Program > Themes

A. Specific themes 

  1. Global commons: energy, climate, biodiversity (particularly stock-based vs flow-based economy; energy thresholds and peak resources – fossil fuels, rare earth metals, phosphorus, forest, fisheries resources; implications of production and lifestyle patterns – consumption and transportation; prevention of and adaptation to systemic crises; management of common goods…). 
  1. Food, agriculture and animal farming practices: human and environmental health; organic food; fossil fuel free farming; interdependence between living organisms; biosphere related issues; promotion of distribution channels; land access; urban agriculture, … 
  1. Housing and land-use planning: transportation, renovation of existing buildings, transition towns, housing location regarding access to services, sustainable mobility, intermodality,… 
  1. The social economy and the transition to sustainable development: new economic practices evaluated in the context of "niche" and widely distributed; alternative organizational models leading economic activity towards the pursuit of societal objectives related to sustainable development; governance, management, financing, distribution of social economic projects within a sustainable transition period. 

B. Cross-sectoral themes 

  1. Transition models: sustainable development (SD), prosperity without growth, green capitalism or degrowth? (drawbacks and shortcomings of each of these concepts; role of indicators, currency and finance; SD and social justice; ethical issues). 
  1. The role of public authorities in the transition: What kind of governance? How to induce behavioural changes? Which policies supporting current and emerging technologies? Law and public policy developments (legislative and impact assessment, integration principles, advisory councils; embedding SD into national constitutions and international treaties; SD and fundamental rights). 
  1. Transition and non-governmental actors: role of the various stakeholders: citizens, consumers, businesses, workers, large institutions, social movements; scientific research, education, culture, media; participatory democracy and modes of collective intelligence. 
  1. Research stream on transdisciplinary research: research findings on a specific sustainability topic based on a transdisciplinary mode of organisation or analysis of the various problems that arise from this type of approach (e.g. selection of stakeholders, learning best practices or design principles).
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