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WEBINAR: Transforming Work Toward Social-Ecological Sustainability: A Capability Perspective

February 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0

22nd February 2024, 3pm GMT / 4pm CET / 9am EST

Speaker: Bénédicte Zimmermann, Professor of Sociology at the École des hautes études en Sciences Sociales in Paris

Discussant: Philippa Shepherd, Université Grenoble Alpes, one of the coordinators of the HDCA European Regional Network


Research on sustainable work remains split between social and ecological concerns, as do related policy concepts, such as “decent work”, “job quality” or “green jobs”. What is missing is a normative framework to bridge the gap between social and ecological agendas. In a first step, based on a literature review, I will sketch the conceptual landscape of sustainable work and identify the challenges it raises. In a second step, I will discuss whether and how the capability framework can help to address these challenges. With its focus on justice and deliberative democracy, the CA makes political sustainability as important a dimension of sustainable work as social and ecological sustainability. Based on this discussion, in a third step I propose a tentative definition of sustainable work and some building blocks for its practical operationalisation.

The event is open to all and can be accessed via the following Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 874 5251 5166
Passcode: 243772


February 22
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
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