The 4th International Conference on Human Development in Asia

The KKR Hotel
April 29-30, 2017
Hiroshima, Japan

COHDA 2017 will be held at the KKR Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan
Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017

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The 4th International Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2017)»

Welcome to the 4th International Conference on Human Development in Asia (COHDA 2017). This is an international, peer-reviewed weekend event. All sessions will be held at the KKR Hotel in Hiroshima, Japan on Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, 2017.

The aim of this event is to draw attention to both the progress and challenges facing an increasing globalized Asia. The economic, industrial and political developments among the nations that are located within the continent have brought about dramatic social change. Within a span of just over a century, Asia has been a major site of colonialism and decolonization, global warfare, political upheaval and regime change, the rise of new nations, ongoing ethnic and religious conflict, economic boom and recession, population explosion, cultural diasporas, viral epidemics, technological advancement, and severe environmental pollution and disasters.

While commentators and analysts have recognized the vast changes that have shaped the Asian continent, it is also crucial to understand the continuities that are maintained even in the face of such impetus for change. Apart from change, what constants still resist change? In addition, what factors contribute to such ongoing resilience? Although it may be argued that the forces of globalization and development have set in motion a number of positive changes in the ways we live our lives, this has also been counterbalanced by the continuities of inequality and suffering of many others. The tide of change often exists in a state of tension with the forces of continuity. Hence, in order for us to comprehend the forces of change, we must also engage other opposing forces.

At the same time, attempts to mediate the tension between change and continuity have given rise to growing diversities. Driven partly by the forces of migration within a global economic order often guided by transnational markets of production or consumption, new political and social-cultural fragmentations and intersections within nation-states in Asia have emerged. In the face of such developments, the implications of and challenges to efforts at sustainability are numerous. While it is increasingly recognized that sustainability entails dimensions far beyond the ecological sphere, the next step is to examine and understand the impact of change and continuity and the resultant diversities that are contained within.

  • Cultural Studies and Cultural Geography
  • Economic Development
  • Education and Education Technology
  • Environmental Studies, Energy & Water
  • Gender Studies and Human Rights
  • Healthcare & Social Support
  • Political Sustainability
  • Public Policy
  • Religion, Philosophy and Ecology
  • Social Sustainability
  • Sustainable Business, Production & Consumption
  • Tourism (Eco, Geo and Sustainable)
  • Urban Planning
  • Other Areas (Please Specify)


Program Chairperson

Takayuki Yamada Takayuki Yamada
Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai
Special Adviser, Polio Plus Committee of Japan
Committee Member, Rotary International Youth Exchange of Japan

Mr. Yamada is a Charter and Founding Member of RID 2760 Rotary Club of Chubu Nagoya Mirai, where he also serves as a special adviser of the Polio Plus Committee of Japan. Between 2011 and 2016 he has organized and led several humanitarian and medical aid missions to India and Bhutan to assist with immunization efforts to eradicate polio in South Asia. Most recently, Mr. Yamada was appointed to serve on the strategic planning committee for the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program in Japan.

Co-Chair and Program Director

Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
INTESDA Program Director

Michael Sasaoka oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interest include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.

Editorial Committee

3-Susan Susan Miller, Ph.D.
Department of Foreign Languages
Nippon Sport Science University, Japan

Susan was born in Redding, California, and also lived in Hawaii and Australia as a child. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors and high general scholarship, a master’s degree in English focusing on Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a professor of English at Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo where she teaches a variety of courses relating to English and communication. Her research interests include Percy Bysshe Shelley, medieval English mystery plays, and the intersection between spirituality, literature and the arts. She particularly supports associations concerned with the Romantic poets, such as Keats, Shelley and Lord Byron. She won the Keats-Shelley Prize in 2008.


Florence Ho Hau-ching Florence HO, Ed.D.
Professor, School of Professional Education & Executive Development
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Dr. HO teaches management-related subjects for a number of degree programmes offered by the School and its overseas partnering universities.  In addition, she has served as Assistant Programme Director, Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) in Business (Human Resource Management) and BA in Psychological Studies, and GE Subject Co-ordinator of the School.  Florence also chaired the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee and sat on the School’s Programme Committee.  She has been nominated as Convenor of Management Discipline for the College of Professional and Continuing Education, and member of the College’s College Board, Ethics Committee and GE Committee. Her recent research focus is on family business, entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility in the workplace, continuing education and life-long learning. Florence was trained as a human resource management generalist and got her doctorate in human resource development and organisation development from George Washington University, USA in 2006.


Jo Ann Oravec Jo Ann Oravec, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management,
College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, USA

Jo Ann Oravec is a full professor in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in the Department of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management. She received her MBA, MS, MA, and PhD degrees at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

She taught computer information systems and public policy at Baruch College of the City University of New York; she also taught in the School of Business and the Computer Sciences Department at UW-Madison as well as at Ball State University. In the 1990s, she chaired the Privacy Council of the State of Wisconsin, the nation’s first state-level council dealing with information technology and privacy issues. She has written books (including “Virtual Individuals, Virtual Groups: Human Dimensions of Groupware and Computer Networking,” Cambridge University Press) and dozens of articles on futurism, disability, technological design, privacy, computing technology, management, and public policy issues.  She has received more than twelve hundred academic citations of her journal articles.  She has worked for public television and developed software along with her academic ventures.  She has held visiting fellow positions at both Cambridge and Oxford.

Program Committee

COHDA 2017 is an international, peer-reviewed conference. As a general rule, all applicants must use a university or institution registered e-mail address to submit an abstract for evaluation. Please contact the secretariat if you need assistance.

Our review process employs a double-blind review system with instructions and a scoring rubric that assesses a range of areas which are not limited to, but include originality, clarity, organization, methodology, spelling, grammar and suitability for the conference. Accepted abstracts and papers will appear in the official proceedings (ISSN 2188-3432), which is published in electronic format shortly after the conference.

We wish to thank the following people for their willingness and effort to assist with the reading and editorial committee work:

Review Committee

Jo Ann Oravec, Ph.D. Dept. of Information Technology and Supply Chain Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, USA
Susan Miller, Ph.D. Dept. of Foreign Languages, Nippon Sport Science University, Japan
Hau-ching Florence HO, Ed.D. School of Professional Education & Executive Development, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Robert Reuschlein, Ed.D. Professor, Radio For Peace International; Founder, Real Economy Institute, Madison, Wisconsin, USA


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