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Call for Papers

“Parties recognise the importance of averting, minimising and addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change, including extreme weather events and slow onset events, and the role of sustainable development in reducing the risk of loss and damage”, Paris Agreement, article 8

Framing the Conference

Since the adoption of the Warsaw International Mechanism in 2013, Loss and Damage (L&D) has commanded the attention of an increasingly wide spectrum of scientific disciplines, policy making arenas and civil society organisations. We are delighted to welcome you to the Conference on Loss and Damage 2019.

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. 

The conference will be a forum for researchers and practitioners from a range of backgrounds, including key experts in the emerging field of L&D, as well as those who are new to the discussion. 

Call for Papers

The conference will feature invited speakers, alongside presentations selected from abstract submission, with ample time for discussion. We would like to encourage presentations of new papers to be submitted to a special issue. We will select abstracts to be written into working papers, published in a conference book, and then developed for a special issue.

Key Dates

•    Deadline for paper abstracts - new deadline: 1st July 2019
•    Notification of acceptance: Mid-July 2019
•    Full papers due: 30th September 2019 (only relevant if you want your paper to be included in the special issue)

Conference Streams

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 of and policy formation for L&D.

Abstracts can be submitted to one of the following five conference streams. We will accept four to five papers per stream, allowing twenty minutes presentation for each paper. 

Defining L&D from a climate change perspective – what do we know?

We invite papers that examine evidence of L&D associated with climate change impacts, and methods for assessing L&D from climate change. This could include investigation of existing or future L&D from heatwaves, storms, flooding, drought, wildfires, sea level rise, glacial retreat, ocean acidification and other extreme or “slow onset” events. 

It could also include more conceptual or methodological studies of methods to examine L&D and how these might differ from other climate science research. 

Core questions are: What evidence is already available about L&D from climate change? What new research might be required to support L&D governance or policy?

Defining L&D from an ecological perspective – what do we know?

We invite papers that address L&D from an ecological perspective. Topics can include, but are not limited to: effects on infectious disease, effects on vulnerable forest systems from drought and forest fires, and biodiversity impacts from extreme floods and heat, and impacts on coral reefs and ecosystems.

Core questions include: where, when, how and at what scale is L&D from climate change experienced in ecological systems? What future L&D is expected in these systems? How can the functioning of ecological systems pose limits to adaptation possibilities?

Defining L&D from a sustainability perspective – what do we know?

The impacts of climate change are uneven and bring to the fore existing inequalities and social tensions. Vulnerable communities are most impacted and most at risk as climate change increases. 

We invite papers that address the societal effects of L&D. Who, where, when, how, and at what scale are people affected? Topics can include, but are not limited to: effects on vulnerable island, coastal and urban communities, effects on forest communities, disproportionate impacts based on class, race, ethnicity, etc., and effects on displaced communities and migrants. 

Core questions include: Who, where, when, how and at what scale are people impacted by L&D? Is more evidence needed in order to help govern L&D?

Governance and economics of L&D – how do we do it?

We invite papers that address governance of L&D resulting from climate change and the economic dimensions (e.g. insurance). What gaps exist in current legal and economic frameworks for handling risks and costs associated with L&D? What is the current state of governance for L&D, and what are its prospects for the future? Which actors are or should be involved in the governance and economics of L&D from climate change? What is the impact on mobilisation and social movements?

Core questions include: what are the connections between L&D governance and adaptation governance? How effective are existing L&D governance mechanisms and can they be scaled up? What new governance mechanisms or social movements may be needed to fill existing gaps? What are the economic implications for risks and costs associated with L&D?

Policy and practice of L&D on social-ecological systems – how do we do it?

We invite speakers from the practitioner community that address policy and practice of L&D. What does the current policy landscape look like in relation to adaptation and mitigation? Are these policies adequate to address L&D, or are new or different policies needed? How are migration policies interacting with L&D? What could future policies look like in light of L&D, and what resources are available? 

Core questions include: what are the impacts of L&D on policy formation? How could policies be implemented as the research field of L&D develops?

Submissions

We invite submissions of abstracts of up to 300 words that address one of the five conference streams. All abstracts will be evaluated by a scientific committee. 

All abstracts should be sent to: lossanddamage2019 [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se in the format of a PDF.

Participatory sessions 

The conference will offer opportunities for discussions and networking with the aim of advancing the L&D network and forward research and practice on L&D.
 

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Partners

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. 

Key Dates and Submission

Key Dates

•    Deadline for paper abstracts - new deadline: 1st July 2019
•    Notification of acceptance: Mid-July 2019
•    Full papers due: 30th September 2019 (only relevant if you want your paper to be included in the special issue)

We invite submissions of abstracts of up to 300 words that address one of the five conference streams. All abstracts will be evaluated by a scientific committee. 

All abstracts should be sent to: lossanddamage2019 [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se in the format of a PDF.

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