Chau Loon Wai is Senior Lecturer of Urban Design and Co-Director for the UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He is also a Registered Town Planner with the Board of Town Planners Malaysia. Loon Wai has taught, researched and practised town planning for over 20 years. He specialises in urban design and land use planning, with deep passions for promoting and delivering low carbon, sustainable and liveable cities. He sees the city as being in a constantly evolving and emerging state, a non-static outcome of complex, two-way “society-to-space” interactions. He therefore believes in the “people first” principle and works with communities in designing sustainable and liveable cities and places.
Over the past 10 years under the UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre, Loon Wai has actively worked with and helped 12 Malaysian cities and regions develop and implement low carbon policies and climate action plans using the “science to action” or S2A approach, including major cities such as Iskandar Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. More recently, Loon Wai has been engaged as expert, consultant and think tank member by international agencies including the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCoM), the International Urban Cooperation (IUC) Asia and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to work on city-level climate action planning in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
Loon Wai will be speaking at: 30th October (10.00am - 12.00pm) | Circular Economy Development in a Rapidly Expanding City: Penampang, Sabah, by CEC Penampang