Distinguished Speaker Series: Design-led Nexus Approach for Food, Energy, and Water Innovations in Cities | Asian Development Bank

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Distinguished Speaker Series: Design-led Nexus Approach for Food, Energy, and Water Innovations in Cities

Event | 23 April 2019 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan
Speaker Details

Speaker: Yan Wanglin
Affiliation: Keio University
Time: 14:30–15:30


By 2030, 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, up from around 55% today. Such rapid urbanization will increasingly test the ability of urban planners and managers to ensure sustainable energy, water, and food supplies.

This presentation by Dr Yan Wanglin of Keio University will address a design-led approach for applying nexus thinking for the innovation of energy, water, and food management in cities—defined by the trade-offs and synergies of these resources through cross- and trans-disciplinary approaches.

Dr Wanglin will discuss his research which involves the implementation of a participatory design platform in six urban living labs around the world. He will also reveal preliminary actions and results from his Tokyo living lab.

About the Speaker

Dr Wanglin Yan is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Information Studies at Keio University, Japan. He also heads the Environmental Design and Governance Program at Keio University’s, Graduate School of Media and Governance. His research focuses on multi- and transdisciplinary urban planning and design.

He is leader of the sub-regional node of the UNEP’s Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network and has prioritized climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Japan and northeast Asian countries since 2011. He also leads the Moveable Nexus Project under The Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative/Food-Water-Energy Nexus initiated by the Belmont Forum and the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe.

He earned a BA in engineering from Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping in 1982 and a master’s degree in 1989 and PhD in 1992 from the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering.

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