Prof. Kathy Young

Panel discussion explores natural resource management on regional, global scale


Resource development rationality and natural resource management practices in Asia and North America will be the focus of an upcoming panel at York University on Feb. 1.

The panel, titled “Natural Resources Management: National, Regional and Global Issues” will take place at 10:30am in the Private Dining Room at the Schulich School of Business. All are welcome.

York U’s Kathy Young (Department of Geography) and Venilla Rajaguru (Science and Technology Studies, Environmental Studies) will join visiting speaker Der-yuan Maxwell Wu (National Chengchi University, Taiwan) to share real-time, proven cases of resolving resource crisis and ecological governance problems.

Maxwell Wu

Maxwell Wu

A former postdoctoral fellow at the York University-University of Toronto Joint Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies, Wu is now a faculty member of the International Doctoral Program in Asia Pacific Studies (IDAS) in the College of Social Sciences at National Chengchi University. His research areas include China’s environmental policy and international cooperation, China’s human rights diplomacy, Cross-Strait and North American relations, Canada-China/Taiwan relations, and Taiwan’s foreign policy. Wu was an official of the Department of International Organization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan (Republic of China) before beginning his academic career.

Young has spent approximately 30 years in the Canadian High Arctic. Her research continues to focus on snow cover and melt processes, and both hillslope and wetland hydrology in relation to landscape and climate variability. A Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America in recognition of her contributions to hydrology research in the Canadian High Arctic, she is knowledgeable about critical issues stemming from corporate resource development, and resource mismanagement problems affecting communities in the High North.

Venilla Rajaguru

Venilla Rajaguru

Rajaguru is a board director of Science for Peace (Canada), and the chair of a pan-university research working group on disputed ocean frontiers. She now serves as the course director of an environmental studies course on resource management at York University, while finishing her doctoral dissertation in the Department of Science and Technology Studies on technical issues of trans-boundary infrastructure development. Her previous work experience spans leadership roles in ASEAN community outreach and transnational corporate responsibility consulting. She also steps up as an independent consultant, when enquired about geotechnical boundary matters, highlighting opportunities for joint development of natural resources in disputed maritime zones.

The event is sponsored by the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Toronto and presented by the York Centre for Asian Research.

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