Enabling Technology and Protection for Young and Old in a Post-COVID-19 Era

Managing Demographic Change in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Issues Amidst the ‘New Normal’

Session 4

About the Webinar

Both technology advancements and the environment represent two ends of an experiential continuum that potentially exert a strong impact on populations. Reflections on the management of demographic change require greater cognizance of how these two areas intersect, influence and even transform the well-being of communities and individuals. Dr Prapaporn Tivayanond Mongkhonvanit (Thammasat University) will share an important reminder of how children – our youngest in societies – are the most at risk in suffering when a natural disaster strikes, or even in the case of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, well-designed social protection policies for children play a key role in enabling households to avoid negative coping strategies and mitigate disaster impact. Dr June Tay (Singapore University of Social Sciences) complements such concerns and strategies by examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has, ironically, given a boost to technology adoption of the digital economy among various age-groups in the region through both need and economic contingency. Finally, Dr Calvin M L Chan (Singapore University of Social Sciences), will highlight the importance of acknowledging the unique issues and challenges that the elderly face when engaging within the digital economy in order to minimize potential digital divides during the current pandemic.

This workshop is supported by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

Download the workshop programme here.

About the Panelists

Dr Prapaporn Tivayanond Mongkhonvanit
Dean, School of Global Studies, Thammasat University, Thailand

Dr June Tay
Head, Digital Media Programme, School of Science and Technology, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Dr Calvin M L Chan
Director, Office of Graduate Studies, Singapore University of Social Sciences


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Nov 20 2020


4:00 pm - 5:30 pm