Call for Abstracts: Accelerating Sustainability Transitions

The 10th International Sustainability Transitions Conference (IST) will be hosted by the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) at Carleton University from June 23rd to the 26th, 2019. The main theme of the conference is 'Accelerating sustainability transitions.'

The pace of change has emerged as a central concern for sustainability transitions research. Although the historical record suggests major system transformations are often spread over multiple decades, some researchers have argued that transitions toward more sustainable societal arrangements can (and must) move considerably faster. This sense of urgency has been reinforced by international studies (such as the recent IPCC 1.5 ̊C Report), which emphasise serious consequences should societies fail to make rapid progress away from existing environmentally-destructive patterns of production and consumption.

In addition to this central theme of accelerating sustainability transitions, the Organizing Committee for IST 2019 would like to encourage the transitions research community to reflect on two issues that are particularly important in the Canadian context (but which have more general significance) and which have so far received relatively little attention from transition scholars:

  • the challenges faced by sustainability transitions in countries (for example, Canada, Australia, and many developing countries) with substantial export-oriented resource extraction sectors such as mining and primary materials processing, forestry, oil and gas, etc.
  • sustainability transitions and the experiences and self-governance of Indigenous Peoples.

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