Survival politics in East Asia: socio-environmental crises and grassroots responses

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Social and environmental change in East Asia is creating massive challenges to many parts of the region. Urban and industrial pollution; overcrowding in some regions coexists with rural depopulation in others; deforestation and climate change; catastrophes like the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Conventional politics struggles to deal with these challenges, and in some cases state policies may contribute to crisis rather than resolving it.

Against this background, 'Survival politics in East Asia' explores the initiatives taken by local communities and grassroots groups to confront socio-environmental crisis. How do local residents develop the skills and expertise to respond to new environmental and social challenges? How do grassroots responses interact with the policies of local and national governments? What outcomes have they achieved, and what obstacles have they faced?

Participants will include not only academic researchers but also those with first-hand experience of involvement in local grassroots action in the region.

The symposium forms part of the Australian Research Council Laureate project Informal Life Politics in the Making of Northeast Asia: From Cold War to Post-Cold War.

Attendance is free and open to all, but those attending are asked to register by 25 February 2015.

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