We are undertaking interdisciplinary environmental research in a number of areas, and are always keen to hear from potential collaborators. Our current themes are:
Contact Dr Ken Kyid Yeoh
The Pro-Environmental Behaviour theme looks at how best to cultivate environmentally-friendly behaviours to improve sustainability, especially within the context of rapidly developing economies. The scope of this theme includes the influence on pro-environmental behaviour of cultural background, economic context, and social norms. Ultimately we aim to discover what sorts of institutions, policies, infrastructure and/or cultural norms should be put in place and/or cultivated to enhance long-term environmental sustainability.
Liveability of Kuala Lumpur
Contact Dr Alex Lechner
The Liveability theme investigates the massive challenges in planning and design of sustainable cityscapes in an Asian city that is growing rapidly. Kuala Lumpur has major plans for further population growth and a key challenge is ensuring that the city is able to achieve development objectives without compromising liveability.
A pilot project under the Liveability theme seeks to develop an improved understanding of what would make KL liveable for residents.
Contact Dr Laura De Pretto
The Transboundary Haze theme studies the haze spreading mostly from forest fires in Indonesia and affecting Malaysia and Singapore on a seasonal basis, with greater severity during drought conditions. In urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur, smoke haze mixes with existing urban air pollution to produce conditions of very poor air quality. Air pollution is an environmental factor with particularly damaging impact on human health and the direct perception of liveability.
A peer-reviewed article entitled The Link between Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices in Relation to Atmospheric Haze Pollution in Peninsular Malaysia was pubished on 8 December 2015, focussing on understanding Malaysian’s knowledge of and attitudes towards the haze, as well as on their protective behaviours.
Urban Green Spaces
Contact Dr Thuy Vu
Contact Dr Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz