Health, Sustainability, and the Future of Asian Cities 1: Discursive and Material Construction

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Asian Geography Specialty Group, China Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2021
Start / End Time: 4:50 AM / 6:05 AM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 16
Organizers: Calvin Chung, I-Chun Catherine Chang
Chairs: Calvin Chung


This session is sponsored by Asian Geographer: A Geographical Journal on Asia and the Pacific Rim (

From COVID-19 outbreak to climate change, Asian cities have experienced tremendous challenges in public health and environmental sustainability. As diverse urban stakeholders scramble to secure their interests in a context of growing risk and uncertainty, the socio-ecological geographies of the governance and development of these cities are undergoing rapid transformation. Many new initiatives have been proposed in the name of creating healthier, greener and safer futures for Asian cities, but their effectiveness and – in some cases – even their actual objectives – are questionable. While cities in other parts of the world share similar environmental and health challenges, this session is interested in whether and how geographical specificities have resulted in particular patterns of, and responses to, health and environmental changes in Asian cities, many of whose present circumstances and future-making initiatives have yet to be brought under critical scrutiny and situated theorisations. We welcome both quantitative and qualitative contributions which address questions such as:

- How do health or/and environmental challenges unevenly hit people and spaces in Asian cities?
- What are the discourses and institutions which regulate the production and mitigation of health or/and environmental risks of Asian cities?
- How effective are the prevailing policies and plan in addressing the health or/and environmental challenges faced by Asian cities?
- How are health or/and environmental challenges in Asian cities exploited for new forms of capital accumulation and social oppression?
- What are the effective strategies for individuals and communities in Asian cities to confront the inequalities and threats brought by the emergence of and responses to health or/and environmental challenges?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Introduction Jiang Xu The Chinese University of Hong Kong 5 4:50 AM
Presenter Travis Klingberg*, NYU Shanghai, Turning steel into sunshine: planning for postindustrial health in a southwestern Chinese city 14 4:55 AM
Presenter Tim Bunnell*, National University of Singapore, Jessica Clendenning, National University of Singapore, The promises of discourse and development for Indonesia's future capital city 14 5:09 AM
Presenter Sneha Krishnan*, Jindal Global University, Strengthening resilience for mass displaced populations in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh 14 5:23 AM
Presenter Olivia Meyer*, University of Kentucky, Countering ‘Plastic Addicted Subjects’: Power, Essentialized Identities, and Expertise in Thailand 14 5:37 AM
Presenter Yu Zhou*, Vassar College, Feixiang Sun, College of Resources Environment and Tourism, Capital Normal University, Compact cities and health of the elderly in higher density cities -nation level study of Chinese cities 14 5:51 AM

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