Working Towards Our Sustainable and Equitable Future in the Asia-Pacific
Working Towards Our Sustainable and Equitable Future in the Asia-Pacific

Working Towards Our Sustainable and Equitable Future in the Asia-Pacific

In support of the APEC Voices of the Future project, the Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence hosted a webinar on 5 October 2021 featuring three top academics in their field from around Aotearoa New Zealand in discussion with tertiary students on how we can build a sustainable, inclusive, and equitable future for the Asia-Pacific.

Moderated by Stephanie Honey, Associate Director of the New Zealand International Business Forum, and policy advisor to the New Zealand members of the APEC Business Advisory Council, this webinar provides a fascinating insight into how the Asia-Pacific could approach key economic and development issues for a sustainable future post-COVID-19.

The academics: Professor Chellie Spiller (The University of Waikato), Professor James Renwick (Te Herenga Waka—Wellington Uni), and Dr Negin Imani, PhD (Otago Polytechnic) are paired with students in the discussion, with each pair focusing on the theme as it relates to Aotearoa New Zealand and North Asia, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Join us to hear thought-provoking insights on how Aotearoa New Zealand can work within the Asia- Pacific towards building a truly sustainable and equitable future.

We’re really looking forward to next week’s webinar: Working towards our sustainable and equitable future in the Asia-Pacific, which we’re hosting with our fellow CAPEs North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence and Latin America Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence. We want to introduce you to the academic who will be representing SEA CAPE.


Dr Negin Imani, PhD is a lecturer in Architectural and Building Science at Otago Polytechnic with a PhD in Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington. For the last six years, she has been working as a researcher in the Centre for Building Performance Research at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research is focused on sustainable architecture and biomimetic energy-efficient building design.

Rising emissions in the buildings and construction sector (the sector accounts for 40% of all energy-related carbon emissions) emphasise the need for strategies to aggressively reduce energy demand in the built environment, decarbonize the power sector, and implement materials strategies that reduce lifecycle carbon emissions. Dr Imani will be talking about building pollution and carbon emissions, exploring examples of solutions and strategies from Singapore that aim to address these problems. She will also touch on her research on bio-inspired design and thermo-bio-architectural framework, the importance of multidisciplinary research collaborations to address and embrace sustainability and climate resilience in the building sector.

Registrations for the webinar are open now at
Tuesday, 5 October 2021