Invited speakers


Prof. Haryo Winarso (Institut Teknologi Bandung)

HW-1Prof. Winarso is professor of land and housing development. He is the former Indonesian Attache of Education and Culture for the Unites States. He has focused his research on various topics related to residential land development, metropolitan development and peri urbanization, slum upgrading and innovation in urban contexts. He has published various articles in scientific journals, such as Habitat International, International Development Planning Review, numerous book chapters and popular/newspaper articles.


Dr. Tim Bunnell (National University of Singapore)

TimBunnellFinalDr. Bunnell is associate professor of geography. He is interested in the politics of urban development in Southeast Asia (especially in Malaysia and Indonesia), as well as in constitutive connections between cities in that region and other parts of the world. Beginning with doctoral research carried out in the 1990s, his work on the discursive and material making of megaprojects and high-tech urban space in and around Kuala Lumpur culminated in the publication of Malaysia, Modernity and the Multimedia Super Corridor (Routledge) in 2004.

The main focus of his research subsequently shifted to examination of historical linkages between Southeast Asia and the port city of Liverpool through the lives of Malay men who arrived there as seafarers in the middle decades of the twentieth century. The book which emerged from that research, From World City to the World in One City: Liverpool through Malay Lives (Wiley) was published in 2016. He also has a longstanding interest in relations between innovation, broadly conceived, and urban and regional studies – ranging from economic geographies of firm location and networks, to policy and governance ‘good practice’ and to ground-level incremental change associated with individual and community aspirations.

Dr. Paul Jones (The University of Sydney)

jonesDr. Jones is Program Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program, and Associate Dean (Research Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney. He is an urban development and management practitioner with 30 years professional experience in developing sustainable urban management, urban development and planning solutions in Australia and overseas.

In the 1980s and early 1990’s, Paul gained valuable mainstream planning experience in Australia. This included working in the Strategic Planning Department of the City of Sydney Council, and then the Planning and Engineering Division of the Albury Wodonga Development Corporation, a ‘new town’ experiment modeled on Milton Keynes in the UK. At the end of 1992, Paul moved to the Pacific Islands and has spent the last 20 years specialising in urban management and urban development projects in the Pacific Region. This has included working in Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Samoa, Fiji Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Marshall Islands, as well as Philippines, China, Israel and Thailand. The latter includes living over 8 years full time in the small low lying atoll nation of Kiribati as its ‘first urban development planner’.

In the above setting, Paul has been working on the conceptualization, design and institutional strengthening associated with urban management and urban development projects in the Pacific Region. Experience has focused on better managing human settlements including the roles of Team Leader and policy adviser in all aspects of urban management project design, development and implementation including project concept design, project feasibility, institutional evaluation, capacity building, institutional strengthening, and environmental and social assessment of human settlements. Key professional highlights include Team Leader for the design and establishment of the new Planning and Urban Management Agency (PUMA) for Samoa (2002-2004), the Fiji Urban Policy Action Plan (2004), the design of the Kiritimati Island Water and Sanitation Project (2006-2008), presentation on Pacific urban management and development issues to the World Urban Forum, Nanjing, China (2008), and leading the team for the preparation of the first National Urbanisation Policy for PNG, 2010-2030 (2009 – 2010).

Dr. Li Zhang (Tongji University)

li zhangDr. Zhang is an associate professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University and former Vice Head of Town and Countryside Development Division of Shanghai Planning and Land Administration Bureau (2015-2016). He has developed research themes in urbanization, urban policy, rural resilience, and small towns planning. He has published numerous contributions in reputable journals and books.