Local Panel, Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile & University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile & University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Garden Session, Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile & University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile & University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Opening Session, Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile & University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

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

  • 2020 Special Focus - Sustainability Lessons in the "Global South": Priorities, Opportunities, and Risks
  • 29–31 January 2020
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Chile & University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

At a Glance...

3

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

215 +

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

33

Countries represented.

2020 Special Focus - Sustainability Lessons in the "Global South": Priorities, Opportunities, and Risks

Much of the sustainability literature focuses on the Global North and on issues salient to policy makers in developed countries, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ozone depletion. By contrast, comparatively little is written on environmental issues in the Global South, which is rich in sustainability experiences and lessons learned in natural resource conservation, and where many of the challenges are being faced on a daily basis with limited financial and human capital resources. In Latin America, Africa, and much of Asia, communities struggle on a daily basis with environmental hazards as varied as land degradation, drought, salinization, and lack of access to fresh drinking water. ‘Land grabs’ drive deforestation and biodiversity loss, while across the Global South, conflicts between communities, firms, and the state for resource rights and access present risks to livelihoods and life, which in turn are highly uneven according to localities, socio-economic groups, ethnicity, and gender.

A variety of creative thinking and imaginative responses to such challenges can be found across the Global South. Communities are organizing to defend their neighborhoods, forests, and land from incursions by property developers, poachers, and business corporations. A plurality of different visions of environmental justice and social justice have flourished based on gender rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, and rights of nature. Within Latin America, the Andean notions of buen vivir (good living) has found expression in the constitutions of Ecuador and Bolivia.

The question of how the sustainability lessons garnered in the Global South can contribute to the transformative social changes necessary to promote sustainability on a global scale, and define short-, medium-, and longer-term priorities, will be considered at the Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability in Santiago, Chile. We warmly welcome proposals for papers, workshops, interactive sessions, posters, and exhibits on this theme and on all dimensions of sustainability. The conference will appeal to scholars, social activists, business people, and policy makers.

Conference Chairs

David Humphreys

David Humphreys

Professor of Environmental Policy, The Open University, United Kingdom

Jonathan Barton

Jonathan Barton

Associate Professor, Institute of Geography, and Associate Researcher, Centre of Sustainable Urban Development, Pontifical Catholic University, Santiago, Chile

Maria Fragkou

Maria Fragkou

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Plenary Speakers

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

Maisa Rojas

Maisa Rojas

Director, Chilean Centre for Climate Science and Resilience (CR)2; Researcher, Millennium Nucleus on Paleoclimate; Associate Professor, Department of Geophysics, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

The Climate Science and Policy Implications of Chile´s Mega-drought

Andrés Landerretche

Andrés Landerretche

Coordinator, COP25 Presidency, Chilean Ministry of Environment, Chile

Joseluis Samaniego

Joseluis Samaniego

Director, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development Division, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

The New Challenges of Climate Change in the Context of Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

2020 Advisory Committee

  • Jessica Budds, Senior Lecturer in Geography and International Development, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • Waldo Bustamante, Deputy Director, Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDEUS), Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • Jorge Gironas, Principal Researcher, Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDEUS), and Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
  • María José Molina, Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDEUS), Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

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 2020 Emerging Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Long-Chen Li

Long-Chen Li

Chemists Without Borders, Taiwan

Sarbjeet Singh

Sarbjeet Singh

Panjab University, India

Veronika Zavratnik

Veronika Zavratnik

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cayley Burton

Cayley Burton

University of British Columbia, Canada

Julián Cortés Oggero

Julián Cortés Oggero

University of Chile, Chile

Francois Simon

Francois Simon

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Chile

Francisco Gelves-Gómez

Francisco Gelves-Gómez

University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Huamani Orrego

Huamani Orrego

University of British Columbia, Canada

​Beth Ann Falstad

​Beth Ann Falstad

Arizona State University, United States

​Luis Paulo Batista da Silva

​Luis Paulo Batista da Silva

Federal University of Bahia, Brazil

Danika Tynes

Danika Tynes

Georgia Tech Research Institute, United States

​Özge Can Doğmuş

​Özge Can Doğmuş

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Aubree McAtee

Aubree McAtee

University of British Columbia, Canada

Conference Partners

Virtual Presentations

Virtual Posters

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Lightning Talks

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