Finance, Energy and Food Intersections in Southeast Asia’s Green Transition


About the Webinar

Public support for a greener economy is gaining momentum in Southeast Asia, and ASEAN has also been collaborating with major powers – such as the U.S., the E.U. and China – to increase green finance and investments in the region. It is undeniable that investments in renewable energy are essential to the promotion of a climate-resilient economy. However, rapid expansions of renewable energy projects have potential adverse effects on food security and people’s livelihoods. This serves as a reminder that, without policy interventions to promote social justice and fairer distribution of economic benefits, green economic transition in Southeast Asia may fail to advance inclusive and sustainable development in the region.

In this webinar, Giulia Dal Maso will discuss Chinese-led green finance along the Belt and Road Initiative and lessons for Southeast Asia. Siwage Negara will discuss the challenges and prospects of energy transition in Indonesia, as well as its potential impacts on the region at large. Prapimphan Chiengkul will then discuss the importance of promoting just transition in the energy and agrifood sectors in Southeast Asia.

About the Speakers

Prapimphan Chiengkul is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University in Thailand, Associate Fellow with the Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, and Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick in the UK. She specialises in the political economy of development and is currently conducting research into the connections between climate change and just energy-food transition in Southeast Asia. She has published two books with Routledge and Palgrave as well as research articles in Third World Quarterly and Alternatives: Global, Local, Political.

Giulia Dal Maso is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Department of Asian and North African Studies, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. She has worked on financialisation in postsocialist contexts, in China and Eastern Europe and her new project concerns the development of Chinese-led green finance along the Belt and Road Initiative. She has published in Journal of Cultural Economy; Historical Materialism; Social and Cultural Geography; South Atlantic Quarterly. She is the author of Risky Expertise in Chinese Financialization: Financial Labor within the Chinese state-finance nexus.

Siwage Dharma Negara is a senior fellow at the ISEAS- Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS). He is Co-Coordinator for the Indonesia Studies Programme and Coordinator for the Singapore APEC Study Centre at the institute. His research interests include the digital economy, infrastructure investment, food security, and energy transition, with a special focus on Indonesia. He co-edited The Riau Islands Province: Setting Sail (2021, ISEAS) and The Indonesian Economy in Transition: Policy Challenges in the Jokowi Era and Beyond (2019, ISEAS). His publications appear in the ISEAS Perspective and ISEAS Trends in Southeast Asia series, and in Bulletin of Indonesia Economic Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, and Singapore Economic Review.


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Apr 11 2023


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm