Professor, University of Ottawa
Dr. Huhua Cao is currently a cross-appointed professor between the Department of Geography and the School of International Development & Global Studies at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Throughout the near 25 years of his university career, Dr. Cao has been developing his specialisation on city, population, mobility and environment from an international, especially Chinese perspective. His research interests have been gradually shifted from academic studies to applying the research results to policy-making process, and then become keen on dialogues between scholars, practitioners, representatives of civil society, politicians and policymakers. Professor Cao has directed various national and international transdisciplinary research and training projects that have received nearly three million dollars of external funding from Canada, European Union, China, and Cameroon. He has also written numerous articles, chapters, books and reports while collaborating with academics, professionals, and politicians all over the world.
Since 2014, as the founding co-president, Dr. Cao has led a joint initiative with The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat): The International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization (ICCCASU). ICCCASU is an international think-tank for exchange and cooperation on issues relating to sustainable urban development, focusing on Canada, China and Africa. Moving beyond the conventional practice of North-South or South-South cooperation, ICCCASU fosters a triangular dialogue that altogether accounts for more than 30 percent of the world’s urban population. Its biennial conferences and trainings, which rotate among the three regions, bring together scholars, practitioners, representatives of civil society, politicians and policymakers to share research and best practices on sustainable urbanization in the 21st Century.