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NESS - Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference: Emergency and transformation

If global environmental changes, including climate change, have taken decades to build up to an emergency, last year saw the almost instantaneous spread of a fatal virus that in a matter of weeks pushed global society into a humanitarian crisis, and soon also into a deep economic crisis. The 15th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference, hosted by the School of Global Studies, will be a chance for environmental social scholars to meet and discuss where the crises have brought us.

Dates and venues

7-9 June, 2022, at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg.
Map to conference venues will be published on the website closer to the event.

Upcoming deadlines:

  • Submitting workshops: 1 October, 2021.
  • Abstracts for workshop papers: 15 December, 2021.
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 February, 2022.
  • Last day to register for the conference and submission of full paper: 20 May, 2022.

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NESS Conference 2022

7-9 June 2022 at the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden.

When it rains it pours. If global environmental changes, including climate change, have taken decades to build up to an emergency, last year saw the almost instantaneous spread of a fatal virus that in a matter of weeks pushed global society into a humanitarian crisis, and soon also into a deep economic crisis. The Covid-19 emergency will most definitely be a watershed in modern history, but where the rain will flow is too early to tell.

The 15th Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference (NESS), will be a chance for environmental social scholars to meet and discuss where the crises have brought us.

  • What are the urgent contributions of environmental social science to these emergencies?
  • Is the crisis an opportunity for accelerating since long necessary green transformations or a moment for patience, where resources should be directed toward the most urgent needs?
  • Either or – what are the lessons learned by the Covid-19 crisis for a green transformation? Is the ‘strong society’ now back on the arena after decades of liberalizations, marketizations, and ‘just in time’?
  • What are, then, the implications for democracy, governance, economic policies, and public discourses?

While the interconnectedness of emergency and transformation will gain special attention during the conference, we welcome contributions in areas related, but not restricted, to climate change, biodiversity, food, water, energy, natural resource extraction, bio-economy, rural and urban sustainability, and conservation. The conference workshops will cover various aspects of environmental social science, from the local to the global, from empirical papers over policy-relevant papers to conceptual and theoretical contributions. As is the tradition of NESS, the workshops are at the center of the conference, with plenty of time devoted to presentation and discussion of submitted papers.

Conference structure 

The NESS conference consists of on the one hand common events, such as keynote speeches, joint panels, and social activities, and on the other, several workshops. The workshops – where junior and senior scholars meet and discuss common themes – are the central activity of this conference. The workshops follow a standing session format (similar to ECPR), which allows for substantive discussions on research in progress. The topics for discussion are defined by the individual workshop themes, and scholars currently working on the themes will be invited to participate.

The overall objective of the workshops is to facilitate and encourage participation and collaboration across social sciences, between younger and more established scholars and across countries. In order to achieve this, the size of each workshop is limited so that adequate time is allowed for each contribution. Each participant is expected to be carrying out research relating to the theme of the workshop, able to submit and present a paper (or work in progress) for the discussion or participate as a discussant. The ambition with this format is that the workshops allow for in-depth and coherent discussions of the respective themes and provide opportunities for potential joint publications or other continuing collaborations between the participants.

NESS workshops

There are still openings for workshops. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, contact the organizers as soon as possible at ness@globalstudies.gu.se.

NESS Online events 2021

7-9 June 2021 

In June 2021, NESS hosted a number of free webinar events with speakers on the conference theme Emergency and Transformations, and on workshop themes, followed by mingle sessions.

Registration

The registration to NESS Online 2021 closed at 12:00 (CET) on 4 June, 2021.

Program

All workshops, including networking, were held via Zoom.

  7 June 8 June 9 June
08:30-09:00

Welcome/program
Sebastian Linke, Annica Kronsell

The History and Format of NESS
Speaker: Katarina Eckerberg, Professor, Umeå Universit

Panel: Science to Policy: What role for ESS?  

Chair: Sebastian Linke

Panelists: Marie Stenseke, Sverker Jagers, Annelie Sjölander-Lindkvist,
Lena Gippert

 

Presentation of workshops by workshop chairs

  • Just Transition and the Role of the State
  • Governing a sustainable transformation –
    The role of knowledge, expertise and the reflexivity
    of public institutions
  • Governing Low Carbon Sustainable Urban Transformation
  • Ocean Governance

 

09:00-09:40

Presentation of workshops by workshop chairs

  • Social science contributions to the biodiversity agenda  
  • Environmental policy attitudes in an era of crises
  • Incorporating the environment in urban planning
  • Imagining transformation:
    Urgency, emergency and hope in a time of multiple crises
  • Behavioral Effects of Emergencies

 

 

Presentation of workshops by workshop chairs

  • Human-wildlife conflicts and the use of natural resources
  • Exploring grassroots initiatives for transitions
  • Transformative Change for a Green Industry:
    Nordic Experiences and Challenges
  • What can science deliver and what does policy want? 
    Science policy interactions and climate action
  • Green Innovation Policy:
    Exploring the Green Deal Foundations

 

09:00- 09:15
Next year NESS 2022 IRL
Annica Kronsell/Sebastian Linke


09:15-09:45
Meet in break-out rooms
Select one of the workshops presented.

 

09:40-10:00

Meet in break-out rooms
Select one of the workshops presented.

Meet in break-out rooms
Select one of the workshops presented.

 

 

 

The organizer

The host, the School of Global Studies, is an interdisciplinary department consisting of several social sciences, including peace and development research, human ecology, and social anthropology. The organizing committee is further broadened to include environmental social scientists from several departments at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology. Together, we welcome Nordic and international researchers to NESS 2021 and 2022 to stress the important role of environmental social science in times of emergency and transformation.