Change, Continuity and Diversity: Perspectives on Sustainability for Asia
The 2013 Conference on Human Development in Asia invites scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, doctoral students, and representatives from industry, entrepreneurs, and non-profit and non-governmental organization professionals.
Authors are welcome to submit from a range of topics, perspectives, and disciplines. The range of research submissions may include conceptual, empirical, experimental, and case studies.
The conference theme of Change, Continuity and Diversity: Perspectives on Sustainability for Asia seeks to explore such issues and their links to the notion of sustainability through the combined and holistic lenses of an interdisciplinary approach. This conference will be held in Hiroshima, Japan, during the 68th Hiroshima Peace Memorial.
Remembrance events and tours are held during the conference, including a guided tour of Peace Park on August 6th, which is the anniversary of the atomic bombing.
COHDA is also organizing a special trip on August 9th to Miyajima Shrine Island — a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a must-see for any visitors to Japan. Those wishing to join these tours should visit our Travel page for registration details.
While taking account the wider themes of Change, Continuity and Diversity, the sub-themes of the conference will focus on the following nine areas:
- Population and Ageing
- Healthcare and Social Support
- Politics and Conflict
- Inequality and Justice
- Gender and Culture
- Migration and Identity
- Environment and Technology
- Economy and Sustainability
COHDA 2013 Featured Presentation
Mr Isao Aratani: An A-Bomb Survivor’s Story
In a special COHDA presentation, A-Bomb survivor, Mr Isao Aratani, will share with participants about his life and the horrific events he witnessed on August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was subjected to the world’s first atomic bombing.
Mr. Aratani was born in Hiroshima in 1931. He was exposed to the bombing at the East Drill Ground, 2.2 km from the hypocenter when he was a second-year student at Second Hiroshima Prefectural Hiroshima Junior High School. After graduating from university, he began working as a chemist at a paint company. For much of his life, Mr. Aratani never told his story to anyone; however after moving back to Hiroshima at the age of 69, he decided to share his story in the hopes that future generations will learn the horror of wars and embrace peace for eternity.
Scott Valentine, PhD (National University Singapore), International Master of Public Policy Program, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
Dr. Scott Valentine is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the International Master of Public Policy program at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo. He has over 20 years of diverse international business experience specializing in business development and organizational development.
Past positions include Executive Vice-President of Vektor Multimedia in charge of Japanese operations (currently Sony-Vektor), Managing Director of Asia Pacific Development International, Dean of the British Education College in Tokyo (affiliated with the UK Northern Consortium), and Director of the British Council Training Centre in Taiwan.
In academia, he has been an Assistant Professor in two MBA programs and has worked as a Research Fellow in Energy at the National University of Singapore and at the Technology and Innovation Management Institute at National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
Scott’s academic achievements include: PhD Public Policy (NUS), DBA (CalSouthern), MBA (Adelaide), MSc in Environmental Management (NUS), MBA (APGISM/CityU) and an MA in Advanced Japanese Studies (Sheffield).