In the online masterclass series Urbanizing Deltas of the World: the State of the Art of water research in South and Southeast Asia, PhD and Postdoc researchers from various projects of the NWO-Urbanizing Deltas of the World (NWO-UDW) programme will present their work and discuss lessons learned from their research activities with the audience.
NWO-Urbanizing Deltas of the World (NWO-UDW) programme: https://www.nwo.nl/en/researchprogrammes/urbanising-deltas-world-udw
Four masterclasses will be organized around a relevant theme, addressed by the various NWO-UDW research projects implemented in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
These masterclasses offer state of the art knowledge and understanding on the relations between water, environment, society and sustainable development of deltas, and provides insights in methods and tools for (participatory) planning and management to support sustainable delta planning and management.
The masterclass series specifically targets academia, professionals, and policy makers from the South and Southeast Asian region.
Each online masterclass will consist of two presentations, followed by Q & A with the speakers.
The online masterclass series will be organized on 15 September, 22 September, 29 September and 6 October. Starting at 9.30AM CEST (7.30AM GMT).
See the links to participate in the masterclasses under each date and topic.
Content of the masterclass series
The masterclass series specifically targets academia, professionals, and policy makers from the South and Southeast Asian region. Each online masterclass will consist of two presentations, followed by Q & A with the speakers.
Masterclass 1: Getting grip on sinking, shrinking and saltier deltas
15 September 2021, 9.30 - 11.00 AM CEST
Speakers: Dr. Philip Minderhoud and Dr Sepehr Eslami
Dr. Philip Minderhoud
Topic: Deltaic subsidence in the Mekong Delta
Dr. Philip Minderhoud was a PhD researcher in the NWO-UDW project: Rise and Fall: strategies for the subsiding and urbanising Mekong Delta (Vietnam) facing increasing salt water intrusion Philip Minderhoud is an assistant professor at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands, and a Marie-Curie research fellow at the University of Padova, Italy. He is also connected as advisor to Deltares.
He is specialized on subsidence and relative sea-level rise of coastal-deltaic areas, connecting the fields of geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, and remote sensing. He has been worked in the Mekong delta on delta subsidence since 2014 within the Dutch-Vietnamese Rise and Fall project in which he aqcuired his PhD. His research focuses on increasing the fundamental understanding of processes and drivers of deltaic subsidence and developing the numerical capacities to provide better spatial-temporal assessments of current and projections of future deltaic subsidence. He is currently active in research on coastal areas around the world: a.o. the Mekong, Irrawaddy, Po and Mississippi deltas, but also the Manila Bay area, North Java coastline and Lagoon of Venice. Beside fundamental research, he focuses on impact-orientated research aiming to create awareness and collaborative research uptake, and he is actively engaging with policymakers and NGO's to develop strategies to cope with ongoing land subsidence and accelerated sea-level rise.
Dr. Sepehr Eslami
Topic: Dynamics of salt intrusion in the Mekong Delta
Sepehr Eslami was a PhD researcher in the NWO-UDW project: Rise and Fall: strategies for the subsiding and urbanising Mekong Delta (Vietnam) facing increasing salt water intrusion Sepehr Eslami is a fluvial-coastal scientist, specialized in linking environmental change in deltas to climatic and anthropogenic drivers. As a PhD fellow at Utrecht University, he has been studying the issue of salt intrusion in the Mekong Delta over the past 6 years, disentangling the drivers of exposure and vulnerability. He is currently a senior advisor at Deltares in the Singapore branch office. In this capacity, he is focused mainly on climate change adaptation studies, and climate policy development in Singapore, as well as actively working on developing mitigation and adaptation strategies for the Asian deltas.
Masterclass 2: Thinking about complex urbanizing delta systems
22 September 2021, 9.30 - 11.00 AM CEST
Speakers: Sanchayan Nath and Badrul Hasan
Dr. Sanchayan Nath
Topic: Public policy and governance of social-ecological systems
Sanchayan Nath was a post-doctoral researcher in the NWO-UDW project: Living polders: dynamic polder management for sustainable livelihoods, applied to Bangladesh. Sanchayan Nath is an assistant professor in public policy and governance at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Tirupati. He completed his postdoctoral research from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University (UU) in the Netherlands. He has a PhD in Public Policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the Department of Political Science. in Indiana University Bloomington (IUB), USA. At IUB, he was affiliated with the The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.
Dr. Badrul Hasan
Topic: A community management plus model for the governance of rural drinking water system: A comparative case study of pond sand filter system in coastal Bangladesh
Badrul Hasan was a PhD researcher in the NOW-UDW project: Delta-MAR: Governance and hydrogeological prerequisites for sustainable water supply through MAR systems in urbanizing deltas, applied to Bangladesh. Currently, Muhammadd Badrul Hasan is doing a PhD at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development in Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His PhD research topic is the 'governance of rural drinking water system in developing countries focusing on coastal Bangladesh. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science in the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His areas of expertise include ground water governance, common resource management, and institutional analysis.
Masterclass 3: Adapting and innovating for managing and developing deltas
29 September 2021, 9.30 - 11.00 AM CEST
Speakers: Umme Kulsum and Dr. Vo Thi Minh Hoang
Topic: Supporting Adaptive Delta Management with Systematic Exploration of Community Livelihood Adaptation as Uncertainty
Umme Kulsum is a PhD Researcher in the NWO-UDW project: Adaptive delta management: development, acculturation, and dissemination in Bangladesh and Indonesia. Umme Kulsum currently joins the FAO as ‘National Climate Change and Risk Management Expert’ in the ‘Community-based Climate Resilient Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Bangladesh’ project since April 2020. Umme Kulsum has completed her PhD research in the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands and the Institute of Water and Flood Management, Bangladesh in the ‘Adaptive Delta Management’ Project. The research focused on developing approaches to support adaptive delta management and the PhD defense is set on 13th October 2021.
Vo Thi Minh Hoang
Topic: Roles of innovation in the Vietnamese delta planning processes
Vo Thi Minh Hoang was a PhD researcher in the NWO-UDW project: Strengthening strategic delta planning processes in Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond. Vo Thi Minh Hoang researched the role of innovations in delta planning. The Mekong Delta Plan introduced new ways for land and water use in the Mekong delta, including innovations such as adaptive livelihoods and interprovincial coordination. Innovation aspects for nature-based livelihoods have been studied for livelihoods in different agro-ecological regions of the Mekong Delta, e.g. floodbased floating rice and coastal-based mangrove-shrimp. Observations from local respondents on those livelihood models showed highly different preferences. Lotus-farming (a potential alternative for triple rice in flood-plains in the Mekong delta) is recognised by all relevant social groups. It is not yet widely practised, although stakeholders acknowledge the potential it has to replace triple rice. Innovations in the strategic delta planning process of the Mekong Delta have proven to travel from the agenda-setting phase to the formulation and implementation phases.
Masterclass 4: Rethinking delta knowledge and moving forward
6 October 2021, 9.30 - 11.00 AM CEST
Speakers: Dr. Ruknul Ferdous and Dr. Shahnoor Hasan
Dr. Ruknul Ferdous
Topic: Living with floods in the Jamuna floodplain (Bangladesh): fight or flight?
Ruknul Ferdous was a PhD researcher in the NWO-UDW project: Hydro-Social Deltas. Ruknul Ferdous is an expert on the interaction between human and water systems. Md Ruknul Ferdous having more than ten years of work experience in the following areas: Experience in hydrology, socio-hydrology (interaction between the human and water systems), river morphology and water resources management. Experience in flood risk assessment, flood early warning, vulnerability studies and vulnerability analysis for climate change induced sea level rise, community-based adaptation to climate change, community risk reduction programmes, and EIA studies.
Dr. Shahnoor Hasan
Topic: Ways forward: How would you like to talk about deltas?
Shahnoor Hasan was a PhD researcher in the NWO-UDW project: Strengthening strategic delta planning processes in Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Vietnam and beyond. Shahnoor Hasan’s PhD research explored different ways to conceptualize, think of and discuss policy transfers in international cooperation contexts. It takes issue with conventional analyses of policy transfer in diffusion terms, as these both assume and create hierarchies in knowledge and expertise between the origin and the destination of transfer. Her thesis experiments with telling the story of the transfer of the Dutch Delta Approach to Vietnam and Bangladesh differently, as a process of policy translation. This in turn paves the way for re-imagining policy transfer as a “symmetrical conversation”: a conversation in which many knowers are dialoguing and learning to co-develop policies. It also opens up discussion about how to assess the success of policy transfer, and provokes re-thinking of how different knowledges and knowers (should) relate to each other.
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The online masterclass series will be organized on 15 September, 22 September, 29 September and 6 October. Starting at 9.30AM CEST (7.30AM GMT)