Wednesday 19 October 2016
5.00 - 6.30PM

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Seminar Room 444 | New Law School Annexe | University of Sydney


Join the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and the Sydney Environment Institute to launch the Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia (Routledge 2017, edited by Philip Hirsch).

Environmental questions are integral to the social, economic and political dynamics of Southeast Asia, and they are also therefore a key part of Australia’s engagement with the region. There are many approaches to the study of environment, many applications of scholarly understanding in addressing key problems, and many different ways in which environment has emerged as an issue in various regional and country contexts.

In thirty chapters authored/co-authored by thirty-eight leading specialists, including the book’s editor and another four from the University of Sydney, the Handbook covers theoretical, applied and country-specific approaches to understanding the environment in Southeast Asia. The chapters at once embed environmental questions in various dimensions of contemporary change, while also reflecting on Southeast Asia’s past and revealing ways in which the region’s future is imagined.

At the launch, Philip Hirsch will introduce the volume and some of its key themes. David Schlosberg will then moderate a panel discussion to explore the diverse ways in which we approach key environmental questions in our neighbouring region and to consider how environmental dynamics shape Australia’s relations with the region. Guest speakers include Senator Lee Rhiannon of the Australian Greens and Michael Simon of Oxfam Australia.

Refreshments will be provided. Please register below for catering purposes. The event is free and open to the public.