Southeast Asia in Transition: Plastic Runs Through It

In recent decades, people living in the Southeast Asia have witnessed major transformations in their lives and livelihoods. This series of seminars will focus on a variety of issues—all of which have a plastic connection. The first webinar introduces the expanding problem of plastic waste in the region and community and government action to reign it in. The following webinars talk about the growth of fisheries and aquaculture, the expansion of oil palm and rubber plantations, and the politics of conservation and heritage areas. This series of four webinars will explore how communities in the region are experiencing the economic, social, and cultural dislocations of these transformations. 
Registration links for the webinars in this series will be posted here as they become available. After each webinar, a link to the recording on YouTube will be posted.


Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm HST | 7:00-8:30pm EST | 7:00-8:30am ICT (+1 day)


Panel 1 : September 22, 2021 – Plastics and Environmental Trash


  • Doug WOODRING, Founder & Managing Director, Ocean Recovery Alliance
  • Tiza MAFIRA, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Indonesia Plastic Bag Diet Movement
  • Marian LEDESMA, Zero Waste Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia
  • Quach Thi XUAN, Vietnam Consultant, Pacific Environment


  • Jennifer TURNER, Director, China Environment Forum & Manager, Global Choke Point Initiative, Wilson Center

View recording on YouTube:


Panel 2 : October 13, 2021 – Fisheries and Aquaculture


  • Brian SZUSTER, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environment, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
  • Senglong YOUK, Deputy Executive Director & Program Director, Fisheries Action Coalition Team (FACT)
  • Wisa WISESJINDAWAT-FINK: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Mekong Culture WELL Project, Michigan State University
  • Aaron KONING, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wonders of the Mekong Project, Global Water Center, University of Nevada, Reno


  • Amanda FLAIM, Assistant Professor, James Madison College and Department of Sociology, Mekong Culture WELL, Michigan State University

View recording on YouTube:


Registration links for the remaining webinars are forthcoming

Panel 3 : November 10, 2021 – Politics of Oil Palm and Rubber

Panel 4 : December 8, 2021 – Politics of Conservation and Heritage

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