UNSW-APDS Infrastructure Workshop
This workshop brings together interdisciplinary experts to discuss how infrastructure development—broadly conceptualized in physical, social and strategic terms—is transforming the geostrategic, sociopolitical, and environmental landscapes across the Asia-Pacific region.
Since the establishment of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, the Asia-Pacific has been witnessing a flurry of infrastructure development. With the region's infrastructure needs estimated to be at approximately US$1.5 trillion per year, multilateral institutions like the Asian Development Bank as well as key regional actors,including Australia, the United States and Japan, have been seeking to counter the strategic influence of Chinese money, particularly in the region’s developing economies, by green-lighting a range of infrastructure projects and financing initiatives such as the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific, the trilateral Blue Dot Network, and the Japan-EU ‘Asia Connectivity’ plan.
But while there is considerable debate on the geostrategic and political implications of these projects, less attention has been directed to their localized implications—specifically, the impacts that these large schemes can
have, or are having, on societies and the natural environment.The aim of this workshop is thus to catalyze collaborative research across the research-policy divide, as well as encourage more nuanced debates and scholarship on the impacts of infrastructure development in the Asia-Pacific—one that ties together the regional, national, and local contexts.
Workshop participants come from varied professional and disciplinary backgrounds, including government, NGO/civil society, business, and academia. For complete program please click