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SRI2020 Congress call for collaboration on proposals!

  • 1.  SRI2020 Congress call for collaboration on proposals!

    Posted 10-16-2019 21:37
    Hello Future Earth Open Network,

    On behalf of the Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production Knowledge-Action Network, this is an invitation to collaborate on session proposals for the SRI2020 (Sustainability Research and Innovation 2020 Congress taking place in Brisbane, June 14-17, 2020, co-organized by Future Earth and the Belmont Forum. 
    We encourage you to let us know if you are interested in 1) submitting a proposal or 2) collaborating on one or more of the existing proposals now being developed (See text below). 

    Call for session proposals is open until November 15th, so time is short.

    If you have an idea for a proposal or are interested in further developing the proposals below, please let us know! 
    FE SSCP KAN Management Team
    Steven McGreevy, Patrick Schroeder, Charlotte Jensen, Magnus Bengtsson, Maurie Cohen, Sylvia Lorek, Hein Mallee

    Session proposal ideas

    1) SRI 2020 Session Proposal on Regenerative Eco-Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals
    Patrick Schroeder (Chatham House) & Paul Dewick (University of Manchester)

    It is nearly 30 years since unsustainable patterns of consumption and production were highlighted as the major cause of the continued deterioration of the global environment. Over the intervening period we have seen progress, for example the inclusion of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but not at a scale or pace sufficient to avoid the impending environmental and social crises (Alfredsson et al., 2018). New ideas (products, processes, organisational approaches, new entrepreneurial ventures) to promote progress toward sustainable systems of consumption and production have been conceptualized as eco-innovation. Although the literature has blossomed since 2000, cases of eco-innovation all too often reflect incremental change, isolated change, unintended change. Regenerative eco-innovations go further to "restore, renew [and] revitalise" natural systems, allowing humans to work in harmony with, instead of abusing and exploiting, the ecosystem (Hofstra and Huisingh, 2014, p.464). Regenerative eco-innovation demands radical, system wide change, including social transformations; we're unlikely to see regenerative eco-innovation without intention (Dewick et al., 2019). It is arguably the most important type of eco-innovation to address the pressing challenges of unsustainable consumption and production and social justice, and yet has been under explored in the literature.   

    In this session of the Future Earth SRI Congress which will be held in Brisbane, Australia from June 14-17, 2020, we call for papers that will extend and elaborate the nascent literature on regenerative eco-innovation and how it supports solutions to achieve the SDGS. To support theory building, we call for more empirical work to understand better what characterises regenerative eco-innovation (how do we know regenerative eco-innovation when we see it?), what conflicts and tensions are revealed when innovations create value for humans and nature (what are the inherent trade-offs in cases of regenerative eco-innovation between different SDGs?), how do actors combine to stimulate regenerative eco-innovation (what relations and resources are critical to regenerative eco-innovation?), why system level conditions facilitate and hinder regenerative eco-innovation in different contexts (what are the roots of REI across sectors, countries and value chains?), and what can we learn from successful and failed regenerative development projects (what are the implications for policy makers seeking to steer a pathway toward more sustainable systems of consumption and production?).  

    The session is linked to a special issue of Sustainability: Science, Policy and Practice on regenerative eco-innovation. Whilst it is not required for articles accepted to the special issue to be presented at the SRI Congress session, it does offer authors the opportunity to present and get feedback on their papers from the guest editors ahead of the special Issue submission date.

    Alfredsson, E., Bengtsson, M., Brown, H., Isenhour, C., Lorek, S., Stevis, D., and Vergragt, P., (2018), Why Achieving the Paris Agreement Requires Reduced Overall Consumption and Production, Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, 14 (1):1‒5.
    Dewick, P., Maytorena-Sanchez, E., and Winch, G., (2019), Regulation and regenerative eco-innovation: the case of extracted materials in the UK, Ecological Economics, 160, 38-51
    Hofstra, N., Huisingh, D., (2014), Eco-innovations characterized: a taxonomic classification of relationships between humans and nature, Journal of Cleaner Production, 66, 459–468.

    2) Will a Sustainability Transition Be Sufficient?
    Maurie Cohen (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

    The question "How much is enough?" has been a latent and largely unarticulated consideration in studies of sustainability transitions to date. At the same time, researchers have increasingly recognized the inadequacy of strategies predicated on efficiency improvements and the tendency of such interventions to contribute to rebound effects and other perverse outcomes. The last few years have given rise to a "sufficiency turn" in sustainability science with particularly prominent work carried out with respect to dietary practices, mobility, and housing. It is notable that the current trajectory avoids misplaced emphasis on "self-sufficiency" which has been historically salient in some communities as an alternative lifestyle but of limited efficacy and policy relevance at larger scales. This discussion session aims to take stock of the recent wave of research on cultural and civic conceptions of sufficiency and to consider its implications for future work on socio-technical transitions.

    3) The Future of Work and the Sustainability of Location-Independent Lifestyles
    Maurie Cohen (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

    We are currently witnessing a wave of sociotechnical innovation that is eroding prior customary employer-employee relationships based on regularized wages and the organization of work is increasingly coming to be defined by greater degrees of casualization and informality These alternative means of livelihood are organized around micro-entrepreneurship, freelancing, and contingent labor (oftentimes referred to as "gig" work). New information and communication technologies are an important part of this process and their deployment is further enabling the spatial separation of production practices and expanding lifestyle flexibility by dissolving the need for geographic proximity between work and home. This session invites proposals for papers that explore different manifestations of this these trends relevant for the future of work with special consideration given to the sustainability of these emergent lifestyles. Specific contributions are sought on novel co-living/co-working arrangements, digital nomadism, digital capitalism, and other "location-independent" lifestyles.