Environmental Politics in Southeast Asia: Recent Trends and Likely Future Directions


About the Webinar

How important are climate change and environmental issues in the politics of Southeast Asia? As the level of community concern around the impact of climate change grows, backed up by research indicating potentially major economic, social and environmental disruptions, how are existing political parties responding to this challenge? And why, despite the number of elected environmental MPs continuing to grow elsewhere around the world, are there so few (if any) green parliamentarians in legislatures in Southeast Asia?

Join us to discuss some of these issues, in a webinar that will cover topics such as:
• How are current (established) political parties in the region dealing with environmental issues? And with climate change?
• How many green MPs are there in the region?
• Will increasing levels of climate change lead to electoral change?
• What are the barriers and triggers to the rise of more green/environment-focused MPs?
• If there are more green MPs, what impact is this likely to have on parliaments and governments in the region?

This is a presentation for everyone with an interest in democratic trends, electoral politics, the environment and civil society.

About the Speakers

Dr Michael Schaper is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at ISEAS, and an experienced CEO, board director, regulator and small business/economic development specialist. He currently chairs a number of private and government boards, including the Australian government’s Shadow Economy Advisory Forum. His prior roles include Deputy Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; CEO of the state peak business chamber in the Australian Capital Territory; and dean of business schools in Western Australia and Queensland. He holds a PhD in business and environment issues, is currently also an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, and is a member of the governing council of the University of Canberra.

Dr Ruth Lusterio-Rico is Professor and currently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines Diliman. She served as Chair of the Department of Political Science from November 2010 to October 2013. She obtained her political science degrees from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Professor Lusterio-Rico teaches courses in political analysis, research methods, environmental politics, and the legislative process. She has done research and published several journal articles and book chapters on environment and politics, policy-making, indigenous peoples’ rights, and migration. She also co-authored a textbook on Understanding Culture, Society, and Politics which is used for a core subject in senior high school. In the summer of 2017, Professor Lusterio-Rico was Visiting Professor/Researcher at the Department of Political Science and Center for East Asian Studies, University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Aside from her teaching and administrative duties, Professor Lusterio-Rico engages in volunteer work as program manager of LEAD, a leadership program for female senior high school and university students and a project of Kalinangan Youth Foundation, Inc. (KALFI), a private non-stock, non-profit foundation.

Dr Serina Rahman is a Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, where she examines issues of (un)sustainable development, rural politics, political ecology and climate change impacts on Malaysian rural communities.



This webinar will be delivered online entirely via Zoom. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

Please register here.


Apr 26 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am