Roads to Research with Chris Ling


Please join us for a Roads to Research presentation with Chris Ling

  • Title: Greenspace governance and potential for resilience in contrasting cases from Kuala Lumpur and Christchurch
  • Date: February 12
  • Time: noon to 1 p.m.
  • Location: Centre for Dialogue, Learning and Innovation Centre    

Urban parks and green spaces are recognized for providing wide-ranging benefits for city residents and urban environments. Research has addressed the impact these spaces have on health and well-being, climate change adaptation, urban biodiversity, ecosystem services, social interaction and cohesion, housing and property valuation, heritage value, and education. Interdisciplinary scholars have examined urban sustainability and the role of urban infrastructure in contributing to sustainable, liveable cities, with urban parks and green spaces presented largely as beneficial, with little downsides. Yet, despite this, cities and regions continue to wrestle with providing and managing these spaces for the 21st-century city. This presentation examines two case studies exploring the provision and nature of green-space in a two very contrasting contexts. In Christchurch, New Zealand, much built space has been demolished and/or abandoned following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and the city has been tackling the role and purpose of this greenspace. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has a potentially catastrophic lack of green infrastructure, a significant threat to the livability and resilience of the city yet the purpose of green space in the City is narrowly defined to be for ‘recreation’. This has influenced the nature of creation of new greenspace in the City. I discuss these two examples and highlight the influence of governance contexts on the nature of green space development as it relates to the planned outcomes of major greenspace projects and their potential for contributing to resilience.

Please bring your lunch. Cookies and coffee will be provided.

Research Services gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Research Support Fund (RSF) in the development of this initiative. The RSF is administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.

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