Call for Abstracts and Special Sessions: 13th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, June 18th to 21st, 2019, Turku/Åbo, Finland

Conference objective and themes

Since its foundation in 1996, the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) has established theoretical and practical approaches for integrating often contested environmental and developmental issues. The 13th International Conference of ESEE in Turku will scrutinize the current co-creative turn in sustainability research and policy.

One key scientific challenge of tomorrow is to provide policy advice for legitimate, fair and evidence-informed sustainability transformation. ESEE 2019 will contribute to this challenge by exploring theories and applications of co-creation: an epistemic process that merges inter- and trans-disciplinary science and public deliberation with different phases of the policy cycle. ESEE 2019 brings together researchers, practitioners and civil society actors engaged in co-creation for institutional design, policy implementation and the evaluation of problem solving strategies.

ESEE 2019 builds on conventional as well as innovative formats. New interactive and dialogical formats will be applied in keynotes and co-creative events with scientists, business, governmental actors, media and civil society. We strongly encourage participants to reflect on co-creation in their own academic and non-academic work and to consider presenting their experiences, findings and insights in new creative formats.

Special session proposals

Special sessions involve 3–5 paper presentations (in 1.5 hours) with moderated discussion on specific topics and debates that complement the conference tracks and sub-tracks. Please submit your proposal by November 02nd, 2018.

Abstracts for papers and posters

Please submit a short abstract (100 words) and an extended abstract (1000–1500 words excluding references) by November 27th, 2018 via the online form. Submissions will be peer-reviewed. Each author can submit two abstracts as first (lead) author.

Poster session

There will be a poster session, and a best poster prize will be awarded at the conference. After the Day 1 and Day 2 morning keynotes there will a 15-minute slot for poster teasers.

Best paper prizes and EPG special issue

We will award two paper prizes, one for the best student paper and one for a regular paper submitted for and presented at the conference.

The Journal Environmental Policy and Governance will host a Special Issue compiled from selected papers presented at the ESEE 2019 Turku conference. All papers accepted for presentation (oral or poster) will be addressed with a targeted call for the special issue. The special issue papers will undergo the usual reviewing process of the journal.

In the line of the conference objectives, we suggest contributions within seven tracks:

1- Safeguarding biodiversity, climate, and ecosystem services
2- Reconciling consumption, need, and well-being
3- Developing sustainable futures
4- Formulating transformative policies
5- Redesigning institutions
6- Building post-growth economies
7- Ecological economics as transformative science

Further information on these seven tracks and the submission process can be found here.

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