NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CHINA DAILY GLOBAL
Better risk management
An opinion piece co-authored by PPOL Assist. Prof. ZHAO Xiaofan on how to improve China’s climate risk governance system, in which she said “Chinese cities must enhance policy learning and experience sharing with each other in the area of disaster risk management.”
THE THINK20 (T20)
Think20 (T20) Policy Brief
PPOL Associate Head Professor Kira Matus and Associate Professor Masaru YARIME have contributed to the Policy Brief "SusTech Solutions: Enabling New Technologies to Drive Sustainable Development" for Task Force 4 Digital Transformation of the Think20 (T20), which aims to provide research-based policy recommendations to the G20 leaders.
Temperature rising: Hong Kong developers, universities act early on climate change, but most businesses hold back, doing the minimum
PPOL Associate Professor Masaru YARIME explained a project on energy saving in buildings to tackle climate change in HKUST Sustainable Smart Campus as a Living Lab providing a platform for learning, experimenting, and demonstrating innovation to address sustainability challenges.
Temperature rising: Hong Kong’s poorest suffer most as city gets hotter, while experts call for action to avoid tragedy
Dr. Konstantinos Spandagos, a former postdoctoral researcher working with Professor Masaru Yarime at PPOL, made comments in an article in the South China Morning Post, based on our research on social influence and policy intervention for energy saving.
DIVISION OF PUBLIC POLICY
Nomination as Specialty Chief Editor for the Governance and Cities Section of the Frontiers in Sustainable Cities
PPOL Professor Masaru Yarime has been nominated as the Specialty Chief Editor for the Governance and Cities section of the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Cities.
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
China digital currency: could Beijing’s advanced e-yuan replace smaller Asian currencies?
PPOL Prof. Edwin LAI said in an interview that China’s digital yuan is unlikely to be widely used in the global monetary system if the country is reluctant to relax its stringent capital controls.
The Climate Crisis Advisory Group
PPOL Prof. Ye QI has joined a group of world-leading scientists to launch “The Climate Crisis Advisory Group”, which seeks to scrutinise different governments’ responses to climate and biodiversity crises. The advisory group will also suggest how policymakers can mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
China Announces Couples Could Have Three Children
PPOL and SOSC Prof. Stuart GIETEL-BASTEN commented on China’s new three-child policy in media interviews, saying while the policy shift removes a clear inconsistency in the concerns over low fertility with restrictions on births at the same time, the policy alone will not be able to address the structural problem of China’s population.
VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
The changing nature of innovation policies: moving towards systems transformation approaches
PPOL Associated Professor Masaru YARIME contributed to the OECD-TIP Launch Event "R&D Policies for Better Post-Pandemic Futures: New Approaches and Tools on 20-21 May 2021.
China, EU and US cooperation on climate change - is there political will to make real progress?
Professor QI Ye, Director of Institute for Public Policy (IPP) and Professor of Division of Public Policy (PPOL), will speak on China, EU and US cooperation in a climate change forum on 27 May 2021.
PACIFIC BASIN ECONOMIC COUNCIL
Catalyst For Change – Update on Sustainable Finance Activities in Asia & the Pacific
PPOL Associate Professor Masaru YARIME participated in A Catalyst for Change - A live virtual roundtable dialogue on the latest Sustainable Finance Developments across Asia and the Pacific that took place on March 24, 2021 in the UN-ESCAP 8th Annual Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD).
China Newborns Fell by 15% Last Year. The Trend Is Temporarily Difficult To Reverse
SOSC and PPOL Prof. Stuart GIETEL-BASTEN’s comments on China’s record low birth rate last year, saying the statistics are in line with a general global downward trend as a result of the pandemic in 2020, but he expects the drop will ease off in coming years. He added that downward structural trend is likely to continue because the number of childbearing women is declining.
INDIA EDUCATION DIARY
Tokyo Institute of Technology: AEARU-Tokyo Tech Webinar on Collaboration in a Post-COVID-19 World
Acting Dean of Students and PPOL Professor, Prof. King CHOW, was one of the invited speakers of the webinar on “Cooperation and Collaboration among Research Universities in Asia in a Post-COVID-19 World” hosted by Tokyo Tech on November 27. The webinar was part of activities organized under the Association of East Asian Research Universities (AEARU).
China-US tech rivalry: Beijing plans to restructure national labs, boost investment in scientific research
"State key labs are the main vehicles that the Chinese authorities are employing to direct resources towards advancing basic research capacity and capabilities. Scientific knowledge often takes a long time to become useful", PPOL Associate Professor, Prof. Naubahar SHARIF says.