[Blueboard] Invitation to a Special Talk on Humanosphere Potentiality Index (HPI): Developing a Strong Sustainability Paradigm Approach for the Globe

Jean Meir P. Jardeleza jjardeleza at ateneo.edu
Fri Feb 2 17:46:20 +08 2018

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The Department of Environmental Science
cordially invites you to

*Humanosphere Potentiality Index (HPI): Developing a Strong Sustainability
Paradigm Approach for the Globe*

A Special Talk by Mario Lopez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

February 8, 2018 (Thursday)
10:00 AM - 12:00 NN
Faura AVR

This presentation introduces and gives an overview of the Humanosphere
Potentiality Index (HPI), developed to address current global potentiality
from a long-term perspective. The HPI presents a different way to envision
the current condition of the world, one that is compatible with a strong
sustainability paradigm approach and demonstrates the significance of
tropical countries for global sustainability. This paper presents how the
index was conceptualized and developed and then offers a comparison between
HPI and the Human Development Index (HDI). Research on the index suggests a
dominant developmental paradigm justifies the HDI perspective. A comparison
between HPI and other popular environmental indicators provides insights
into how human society should engage with the natural environment. This
research argues that the worldview from HPI presents an alternative
perspective that asks us to pay more attention not only to development, but
also to global potentiality from a long-term perspective.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mario Lopez is Associate Professor at the Center for Southeast Asian
Studies, Kyoto University. An anthropologist, he received his PhD from
Kyushu University and has published papers on migration in Southeast Asia
in *Global Networks* and *Philippine Studies*. He was a member of a
Large-Scale Research Program running at the Centre that is promoting the
study of a Sustainable Humanosphere in Southeast Asia (2011-16) and was
co-author of the recent publication “*Humanosphere potentiality Index:
Appraising Existing Indicators from a Long-term Perspective*” (2016) and
co-editor of the volume “*Environmental Resources Use and Challenges in
Contemporary Southeast Asia: Tropical Ecosystems in Transition*” (in press


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