



Dr. Antonio López, Professor of Communications and Media Studies, John Cabot University, Rome 

Antonio Lopez, Ph.D., has a research focus on bridging ecojustice and media literacy. He is a founding theorist and architect of ecomedia literacy and creator of the ecomedialiteracy.org website, which curates teaching resources for technology, environment, business, and media educators. He has written numerous academic articles, essays, and four books: Ecomedia Literacy: Integrating Ecology into Media EducationGreening Media Education: Bridging Media Literacy with Green Cultural Citizenship; The Media Ecosystem: What Ecology Can Teach Us About Responsible Media Practice; and Mediacology: A Multicultural Approach to Media Literacy in the 21st Century. In 2021 he co-edited a special jointly published issue of The Journal of Media Literacy and Journal of Sustainability Education on ecomedia literacy. He is lead editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Ecomedia Studies. Currently he is Professor of Communications and Media Studies at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy. Resources and writing are available at: https://antonio-lopez.com/