1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on "Sustainable Development: Which Transition for Our Societies?"
The overarching theme of the symposium is to analyze how the concept of transition ties in with the notion of sustainable development. Accordingly, contributors will be asked to address at least one of the following questions in their manuscript: What are the issues that justify a transition? Which kind of transition and how to put it in place? Is it scientifically, economically, and socially achievable? What are the barriers? What positive experiences are there?
More specifically, contributions must tie in with one of the six areas proposed for the parallel sessions:
- Global commons: Energy, climate, biodiversity (particularly stock-based vs flow-based economy; energy thresholds and peaks in resources; implications for production patterns and our lifestyles)
- Food, agriculture and animal farming: human and environmental health; organic food; fossil fuel free farming; interdependence between living organisms; promotion of producer-to-consumer schemes; access to land; urban agriculture etc.
- Housing and land-use planning: transport, renovation of existing buildings, transition towns, housing location regarding access to services, gentle mobility, intermodality, etc.
- Transition models: Sustainable development (SD), prosperity without growth, green capitalism or degrowth? - drawbacks and shortcomings, and critiques of each of these concepts; role of indicators, currency and finance; SD and social justice; ethics.
- The role of public authorities in the transition: What forms of governance? How to induce behavioural changes? Which policies for supporting technologies? Law and public policy developments (legislative assessment, impact assessment, principles for integration, advisory councils; embedding SD into national constitutions and international treaties; SD and fundamental rights).
- Transition and non-governmental actors: Role of the various stakeholders: citizens, consumers, businesses, workers, large institutions, social movements; scientific research, education, culture, media; participatory democracy and modes of collective intelligence.