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

  • 2023 Special Focus—Decentering Sustainability: Towards Local Solutions for Global Environmental Problems
  • Theme 1: Multiple Legacies: Heritage, Traditions, Local Ecologies, Knowledge, Values, Protection
  • Theme 2: Extractions: Food, Water, Energy, Resources, Materials, Reuse, Distribution, Accessibility, Non-Material Extractions
  • Theme 3: Digital Sustainability: Sustainable Digitalization, Smart Communities, Smart Mobility, Green Technologies, Electronic Waste
  • Theme 4: Sustaining Crisis: (de)growth, Alternative Economies, Greenwashing, Social and Political Movements

Research Network Chairs

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)

Plenary Speakers

The Nineteenth 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.

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Anthropologist and Writer, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway

Katja Vintar Mally

Katja Vintar Mally

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Veronica Strang

Veronica Strang

Professor and Environmental Anthropologist, Department of Anthropology, Durham University, UK

Local Conference Committee

Blaž Bajič

Blaž Bajič

Assistant Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ana Svetel

Ana Svetel

Researcher and Teaching Assistant, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Veronika Zavratnik

Veronika Zavratnik

Researcher and Teaching Assistant, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Jaka Repic

Jaka Repic

Associate Professor and former Head of the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Conference Partner

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