EWC Receives More Than $940,000 in Research Grants


HONOLULU (Aug. 28, 2013) -- The East-West Center has received a total of $941,440 in grants for research on environmental and economic issues affecting the Asia Pacific region. The awards include:

  • $412,440 (part of a grant totaling $2.28 million) from the Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program for a four-year study to evaluate  potential impacts of climate change on the freshwater resources of military bases in Guam and the capacity of the bases to adapt to these conditions.  East-West Center research fellows Melissa Finucane and Victoria Keener will work with principal investigator Stephen Gingerich (U.S. Geological Survey, Pacific Islands Water Science Center) and researchers at: University of Hawai‘i, University of Guam, and University of Texas-Austin.
  • $250,000 from Nathan Associates. to update and supplement a major East-West Center study on the potential economic effect of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The study will be conducted by EWC Senior Fellows Peter Petri and Michael Plummer, along with Chia Siow Yue, Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.
  • $175,000 from the government of Vietnam, for a World Bank-funded project to study the public health and potential economic impacts of transportation-generated air pollution in different populations in Hanoi, Vietnam. East-West Center Fellow Sumeet Saksena will collaborate with the Institute for Environment Science and Public Health in Hanoi to conduct commuter surveys, training and capacity building activities.
  • $104,000 from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s ADAPT Asia-Pacific program to develop a climate change adaptation course focusing on urban regions in Asia and the Pacific.  The project, led by EWC Director of Research Nancy Lewis and Senior Fellows Roland Fuchs and Kem Lowry, will involve partners associated with the Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance program in the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning.