By Invitation Only
Cities are now the dominant human habitat, with more influence than ever on economies, environments and health. Despite progress, intractable urban health problems persist, often the unintended consequences of decisions in other sectors. Systems thinking offers opportunities to address such problems through a better understanding of complexity and innovative implementation of interventions in cities.
Universities are a potential leverage point for improving the urban environment. They can act as living laboratories—generating, testing, and showcasing ideas for improving sustainability, health, and wellbeing in cities—and provide knowledge and partnerships to urban actors. Universities face competing priorities, however, and face financial and organisational obstacles to acting as sustainability leaders.
A workshop on campus sustainability and health will be held at the University of Malaya from 26-28 June, 2018, under the “Systems Thinking and Place-Based Methods for Healthier Malaysian Cities” (SCHEMA) project. SCHEMA is supported by the British Council’s Newton Ungku-Omar Fund and led by the United Nations University’s International Institute for Global Health and Cardiff University’s Sustainable Places Research Institute, and this workshop is sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Development) of the University of Malaya. The workshop will convene Estates Department staff and researchers from the Sustainability Science Research Cluster, together with others from public health and off-campus sustainability partnerships to share knowledge, identify needs, and discover intersections that support collaborations for enhanced urban food systems and health. In working toward these goals, participants will examine key concepts from system dynamics and place-based methods and explore the use of interactive small-group activities to promote co-operative learning
Participation in this workshop is by invitation only. For further information, contact Dr. David Tan.