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ISR partners with various research institutions and organizations to host interdisciplinary thematic seminars each year on contemporary topics.

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Previous Seminar Series

2021–2022 Seminar Series: APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes

The theme for the 2021 seminar series was Sustainable Cities and Landscapes, co-hosted by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). The Sustainable Cities and Landscapes Live Webinar Series brought researchers and scholars together from across the Pacific Rim to engage in cross-cultural conversations around climate justice, sustainable, and social equity. See a list of the speakers and watch the event recordings.

2020–2021 Seminar Series: Resilient Pacific

Co-hosted by the Center for Pacific Islands Studies (CPIS), this series featured presenters whose multidisciplinary work showcases the many ways that Pacific communities develop their capacity to overcome a wide range of challenges. The talks highlighted the diverse ways that people demonstrate resilience in forging community empowerment, innovative solutions, and sustainable futures across the Pacific and beyond toward regional and global well-being.

Resilient Pacific Video Playlist

2019–2020 Seminar Series: Sustainable Cities

Co-hosted by the College of Engineering and the College of Social Sciences

  • Josh Stanbro, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Judith Stilgenbauer, Architecture
  • Konia Freitas, Hawaiian Studies
  • Shadab Shishegar, National Institute of Scientific Research, University of Québec
  • David Ma, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Wendy Meguro, Sea Grant & Architecture
  • Makena Coffman, Institute for Sustainability and Resilience
  • Philip Garboden, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Ilan Noy, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Ashok Das, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Trigg Talley, U.S. State Department
  • Reza Ghorbani, Mechanical Engineering
  • Dale Jensen, former Makai Ocean Engineering
  • Kawika Winter, Heʻeia National Estuarine Research Reserve & Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology
  • Aida Arik, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Clay Traurnicht, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Chip Fletcher, Earth Sciences
  • Victoria Keener, East-West Center
  • Akira Hibiki, Tohoku University
  • Brad Romine, Sea Grant
  • Peter Schlosser, Arizona State University
  • Noelani Puniwai, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
  • Barry Usagawa, Board of Water Supply
  • Hunter Heaivilin, Geography and Environment
  • Maxine Burkett, UH Law
  • Susan Crow, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Lisa C. Kelley, Geography & Environment
  • Patricia Laporte, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Daniele Spirandelli, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Zena Grecni, East-West Center
  • Michael Bruno, Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Matthew Gonser, Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Jeremy Rifkin, TIR Consulting Group, LLC
  • Rosie Alegado, Oceanography & Sea Grant
  • Kirsten Oleson & Emelia von Saltza, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • Naoki Masuhara, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan
  • Natalie Kurashima, Kamehameha Schools
  • Danya Hakeem, Elemental Excelerator
  • Kitty Courtney, Tetra Tech
  • John Lynham, Economics
  • Sarah Wiebe, Political Science
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