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Call for Papers

The conference on Loss and Damage will highlight L&D through five analytical lenses; defining L&D from a climate change perspective, ecological perspective, and sustainability perspective; and governance and policy formation of L&D. Abstracts can be submitted to five conference streams. We will accept four to five papers per stream, allowing ten minutes presentation for each paper. 

“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

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. 

While the proliferation of research and policy related to extreme events and L&D is promising, many challenges remain for the scientific and policy communities regarding how L&D from extreme events should be conceptualised, how best to measure it, and what governance arrangements are most appropriate for different contexts. 

For example, which approaches to L&D can best account for both the economic as well as the non-economic forms of impact from climate-related events, which there is increasing evidence to suggest can be just as significant to individuals and communities ? 

How can climate science, ecological science and sustainability science perspectives be combined to advance L&D theory and practice? And how can L&D from extreme events be meaningfully situated within the broader sustainable development agenda, including the SDGs, as highlighted in Article 8 of the Paris Agreement?

We will select a number of the submitted papers for a selected special issue, depending on the type of papers we receive under the call. 

Key Dates:

•    Deadline for paper abstracts: 1st June 2019
•    Notification of acceptance: 17th June 2019
•    Full papers due: 30th September 2019

Conference Streams

The conference will highlight L&D through five analytical lenses; defining L&D from a climate change perspective, ecological perspective, and sustainability perspective; and governance and policy formation of L&D. Abstracts can be submitted to one of the following five conference streams. We will accept four to five papers per stream, allowing ten minutes presentation for each paper. 

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

We invite papers that address evidence and methods for assessing (L&D) from climate change. Topics can include, but not be limited to: attribution to climate change of the rapid warming-related collapse of coral reefs and other ecosystems, the spread of risk of catastrophic wildfires, and the likelihood of extreme flooding events. 

Core questions are: what impact will climate science evidence have on L&D? What can new methods and tools mean for advancing the field of L&D?

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 not be limited to: effects on infectious disease, effects on vulnerable forest systems from drought and forest fires, and biodiversity impacts from extreme flood or heat events. 

Core questions include: where, when, how and at what scale are ecological systems impacted by L&D? 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 increase. We invite papers that address the societal effects 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 and coastal 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? 

Governance of L&D – how do we do it?

We invite papers that address governance of L&D resulting from L&D. What gaps exist in current legal 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 of Loss and Damage 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? 

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

We invite speakers that address policy and practice of L&D. How 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? 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?
Individual papers

Submissions

We invite submissions of abstracts of up to 300 words that address one of the five conference streams. All abstracts will be anonymised and evaluated by a scientific committee. 
All abstracts should be sent to: info@l&dconference.lu.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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Key Dates and Submission

Key Dates:

•    Deadline for paper abstracts: 1st June 2019
•    Notification of acceptance: 17th June 2019
•    Full papers due: 30th September 2019

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

All abstracts should be sent to: info@l&dconference.lucsus.lu.se in the format of a PDF.
 

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