Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

The On Sustainability Research Network was founded on a commitment to providing innovative spaces for members to interact, converse, and learn from each other. In this critical moment, we must re-imagine the scholarly conference. We should consider our climate impacts, public health obligations, the need to dismantle the enduring blockages of access and participation for segments of our local and global communities, while at the same time supporting the development of meaningful personal relationships.

We are taking on these challenges by offering a blended conference experience, with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and in-person social knowledge processes. In conversation with our Research Network Members, we have been reflecting upon the kinds of scholarly conferences we need for our sustainable social futures.

You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.

This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

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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