Seminar Series

Coupling behaviour


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TOPICCoupling behavior-based intervention with pro-environmentalism? A nexus of energy usage, crisis and its conservation

PRESENTER:  Kh Md Nahiduzzaman, Ph.D.

WHERE:  Albert Campbell Library, 496 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough, ON M1K 1N8..  Follow here for MAP

WHEN:  July 25, 2018 Wednesday, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

REGISTRATION: Click here to Register


6:00 pm               Networking/Refreshments

6:30 pm               Introduction

6:40 pm               Presentation

7:40 pm               Question Period

7:55 pm               Vote of Thanks and Conclusion

About the Presenter: Dr. Nahiduzzaman is an urban planner and policy analyst. He is currently working as an assistant professor at the Dept. of City and Regional Planning, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. He also held faculty positions at the Dept. of Urban Planning and Environment, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden and Urban and Rural Planning Discipline, Khulna University, Bangladesh. A number of prestigious research grants are credited to his account, notably by Brown University (USA), University of California, Irvine (USA), DfID (UK), British Council (UK), SIDA (Sweden), NSTIP (KSA), KACARE (KSA) and NOMA (Norway). He has been a research fellow at the Watson Institute, Brown University, USA and Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS), Denmark. He is a member of Western Regional Science Association (USA), Urban Affairs Association (USA), and Association of European Schools of Planning (EU). His research papers appear in many prestigious journals and academic periodicals. He is an author of the book “The Regional City: Sustainable Regions and Communities of Place”.

Synopsis of the Topic: Higher cost and crisis of energy vis--vis its increasing consumption have been a twin but contested paradox. The rapidly growing energy demand has prompted many countries, including Canada to undertake manifold energy-saving initiatives. However, these are predominantly technology driven and no apparent measures are taken yet to address and modify the end users' behavior. In order to reduce the rate of growth of the residential energy consumption, it is critical to engage the end users through better education and awareness. This is even more critical for the new immigrants and first nation Canadians. On this backdrop, this talk first presents (i) the importance of behavior-based, non-technical interventions on end users' perceptions of energy conservation; and (ii) its impact on the nature of consumption at the household level. Empirical findings from a research project, funded by Brown University, USA investigate these phenomena. The second part sheds light on the prospect and need for behavior based interventions toward reduced energy consumption. While the time of use (TOU) is in effect, some forms of pro-environmental behavior exists among the residential users in Ontario. With this into account, the talk calls for a renewed policy insights on ‘investment’ and ‘curtailment’ behavior approaches to assess the ‘longevity’ effects on energy consumption. This, in turn, paves out the foundation for collaborative ‘think-tank’ for the engineers, urban environmentalists and planners.