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04 MAR 2022 (FRI) 16:00-17:30

Updated: May 19, 2022

Geography Distinguished Seminar Series

Date: 04 March 2022 (Friday)

Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (HKT)

Venue: via Zoom

Zoom link: link will be provided upon successful registration


Title of the talk:

ASEAN Smart Cities Network: the promises and challenges of scaling smartness

The presentation will focus how the ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) promulgates the use of smart technologies as a method of city management, thus implicating cities in ideas, initiatives and power structures beyond their putative territorial borders. The following areas will be covered: the challenges that can undermine scaling of smart cities; the impetus for Singapore to promote the ASCN; and the challenges that could limit ASCN’s success. The presentation ends with two suggestions that might allow scaling smartness a chance of success: go slow and go small.


Professor Lily Kong

President, Singapore Management University

Professor Kong is SMU’s fifth President, and the first Singaporean to lead the 22-year old university. She is also the first Singaporean woman to head a university in Singapore. She was previously Provost of SMU, Vice Provost and Vice President at the National University of Singapore (in various portfolios), and Executive Vice President (Academic) of Yale-NUS College.

Professor Kong is internationally known for her research on social and cultural change in Asian cities, focusing on a range of issues ranging from religion, cultural policy and creative economy, urban heritage and conservation, to smart cities. An award-winning researcher and teacher, Professor Kong has received five international fellowship awards and has also won the Association of American Geographers Robert Stoddard Award for Distinguished Service (Geography of Religion and Belief Systems). In a global study by Stanford University (2020), Prof Kong was identified as among the world’s top 1% of scientists in the field of Geography. She was included in the Forbes Inaugural 50 over 50 (Asia 2022), recognised in Kompasiana Online (2021) as one of the 10 most influential women in Asia, and in Forbes Asia’s Power Businesswomen list (2020).



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