Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 17-19 January 2019, UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada
Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 17-19 January 2019, UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada
Presentation, Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 17-19 January 2019, UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada
Plenary Speaker, Charlene Aleck, Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, 17-19 January 2019, UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada

Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

  • 2019 Special Focus: From Pedagogies for Sustainability to Transformative Social Change
  • 17-19 January 2019
  • UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada

At a Glance...

3

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

285 +

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability.

35

Countries represented.

2019 Special Focus: From Pedagogies for Sustainability to Transformative Social Change

Global environmental degradation and global social inequity are two of the most critical issues of our age. The enormity of the paradigm shift that mainstream societies need to go through to address current environmental, cultural, economic, and social sustainability challenges requires that all actors question their roles. What might they do to contribute to a world where people come to realize their responsibilities and interdependent relationships with the non-human world that sustains all life? In the university sector, what might our roles be as scholars and educators? Are our roles solely to explain what happens so that others, such as political leaders and policy makers, can step in and offer solutions? Many scholars would argue that we should go further and address questions on the policies, political systems, and governance structures that are necessary or desirable. In other words, might university scholars engage in advocacy? What shapes might this advocacy take? Who would be involved? What are the challenges of changing existing power relationships? There is growing realization within and beyond the academy that addressing global ecological and social justice issues requires widening the circle of knowledges and ways of knowing, including bringing together the rationality of scientific empiricism with Indigenous ecological knowledges.

The perceived need for a more vociferous role for educators has led to the emergence of ecopedagogy which focuses on the possibilities of a green world as well as a just world. The question of how pedagogies may contribute to transformative social changes that promote sustainability will be considered at the Fifteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability. And we warmly welcome proposals for papers, workshops, interactive sessions, posters, and exhibits from all who are interested in sustainability.

Conference Co-Chairs

David Humphreys

David Humphreys

Professor, Environmental Policy, The Open University, United Kingdom

Peter Cole

Peter Cole

Associate Professor, Indigenous Education, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Pat O’Riley

Pat O’Riley

Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Plenary Speakers

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

Charlene Aleck

Charlene Aleck

Elected Council, Tsleil Waututh Nation, Canada

Robert Gifford

Robert Gifford

Professor, Psychology and Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

"The Dragons of Inaction: What They Are and How to Slay Them"

Edward Jovel

Edward Jovel

Associate Professor and Director of the Indigenous Research Partnerships, Faculty of Land & Food Systems, University of British Columbia, Canada

"Building Sustainable Urban Spaces for Indigenous Land-based Education"

Local Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Samson Nashon, Head & Professor of Science Education, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Dr. Kerry Renwick, Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Emerging Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Emerging Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students and emerging scholars who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award, with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for early career academics. The 2019 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Romina Tantalean

Romina Tantalean

University of British Columbia, Canada

Huamani Orrego

Huamani Orrego

University of British Columbia, Canada

Romina De Angelis

Romina De Angelis

University College London, United Kingdom

Kwesi Yaro

Kwesi Yaro

University of British Columbia, Canada

Philipp Hummel

Philipp Hummel

Leuphana University, Germany

Arthur Chen

Arthur Chen

University of British Columbia, Canada

Aparna Gopal

Aparna Gopal

University of Queensland, Australia

Saori Ogura

Saori Ogura

University of British Columbia, Canada

Allison Earl

Allison Earl

University of British Columbia, Canada

Rachael Edino

Rachael Edino

University of Calgary, Canada

Debra Moffatt

Debra Moffatt

Royal Roads University, Canada

Peter Wanyenya

Peter Wanyenya

University of British Columbia, Canada

Kshamta Hunter

Kshamta Hunter

University of British Columbia, Canada

Sara Roe

Sara Roe

Watsonville High School, United States

​Tara Howse

​Tara Howse

Athabasca University, Canada

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​Nilendu Bala

​Nilendu Bala

School of Planning and Architecture, India

Marie Rogel

Marie Rogel

Tohoku University, Japan

Tathali Urueta Ortiz

Tathali Urueta Ortiz

University of British Columbia, Canada

Joanne Price

Joanne Price

University of British Columbia, Canada

Conference Partner

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

Virtual Posters present preliminary results of work or projects that lend themselves to visual representations. Download the posters below.

Lightning Talks

Lighting Talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Click the button below to view the videos on our YouTube channel.