Joint workshop held at the University of Sydney to explore collaboration in planetary health and urbanisation in China


A 9-member delegation led by Prof. Fung Tung, Co-Director of the Institute of Future Cities (IOFC) comprising academics from the Department of Geography and Resource Management, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Law, and IOFC visited the University of Sydney (USyd) during 6-8 June 2018 to take part in a joint workshop to explore collaborations in planetary health and urbanisation in China.


Inspired by the Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission report on planetary health, USyd launched a new multidisciplinary Planetary Health Initiative (PHI) to understand the interdependence of human health, animal health, and the health of the environment as well as to find solutions to planetary health challenges. Recognising CUHK’s strengths in contemporary China studies, CUHK was invited by the China Studies Centre at USyd to jointly explore the intersection of planetary health and challenges arising from the rapid urbanisation in China. Some possible topics of studies include poverty and wealth; mobility and health of people; resilience under climate change; the nature of the built environment; governance and institutions; healthy cities; and food production and consumption. The workshop served as a platform for researchers of both universities to learn from each other and discuss ideas for future collaborations.


Researchers interested in engaging in the initative should contact Ms. Yvonne Heung of the Office of Academic Links.


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