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Dates set for Conference on Loss and Damage “L&D will be explored through five interrelated lenses”

In October, LUCSUS will host a conference on Loss and Damage (L&D) from climate change. Discussions to advance research on L&D are urgently needed, says LUCSUS Director Emily Boyd, since many challenges remain for the scientific and policy community on how L&D should be conceptualised, how best to measure, quantify and predict future L&D, and what governance arrangements are most appropriate. 
Floods

– We are seeing more and more examples of L&D from climate change as illustrated by the recent cyclone in Zimbabwe and the flooding in Indonesia, and this bring to the fore the need to discuss research and policy on L&D, as new questions emerge that require attention, says Emily Boyd.

The conference will be a forum for researchers and practitioners from a range of backgrounds to get together, including key experts in the emerging field of L&D, as well as those who are new to the discussion. It will feature invited speakers, alongside presentations selected from abstract submission, with ample time for discussion.

Specifically, the conference will explore L&D through five analytical lenses; defining L&D from a climate change perspective, ecological perspective, and sustainability perspective; and governance and economics of, and policy formation for L&D. 

– These different lenses give us an opportunity to examine L&D from multiple perspectives and entry points. It is only by coming to L&D from different research fields, as well as from the policy and governance side, we can attempt to advance the research field and practice in a holistic way.

– For us at LUCSUS, the sustainability perspective is of course of special interest: what are the non-economic losses of L&D, how, where, when and at what scale are people affected? But, equally interesting, are questions around evidence of L&D from climate change, and how L&D policy relates to polices for adaptation and mitigation.

Call for papers

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers to one of five conference streams, of up to 300 words. 

– We hope to see presentations of new papers, and from both established and early career researchers, as well as from the policy and the practitioner side. It is a great opportunity to present on a topic, and to get to discuss your results with others, concludes Emily Boyd.

The conference takes places from Wednesday, 30th October to Friday, 1st November in Lund, Sweden. The conference is hosted by Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies in partnership with the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) Lund University, Oxford University, Met Office UK, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Munich Re Foundation. 

To the web page Conference on Loss and Damage 2019

To the web page Call for Papers for Conference on Loss and Damage 2019.

Related Research Project DICE

The Conference on Loss and Damage 2019 is related to LUCSUS' research project DICE - Recasting the Disproportionate Impacts of Climate Change Extremes.

To the project pages for DICE on the LUCSUS web page.

About Conference

  • Date: Wednesday, 30th October- Friday, 1st November 2019
  • Place: Lund, Sweden.

The conference is hosted by Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies in partnership with the Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) Lund University, Oxford University, Met Office UK, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Munich Re Foundation. 

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