Local responses to the big economic challenges
Associate Professor Taha Chaiechi (right) with Dr Scott Davis, before his co-presentation on 'Business and the smart green capital'.
An international conference hosted by James Cook University this week holds special relevance for regional and vulnerable communities.
The International Conference on Business, Economics, Management and Sustainability (BEMAS) will look beyond orthodox economics to consider approaches that might better suit particular communities.
“When we look for ways to survive and thrive in the face of risks such as climate change and a global pandemic, we need to move beyond a one-response-fits-all approach,” conference chair Associate Professor Taha Chaiechi said.
“This is particularly important for vulnerable and at-risk communities, which tend to be more susceptible to external risks such as natural disasters and public health emergencies.
“On the positive side, each community has particular assets and potential that it can bring to bear on these challenges. To achieve sustainable development we need to identify the untapped skills and knowledge that each community can use to adapt to or overcome the challenges they face,” she said.
This conference follows on from the successful Urban Thinkers Campus event, which JCU hosted in Cairns in 2019.
“At that pre-COVID event, we brought together national, international and local thinkers to share ideas about the urban space,” Dr Chaiechi said. “Of course for people in our region that included discussion of how to plan for the tropics, how to cool our urban spaces, and how smaller regional centres can grow without losing the things we love about our communities.”
This year’s conference will follow the themes of community empowerment, sustainable cities and transformative economies.
BEMAS is hosted by JCU’s Centre for International Trade and Business in Asia and is underway at the University’s Nguma-bada campus in Smithfield.
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Our CITBA researcher Dr Simona Azzali chaired a panel discussion session for the launch of a book titled: Predatory Urbanism - The Metabolism of Megaprojects in Asia - by Agatino Rizzo and Anindita Mandal and published by Edward Elgar as part of their Cities Series.
The book launch discussed pressing challenges facing contemporary cities in the Global South and also aimed to address the complex interrelationships between city making and all the resources needed for its design, implementation and production.
The session, chaired by Simona Azzali, was an open debate in which the speakers reflected on the various issues treated in the book, with discussions led by the two authors of the volume, Agatino Rizzo and Anindita Mandal, and leading experts on urbanization and city-making in the Global South: Alessandro Melis, Natalie Koch and Vadim Rossman.
The session was part of the collateral events of the 2021 architecture Venice Biennale and was streamed on the Facebook Page Resilient Communities_Venezia
1- Book of Abstracts and Authors Index:
ISBN: 978-0-6486803-8-3 (published in-house at JCU)
2- Conference Proceeding:
Book title: Community Empowerment, Sustainable Cities, and Transformative Economies(published by Springer Nature)
Accepted Abstracts: 54
Accepted Full Papers: 39Presentations: 52
Industry Presentations: 8 (including 3 international)
Drawing on more than four decades as a leading commentator on international trade, Professor Sir David Greenaway will consider future scenarios for the global economy in a post-COVID environment. The talk will examine the extent of economic impact from the pandemic and the relative capacity of regions to rebound, based on vaccination protection, the resilience of international supply chains and the capacity for government intervention to drive economic recovery. Professor Sir David will also examine the particular case of ASEAN and the lessons that can be learned from previous global dislocations.
Moderator: Mr Neil Parekh
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