Coastal Environments in Global Asia — Coastal Precarity and Managed Retreat


WHEN March 4, 2021
5-6:30 PM WHERE Online via Zoom WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public


The oceans of the world are heating unevenly and the science of climate change is pointing to the accelerating realities of coastal precarity across the monsoon environments of the Global South. Barrier islands, minor seas, archipelago nations, riverine cities, and deltaic regions are some of the coastal ecologies structuring the regional interdependencies of marine environments across Asia.

This panel will examine key issues arising across the oceanic spaces of the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and South China Seas to the Pacific Ocean. The processes of storm surge, of transboundaries, of shared waters, of proactive risk and vulnerable adaptation, and the highly contested notion of managed retreat are propelling ideas that the participants will be asked to consider, in shaping the panel. What are the lessons in adaptation, in planning, in resilience, that coastal Asia offers? What are the intergenerational/intragenerational histories of water thinking informing local and regional approaches to climate change?

Coastal Environments in Global Asia Conference

Monsoon Asia’s coasts and islands supported most of the world’s pre-modern sea trade. They sustained empires. Now, they host the world’s largest ports and support most global shipping. They lie in the world’s most hotly contested sea lanes and face catastrophic effects of climate change.

In this six-part webinar series, Global Asia research centers and initiatives from NYU, NYU Shanghai, and NYU Abu Dhabi share findings from their joint three-year research project, “Port City Environments in Global Asia” (funded by the Luce Foundation) and offer a first look at new research agendas for the years ahead.

March 4 — Coastal Precarity and Managed Retreat Shaping Global Asia
Hosted by May Joseph, featuring Godfrey Baldacchino, Alexis Dudden, Sudipta Sen and Nitya Jacob.

March 11 — Mapping Coastal Environments: Homelands of Globalization
With Marina Kaneti (NUS), David Ludden (NYU) and Vidhya Raveendranationan (NYU Shanghai)

March 18 — Coastal Development and Coastal Livelihoods
Hosted by Vidhya Raveendranathan, featuring the EquiP project (Madras Institute of Development Studies/ French institute Pondicherry) and Sridhar Rao.

March 25 — Himalayan Water Security: An Unfolding Global Challenge
With David Michel (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute), Sophia Kalantzakos (NYU/AD), and Mark Swislocki (NYUAD)

April 1 — Long Rivers, Deep Histories
Hosted by Sunil Amrith and featuring Ruth Mostern, Faisal Hussain, Maya Peterson, and Hieu Phung.

April 8 — Belts and Roads in Environmental Perspective
With Maria Adele Carrai, Sophia Kalantzakos, Yifei Li, and Ayesha Omer

Panel Members
  • Nitya Jacob
  • Alexis Dudden
  • Godfrey Baldacchino
  • Sudipta Sen
Hosted by
  • May Joseph, Pratt Institute

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