Challenges of climate change for Asian cities; Regional impacts of climate and environmental change and adaptation policies; Population, urbanization and development in Asia
Roland Fuchs was previously the director of START (the global change System for Analysis, Research and Training), which assists developing countries to conduct research on regional aspects of environmental change, assess the impacts of such change, and provide information to policy-makers. Before joining START he served as vice-rector for academic programs of the United Nations University headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to that he had served as chairman of the Department of Geography and special assistant to the president at the University of Hawai'i. He also served concurrently as an EWC adjunct research associate. He was formerly president of the International Geographical Union (IGU) and secretary-general of the Pacific Science Association (PSA). He holds Ph.D. in Geography and has served as a visiting professor or researcher with universities in Russia, Nepal and Taiwan as well as in United States. His publications include Urbanization and Urban Policies in Pacific Asia, Megacity Growth in Asia, and Megacity Growth and the Future.