Members of IRFD-East Asia Network

We cordially call for paper from East Asian Region to attend the World Forum on Information Society in Geneva, December 2003. If interested, please contact the coordinator Dr. Lee-in Chen Chiu at leein@mail.cier.edu.tw. For further information please link to http://www.irfd.org/

Participants of World Forum on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002):
Jiunn-Rong Yeh Lung-Sheng Chang Le-yi Chiang Chung-Huang Huang
William Keh Ching-chiang Kuo Shii OKUNO Isagani R. Serrano
Seong, Suho Te-Chung Tang Tsung-hsiu Tsai Chin-lung Tsay
Takehiko Uemura Lee-in Chen Chiu

For complete program information, please link to http://www.irfd.org/events/wf2002/intro.html


Participants of World Forum on Human Settlement (N.Y., 2001):

Lung-Sheng Chang Ian Douglas Shu-Li Huang Jae-Seob Ahn
David E. Andersson Yasushi Asami Shih-Liang Chan Nancy Hsiao-Hung Chen
Cheng-Min Feng Xiaolu Gao George C.S. Lin John Chien-Yuan Lin
Shii Okuno Hae Un Rii Harvey A. Shapiro Lee-in Chen Chiu

For complete program information, please link to http://www.irfd.org/events/worldforum/introduction.html


Participants of World Forum on Social Development (Geneva, 2000):
Rong-I Wu Ming-Liang Lee Nancy Hsiao-Hung Chen Lung-Sheng Chang
Lee-in Chen Chiu William Keh Chien-Liang Chen Michael S. Chen
Chu-Chia Lin Sang Yong Park Khee-Giap Tan Ya-Hwei Yang
Hon-yei Annie Yu

For complete program information, please link to http://www.irfd.org/events/wf2000/wf00intro.html

Cheng-Min Feng is Professor and Former Chairman of Institute of Traffic and Transportation at National Chiao Tung University, President of Chinese Regional Science Association and Former President of the Chinese Institute of Transportation. Current research interests include land use and transportation, the privatization and deregulation of public transport, transport project appraisal and logistics management. He has published a number of papers in the fields of land use and transport planning and management in Taiwan.@top

Chien-Liang Chen, who received his Ph.D. in economics from UCLA in 1995, is currently an associate professor and head of the Department of Economics at National Chi-Nan University in Nantou, Taiwan. Dr. Chen's teaching and research interests cover topics related to labor economics and family economics, with a special focus on the unemployment problem and the resource allocation mechanism within the household. With the grants from the National Science Council, Dr. Chen has been continuously conducting researches on the topics regarding empirical microeconomics all along. And having been jointly employed by the central government as a research committee member, Dr. Chen is actively participating in various policy-oriented research projects as well.@top

Chu-Chia Lin is a professor of economics at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. Prof. Lin received his Ph.D. degree in economic at UCLA in 1988 and then went back to Taiwan and taught at National Chengchi University since then. Prof. Lin's major areas of research include housing economics, Taiwan investment in China, and applied economics. Prof. Lin has published academic articles in Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, International Real Estate Review, Taiwan Economic Review, and Taiwan Journal of Political Economy. Prof. Lin also published several books including "An Empirical Study of Taiwan Investment on Mainland China" and "The Taiwan Investment Experience in Mainland China." Prof. Lin was the chairperson at Department of Economics, National Chengchi University from 1993 to 1996, and he currently serves as a full professor there and also as the president of the Chinese Society of Housing Study, Taipei, Taiwan.@top

David E. Andersson holds a Ph.D. in Regional Planning from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently a consultant with the Institute for Regional Analysis (Inregia) in Malmo, Sweden. He has previously worked in Taiwan at the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica and at the Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research. His interests include applied urban and regional economics, regional development, and institutional economics. His writings have primarily dealt with regional development and empirical urban economics. Dr. Andersson has also edited two internationally published books: "Gateways to the Global Economy" (Edward Elgar, 2000) and "Asia-Pacific Transitions" (Palgrave, 2001).@top

George C.S. Lin received his Ph.D. degree from the University of British Columbia and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, The University of Hong Kong. He is the author of (University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver, Canada, 1997) and over 30 articles published in internationally refereed journals and books. His research interests include urban and regional development in southern China, China's changing land system and land market, transnationalism, and the geography of Chinese diaspora. He received an Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the University of Hong Kong in 2002.@top

Hae Un Rii is a full professor in Department of Geography at Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea. She was educated at Ewha Womans University in Korea (BA and MA), and at Michigan State University, USA (Ph.D.). Her research interests are in city development, urban transportation systems, economic and social structure of the city, and the changing landscape of the city from the viewpoint of historical and cultural geography. She has published extensively on the city of Seoul.@top

Harvey A. Shapiro is an environmental planner and educator. He is an American expatriot resident in Japan since July of 1970. Soon after completing a graduate degree in regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania (USA) where he studied under the world famous ecological planner, Ian McHarg, he went to Japan. While doing post-graduate research related to his thesis, which was the first ever ecological planning study of a region in Japan, he was hired to teach ecological planning in the Dept. of Environmental Planning at Osaka Geijutsu University in Western Japan. It was the first such program to be established in Japan at the time. He has been teaching there ever since. While teaching there, be completed a doctoral dissertation on Ecological Planning in East Asia and received a PhD in Regional Planning for it from Kyoto University, located in Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto where he has lived since he began his residence in Japan. In addition to being a full-time professor, he has been a consulting associate in Japan's first ecological planning firm, the Regional Planning Team (RPT) Assoc. Inc. since it was established in Tokyo in 1974. His numerous monographs on his field and research interests have been published both in the West and in Japan, most in English but not a few in Japanese. He is a member of many international academic or environmental organizations including the Pacific Science Association, the World Future Society, the Sierra Club, the Coastal Society and International Federation of Landscape Architects, among others. In Japan, he belongs to the Japan Association of Environmental Studies, the Japan Association of Geographers, the Japan Association for Coastal Studies and the Pan-Pacific Forum, among others. He is also a member of several Japanese environmental NPO/NGO's. His geographical areas of interest include the entire Pacific Basin as well as the moon and Mars where he anticipates ecological planning will play a role in the future. He is an internationally recognized authority on Japan's coastal problems, management and planning. Aside from his professional work, he is an amateur violinist and violist performing in various local (Japanese) community orchestras and chamber music group both inside and outside of Japan. He particularly enjoys participating in groups that play at local hospitals, homes for the elderly and other social-welfare facilities and local schools.@top

Hon-yei Annie Yu Ph.D. Beside the conjunct work as a Research Associate at the Women Research Program of the Population and Gender Studies Center, Professor Hon-Yei Annie Yu also holds a teaching position at the Social Work Div., Dept. of Sociology, National Taiwan University. Her teaching interest covers Social Policy & Administration, Research Methods, Community Work, and Human Services Organization. Since her research area includes Child Protection, Self-Help Groups for the Mentally Ill, and Welfare for the Disabled, Professor Yu has published articles, book chapters, and technical reports on relative topics. Given previous working experience at both public and private sector, Professor Yu has been very active in doing consulting work for various welfare agencies, and she also serves as board member for some prestigious NPOs in Taiwan.@top

Ian Douglas graduated from Oxford in 1961 and received his Ph.D. from the Australian National University. He was a lecturer at Hull University then Professor of Geography at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia before becoming Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Manchester in 1979. He is Emeritus and Research Professor at Manchester and is Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council. He has worked in S.E. Asia since 1966, training many graduate students from the region, and has recently been involved in collaborative research in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. His research interest include both the hydrology and water resources of tropical rain forests and the problems of the urban environment. He currently leads two SCOPE (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment of ICSU) projects on earth surface materials, mining and urbanisation and on peri-urban environmental change. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Malaya and Visiting Professor at the University Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). His books include "Humid Landforms" and ""The Urban Environment".@top

Jae-Seob Ahn is a full-time lecturer of department of geography in Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea. He received Ed. D. from Seoul National University in 2000. He is teaching economic and urban geography in Dongguk University. His research interests are the spatial structure of new industrial district, and urban structure changes after open policy in China mainly. Recently, he has interest in the regional study of North Korea, emphasizing on Tuman river area.@top

John Chien-Yuan Lin is Professor at the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. He has written widely on subjects related to local economic planning, infrastructure planning and urban development. He is the editor for two books in Chinese, namely, "National Environmental Safety and Post-Earthquake Reconstruction" and "Knowledge-based Economy and Land Use".@top

Khee-Giap Tan is Associate Professor of Banking and Finance, and also Heads of Central Banking Policies Research Unit and ASEAN Economics Monitoring Unit, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He started in 1987 as a treasury manager in the private sector upon completion of his Ph.D. He joined National University of Singapore in 1990 and left for Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in 1993. He set up the Econometric Modeling Unit and the Central Banking Polices Research Unit at NTU. His publications in refereed international journals include monetary policy, macroeconomics, financial reforms and the banking industry. He serves as a consultant with MNC's, financial Institutions, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). His consulting assignments with the Singapore government agencies include Ministry of Trade & Industry, Trade Development Board of Singapore, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Manpower, Housing and Development Board, Singapore Tourist Board, Ministry of Finance and Maritime Port Authority of Singapore. His current research interests are efficiency of financial markets and institutions, ASEAN economics and econometric Modeling. He is currently the coordinator for Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, Singapore and also a council member of Economic Society of Singapore. Dr. Tan is effectively trilingual in English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia / Indonesia.@top

Lee-in Chen Chiu, a native Taiwanese, received her Ph.D. degree on Regional Science at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA) in 1988. She had worked as an urban planner in Taipei Municipal Government (TMG) during 1980-1984 and is currently Research Fellow at Chung-hua Institute for Economic Research in Taiwan. Her academic honors include the first prize of self-produced research project awarded by TMG (1983); Dissertation fellowship awarded by Mellon Foundation for Program on Assessing and Revitalizing Social Sciences at UP (1987); Senior Fulbright Scholarship to the Stanford University and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley (1993-94) and several research awards from NSC. She is a prominent scholar dealing with subjects on industrial and regional policy analysis, and the economic relationship between China and Taiwan. Her numerous articles in English and Chinese include publications in Urban Studies, Asian Economic Journal, Contemporary Development Analysis, M.E. Sharpe, etc.@top

Lung-Sheng Chang, a native Taiwanese, was born in 1940. He was trained as an architect, and received master of city and regional planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During his service in the public sector, Mr. Chang held several important posts which include: Director General of Planning and Construction Administration; Vice Minister of Interior; Vice Chairman of the Council for Economic Planning and Development; and the Administrator of National Environmental Protection Administration. Mr. Chang was also elected as the Member of National Assembly in 1996. His major contribution to his country during his service includes the establishment of national park systems; housing, city and regional planning systems and policies, as well as several environmental initiatives. During his 38 years' services, Mr. Chang received many honors. Just mention several of them: Eisenhower Fellow of 1975; Fulbright Distinguished Fellow of 50 years' anniversary; several government out standing service medals; gold medal award of City Planning Society. He also awarded the Honorary Doctor of Environment Science by the Earth Environment University Roundtable in 1994. Mr. Chang retired in 2000. However he is still very active in various area as the leader of several NGOs. He is the chairman of Chien-Chen Sustainable Development Foundation which engages in research activities related to Agenda 21. He organized the Urban Regeneration R&D Foundation which assisted the government to establish the legal frame-work of urban redevelopment policies. Current effort of the Foundation is focus on the redevelopment of the earthquake damaged communities in central Taiwan.@top

Michael S. Chen, a native Taiwanese, is an associate professor with the Department of Social Welfare at National Chung-cheng University in Chia-yi, Taiwan. His areas of research include health economics, public pension programs, and comparative studies of health care systems. He also serves as advisor with several government agencies and non-for-profit organizations, such as the Taskforce for the National Health Insurance Program at the Department of Health, consultant for the Directorate-General for Budget, Accounting, and Statistics, member of Forum for Long-Term Care at the National Health Research Institute. Because of writing commentaries for the media, he is regarded as one of the vocal critics on social issues.@top

Ming-Liang Lee; MD, Ph.D.; Medical Scientist; b June 26, 1936 Taiwan; m YaHwei Liau, three d; Educ National Taiwan Univ, Univ of Miami (USA); Pediatric Residency, Medical Center, Duke Univ 1964-65; Helen Hay Whitney Fellow, Univ of Cambridge (UK) 1969-71; Visiting Asso Prof, National Taiwan Univ 1971-72; Asst Prof, School of Medicine, Univ of Miami 1972-76; Ch Fellow, Johns Hopkins Hospital (USA) 1976-77; Chief of Medical Genetics & Prof Pediatrics, Univ of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (USA) 1977-92; Director of Planning Office, Tzu Chi Univ 1992-1994; President Tzu Chi Univ 1994-2000; Minister, DOH 2000-; Address 100 Aikuo E. Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan.@top

Nancy Hsiao-Hung Chen, former Chair & Dean of the Department of Sociology & the College of Social Sciences, National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, is currently Professor of Sociology. She earned her Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh in the area of Economic & Social Development in 1977. She has ever since taught in several universities at home and abroad. Her areas of interest ranges from the Sociology of Development, Urban Sociology, Sociology of Organization, and Social Welfare Policies to Contemporary Chinese Society. Besides newspaper columns, Dr. Chen has published more that 150 articles and chapters/books so far. She has been awarded as the best teacher by the Ministry of Education and granted Fulbright visiting scholar to the University of Chicago. She also acted as visiting scholars to MIT and Oxford. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Chen serves extensively as policy consultant to various governmental committees and NGOs as well.@top

Rong-I Wu is President of the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research in Taipei; Member of the National Policy Advisors to the President of ROC; Director-General of the Chinese Taipei Pacific Economic Cooperation Committee; Executive General of Chinese Taipei Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center; a Professor at the Institute of Economics at National Taipei University. He also serves as Secretary-General of the Industrial Development Advisory Council of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and as a member of the Advisory Committees of the Executive Yuan's Council for Economic Planning and Development, member of National Financial Stabilization Fund, and the Commission on Nation Income Statistics of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics. In a long and distinguished career, Dr. Wu has served as Commissioner of the Fair Commission of the Executive Yuan and also a member of the Eminent Persons Group of APEC. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1971 from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.@top

Sang Yong Park is a professor of finance at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Park received his MBA and Ph.D in financial economics from New York University and joined the faculty of Yonsei University in 1984 after an appointment at University of Southern California. His major areas of research include corporate finance and management of financial institutions. Dr. Park has published articles widely in academic journals including Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Business, and other local journals in Korea. He has also participated in the numerous public research projects for reformation of financial industry and corporate governance in Korea. He is currently serving as a non-standing commissioner of the Financial Supervisory Commission of Korea.@top

Shih-Liang Chan is currently an associate professor of the Department of Land Economics and Administration at National Taipei University. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania in 1997 in the area of City and Regional Planning. His teaching and research interest covers the application of GIS in planning, Spatial Analysis, Land Use Planning, and Urban Modeling. With the funds granted by NSC since 1999, Dr. Chan has been conducting a series of researches on the topic of the application of system approach in planning and local sustainable development in terms of Sensitivity Model designed by Vester. In addition, Dr. Chan also devotes himself to the research of hazard prevention and mitigation for years. He is a member of the research team of HAZ-Taiwan, a hazard assessment system developed by NAPHM in 2001.@top

Shii Okuno is currently Professor of Local Economic Development and Economic Geography in the Faculty of Information Science, University of Marketing and Distribution Sciences, Japan. He received his B.Soc.Sc. from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, M. Sc. from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, and obtained Ph.D. credits from Osaka City University(1984). His research interests include urban planning and economic revitalization, industrial cluster, IT and community development, and China's regional development. His articles are published in Economic Geographical Journal (Japan), East Asian Review, and etc. He is an advisor to local authorities on urban and port development issues. He is also active with the not-for-profit Intercity Association (Osaka) to promote exchange activities between academics, officials, and practitioners of different cities in the world, related to urban development, housing, transportation, architecture, at the citizen's level.@top

Shu-Li Huang is currently a professor at Graduate Institute of Urban Planning, National Taipei University, Taiwan. He received a MRP (1980) and (Ph.D) in Regional Planning from University of Pennsylvania. In 1988 and 1994, he visited University of Florida as visiting scholar to collaborate with H. T. Odum on the energetic analysis of urban system. In 1992, Prof. Huang received an Outstanding Research Award from National Science Council of the Executive Yuan, Rep. of China. In 1998, he was awarded by the Rockefeller Foundation to visit Bellagio Study and Conference Center, Italy as a resident scholar for one month. Prof. Huang's interests have been focused on ecological land use planning, ecological energetic analysis, and urban simulation.@top

William Keh was born in Taiwan, 1951. He graduated from College of Medicine, National Taiwan University in 1977. He had his post-graduate training in Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York from 1980 to 1984 after he worked as surgical resident for one year in Veteran General Hospital, Taiwan. He worked as an attending pathologist from 1984 to 1991 after he got his specialty board on pathology and subspecialty board on Immunopathology in 1984 and 1986. He also worked as director in Cytology department in Elmhurst Hospital. New York City. He is not only a doctor also a scientist who specially studied on Hepatitis Virus B. He had published a few scientific papers on Medical Journal. In 1984, He and His wife set up their own company, which was doing international trading and Manufacturing of sports wears. Their company's revenue grew fast and reached to twenty five million dollars per year in 1991. He is also a successful entrepreneur, In 1997, He decided to devote all his time and energy on charity work with his wife after he understand the spirit of Tzu Chi Foundation and wisdom of Dharma Master Cheng Yen. Tzu Chi Foundation is a Bhuddist Charity organization. He had joined in a lot of international relief missions such as Dominica Republic for Huricanne George, Honduras for Huricanne Mitchet, Colombia for Earthquake, and recently in El Salvador for earthquake since 1997. He was a managing director of Tzu Chi Foundation Long Island branch from 1997 to 2001. Recently He is promoted to be a executive vice-president of Tzu Chi Foundation, USA Main Office this year. He is a full-time volunteer in Tzu Chi Foundation.@top

Xiaolu Gao is a Domestic Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, currently conducting research in National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, Japan. She earned a Ph.D. in urban engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2001. Before that, she had been an architect and urban planner in Tsinghua University, China. Beginning from professional activities on urban redevelopment, she has developed interests in housing and land use planning. The recent research of her is to apply microeconomic approaches to the issues concerning the improvement of residential environments, land use planning, and the evaluation of planning regulations. In 2002, she gains Yuasa Award from Japan Association for Real Estate Sciences for her dissertation research.@top

Ya-Hwei Yang, Ph.D. of Economics, is currently a Research Fellow at the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research and former Director of the Taiwan Economy Division. She was granted Fulbright visiting scholar to the Harvard University. Dr. Yang has been taught as Professor at several of Taiwan's universities. She has published numerous studies on economic analysis in international academic journals and local journals, with a specific focus on financial systems and monetary policies. She also edited the book of "Industrial Development and Policies in Taiwan", and acts as the member of editorial board of several local journals. She obtained awards from the National Science Council, and was a trustee of Taiwan Economic Association. Due to her financial expertise, Dr. Yang has been invited to serve as the Member of Board of Trustees at the Hua-Nan Commercial Bank. Her research fields include financial development, monetary policies, industrial financial system.@top

Yasushi Asami is currently Professor of the Center for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Regional Science in 1987. His areas of interest ranges from City Planning, Housing Policy, Real Estate Science, Environmental Psychology to Spatial Information Analysis. Dr. Asami has published more than 100 articles and chapters so far, including Journal of Regional Science, Geographical Analysis, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Environment Planning A, Environment Planning B and Urban Studies. He is now a board member of the several academic associations. Based on research in these areas, he is actively participating in various policy-oriented committees of the central government as well, such as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Detailed information can be found at the web site: http://ua.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/okabelab/asami/asami-cv.html.@top

For further information, please contact leein@mail.cier.edu.tw