Adopting sustainable urban development measures for continued economic growth

Adopting sustainable urban development measures for continued economic growth


POINT OF VIEW

Don't fall into thinking that urban resilience is just a top down intitaive from the government. It is not. The stronger bonds of resilience should be built on networks of like-minded individuals and businesses, in Singapore and other regions.

Winston Chow

Associate Professor of Urban Climate


In brief

  • While Singapore is relatively invulnerable to droughts and floods because of sound policies, it should not rest on its laurels. Hazards will increase in the future due to climate change.
  • With climate change increasing the likelihood of risks and hazards, resilience means being able to anticipate and make changes in thinking and practices to account for those risks.
  • For cities, future growth in terms of population and resource use means there may be more climate risks. However, on a more positive note, it also means that solutions for climate change hazards can be effectively managed, tested and used in cities before scaling to other areas.

Associate Professor Winston Chow from SMU's School of Social Sciences discusses the continued economic growth of a city by adopting sustainable urban development measures.

Associate Professor of Humanities Winston Chow from SMU’s School of Social Sciences has researched on the areas of urban vulnerability to climate change; sustainability in urban climatology; and perceptions of environmental and climate change in tourism.

In recent years, he has published papers on the impact of weather extremes on urban resilience to hydro-climate hazards and trans-boundary variations of urban drought vulnerability and its impact on water resource management in Singapore and Johor, Malaysia.

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In this podcast, Associate Professor Chow will discuss the continued economic growth of a city by adopting sustainable urban development measures.


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Winston Chow is an Associate Professor of Urban Climate at Singapore Management University. He is also a Lee Kong Chian Fellow. His research focuses on Urban Vulnerability to Climate Change, Urban Heat Island Science, Impacts and Mitigation Sustainability in Urban Climatology and Perceptions of Environmental and Climate Change in Tourism. He also teaches Climate Change: Global and Local Solutions and Technological innovations enhancing urban sustainability.