A Blended Conference

For over 30 years, Common Ground has been invested in developing technologies that seek to break down barriers of access in scholarly communication. In each phase, we’ve built media platforms to support spaces for interdisciplinary dialogue, before such approaches were in vogue; connected international voices, when disciplines were too often isolated in national silos; and supported an agenda of access and equality, by offering pathways and opportunities for diverse voices.
We now propose another kind of intervention -- to build a scholarly communication infrastructure for a blended future.
Our blended model seeks to transcend physical boundaries by offering a platform to extend in-person conference content online, while ensuring online-only delegates are afforded equal participatory and experiential spaces within the platform. At the same time, the model offers participants a legacy resource to which they can return in the Event application, with access to a social space in our Community application where fellow participants can keep connected long after the conference ends.

Themes and Special Focus

On Sustainability Research Network is brought together by a common concern for sustainability from a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social interests intersect. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Eighteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability features research addressing the following annual themes.

  • 2022 Special Focus—Post-Pandemic Sustainability: Towards a Green Economic Recovery for Nature, People and Planet
  • Theme 1: Ecological Realities
  • Theme 2: Participatory Process
  • Theme 3: Economic, Social and Cultural Context
  • Theme 4: Education, Assessment and Policy

Plenary Speakers

The Eighteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Javier Benayas

Javier Benayas

Professor, Department of Ecology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Pablo Angel Meira Cartea

Pablo Angel Meira Cartea

Professor, Department of Ecology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Daniella Tilbury

Daniella Tilbury

Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations, HM Government of Gibraltar

Marta Ferreira Dias

Marta Ferreira Dias

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Michèle Sato

Michèle Sato

Professor, Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), Mato Grosso, Brazil

Philipp Pattberg

Philipp Pattberg

Professor, Transnational Environmental Governance and Policy, and Head, Department of Environmental Policy Analysis, Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Édgar Javier González Gaudiano

Édgar Javier González Gaudiano

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Researches in Education, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

Research Network Chairs (English and Spanish)

David Humphreys

David Humphreys

Professor of Environmental Policy, The Open University, United Kingdom (English)

José Gutiérrez-Pérez

José Gutiérrez-Pérez

Professor, Educational Research Methodology, Faculty of Science Education, Universidad de Granada, Spain (Spanish)

Conference Partner

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