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Integrating Health into Urban Planning towards Sustainable
Development Goals in Developing Countries

3rd - 5th April 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Integrating Health into Urban Planning towards Sustainable
Development Goals in Developing Countries

3rd - 5th April 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Japan-ASEAN Platform for Transdisciplinary Studies

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"Integrating Health into Urban Planning towards Sustainable
Development Goals in Developing Countries"

Date: 3rd – 5th April 2019
Venue: Universiti Selangor, Shah Alam Campus,
Jalan Zirkon A 7/A, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

Workshop purpose

Who can apply?

We are looking for highly motivated early-career scientists, professionals and practitioners from the academic, government, and non-governmental organizations. Interested applicants should be:

  • 45 years old or younger
  • from developing countries in the APN’s member or approved country list
  • currently be affiliated to an academic, local or national government or non-governmental institution
  • working in areas related to the main theme of the workshop
  • have the time and ability to share and apply knowledge gained from the workshop at the national/local level
  • have a good working knowledge of the English language
  • be able to take part in ALL sessions of the workshop

Note: Participants will be asked to present and share policy implementations and issues relevant to the workshop topics in their respective countries during the workshop. Preparation of some basic data may be necessary in order to apply the tools hands on based on their respective countries. It is preferable that participants could bring their own laptop computer to the workshop.

How to apply?

  • Complete and submit the application form with
    • your resume/CV (maximum 5 pages).
    • description of your motivation to participate, including (limited to 100 words for each statement):
      • a summary of your area of expertise and how this relates to the workshop.
      • your motivation to attend the workshop and how the workshop matches your professional development needs.
      • the expected impact of your participation into the workshop on your personal and professional development.
      • how you will disseminate the outcomes of the workshops and the new knowledge/skills you have acquired.

Cost and financing:

The project is funded by the Asian Pacific Network for Global Change Research under the Capacity Development Program (CAPaBLE). We will provide support for the cost of a round trip economy airfare to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and accommodation for the period of the workshop for all selected participants. Participants will need to book their own flight tickets, and will be reimbursed after full participation in the workshop. Participants are responsible for their own visa application, if required.

Should you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact us at .

Workshop 3rd-5th April, 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

Integrating Health into Urban Planning towards Sustainable Development Goals in Developing Countries

This is a capacity building project that aims to raise the awareness and knowledge of researchers, policy makers and civil society on the integration of public health into urban planning towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This project intends to foster collaboration between the developed and developing countries in the Asia Pacific region, and addresses the cross-cutting targets of the SDGs.

Urban planning and transportation have been identified as major components of the intervention to non-communicable diseases in the era of rapid urbanization. Urban design such as density, transport infrastructures, and open spaces strongly influences human behaviors and activities, which subsequently bring cascading effects on the local environment, population health and well-being through air quality, traffic exposure, heat, noise, and opportunity for physical activity and social interaction. At the global level, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is prioritizing the urban built environment in mitigating carbon emissions.


Workshop purpose

This is a capacity building workshop for members from developing countries in the Asia Pacific region. This workshop aims

  • to increase the knowledge and skills in mainstreaming health into policies of urban planning and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • to give insights on research and policy implementations on urban planning and health in Asia Pacific region.
  • to introduce the concept of health co-benefits of a low carbon city.
  • to introduce and provide training on integrated health risk and impact assessment tools.
  • to promote the science-policy linkages.
  • to gain understanding on the situations and identify the issues of concern in the developing countries.
  • to provide a platform for interactions between researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and civil society on current issues, key scientific priorities, the value of incorporating health in all policies, and opportunities for collaborations.

- Kwan Soo Chen.

Workshop Program Highlights

Tentative Program(2019.01.30) Download

  • Health risk and impact assessment
  • Low carbon living co-benefits calculator
  • Participatory system dynamics modeling
  • Health in all policies
  • Urban spaces and mental health
  • Climate change mitigations

Dr. Kwan Soo Chen

Institution: Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University


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Japan-ASEAN Transdisciplinary Platform

To advance transdisciplinary research that integrates academic, governmental, and civil societies in a coordinated manner, we will create a collaborative research scheme that brings together scholars on Southeast Asia, scientists and engineers, as well as the Japanese and ASEAN political and business communities.

This research platform emphasizes the establishment of new collaboration, especially between Japan and Southeast Asia. Our primary objective is to firstly extract project-based or problem-solving “wisdom” from local realities. While taking full note that before applying a paradigm originating in the northern hemisphere to the south, we should prioritize local realities and focus on the production of new knowledge by learning from local researchers and practitioners on the basis of an equal partnership.