Transdisciplinary Research and Practice Networks for Reduction of Environmental Problems
In recent years, the ASEAN countries have been developing the concerns towards problems such as “frequent natural disasters”, “urban environmental problems”, “environmental disruption and pollution caused by overexploitation of natural resources” and “health problems derived from environmental problems and food safety as well as the ill-responsive regional health care due to these problems” in along with their economic growth. And these raised the awareness on “sustainable usage of resources”, “environmental problems which cross the borders” “safety and security of global food and health” of developed countries, and the importance of endeavor for border-crossing common problem have been acknowledged. In order to solve these problems, transdisciplinary research (TDR) among Japan and ASEAN countries is essential.
Therefore, three Japanese universities: Ehime, Kagawa and Kochi universities and the universities of ASEAN countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Brunei will be exchanged and collaborated to evaluate each scientifically and practically discover the comprehensive solution by TDR for recent years’ various natural disasters which have been a problem, the deteriorating urban environmental problems, damaged resources and disruption of nature caused by environmental pollution and development, and current situation of health problems caused by poverty as well as environmental degradation of ASEAN countries. This research activity will also increase the possibility for young researchers in performing the independent research at their home countries in future.
TDR research will be performed for implementing the specific research method and comprehensive solution for characteristic as well as urgent environmental problems of targeted country and social issues derived from these environmental problems:
Prevention and Reduction of Natural Disasters (volcanoes, earthquake and tsunami, floods, slope disaster etc.) and prevention and reduction of disasters
Improvement on Urban Environmental Problems (ground subsidence, water pollution in land and sea areas, garbage problem etc.)
Sustainable development and environmental preservation (overexploitation of natural resources, land and sea areas pollution due to mineral resources development etc.) and
Food safety and health (handling the health problem due to poverty and environmental degradation).
Specialized Fields of Collaborative Research
Global Environmental Science
Environmental Restoration Science
Safety and Occupational Health Engineering
Functional Food Science
Catalyst and Resource Chemistry
Marine Environmental Studies
Environmental Water Quality
Sediment and Hydraulics
Basin Water Environmental Management
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In the past, the series of research exchanges have been conducted between 3 Japanese Universities (Ehime, Kochi and Kagawa) and some of universities from the ASEAN countries: 1) Brunei Darussalam, 2) Cambodia, 3) Republic of Indonesia, 4) Malaysia, 5) Republic of the Union of Myanmar, 6) Kingdom of Thailand and 7) Vietnam and the research results have been published in prominent international journals and received the high evaluations by domestically and internationally. However, many of the research projects were monodisciplinary or multidisciplinary, and the presentation of the path to social problem solving by TDR and its implementation have not been made. The research has been performed independently in the fields and organizations but have not conducted as a wide range of research exchange cross-departmentally with the field of social science and science.
Therefore, in this project, Ehime University will become the hub of dispatching the information related to research and cooperation and will construct the ASEAN TDR network of environmental problems by utilizing the past advanced research results to develop TDR that leads to solving environmental problems and related problems.
The results obtained from the research exchange with ASEAN countries by this project will contribute to further improvement of the level of research in this field, and also contribute to the development of problem-solving TDR in Asia. In addition, further expansion of academic and human exchanges is expected as the network of TDR exchanges centering on ASEAN countries to spread further. Through such research exchanges, it is possible to be able to train and produce the necessary human resources for promoting research on environmental science of integrated humanities and sciences, which in turn leads to an improvement in the standards of science and education and research in the developing countries.
Research collaboration between researchers from Japan and ASEAN universities are as follow.
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Health Promotion Unit, Ministry of Health
University of Health Sciences Cambodia
Republic of Indonesia
Bandung Institute of Technology
Gadjah Mada University
Bogor Agricultural University
State University of Gorontalo
University of Malaya
Republic of the Union of Myanmar
University of Medicine 1
Myanmar Maritime University
Yangon Children′s Hospital
Kingdom of Thailand
Chiang Mai University
Vietnam National University
Nong Lam University
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