Conference Opening, Fifth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, University of Technology Mauritius, Port Louis, Mauritius
Conference Dinner, Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, UBC Robeson Square, Vancouver, Canada

Our History ...

The On Sustainability Research Network

Conference

Founded in 2005, the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability provides a multidisciplinary space, spanning the various fields and perspectives through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of sustainability, brought together by a common concern for sustainability in an holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect.

The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.

Publishing

The On Sustainability Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non- hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The On Sustainability Journal Collection provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the On Sustainability Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and digital formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.

Community

The On Sustainability Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter. Or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2005 – University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Island of Oahu, Hawai’i, USA
  • 2006 – Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
  • 2007 – University of Madras, Chennai, India
  • 2008 – Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia
  • 2009 – University of Technology, Mauritius
  • 2010 – University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 2011 – University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 2012 – UBC Robeson Square, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2013 – International Conference Center, Hiroshima, Japan
  • 2014 – University of Split, Split, Croatia
  • 2015 – Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2016 – Portland State University, Portland, USA
  • 2017 – Fluminense Federal University, Niterói, Greater Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • Charles Hopkins, York University, Toronto, Canada (2012)
  • Hans-Martin Hinz, International Council of Museums, Paris, France (2006)
  • Helena Norberg-Hodge, International Society for Ecology and Culture, UK (2005)
  • Junko Edahiro, Japan for Sustainability, Tokyo, Japan (2013)
  • Katherine Morton, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia (2007)
  • Lawrence Surendra, Madras University, Chennai, India (2007)
  • Linda Te Aho, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand (2011)
  • Steve Gough, University of Bath, Bath, UK (2007)
  • Vandana Shiva, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, New Delhi, India. (2006)
  • William E. Rees, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (2013)

Past Partners

Over the years the On Sustainability Research Network has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: