News and Events 2019
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CITBA News - December 2019
We will be back in 2020, with exciting research activities, research training opportunities, and public and industry engagement activities. So stay tuned.
CITBA News - November 2019
A large number of community groups from academia, State High Schools, Cairns Regional Council, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Cairns Airport, business leaders, town planners, non-profit organisations, social enterprises, and other members of the public attended the Urban Thinkers Campus event organised by the Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA). The event entitled “Urban Design, Economic Growth, and the Jobs of the Future in the Tropics” was part of the United Nation’s Habitat program and it took place over three days between 25-27 Novembers inclusive.
The event proved to be a catalyst to build consensus between participating constituencies for addressing urban and economic challenges in our city and proposing solutions to future challenges.
The event was the culmination of 9 months planning and preparation by a small army of people within CITBA, with special mention of and thanks to A/Prof Josephine Pryce, Dr Silvia Tavares, Ms Diana Castorina, Ms Trang Nguyen, Ms Jane Njaramba, Ms Dwi Sugiharti, Mr Andrew Dineen, Mr Emmanuel McCarthy, and Ms Suzie Pont for their generous contribution of time and expertise before, during, and post-event.
Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia would also like to especially highlight the hard work of Dr Taha Chaiechi, the Australian Director of the Centre, for her continues engagement with the local community in the past several months in promoting the UN initiative in order to amplify the urban thinkers’ movement here in the tropics.
Post-event reports and evaluations are in progress and more details will be released and shared with the colleagues in due course.
Speakers at the Urban Thinkers Campus included (but not limited to):
- Dr Taha Chaiechi, Australian Director, Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia, James Cook University: “Planning on Future Sustainable Cities”
- Professor Liz Spencer, Head, Law, JCU, “Urban Thinkers: The Interdisciplinary Imperative”
- Cairns Regional Council , “CBD Activation”
- Mr Pat Flanagan, Market Lead Environment & Planning, Northern Australia: “Cairns 300/500”
- Ms Nikki Huddy, PLANZ Town Planning & PIA: “Shape of the City”
- Dr Silvia Tavares, TUDLab, College of Science and Engineering, JCU: “Innovative Urban Solutions and Sustainable Communities”
- Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan, Social Enterprise Network for the Tropics (SENT), JCU, “Addressing homelessness through social enterprise.”
- Mr Brian Arnold, Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust (ADBT) “Empowering the Gulf through Business and Liveability”
- A/Prof Lawal Billa, University of Nottingham: “Flood Resilience and Urban Planning”
- Mr Greg Mews, Urban Synergies Group, “Right to the City”
- Urban design students: Smithfield State Highschool, “The City We Need”
CITBA News - October 2019
Based on shared interests and objectives, the Centre of International Trade and Business in Asia at James Cook University, Singapore, ([email protected]) and the Center of Entrepreneurship at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ([email protected]), the Netherlands, agreed to cooperate as per 22 October 2019.
With the aim of working together on teaching, research and consultancy projects in the area of entrepreneurship (including start-ups, scale-ups and small business development), management, and international trade), Dr. Eijdenberg (Senior Lecturer, JCU Singapore – on behalf of [email protected] Singapore) and Prof. Masurel (Full Professor, VU – Director of [email protected]) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
We are proud to announce that the first CITBA flagship was launched on 15 October. The flagship around important topic of “Community Empowerment, Transformative Cities, And Building a Climate-Resilient Economy” was ideated early August 2019, and Expressions of Interest from researchers interested in collaborating on the flagship was sought end of August. Subsequently, a multi-disciplinary team with the necessary and appropriate range of skills, and expertise was assembled in early September, and the flagship was formally launched on 15 October. The launch of this flagship marks an important step for CITBA as the flagship team seeks to build a track record around the topic and apply for funding. We wish the team all the success in this significant journey.
Taha Chaiechi, Flagship Lead
From left to right: Trang Nguyen, Silvia Tavares, Nikki Huddy, Jacob Wood, Taha Chaiechi, Emmanuel McCarthy
We are delighted that a CITBA team has been successful in securing a place in this competitive program that is supported by the CSIRO. The CITBA team comprise of Dr Taha Chaiechi, A/Prof Jo Pryce, Dr Silvia Tavares, Dr Zsuzsa Banhalmizakar, Ms Diana Castorina (PhD candidate). The ON-Prime Innovation program is designed to empower researchers to attract the resources they need to create impact. It is a hands-on learning program that provides researchers with skills to take their projects and career forward, navigating the changing research landscape.
From left to right: Silvia Tavares, Jo Pryce, Taha Chaiechi, Trang Nguyen, and Diana Castorina
From left to right: Trang Nguyen, Jo Pryce, Diana Castorina, and Taha Chaiec
CITBA News - September 2019
On September 27, JCU Singapore hosted the 1st Sustainable Tropical Urbanism Symposium: Tropical cities in a warming world. It was an insightful event that brought together more than 60 academics, researchers, practitioners, and students from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Australia, and the US. Delegates discussed contemporary pressing issues as methods for tropical urban research, how tropical cities respond to the climate in an era of climate change, creation and curation of tropical space and place, and new regulations and policies for the tropical city. After inspiring keynote talks and parallel sessions, the event ended with a workshop on design communication, a walking tour in the vibrant Geylang neighbourhood and a visit to first Singapore’s urban farm, Citizen Farm in Penjara.
From left to right A/P Lisa Law (TUD Lab Director); Keynote speakers Prof Jason Pomeroy (Pomeroy Studio) and A/P Im Sik Cho (NUS); Dr Jacob Wood (CITBA Director); Dr Simona Azzali (CITBA and TUD Lab member)
Participants during one of the symposium’ sessions
Prof Jason Pomeroy during his keynote speech at the symposium opening
Find out more about the competition towards zero waste here
The book intends to address ways in which businesses and communities adapt to constrained environments. Constrained environments are unique territories characterised by challenging man-made circumstances, or limited natural resources. These can be places with a small municipal boundary or cities in which policy decisions may have imposing limitations, can also serve to limit capacity for business expansion and community survival.
* Proposal Submission (max 600 words): 1 Nov 2019
* Notification of Acceptance of Proposals: 15 Nov 2019
* Full Chapter Submission (min 5,000 - max 7000 words): 30 April 2020
* Review Results Returned: 30 May 2020
* Revised Chapter Submission: 15 July 2020
* Full Acceptance Notification: 15 Aug 2020
* Final Chapter Submission: 31 August 2020
Simona Azzali, James Cook University Singapore, email: [email protected]
K. Thirumaran, James Cook University Singapore, email: [email protected]
CITBA News - August 2019
On 15 August, at 3 pm, we tuned into ABC News Radio, Far North Drive, to hear Dr Taha Chaiechi, and Dr Silvia Tavares talk to host Mr Adam Stephen about their research on “the relationship between city temperatures and urban economics”. Adam recalled during North Queensland's record-breaking heatwave late last year, he had walked into a usually busy coffee shop with no customers. Taha reiterated the strong impact of extreme temperature on business activities and sales, she also mentioned that people living in the tropics should be alarmed, as the outcomes will worsen if no changes or preparations are made today. She adds the rural population is declining because of the lack of economic opportunities.
Taha Chaiechi, Silvia Tavares, Adam Stephen @ ABC News station, Cairns
Taha Chaiechi, Silvia Tavares @ ABC News station, Cairns
CITBA and the Cairns Institute held another collaborative public forum about “Climate change: risks and responses for the tropical north” on 8 August. We had 7 amazing James Cook University researchers who talked about their research and findings pertinent to climate change in our region. Our Australian Director, Dr Taha Chaiechi, talked about her research connection to a number of Sustainable Development Goals particularly , DSG 8 and SDG 13. In particular she unpacked the intricate relationship between Economic Growth and Climate change and the challenges faced by regulators.
Our deepest appreciation for our other speakers for their excellent contributions and dedication to expanding the conversation in climate change discourse: Dr Nick Osbaldiston, A/Prof Susan Laurance, Mr Gavin Singleton, A/Prof Felecia Watkin Lui, Prof Jon Nott, and Mrs Katie Chartrand. Special thanks to our amazing MC Prof Allan Dale.
From left to right (back row): Katie Chartrand, Stephanie Folpp, Taha Chaiechi, Jon Nott, Felecia Watkin Lui, Nick Osbaldiston, Allan Dale. Front row: Gavin Singleton
Silvia Tavares, Taha Chaiechi
Associate Professor Abhishek Bhati at the report launch of “The Effects of Overseas Business Expansion on Firm Performance: Evidence from Australia”
This economic discourse is examined in “The Effects of Overseas Business Expansion on Firm Performance: Evidence from Australia,” which saw its report launch on Friday 2 August 2019 at the Singapore campus of James Cook University.
From left to right: Dr Jacob Wood, Associate Professor Riccardo Welters, Mr Ben Smith, His Excellency Bruce Gosper, Ms Ally Tehan
The report launch also included a panel discussion, moderated by Dr Jacob Wood, Senior Lecturer in Business in the Singapore campus of James Cook University, comprising of the following experts:
His Excellency Bruce Gosper - Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, Associate Professor Riccardo Welters - Head, Economics and Marketing, College of Business, Law and Governance, James Cook University (Australia), Mr Ben Smith - Head of Australia New Zealand Desk, ANZ, Ms Ally Tehan - Co-Founder, Ally’s Basket
Read more about this event here.
Report Launch: The Effects of Overseas Business Expansion
“The Effects of Overseas Business Expansion on Firm Performance: Evidence from Australia” report launch in #JCUSingapore provided insight into the impact that overseas business activities can have on business firms.
CITBA News - July 2019
CITBA was delighted to support and contribute to "Inclusive and Sustainable Development" symposium organised by the Cairns Institute James Cook University. Special thanks to Prof Hurriyet Babacan for organising such a vibrant event. Also, thanks to all participants, particularly our keynote speakers Prof Biman Prasad, A/Prof Adrian Kuah, PhD, Prof Allan Dale, Mr Nick Trompf, Prof Stewart Lockie, and Prof Hurriyet Babacan.
Left to right: A/Prof Riccardo Welters, A/Prof Adrian Kuah, Prof Hurriyet Babacan, Dr Taha Chaiechi, Ms Jane Njaramba, A/Prof Jo Pryce
Keynote speech by A/prof Adrian Kuah about the Circular Economy
Left to right: Prof Biman Prasad, Dr Taha Chaiechi, A/Prof Adrian Kuah
CITBA News - June 2019
One of CITBA’s HDR members, Mrs Diana Castorina, organised a Writing Bootcamp for HDR students within the CBLG on Wednesday 5th June through to Friday 7th June. In total there were ten PhD candidates across Townsville and Cairns campuses who attended the bootcamp including our members Mrs Diana Castorina, Ms Trang Nguyen and Mrs Jane Njaramba. The two and half day writing program sponsored by CBLG consisted of writing sessions were broken up by breaks for morning tea, lunches, and afternoon teas. Our Australian Director Dr Taha Chaiechi and Senior CITBA Research Fellow A/Prof Josephine Pryce co-facilitated a workshop session on “The Smart Way to Manage your PhD” which was well received by attendees. Overall, the writing bootcamp received very positive feedback with the request for more events to occur in the near future.
Left to right (front row): Trang Nguyen, Diana Castorina, Jane Njaramba, Taha Chaiechi
Left to right (back row): Josephine Pryce, Graeme Cotter, Chung Thanh Phan, Suzie Pont
Left to right: Trang Nguyen, Graeme Cotter, Suzie Pont, Jane Njaramba
CITBA News - May 2019
We are pleased to inform that you can now watch the CITBA Panel Discussion Event on The Relevance of Chambers in the 21st Century on the official YouTube channel of James Cook University Singapore. Special thanks to our amazing panellists: Chancellor Bill Tweddell, James Cook University, Mr K Barathan, CEO, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Azrulnizam Shah, Executive Director, Singapore Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Er Dr Michael Teng, Assistant Secretary-General, Singapore Manufacturing Federation, Mr Victor Mills, CEO, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC), Mr John Dick, Partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Energy Practice, AustCham Singapore (Honorary Secretary, past President and Life Member).
James Cook University’s Tropical Urbanism and Design Lab (TUDLab) and Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia (CITBA) welcome contributions to an interdisciplinary symposium on tropical cities. Contributions are invited from academic researchers, practicing planners and architects, public artists, local government officers, students in urban planning and design and anyone interested in understanding tropical cities. Themes include but are not limited to:
- How tropical cities respond to climate in an era of climate change
- Creation/curation of tropical space and place
- Methods for tropical urban research
For more information, please visit the conference homepage:
Organized by: James Cook University Singapore
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 1st June 2019
When: 27th to 27th September 2019
Contact person: Dr Simona Azzali ([email protected])
Dr Taha Chaiechi is editing a book with Elsevier titled: “Economic Effects of Natural Disasters”. The book aims to use multidisciplinary thinking to approach the socio-economic effects of natural hazards/disasters. In particular, the aim is to provide a practical guide for applied research in this area. There is no competing title of this nature in the market, and we believe that this book will provide a comprehensive collection of outstanding research to be used by other scholars and practitioners for years to come.
We invite academic researchers and practitioners to write a chapter on any of the listed topics or on a related topic of their choice that fits in with the title of the book. Please view the “call for chapter contribution” here. If you are interested in contributing to this collection, please submit a maximum 2-page chapter proposal by or before 20 June 2019 via email to Dr Taha Chaiechi ([email protected]).
The proposals should contain:
- Title of chapter, author name/s and their institutional details,
- Corresponding author’s email address
- Abstract of maximum 500 words containing a brief summary of the chapter mission, theme and content,
- 3-5 Keywords,
- A short bio (maximum of 100 words).
Dr Breda McCarthy is part of a multi-disciplinary team from the College of Business, Law & Governance (CBLG) who were successful in obtaining some funding under the Australia-France Social Science Collaborative Research Program. The project is led by Dr Stephane Le Queux (Chief Investigator) and titled: Australian input to the Polynesian Smart Islands initiative.
Dr McCarthy plans to conduct research using the lens of social marketing and will explore sustainable consumption patterns from the perspective of food consumers in Tahiti. She will work with the founder of the Natural Shop Tahiti to recruit one group of consumers, the ‘sustainable consumers’, drawing on a scale developed by Geiger, Fischer, & Schrader (2018). An integrative framework, incorporating a selection of relevant, sustainable consumption behaviours based on impact, will be applied. One of the anticipated outputs from this project will be the measurement of sustainable consumer behaviour on the individual level, through use of an online survey, along with a change in behaviours after the introduction of an intervention. The project is in the planning stage, and work will commence after ethics approval has been obtained.
Screen shot of an organic store based in Tahiti
Geiger, S. M., Fischer, D., & Schrader, U. (2018). Measuring what matters in sustainable consumption: an integrative framework for the selection of relevant behaviours. Sustainable Development, 26(1), 18-33.
CITBA News - April 2019
In a hyper-competitive market, with a wide array of vested interests both domestic and foreign, Singaporean Chambers of Commerce are aggressively vying for members, re-evaluating their value propositions, and creatively evolving to meet future challenges in a market that has seen their traditional services eclipsed by technological disruption.
Left to right: Chancellor Bill Tweddell, James Cook University, Mr K Barathan, CEO, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Azrulnizam Shah, Executive Director, Singapore Malay Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Er Dr Michael Teng, Assistant Secretary-General, Singapore Manufacturing Federation, Mr Victor Mills, CEO, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC), Mr John Dick, Partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Energy Practice, AustCham Singapore (Honorary Secretary, past President and Life Member)
Left to right: Mr K Barathan, Dr Jacob Wood, Er Dr Michael Teng, Chancellor Bill Tweddell, Mr Victor Mills, Dr Kendall Wesley, Mr John Dick, Mr Azrulnizam Shah, and Professor Chris Rudd
CITBA News - March 2019
The CITBA was proud to announce the inclusion of Dr. Taha Chaiechi as a co-director of the centre. This development reflects CITBA's objective of developing stronger research and industry engagement opportunities for its members in Australia. Taha brings a lot of great ideas, capability, and connections with both faculty and industry.
CITBA News - February 2019
JCU Singapore successfully completed the signing of its MOU with the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) at a recent SICCI event held at the Park Royal Hotel. Signed on behalf of the university and CITBA by Interim Deputy Vice Chancellor Associate Professor Abhishek Singh Bhati, the agreement marks another important step forward in the Centre’s efforts to engage more actively with members of the Singaporean business community. Read full article here
CITBA News - January 2019
CITBA signs MOU with the Management and Economic Research Institute (MERI) Located in Daejeon, South Korea, MERI is a large Government backed research institute with significant research capabilities. It’s Director Prof. Hee-Cheol Moon, believes the partnership with CITBA and JCUS provides a great opportunity to extend its research and collaborative ties in the South East Asian region. The partnership between CITBA and MERI will provide additional research opportunities for JCUS scholars as well as potential access to Korean government grant projects through the Korean National Research Foundation (NRF).
The CITBA team would like to congratulate Dr. Pengji Wang on her promotion to Associate Professor of Business. This is a reflection of her hard work and outstanding achievements at JCU Singapore.