Research Centre: Sustainable High Density Cities lab
Active Dates: January 2014 – 2019
Project title: Yangon Ecologies: Landscape-responsive urban growth models for a region in transition.
Project team: Scott Jennings Melbourne (Co-PI), Ivan Valin (Co-PI).
Project funder: UGC General Research Fund, HKU URC Seed Funding for Basic Research, DLA.
What are current ecological conditions in greater Yangon, and how might these systems be structured in a framework that helps guide a sustainable future for that city’s urban growth? This study identifies critical landscape systems within Yangon’s peri-urban region that are in the process of undergoing significant urban change. By initiating a hitherto non-existent dataset of the city’s ecological potential, this research initiative is structured to function as a first step toward advancing novel methodologies for assessing environmental conditions in areas of rapid change, generally, and more specific to Yangon, informing policy and decision making to facilitate a sustainable transformation of the city.
Anticipated outcomes and outputs: 2-3 papers in high impact factor journals, in addition to a comprehensive GIS-based landscape model.