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GFE Bangkok 2016: Integrated management of urban environment for sustainable development

Last updated April 24, 2017

Field visit at Bangsue Wastewater Treatment Plant, Bangkok

Field visit at Nhong kham waste management center, Bangkok

Student group work




Aim and Contents

During the urban transition phase from developing countries to developed countries under democratic and rapid economic growth, the urban city is rapidly urbanizing with significant changes in human living standards, lifestyles, social behavior and health. During this phase, the environment and human societies are susceptible to microbial and chemical hazards, and natural disaster. The environment management in holistic view is needed for urban sustainable development. Having an integrated approach for sustainable development with sound environment is crucially challenging issues.


This two-week field exercise course are designed and provided for the graduate students from the University of Tokyo and counterpart universities in Thailand. The objective of the two-week program was to let the participants learn i) various environmental risks associated with urbanization, ii) environmental management in Bangkok, and iii) future prospects of Bangkok city development under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the lectures and field studies. The participants are expected to propose how to integrate management of the public environmental and improve health risk in Bangkok together with achieving sustainable development. The participants needed to identify the key issues to achieve their goal or resolve the problems for sustainable development.


There are totally 23 students from five universities joined the program this year. The students were separated into four groups. After designing the topic and research plan for the proposal, each group conducted field and questionnaire survey to answer their research questions or hypothesizes. Their final research proposals from four groups were in the following topics; 1) Garbage separation management at household level in Bangkok, 2) Reduction of traffic density in order to reduce air pollution, 3) Urban heat Island (UHI) in Bangkok, 4) Tap Water for Bangkok Citizens. The further information can be obtained from the student final report of the GFE Bangkok 2016.

---Written by Dr. Jatuwat Sangsanont, GPSS-GLI---


Keywords of contents

Integrated management, urban environment and health problems, human health risk; Sustainable development


Time and Place

July 31th - August 12th 2016, Bangkok, Thailand


Collaborating partners/ organizations

  1. Interdisciplinary Consortium on Urban Environment and Health in Asia program (UEHAS) (Initiated by Department of Urban Engineering, and School of International Health, The University of Tokyo) 
  2. College of Public Health Sciences and Department of Environmental Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  3. Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Thailand
  4. Department of Environmental Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  5. Environmental Engineering and Management, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  6. Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Thailand


Related faculty members

  1. Prof. Hiroaki Furumai, Department of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo
  2. Dr. Jatuwat Sangsanont, GPSS-GLI, The University of Tokyo
  3.  Assoc. Prof. Patiparn Punyapalakul, Department of Environment Engineering, Chulalongkorn Univesrity
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