Boston University Department of Earth and Environment: Tenure Track Faculty Openings

Boston University’s Department of Earth and Environment has openings for two tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level, pending budgetary approval. We seek colleagues to conduct research and teach in the social, behavioral, and economic dimensions of coupled human-natural systems, and the economic and policy dimensions of natural resources extraction, governance, use and conservation.

Applicants should demonstrate methodological expertise in a social 
science discipline, a strong research record investigating  socio-environmental systems, and evidence of their potential to enhance intellectual connections across disciplines within the Department and the University. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

-Food, energy and/or water resources, systems, the social, economic, and/or behavioral drivers, and/or consequences of their environmental impacts and/or policies to mitigate them

-Management, conservation and/or governance of terrestrial or aquatic biological resources

-Climate change impacts and adaptation (sustainable development goals, or urban sustainability and resilience)

-Natural hazards (hydrologic, coastal, seismic, wildfire) vulnerability, 
impacts, and mitigation

-Investigation of couplings between, and co-evolution of, natural and human systems over space, and/or at different geographic scales

The successful candidate is expected to an excellent teacher and mentor who will lead core and elective courses in support of the Department’s PhD program, professional MA in Energy and Environment, the undergraduate major in Environmental Analysis and Policy, as well as new curricular initiatives.

We seek to build a faculty with diverse life experiences and 
intellectual approaches, and welcome applications from persons of any gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, ethnicity, physical ability, and/or spiritual beliefs.

Please apply via AcademicJobsOnline 
https://nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Facademicjobsonline.org%2Fajo%2Fjobs%2F14430&data=02%7C01%7CRESECON%40lsv.uky.edu%7C8511f3424c49447c7fb008d732dc98c7%7C2b30530b69b64457b818481cb53d42ae%7C0%7C0%7C637033795359280568&sdata=EOtmJMhypeYDBuYdg%2FaYWRBsLzaBM3MnVK41DIAsx3U%3D&reserved=0. Applications should include (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a cover letter (including a discussion of approaches to diversity and inclusion in teaching, advising and scholarship), (3) a statement outlining synergies between the applicant’s research and teaching and ongoing activities within the Department, (4) one representative publication, and (5) names and contact information of at least three referees.

Questions about the position should be addressed to the search chair, Prof. Ian Sue Wing via email at: isw@bu.edu. Review of applications begins November 1, 2019.

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Postdoc Opportunity: Michigan State University

Michigan State University is searching for a social scientist postdoctoral scholar to be a part of a four-year NSF-funded grant that is developing new ways to reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of hydropower development. We are going into the last two years of the project and the focus is on quantitative data analysis and publications of the social science data collected.

Project Abstract: An estimated 3,700 major dams are currently either planned or under construction worldwide, and they will continue to play significant roles in energy production in the foreseeable future, especially in developing countries. This study’s goal is to develop innovative solutions for hydropower– not just to produce energy for the national grid, but woven into the surrounding food, water, and institutional systems. The team includes hydro-engineers, hydrogeologists, climatologists, biologists and social scientists working in tandem to offer transformative solutions for hydropower development while ensuring that social and environmental benefits outweigh costs. The project is being conducted in three different basins in the Brazilian Amazon. The social science component is generating a household-level data set of 8 communities, and a total of some 1200 households using randomized sampling, that have been impacted by hydropower development in the Madeira basin in Brazil. In addition, plans are underway to start doing a similar survey in two other basins. The social analysis will focus on impacts on households, differences in compensation and resettlement, and on social/economic changes experienced by households. 

The post-doctoral fellow will work on statistical analysis of data collected through a social survey protocol, and may help with the design of a new survey. Strong demonstrated statistical skills are required.  Candidate should be able to work independently but value collaboration with the PIs in the project.

The position will start as soon as an appropriate candidate is found. Candidates will be based in East Lansing, Michigan. Position will initially be for one year, with possible renewal for another year, depending on performance. Salary will be based on commensurate education and experience.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically to the Michigan State University Human Resources websiteposting number 596257. Applications should include (a) a cover letter that addresses the applicant’s interest in the position and how the applicant meets the qualifications specified above, (b) a current CV, and (c) 3 letters of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Professor Maria Claudia Lopez, Chair of the Search. mlopez@msu.edu

Post-doctoral Position Available: Interdisciplinary Analysis of Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Alaska

The Arctic is warming twice as fast as lower latitudes with far-reaching consequences for access to energy and mineral resources, global trade and tourism routes, marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and human health and safety. Impacts of the changing Arctic are particularly salient for the region’s Indigenous peoples.  The need for integrated, transdisciplinary research to better understand social and economic impacts and potential opportunities from climate change for Alaska is critically needed. Despite this need, there has been little work done to assess the economic costs and benefits of Arctic change, especially with regard to impacts in Alaska, or the value of existing federal and state services and products. Given that impacts and associated costs arise at scales ranging from the local to the global, there is a spectrum of opportunities for theory building and methods development that can only be accomplished through the deep integration of disciplines.  This work is critical for meeting pressing societal needs and to inform decisions and policy.

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (a NOAA Regional Integrated Science and Assessment team) seeks a post-doctoral research fellow to explore the social and economic impacts of climate change in Alaska from an interdisciplinary perspective. Possible sectors of analysis include but are not limited to fisheries (including ocean acidification), transportation (and trans-Arctic shipping), infrastructure, mineral, oil & gas resource development, mixed-subsistence economies, and the provision of related climate services. We are also interested in an analysis of the economic impacts of ACCAP’s work.

Based in the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), ACCAP specializes in interdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement to meet the science and information needs related to climate change in Alaska.

This post-doctoral fellowship includes opportunities to directly engage ACCAP’s partners and stakeholders in use-inspired basic research and knowledge co-production. The person in this position will work closely in an interdisciplinary team environment that includes a spectrum of senior scientists, junior scientists, graduate students, and research professionals. Collaborating organizations include the Center for Arctic Policy Studies (CAPS) at UAF, the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and other ACCAP partner organizations.

Desired state date: Negotiable. As soon as possible.

Duration: 2 year, term funded

Location: International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Open until filled.  

To apply submit CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter to Sarah Trainor <sarah.trainor@alaska.edu> with “Econ Post-Doc Application” in the subject line.  The cover letter should include a description of the candidate’s PhD research, a statement of interest outlining potential research project, including sectors of interest, and research approach, and past experience with research in Alaska and/or the Arctic.

UAF is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination/.

Postdoctoral Fellow – Resource Economics, West Virginia University

The Division of Resource Economics and Management (https://resourcemanagement.wvu.edu/) at West Virginia University invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow with a focus on land use and Food-Energy-Water (FEW) modeling. The position is funded by a research grant from The National Science Foundation (NSF) and will focus on examination of interdependencies between energy and agricultural markets, trade policies, and sustainability of water resources. The successful candidate will engage in analytical and empirical modeling of agricultural commodity markets with spatial land use and watershed management components. The ideal candidate will have i) strong quantitative training in mathematical modeling (GAMS), ii) ability to learn and work with watershed and land management modeling tools (e.g. EPIC/APEX or similar), and iii) experience in econometric analysis and Geographic Information Systems.

Salary and Timing: The position offers competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes fringe benefits. Initial appointment is for 12 months with a possibility for extension for additional 12 months subject to satisfactory performance. 

Qualifications:

  • A PhD in environmental/resource/agricultural economics (or closely related field)
  • Experience with Mathematical Programing using GAMS
  • Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Ability to work with watershed simulation tools (e.g. EPIC/APEX or similar) is preferred.
  • Familiarity with policy and economic issues surrounding energy and agricultural industries
  • Fluency in spoken and written English, and effective communication skills

Applications: Qualified applicants should submit: (i) a cover letter describing relevant experience and research interests, (ii) curriculum vita, (iii) transcripts, (iv) a representative research paper and (v) names and contact information for three or more references (they will not be contacted without permission from the candidate). 

The review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please visit http://hr.research.wvu.edu and click on the “View Jobs” link. West Virginia University encourages applications from and nominations of women, disabled individuals, veterans, and members of minority groups

For additional information contact Dr. Levan Elbakidze (levan.elbakidze@mail.wvu.edu)

Job Opening: Department of Earth and Environment at Florida International University

The Department of Earth and Environment of Florida International University invites applicants for the following TWO positions with tenure or tenure-track depending on candidate’s merit:

(A)        Associate Professor in Environmental Sustainability
(B)        Associate Professor in GIS & Remote Sensing

Associate Professor of Environmental Sustainability

Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree in sustainability science or closely related fields and conduct research and teaching in the same area. We particularly seek individuals conducting transformative, interdisciplinary, extramurally-funded, research at the interface of human and natural systems.  The Department of Earth and Environment (https://earthenvironment.fiu.edu/index.html) is composed of a diverse faculty with research interests in environmental, earth, atmospheric, and hydrologic sciences, as well as environmental resource economics, policy, management, and conservation. The Department is committed in our research and teaching to finding sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

Environmental Sustainability is a complex field spanning the environmental, social, and economic systems. We seek scientists experienced at working across disciplines, with a strong background in any of the following areas: systems ecology, urban systems, water, sustainable food systems, bio-environmental systems, green technologies, resource economics and policy, and/or regional sustainability planning.  The ability to evaluate “sustainability” scenarios and plans through quantitative methods and/or modeling is of interest to the Department.       Principal responsibilities will include establishment of a strong externally funded research program, development of active collaborations with other faculty, research partners, and members of the community including policy makers and resource managers; and teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, especially in our BA in Sustainability Program. Research at FIU is typically coordinated under one of several Institutes and Research Centers, many of which are preeminent programs, (https://beyondpossible.fiu.edu/preeminent-programs/), including the Institute of Water and Environment, the Southeast Environmental Research Center, the Sea Level Solutions Center, the Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure, International Center for Tropical Biology, Extreme Events Institute, and Agroecology Program.

Associate Professor of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Remote Sensing

Candidates are expected to hold a doctoral degree in environmental science, geoscience, geography, engineering or related fields, conduct research in GIS and/or remote sensing, and teach related classes. We particularly seek individuals conducting transformative, world-class, quantitative, interdisciplinary research with transferrable funds. The Department of Earth and Environment (https://earthenvironment.fiu.edu/index.html) is composed of a diverse faculty with research interests in environmental, earth, atmospheric, and hydrologic sciences, as well as environmental resource economics, policy, management, and conservation. The Department is committed in our research and teaching to find sustainable solutions to environmental problems.

GIS & Remote Sensing is a complex field spanning environmental, social, and economic systems. We seek interdisciplinary scientists with a strong background in GIS & remote sensing technologies with emphasis on coastal hazards, sea level rise impacts, and storm surge flooding.

Principal responsibilities will include (1) establishment of a strong externally funded research program, (2) development of active collaborations with other faculty, research partners, and members of the community including weather and coastal forecasting agencies, policy makers and resource managers, and (3) teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, especially in our GIS center. Research at FIU is typically coordinated under one of several Institutes and Research Centers, many of which are preeminent programs (https://beyondpossible.fiu.edu/preeminent-programs/), including the Extreme Events Institute (EEI) and its International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), the Institute of Water and Environment (InWE), the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), the Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), the Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure (InteRaCt), and International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB). 
Application Process

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 519022 at facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach cover letter (detailing which position is being applied for), a detailed curriculum vitae, and statements of Research, Teaching, and Diversity Inclusion philosophies as a single pdf file.  The CV and cover letters should provide detailed evidence of a record of extramural funding. The successful candidate will be expected to have an extramurally, well-funded, active research program that includes transferable funding that will aid in launching their program at FIU. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon as determined by the search committee.  To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by September 30th, 2019.  Review will continue until position is filled. Assistance in writing diversity statements can be found at https://advance.fiu.edu/_assets/docs/fiu-guidelines-for-writing-a-diversity-statement.pdf

2019 USSEE Award Winners: Jonathan Harris and Mahadev Bhat

The USSEE is excited to announce our 2019 award recipients: Jonathan Harris of Tufts University for the Herman Daly Award, and Mahadev Bhat of Floridan International University for the Bernado Aguilar Award. Dr. Harris and Dr. Bhat were presented with their awards by USSEE president Robert Richardson at the member luncheon of the 10th biennial conference on Wednesday August 14th.

Herman Daly Award

This award is given in honor of Herman Daly, one of the visionaries who founded the field of ecological economics. The award is designed to recognize individuals who have connected ecological economic thinking to practical applications and implementation of solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution and efficient in allocation. An ad-hoc Awards committee, composed of USSEE Board members, convenes prior to the biennial conference, no later than February of the conference year. The committee actively seeks nominations for the award, researches the candidates, and makes a recommendation to the USSEE board as a whole. The board then votes on the award. The award is given in conjunction with the US Society for Ecological Economics biennial conference.

The 2019 Herman Daly Award is presented to Dr. Jonathan M. Harris.

Jonathan Harris is a Senior Research Associate with the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. Dr. Harris is co-author of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach (4th ed., Routledge, 2018) and of Macroeconomics in Context, Principles of Economics in Context, and Microeconomics in Context (Routledge, 2019), author of “Green Keynesianism: Beyond Standard Growth Paradigms” in Building a Green Economy: Perspectives from Ecological Economics (Robert Richardson ed., MSU Press 2013); co-editor of Twenty-First Century Macroeconomics: Responding to the Climate Challenge (Edward Elgar, 2009), New Thinking in Macroeconomics: Social and Institutional Perspectives (Edward Elgar, 2003), and of the Frontier Issues in Economic Thought volumes A Survey of Sustainable Development, A Survey of Ecological Economics, and Human Well-Being and Economic Goals. He is also editor of Rethinking Sustainability: Power, Knowledge, and Institutions; author of World Agriculture and the Environment; and co-author of environmental teaching modules on climate change, renewable energy, and environmental issues in macroeconomics. He has served as President of the United States Society for Ecological Economics, and as Adjunct Associate Professor of International Economics at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

 Bernardo Aguilar Award

This award is given in honor of Bernardo Aguilar, a longtime member of ISEE and USSEE, a current member of the ISEE Board, and a former member of the USSEE Board. The Bernardo Aguilar Award was established in 2007 and is given to a person nominated and selected by students. The award was created to recognize a professional who has inspired students through teaching, research, ideas, and/or mentoring in ecological economics.

The 2019 Bernardo Aguilar Award is presented to Dr. Mahadev G. Bhat.

Dr. Mahadev Bhat is Professor of Natural Resource Economics in the Departments of Earth and Environment and Economics at Florida International University (FIU). Dr. Bhat’s research focuses economic and policy issues relating to natural resources management, including sustainable development, agriculture, water, coastal and marine resources, and ecosystem services valuation. He has more than 250 research articles, book chapters, publications and presentations. He has received research funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation, National Parks Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and private foundations. Dr. Bhat has advised more than 30 graduate students and 150 undergraduate students on their research and independent study projects. He co-founded the FIU Agroecology Program with the aid of over 20 different USDA grant programs, which helped train over 400 under-represented students in agricultural and natural resources sciences and prepare them for career and higher education. His USDA-funded grants helped establish a multi-university consortium for training over 150 Hispanic students in South Florida and Puerto Rico. Dr. Bhat co-established the FIU Organic Garden, which serves as a teaching tool in urban and sustainable agriculture. The Garden was designated as a People’s Garden by USDA for having promoted sustainable agriculture education and benefited the FIU student community.

Job Opening: Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

University of Minnesota, Humphrey School Of Public Affairs

U of M seeks applications for one or more faculty position[s] at the Assistant, Associate, and/or Full Professor level in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP). Evidence of established scholarship with the potential for contributions of national and international significance is required for candidates at the pre-tenure assistant professor level. Appointment at the tenured level of associate or full professor requires evidence of excellence and national/international policy-relevant impact in scholarly research, teaching, and service. All candidates must have a strong research and publication record with capacity for building an interdisciplinary, innovative research portfolio of high impact and relevance to public policy and communities of practice.

With this open-rank STEP area search, the Humphrey School is looking for both early-career and advanced scholars with disciplinary backgrounds in public policy, public affairs, environmental studies, environmental economics, natural sciences, engineering, international affairs, or related fields. We seek candidates working in the areas of U.S. and global environmental policy; food, energy and/or water policy and governance; climate change mitigation and adaptation policy; environmental justice; or related areas. Candidates whose work intersects with the School’s commitment to equity and inclusion are particularly desired. 

Qualified candidates will have an approach to teaching and research that is innovative and inclusive in terms of race, gender, class, and ethnicity. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to exceptional graduate-level teaching in the STEP curriculum at the Humphrey School. Successful candidates should demonstrate capacity to engage practitioners and the public in research, education, and outreach activities, be able to provide leadership to the Humphrey School’s Master of Science in STEP (MS-STEP), other masters programs, and Ph.D. in Public Affairs program, and be passionate about preparing students for careers in public affairs.

To apply, go to the U of M employment page and reference job opening 332092.

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Natural Resource Economics

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff: Assistant Professor (Fisheries and Natural Resource Economics) Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries

Appointment: Twelve month tenure track (40 % teaching; 60% research)

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Applied Economics with research focus and academic training in fisheries/ natural resource economics or a closely related field. Demonstrated ability to develop a productive research program in fisheries economics focusing on resource valuation, institutional and social issues in fisheries and sustainable management of natural resources, to publish peer-reviewed publications, and to develop effective and innovative teaching techniques is required. Expertise in market and non-market valuation techniques, forecasting and bio-economic models that identify optimal management strategies for fisheries resources, conservation and revival of fish species facing extinction threats, welfare analysis including market failure, institutional analysis, provide economic rationale for multiple uses of fisheries and water resources, strategies that minimize costs of stock enhancement strategies for recreational fishing is strongly preferred. A commitment to developing a dynamic research program that has a strong impact on the state of Arkansas is required.

Duties and Responsibilities: Arkansas is the Natural State and claims warm- and coldwater recreational fisheries, a vibrant aquaculture industry, and numerous other natural resource-based recreational opportunities. The Aquaculture/Fisheries Center has statewide responsibility for aquaculture and fisheries to provide research-based solutions to problems faced by fish farmers and natural fisheries stakeholder groups in Arkansas. The incumbent will develop a nationally and internationally recognized research program related to fisheries and resource economics with a strong emphasis in the application of quantitative methods and economic theory to timely and relevant topics on sustainable management of fisheries and natural resources. The incumbent will conduct economic analyses and biological assessments of stream, lake, and reservoir fish and fishery resources, bio-economic modeling, impact assessment, and benefits and costs of sport fisheries. The incumbent will teach graduate and undergraduate courses in fisheries economics and resource management subject areas and develop new courses that will fit into the overall teaching needs of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries and be consistent with his/her research program.

Personal Characteristics: The person selected for this position must be committed to a productive research program and to contributing science-based management recommendations for natural fisheries stakeholders and Arkansas fish farmers. S/he must be committed to effective teaching and must have the ability to communicate effectively with stakeholder groups. The individual must be willing and capable of developing effective working relationships across various fisheries and aquaculture disciplines within the department.

Salary: Commensurate with and depending upon qualifications and experience.

Fringe Benefits: Annual and sick leave per University policy, group health, life, disability, and retirement benefits.

To Apply: A letter of application, resume, official transcripts, and three letters of reference should be sent to:

Search Committee for Assistant Professor (Fisheries and Natural Resource Economics), c/o: Human Resources Department University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 1200 N. University Drive Mail Slot #4942 Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601. Application packages may be sent by e-mail to: uapbjobs@uapb.edu

Application deadline: September 30, 2019, or until a suitable applicant is found.

UAPB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and participates in E-Verify

In Memoriam: Frank Ackerman

Economist and longtime member of USSEE Frank Ackerman died on July 15, 2019 at the age of 72. He was an environmentalist and a prolific writer on topics ranging from the economics of climate change to critiques of mainstream economic theory. After graduating from Swarthmore College, he earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University. He is the author of Why do We Recycle?: Markets, Values, and Public Policy (2013, Island Press), and co-author of On Knowing the Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing, with Lisa Heinzerling (2004, The New Press). His most recent book is Worst-Case Economics: Extreme Events in Climate and Finance (2017, Anthem Press). Earlier in July, he wrote his final essay, entitled “Why Economics?”. In this essay, Dr. Ackerman summarizes many of the questions that he pursued in his career:

“Was it worth the intellectual effort to work as an economist? The problems I encountered in economics remain very much with us. We are still stymied by complacence and understatement of inequality, the use of overly mathematical cost-benefit models and low carbon cost estimates to justify bad policy, and miscalculation of current and future risks.”

Dr. Ackerman spent his career at Tellus Institute, the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, Stockholm Environment Institute, and Synapse Energy Economics, where he advised government agencies and non-governmental organizations on a range of climate, energy, and other environmental policy initiatives. Many of his publications, including papers, op-eds, and information about his books can be found at his website. He published numerous articles in Ecological Economics, and his work has been cited in the journal scores of times. Frank Ackerman’s intellectual contributions to the field of ecological economics are significant, and he will be greatly missed. His obituary was published in the Boston Globe.

Call for Sub-Themes for Degrowth/ISEE Conference, 2020

The 7th International Degrowth and 16th ISEE Joint Conference

Building Alternative Livelihoods in Times of Ecological and Political Crisis

Call​ ​for​ ​sub-themes

We are delighted to announce that the first ever joint conference between the International Degrowth Research Network and the International Society for Ecological Economics will take place 1-5 September 2020 in Manchester, UK. This conference will bring together academics from the Degrowth and Ecological Economics communities, voices from the Global North and Global South, civil society actors, activists, artists and policy-makers. It aims to break down silos and stimulate dialogues between and within different perspectives, disciplines and social movements.

Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis is the overarching theme of the conference. Economic systems have always co-evolved with social, environmental and technological systems. The worsening ecological and climate crisis means we must urgently abandon practices of production and consumption that drive ecological degradation and that rely on unsustainable extractivism. We must develop alternative livelihoods which are harmonious with planetary limits and safeguard material living conditions.  We must invent and trial new ways of working, providing for everyone’s needs, caring for each other and democratising the economy. We must seek clarity about the systems of provisioning which will be utilised in a society beyond growth where states and markets play more peripheral roles in the allocation of resources. In short, we must ask what are the alternative livelihoods which ensure the future conditions of societal wellbeing.

The construction of alternative livelihoods entails a radical transformation of economy, culture and society. What are the institutional arrangements which safely provide for basic needs, social stability and democratic legitimacy in the transition to environmental sustainability? How can both social and ecological justice for the populations of the Global North and the Global South be ensured? How can political support be mobilised for the necessary transformations? How can the transition to environmental sustainability be made politically viable and democratically legitimate?

We list below some of the topics that the conference could cover. We also look forward to ideas beyond these, which would expand the geographical and thematic scope of degrowth, as well as advance and further substantiate current debates and dialogue within and between degrowth and ecological economics.

  1. the economy beyond states and markets
  2. the future of employment,  work and care
  3. debates on degrowth, green growth, the circular economy, and decoupling
  4. the democratisation of the economy and alternative models and forms of organisation
  5. the production and conservation of energy
  6. low carbon and low energy futures
  7. forms of decommodification and non-capitalist modes of resource allocation
  8. commoning resources
  9. money, debt and the financial system
  10. financing the (transition to a) post-growth society
  11. monetary and non-monetary measures of prosperity and well-being
  12. a universal basic income or universal basic services
  13. the green new deal
  14. the decentralisation of power
  15. decolonization and feminist economics as challenges to power
  16. post- growth policy-making, law and governance
  17. how to respond to the ethno-nationalist environmentalism and anti-environmentalism of ascendant populist groups
  18. the politics of transitions to sustainability and the lessons to be learned from past socio-economic and cultural transformation
  19. spatial issues: planning, housing and the future of cities
  20. diversity: class, race, gender, abilities
  21. Sustainable Development Goals
  22. conflict resolution processes and socio-ecological transformations
  23. biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainable livelihoods
  24. social metabolism
  25. political economy and ecological economics/degrowth
  26. sustainable livelihoods and ecological sufficiency
  27. languages of valuation and ecological conflicts
  28. extractivism, environmental justice and illicit activities
  29. social ecological economics
  30. production and consumption
  31. slow science and degrowth of publication economy
  32. strategies for degrowth transformation: lessons from the Vienna conference

Submission Procedure

There will be two stages for the call for both academic and activist contributions. The first stage is a call for sub-theme conveners. Academics and activists who wish to actively participate in these sub-themes or suggest new sub-themes for inclusion in the conference should submit a proposal by30th September 2019. Descriptions of the sub-themes should speak to the overall conference theme. They should be sent todegrowth2020@manchester.ac.uk

Each sub-theme can go from one to four sessions, with up to four papers or other contributions per session. There are many formats which a session can adopt, including the traditional format of paper presentations with a specific thematic​ ​focus, roundtable discussions, and participatory sessions encouraging reflection on a particular topic using an open format​ ​(e.g.​ ​discussion​ ​workshops,​ ​dialogical/reading/planning​ ​sessions,​ ​walks​, ​etc.). Sub-theme conveners will be given full autonomy and responsibility for the organisation of sub-themes.

Sub-theme conveners should present the following information in their proposal:

  1. theme title;
  2. convenor(s);
  3. presenters/roundtable participants anticipated;
  4. subtheme abstract (1 paragraph, maximum 250 words);
  5. how does this subtheme relate to the overall conference theme (maximum 100 words);
  6. format (paper presentation, round-table debate, etc.);
  7. live or remote or both;
  8. number of 1-2 hour sessions anticipated.

Successful sub theme proposers will hear by 30th October 2019.

Once sub-themes have been selected, we will announce a second deadline for individual abstracts for papers. The main language of the conference is English, but we will review submissions in other languages​ ​also.  For​ ​any​ ​questions,​ ​please​ ​contact​ ​us​ ​at:​ degrowth2020@manchester.ac.uk.

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