Pathways to Sustainability: Agendas for a new politics of environment, development and social justice
Papers and other forms of participation are invited for the ESRC STEPS Centre conference on 23-24 September, at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University. Deadline: 31 May.
Confirmed keynote and plenary speakers will include: Arun Agrawal, David Demeritt, Kojo Amanor, Tania Li, Andy Dobson and Nancy Peluso.
BackgroundAmidst unprecedented evidence of rapid environmental change and complex ecological dynamics, addressing environmental sustainability has become a central practical, moral and political challenge of our times. With social systems changing rapidly too, linked to population growth, urbanisation, mobility and globalized economic change, core development challenges around alleviating poverty and inequity are also becoming more complex.
In this context, how might pathways to sustainability – that link environmental integrity with social justice – be conceptualised and built? As the world prepares to unite for the ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit in 2012, what ideas, concepts and agendas can best inform effective action? How can we enrich and (re)invigorate our intellectual and practical repertoires towards a new politics of environment, development and social justice?
Call for participationThe conference will comprise a mixture of invited keynote talks, perspectives and provocations which respond to the overall conference questions and themes, with a series of parallel panel sessions.
For the panel sessions, we invite papers which speak to one or more of the five conference themes - Contesting sustainabilities; Framing narratives; Dynamics and sustainability; Uncertainty, ambiguity and surprise; Pathway-building and governance - in relation to grounded issues and cases relevant to developing country settings. These might address: agriculture, forestry, water, health-environment linkages; sustainability in cities; climate change or energy; or issues which connect across these.
Space will be limited, and in selecting papers, we will be looking for original arguments and conceptual insights, combined with fresh empirical material.
Submitting a paperIf you would like to submit a paper, please send a title and short abstract (up to 200 words), your name and your institutional affiliation, to the STEPS Centre Administrative Co-ordinator Harriet Le Bris (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline of 31 May 2010.
Publication of conference presentationsPublication plans for conference presentations will depend on the nature and outcome of our discussions, and we will explore possibilities with participants at and in follow up to the event. Provisionally, however, we would hope to draw together a selection of plenary and parallel session papers into a special issue of a journal plus associated briefings to feed into the preparations and events surrounding Rio+20.
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