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

Current Seminar Series

Coastal Adaptation Spring 2023 Seminar Series

ISR Coastal Adaptation Spring 2023 Seminar Series: Wednesdays, February 8 – April 26 from 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm in Kuykendall Room 201 or on Zoom. Register at

Please join the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience (ISR) for our Spring 2023 seminar series focusing on sea level rise and coastal adaptation. The series will showcase the work of the Climate Resilience Collaborative (CRC), a research program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, as well as related research from public and private partners. CRC’s mission is to provide communities and the government with research results that inform effective management decisions leading to climate resilient development. CRC is an affiliation of experts spanning physical and social sciences, community design, economics, and policy spread across the Mānoa campus working to better understand challenges related to climate change. Please join ISR for this hybrid seminar series most Wednesdays during the Spring semester, in person in Kuykendall Room 201 or on Zoom from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Sign up for the in-person event, or sign up for the Zoom webinars.

For information on upcoming seminars and to sign up for event announcements via the ISR email listserv please contact us at

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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