SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar shortlisted for Newton Prize 2019

23 August 2019

SOAS University of London’s Professor Laixiang Sun has been shortlisted for the Newton Prize 2019, which celebrates outstanding international research partnerships.

Professor Laixiang Sun’s project focuses on the Yangtze River Delta region and is run between SOAS University of London and the National Climate Centre and Shanghai Climate Centre of China Meteorological Administration. The project develops a systems analysis version of urban framework for climate service (UFCS) in the context of Yangtze River Delta region, and selects Shanghai and Hangzhou to illustrate the implementation and function of this framework in improving urban climate service and urban planning.

Professor Gary Schwarz, Head of SOAS School of Finance & Management said: "SOAS is a front-runner in UK-China research collaboration and the short-listing of the project led by Prof Laixiang SUN of SOAS School of Finance and Management for the Newton Prize 2019 is a further demonstration of the research strength of SOAS."

The Newton Prize enables international research partners to continue working together on solutions to some of the world’s key challenges such as human health, food security and climate change. Research and innovation is a highly effective way to achieve international development goals, tackle global challenges and improve quality of life for people in developing countries as well as the UK. The shortlisted projects tackle a range of Sustainable Development Goals.

Three prizes of up to £200,000 each will be awarded to three projects that demonstrate high quality research and impact and an additional prize (the Chair’s Award) of up to £500,000 for a project that also demonstrates the best knowledge exchange and partnership development. During November 2019 the shortlisted projects will be celebrated at award events taking place in China, Indonesia and the Philippines where the winning project for that country will be announced.