RMIT researchers have co-authored a pioneering guide to tackling issues of sustainability in south-east Asia.
RMIT Vietnam President Gael McDonald (centre) with researchers on the editorial team: Hue Duong, Lukas Parker, Linda Brennan and Dang Nguyen.
The first publication on the topic produced within the region, Growing sustainable communities: a development guide for Southeast Asia covers pressing issues of sustainability at a local, regional and global level.
The guide was co-edited and co-written by RMIT Vietnam University academics and their colleagues from other universities.
The editorial team included Professor Linda Brennan, Assistant Professor Lukas Parker, Lecturer Hue Duong and Senior Lecturer Mai-Anh Doan (RMIT Vietnam), Dr Torgeir Aleti Watne (Victoria University) and Professor John Fien (Swinburne University of Technology).
Members of the editorial team also contributed individual chapters within the publication, which included 23 contributing authors from 10 countries.
Professor Brennan said she felt privileged to have been involved in the project.
"It has been the epitome of a team effort on a large scale over a period of three years," she said.
RMIT Vietnam staff at the book launch event.
"We were fortunate to receive contributions from all over the world on a wide variety of sustainability topics in south-east Asia, including disaster risk reduction in Vietnam, asset-based community development in Myanmar, agricultural sustainability in Thailand, leadership sustainability in Lao PDR, and community development in Cambodia, just to name a few.
"South-east Asia is undergoing a major transformation, both economically and socially, and there is work to be done on the sustainability issues associated with that rapid change."
The book was officially launched by RMIT Vietnam President, Professor Gael McDonald, at an event at the University's Saigon South site.
Professor McDonald congratulated the team on their achievement and the production of the topical publication.
"It's a practical and academically sound guide for community development practitioners, non-government organisations and community groups undertaking projects with a focus on developing sustainable lifestyles in Southeast Asia," she said.
"Through drawing on knowledge from existing activities undertaken in Southeast Asia, the result is a clearly organised set of guidelines for practitioners taking on future projects in the region.
"It's the first publication on this topic for Southeast Asia and I acknowledge the significant work over the past three years by all contributors."
Growing sustainable communities: a development guide for Southeast Asia is available both in paper and e-formats, and can be purchased on Amazon and Tilde Publishing and Distribution either as the complete guide or by individual chapters.
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