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On April 7, 2017 Hirokazu Miyazaki delivered a keynote address entitled "Developing New Forms of Communication and Collaboration" as part of the conference, Sustainability in Asia: Partnerships for Research and Implementation, which took place April 6-7 at the Cordis Hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The conference brought together international scholars, scientists, practitioners, and policy influencers from the United States and Asia who are working to advance sustainable practices and solutions in the face of climate change, increased energy needs, and the specter of slower economic growth.

Hirokazu Miyazaki is a professor of anthropology at Cornell and the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies. Miyazaki has published extensively on theories of exchange, futurity, and hope. His latest book, co-edited with Cornell sociologist Richard Swedberg, is The Economy of Hope, is a systematic investigation of hope across time, space, and socioeconomic circumstances. Miyazaki’s current research focuses on public and corporate debt and debt relations in post-Fukushima Japan. In addition to serving as the director of the Einaudi Center, he coordinates the center's Global Finance Initiative.