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CSEAS has been collaborating with DAIKIN Industries in an industry-academia joint research program since April 2021 We conduct this year’s Southeast Asia Seminar as part of the program.

One of the main objectives of the seminar is to integrate and apply the proposals, ideas, and discussions from the seminar, with the goal of translating them into practical implementation in society.

For those interested, we also hope to continue our collaboration in the future to bring the ideas discussed in the Seminar to life.

Please carefully review this year’s Call for Applications and Concept.

CSEAS x DAIKIN Industry-Academia Collaboration Program

Revitalizing Urban Communities through a New Approach to Air Conditioning

Call for Applications

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, welcomes applications from up-and-coming scholars who hold a Master’s degree and above, or practitioners, activists, government officers, and others who have more than two years of experience in the fields of specialization and interest relating to the seminar topic, to participate in the 48th Southeast Asia Seminar on “Co-creation of New Urban Living: Advancing Quality of Life in the Climate Change Era”. The seminar will be held in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia, during October 20-28, 2024. Deadline for application is June 30, 2024.

Important Dates

  • Open Call for Applications: May 17, 2024
  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2024
  • Result Announcement: by July 31, 2024
  • Seminar Dates: October 20 – 28, 2024

Seminar Fee

  • • There is no registration fee.
  • • Airfares:
  • Successful applicants will be required to cover their travel costs from their respective countries to and from Indonesia (and, where necessary, visa cost). Please note that the seminar begins in Jakarta and concludes in Surabaya. One-way flight ticket from Jakarta to Surabaya on 22nd October will be covered by the organizer.

  • • Accommodation during the seminar will be covered by the organizer.

Application Requirements

Application should be submitted online by filling out the online form. The application must include:

  • • Reason for Application:
  • Maximum 450 words, explaining how your background and interests relate to the Southeast Asia Seminar topic, “Co-creation of New Urban Living: Advancing Quality of Life in the Climate Change Era”. Please note that the statement will be shared among the core seminar participants.

  • • Curriculum Vitae 
  • • One writing or publication sample, or any material that describes applicant’s activities (the topic of which need not be directly related to the seminar topic).

Application deadline: June 30, 2024 (JST)


The seminar committee will select participants based on the application forms, and ONLY accepted applicants will be informed by the end of July, 2024.

Participation Requirements

Participants are required to book a round-trip flight ticket and send a copy of their e-ticket upon consultation with the secretariat office.

The format is an on-site seminar with a series of lectures and fieldwork. Participants will be divided into groups to visit various stakeholders. Participants are expected to engage in group discussions actively during the full nine-day seminar, and collaborate to make a group presentation.

Participants will also be expected to do three things:

  • 1. Before the seminar (deadline is September 20, 2024)
    Submit a 500 to 1,000-word paper on an issue related to the Seminar’s theme in a specific area of your choice, including discussions on stakeholders addressing or influencing the issue. Please provide citations. Based on the report, we will make a grouping. The details will be informed to successful applicants.
  • 2. On the last day of the seminar (October 28, 2024)
    Deliver a group presentation that reflects your seminar takeaways, including insights, problems, and questions. Discuss how these lead to suggestions for improvement and encourage social implementation. The presentation format can be handwritten poster presentation, PowerPoint, video, or any expressive/demonstrative style.
  • 3. After the seminar (deadline is December 15, 2024)
    Submit a reflection paper of the seminar, either in group or individually. A group paper should be around 3,000 words, while an individual paper can be shorter.

For more information, please see FAQ section.

For inquiries, please email <seaseminar48[at]>.


Global climate change and escalating temperatures disproportionately affect tropical and subtropical Southeast Asia (SEA). Coupled with rapid urbanization and the urban heat island effect in the already hot and humid climate, such increasing heat stress elevates risks of disasters and health issues for SEA inhabitants, especially the most vulnerable, such as the elderly and infants. We must urgently imagine, create, and build new styles and modes of urban living and housing together.

Looking back on the past, “Open-type dwellings” for residential houses were quite common across various regions. Natural breezes came into the high-ceiling houses, lowering the temperature, and the openness enhanced communication within urban communities. Passive cooling was the norm then. But now, more than passive cooling is needed to guarantee the comfort of living in a densed and hotter urban environment. Installing more than one electric fan is a norm for lower-middle and lower-class housing with few ACs in urban village areas called Kampung or squatter areas. The upper and rising middle classes tend to choose “closed-type dwellings” with ACs for safety and privacy, weakening the neighborhood’s sense of community.

Continuing urbanization and exacerbating global warming might accelerate the spread of these middle-class tailored housing all over Southeast Asia in ten years. This would endanger the resilient community network and counter the worldwide effort to achieve zero carbon emissions. Mass production of ACs at factories and mass utilization of ACs at home cause severe carbon emissions, significantly contributing to global warming. It is time for us to ponder critically upon the relevance and sustainability of keeping and expanding this spread and to foster a new urban habitat where people can enjoy quality living while upholding their cultural and communal values amid the challenges of climate change. Well-ventilated open-type dwellings might rekindle and strengthen the sense of community among the urban residents and contribute to advancing carbon-zero urban society.

In this seminar, in addition to experts in architecture and air conditioning, experts in energy-related fields and government and municipal authorities will be invited to discuss creating a new and innovative housing and air-conditioning value and culture suited to the world’s heating climate of tropical and subtropical regions. We strongly aim to compile recommendations that will lead to their societal implementation.

The following are key areas to be examined during the Indonesian fieldwork.

  • • Suitable architecture and air conditioning model in Southeast Asia in the Carbon Neutral era
  • • Possible combination of passive cooling and air conditioning in the development of heat islands
  • • Comfortable thermal living environment in the development of global warming
  • • Value and norm creation for sustainable urban life in tropical and subtropical areas

Program (Tentative)


Day 1


Arriving in Jakarta


Day 2


Lecture Session

Introduction to the 48th Southeast Asia Seminar

Carbon Emission Reduction in Indonesia

Field Tour

  • Kampung Akuarium, Cikini, and Marlina

Welcome Dinner


Day 3

Jakarta &

Lecture Session

Energy Distribution Strategy

The Energy Policies in Indonesia

Policy and Legislation of Public Housing in Indonesia

Move to Surabaya


Day 4


Lecture Session

Introduction and briefing on the Surabaya Fieldwork Project

Policy and Environmental Issue

City and Renewable Energy


Day 5


Lecture Session

History of Surabaya

Spatial Form of Kampung Community

Field Tour

  • Rusun, Kampung, Pasar, Tunjungan Plaza

Day 6


Group Session: Disucussion & Fieldwork

Summary of the Day & Briefing for the Next Day


Day 7


Group Session: Fieldwork

Summary of the Day & Briefing for the Next Day


Day 8


Group Session: Fieldwork & Preparation for Group Presentation

Briefing for the Next Day


Day 9


Group Presentation & Discussion

Overall Discussion & Commentary
Participants, Lecturers, Local Staff, and Local Leadership as Guests

Closing Remarks

Farwell Dinner

… and more coming!


Early-career researchers (who hold a Master degree or above), or practitioners, activists, government officers, and others who have more than two years of experience in the fields of specialization relating to the seminar topic are eligible to apply.

Yes, you are. However, in your online application, you will need to explain how the seminar topic relates to your specialization and interests.

Only successful applicants will receive an email by the end of July, 2024.
* We are unable to answer any questions regarding the selection process.
* The personal information provided in the submitted documents will be used solely for this recruitment and not for any other purpose.
* Nationality balance will be taken into consideration during participant selection.

The online application system is the only method available to apply for the seminar. If you have any special circumstances that require a different method of application, please contact us at seaseminar48[at]

No, you are not eligible to apply. Participants are expected to attend the entire seminar from October 20 to 28, 2024.

Yes, you are eligible to apply; however, preference will be given to first-time participants.

The format is an on-site seminar with a series of lectures and fieldwork. Participants will be divided into groups to visit various stakeholders, engage in discussions and make a group presentation on the last day of the seminar.

In addition to actively taking part in discussions, you are expected to give a group presentation on the last day of the seminar. Your presentation should reflect on your takeaways from the seminar, focusing on how the issues and questions discussed can generate new questions and lead to suggestions that improve the current situation and promote social implementation. Topics may include challenges and potential solutions for urban development, architecture, air conditioning, community thriving, and energy transitions in the context of climate change and societal changes in Southeast Asia. The presentation can take any format, including handwritten poster presentation, PowerPoint, video, or expressive/demonstrative.

The seminar will be conducted in English. An English interpreter will accompany each group during the fieldwork.

Southeast Asia Seminar

The Southeast Asia seminar has been held annually by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University since 1977. For more information on the long history of the Southeast Asia Seminars, please visit our website