2nd International Conference on
Diversity, plurality and change:
breaking new grounds in sustainability transition research
June 13-15, 2011
Lund University, Lund, Sweden
The Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), the Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University and the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) invite you to the 2nd International Conference on Sustainability Transitions.
Governments across the globe are developing plans, such as a New Green Deal, to curb a combined economic and ecological crisis. Plans for the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012 also emphasize the need to green the economy in light of sustainable development and poverty eradication. A common theme is the need for a broad societal and industrial transformation towards more sustainable modes of production and consumption. Such sustainability transitions are increasingly seen as a major source of opportunity for developed, emerging and developing economies in the 21st century.
Alongside this growing policy interest has been an increase in academic study of issues in sustainability transitions. Research publications have increased significantly over recent years, and specific streams of research have emerged including, for example, historical studies on shifts in socio-technical regimes, analyses on the emergence of new technologies as well as policy and governance oriented research addressing the potential to influence innovation and transition processes.
The first international conference on Sustainability Transitions, held in Amsterdam June 2009, brought together a rapidly growing community of researchers and practitioners interested in socio-technical transitions and eco-innovation. It emphasized the growing internationalization of sustainability transitions research, not only as a research community but also in terms of its research agenda. The diversity of participants indicated considerable enthusiasm for new connections within the transitions research community and engagements with other relevant disciplines or communities.
We look forward to welcoming you to Lund!
On behalf of the Program Committee,