Part 3 in a series explores the critical importance of prioritizing environmental considerations in development planning.
Part 2 of this series provides a taste of the complex discussions facilitated at a conference on environmentally and socially responsible international investment held at Duke Kunshan University, where participants reached across disciplinary boundaries as well as geographic ones.
In the first of a 3-part series on the Belt and Road Initiative(BRI), I introduce the context of the Belt and Road, and ask some of the burning questions raised at this fall’s conference on environmentally and socially responsible international investment held at Duke Kunshan University.
On National Holiday Week, I took a trip to Shanghai, playing tourist in the vast megacity that Kunshan orbits.
I was excited to to visit a local Foxconn manufacturing facility, which offered a glimpse into the world of heavy industry (and related policy issues) that helped draw me toward coming to China.
The idea of tight connections between human activity, the natural world and the changing health of both is at the core of the field of Planetary Health, a relatively new field of study in which I am taking a course this semester at DKU.
Everyone I have met at Kunshan, staff and students alike, has been extremely helpful, sympathetic, and generous. I couldn’t have navigated the past week without that generosity, and that is humbling.
I am the first Durham MEM student set to participate in what will hopefully grow into a strong reciprocal exchange with Duke’s sister school in Kunshan, China.
A partnership between Duke, Durham organizations and local artists has transformed some abandoned telecom infrastructure into a cool new public space.