The Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability features research addressing the following annual themes.
Dr. David Humphreys, Professor of Environmental Policy, The Open University, United Kingdom. He is proud to work teaching and researching sustainability and environmental policy at what he regards as the world’s leader in distance university teaching. He began his career specializing in international forest policy on which he was written two books, Forest Politics: The Evolution of International Cooperation (1996) and Logjam: Deforestation and the Crisis of Global Environmental Governance (2006). His interests in heritage include the natural and built environments, with a particular interest in the reconstruction of Beirut. He has also published on climate change politics, geoengineering, the democratic regulation of transnational corporations, and the emerging jurisprudence of rights of nature. With Spencer Stober he edited the Common Ground volume Transitions to Sustainability: Theoretical Debates for a Changing Planet (2014). His academic awards include the International Studies Association’s Harold and Margaret Sprout Award (2008) and an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of Chartered Foresters (2015).
together the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 20
disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, The Cairns Institute is a uniquely robust and vibrant hub of research,
capacity building and public debate in the tropics, for the tropics. The Cairns
Institute’s location in tropical North Queensland and close proximity
to neighbouring countries in the Pacific and Southeast Asia places it at
the epicentre of economic, environmental
and cultural change. In this most dynamic of regions, the Institute is
committed to understanding and informing the critical processes of
transformation that will shape communities’ and environments’ future