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Monthly Archives: January 2016

TERI University – BLISS School 2016 on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

18-22, April 2016

Registration begins: 27, January 2016
Last date for registration: 11, April 2016

http://www.teriuniversity.ac.in/bliss-school/

BLISS (Building Learning in Sustainability Science) is a series of five-day events organized by the TERI University to train and prepare stakeholders for the forthcoming sustainable development challenges by initiating dialogue and disseminating knowledge and skills on critical issues such as environmental protection, ecological security, resource efficiency especially in a rapidly developing country like India. The overarching aim is to generate awareness and champion the cause of sustainability and sustainable development, both nationally and at the global level.

In this series, BLISS School 2016 will focus on interdisciplinary learning on the theme of ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns’. The content of the sessions over five days will be covered under the following sub–themes:

  • Introduction to Sustainable Consumption and Production: Global and Regional Context, Fundamental Concepts, Challenges, and Opportunities
  • Internalizing SCP in Value Chains: Supply Chain Management, Life Cycle Thinking, SCP in the Private Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility, Influencing Consumer Choice
  • Towards Resource Efficient Urban Habitats: Planning and Management for Infrastructure, Energy, and Waste
  • Innovation and Technology for SCP: Cleaner and Safer Production, Sustainable Food Systems, Tourism, Lifestyles and Education
  • Mainstreaming SCP through Stakeholder Engagement and Policy–making

The sessions will also present case studies on leading SCP practices as well as showcase innovative policies promoting SCP both at the regional and national level.

Background

Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) is an integral component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the main focus of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)-12. For over a decade, countries have viewed SCP as a pre-requisite for achieving the objective of sustainable development also highlighted in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 2002. The European Union (EU), recognizing the need to promote SCP practices and thereby achieve sustainable economic development, resource efficiency, and poverty reduction, has made SCP a prime focus in its regional cooperation strategy for Asia. Given this backdrop, the TERI University in New Delhi, dedicated to providing education for sustainable development, has signed an agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under the EU–funded SWITCH–Asia Programme to support learning on SCP among different stakeholders, especially policymakers and students, as well as consumers, businesses, and supporting organizations in South Asia.To meet this objective, a five-day School on Sustainable Consumption and Production is being organized at the TERI University from April 18-22, 2016.

For queries, email us at bliss@teriuniversity.ac.in or call 011-71800222.

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Call for Papers – 6th Meeting of ALCADECA (Latin American and the Caribbean Association for the Study of Human Capabilities)

Montevideo, Uruguay

May 30 – June 1, 2016

Hosted by Universidad de la República (Uruguay)

Submissions due March 10

The organizers of the 2016 Conference of ALCADECA  are  pleased to announce the call for papers for its 6th  biennial meeting, to be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, on June 1-3, 2016. These meetings bring together researchers from different disciplines and fields interested in human development, the capabilities approach and other approaches to normative and development issues, with particular focus in Latin America.  Previous conferences have taken place in Mexico (2006), Montevideo (2008), Porto Alegre (2010), Buenos Aires (2012) and Lima (2014).

The rapid economic growth recently experienced in most Latin American countries has generated a significant increase in household income that has not necessarily been translated into proportionate achievements in terms of human development and freedoms. Social interactions can promote different life styles and, specifically, consumption patterns, that might strengthen or erode functionings and capabilities, both in terms of individuals and of social justice perspective. For instance, conspicuous, emulative or positional consumption might result in high indebtedness in the case of some households, leisure time reductions in other cases, or changes in preferences for redistribution, among individuals struggling to achieve certain standards promoted by the media or through peer groups. Institutions, markets and public policies can foster, mitigate or redirect these behaviours. Specifically, we are interested in discussing around questions such as: To which extent these phenomena are observerd in Latin America? If so: Do they foster or weaken achievements in terms of agency or capabilities?; Should institutions and public policies promote certain life styles or would that be an unacceptable form of paternalism?; Which policies and institutional designs need to be implemented in order to avoid the (potentially) deletereous effect of these behaviours? The conference aims at estimulating academic interchange on these topics.

The hosts of the 2016 HDCA Conference cordially welcome submissions of papers and thematic panel sessions.  In addition to proposals on the conference theme, papers on topics related to normative issues, human development, inequalities and poverty are welcome. The deadline for submissions is March 10, 2016.

More information about the conference will be available on the conference webpage: www.iecon.ccee.edu.uy. Questions can be addressed to the conference organizers at: alcadeca2016@iecon.ccee.edu.uy

Paper Submission

a) Individual academic papers. An abstract of up to 500 words in English, Spanish or Portuguese must be submitted for consideration for presentation at the meeting. The cover page should include the title of the paper, institutional affiliation, including address, phone and email of each author and an abstract with 3-5 keywords.

b) Proposals for thematic panel sessions should be proposed as such, under a single theme. The sessions will be 90 minutes long, and so will accommodate 3 or 4 component papers. Each panel should have a coordinator who submits an abstract  for the panel  of up to 500 words in English, Spanish or Portuguese with 3-5 keywords. In addition, an abstract of similar characteristics should accompany each of the component papers of the proposed panel.

Please send your submission to alcadeca2016@iecon.ccee.edu.uy

 Important Dates

Deadline for abstract and thematic panel proposals submission:  March 10, 2016

Notification of acceptance:  March 31, 2016

Deadline for full papers submission:  May 10, 2016

 Language

The official language of the conference is Spanish, but panel proposals, papers and presentations in English or Portuguese are welcome. There will be a simultaneous translation service for keynote speechs.

For more information about ALCADECA 2016 see www.iecon.ccee.edu.uy

Scientific Committee

Izete Bagolin (Pontificia Universidad de Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil)
Flavio Comim (Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil y Universidad de Cambridge)
Javier Iguñiz (Pontificia Universidad del Perú, Perú)
Gustavo Pereira (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
Andrés Rius (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
Graciela Tonon (Universidad de Lomas de Zamora y Universidad de Palermo, Argentina)

Local organizing committee

Ana Fascioli (Universidad de la República)
Martín Leites (Universidad de la República)
Agustín Reyes (Universidad de la República)
Gonzalo Salas (Universidad de la República)
Andrea Vigorito (Universidad de la República)

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