A first of its kind publication, named Growing sustainable communities: a development guide for Southeast Asia, was officially launched on Friday 20 June at RMIT Vietnam.
With the aim to address sustainability in Southeast Asia on a holistic level, the guide covers pressing issues of sustainability at a local, regional and global level.
It is a significant resource and contribution towards sustainable development worldwide with a focus on the environmental, economic and social aspects of sustainability.
Growing sustainable communities: a development guide for Southeast Asia was co-edited and co-written by RMIT Vietnam academics and their colleagues from other universities.
The editorial team included RMIT Professor Linda Brennan, RMIT Vietnam Assistant Professor Lukas Parker, Victoria University Dr Torgeir Aleti Watne, Swinburne University of Technology Professor John Fien, RMIT Vietnam Lecturer Mr Hue Duong, and RMIT Vietnam Senior Lecturer Ms Mai-Anh Doan.
Members of the editorial team also contributed individual chapters within the publication.
There were 23 contributing authors from 10 different countries across the world, putting the publication forward as an international resource on this global issue.
RMIT Professor Linda Brennan said she felt privileged to have been involved in the project.
"It has been the epitome of a team effort on a large scale over a period of three years," Professor Brennan said.
"We were fortunate to receive contributions from all over the world on a wide variety of sustainability topics in Southeast Asia, including disaster risk reduction in Vietnam, asset-based community development in Myanmar, agricultural sustainability in Thailand, leadership sustainability in Lao PDR, and community development in Cambodia, just to name a few.
"Southeast Asia is undergoing a major transformation, both economically and socially, and there is work to be done on the sustainability issues associated with that rapid change", Professor Brennan said.
The book was officially launched by RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald at an event at the University's Saigon South site.
Professor McDonald congratulated the team on their achievement and the production of the topical publication.
"It's a practical and academically sound guide for community development practitioners, non-government organisations and community groups undertaking projects with a focus on developing sustainable lifestyles in Southeast Asia," Professor McDonald said.
"Through drawing on knowledge from existing activities undertaken in Southeast Asia, the result is a clearly organised set of guidelines for practitioners taking on future projects in the region.
"It's the first publication on this topic for Southeast Asia and I acknowledge the significant work over the past three years by all contributors."
Growing sustainable communities: a development guide for Southeast Asia is available both in paper and e-formats, and can be purchased on Amazon and the Tilde University Press website, either as the complete guide or by individual chapters.