Theme 1: Environmental Sustainability

Studies of sustainability, with a focus on environmental analyses.

  • The science and technology of environmental sustainability
  • Ecosystemics
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Urbanization and its consequences
  • Ecological footprints and ecospaces
  • Atmosphere and biosphere: global warming, the ozone layer, pollution
  • Energy: renewable and not
  • Water: sources and uses
  • Land and sea, mountain and savannah, desert and wet zones, forests and coasts: variable impacts on varied environments
  • Biological diversity: its past and prospects
  • Biotechnology and its critics
  • Danger signs: rising sea levels, desertification, soil degradation

Theme 2: Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

Studies of sustainability, with a focus on socio-cultural and economic analyses.

  • One, two, three, four, how many ‘bottom lines’?
  • The meaning of cultural sustainability and sustainable heritage development
  • Belonging and identity: their environmental, economic and social significance
  • Changing patterns and cultures of consumption
  • Cosmopolis: local cultures, globalization, diaspora
  • Women and men, children and the elderly, families and sustainability
  • Cultural dimensions of childbearing and population growth
  • Cultural tourism
  • Indigenous peoples: self-government, self management and cultural autonomy.
  • Indigenous knowledge and traditional practices of sustainability: broadening
  • the scope of valid knowledge
  • The economics of environment, culture and society
  • What is economic value?
  • Cultural, social and environmental capital
  • The economics of sustainability
  • Needs, wants and demand: reconfiguring the economic equation
  • Business cases: the cost and value of sustainability
  • Risks and risk management: where economy meets environment, culture and society
  • Free trade and fair trade
  • Global flows: finance, trade, technology transfer and debt
  • Sustainable aid and aid for sustainability
  • The dynamics of production and consumption
  • Accountability: beyond financial years and bottom lines
  • Measuring performance and reporting sustainability
  • Organizations and corporations: defining the stakeholders and meeting their interests
  • Development, underdevelopment and sustainability
  • Tourism and its impacts
  • Sustainable and unsustainable transportation
  • Wellbeing and quality of life: sources and strategies
  • Gender and sustainability
  • Poverty and its eradication
  • Health in its environmental, cultural, economic and social contexts
  • Population growth and its consequences
  • Wastes and waste management
  • Urbanization and the sustainability of human settlement

Theme 3: Sustainability Policy and Practice

Addressing sustainability agendas and the practices flowing from these in government, corporate and community sectors.

  • The politics of sustainability
  • Global sustainability policies
  • National sustainability policies and initiatives
  • Sustainability in local government
  • Corporate sustainability initiatives
  • Community and NGO sustainability initiatives
  • Measuring impacts: environmental assessment
  • Bioethics
  • Nature as intellectual and physical property
  • Civic pluralism: multiculturalism and cultural sustainability
  • Cultural and political liberalization: challenges and dangers
  • The arts and creativity as a resource for sustainability
  • Structures of ownership: private property, public property and the commons
  • Good citizenship in fragile environments, cultures, economies, societies
  • Levels of governance: interactions of sustainability initiatives at local, regional, national, and international levels
  • Domains of responsibility: NGOs, corporations, persons
  • The sources of sustainable innovation
  • Planning for sustainability
  • Capacity building in theory and practice
  • Sustainability and community participation
  • Managing ‘human resources’

Theme 4: Sustainability Education

On teaching and learning about human relations to the environment, and raising community awareness of sustainability.

  • Environmental education in a time of ecosystemic crisis
  • Teaching and learning sustainability: schools, universities, communities
  • The media, public awareness and community education on sustainability
  • Education sustaining language and culture
  • Public knowledge: the role of the media and government
  • Natural and social sciences: taking an holistic view
  • Researching sustainability
  • Knowledge capacities: developing sustainability science and technology locally