Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability (Event)

This event will take place on January 23-25 2013 in Hiroshima, Japan. Opportunities will be provided for conference participants to interact, converse, and learn from each other. Built in to the conference program are a number of sessions and events that are designed specifically to promote interactions among the on-site members of the knowledge community. These range from more formal plenary sessions, through parallel presentations, to informal coffee breaks and optional activities. Some of these, like Talking Circles and Garden Sessions, may be new experiences for participants. Our approach to organizing Parallel Sessions has some unique features, as well. Learn more about these session types under On-site Presentations.

The sustainability knowledge community is brought together by a common concern for sustainability in an holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect. The community interacts through an innovative, annual face-to-face conference, as well as year-round online relationships, a family of peer reviewed journals, and book series – exploring the affordances of the new digital media. Members of this knowledge community include academics, researchers, policy makers, public servants, members of government and non-government organisations, consultants, educators and research students.

Members of the Sustainability Community meet at the International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, held annually in different locations around the world. Our community members and first time attendees come from all corners of the globe. Intellectually, our interests span the breadth of the various sustainability disciplines and fields of study. The conference is a site of critical reflection, both by leaders in the field and emerging scholars. Those unable to attend the conference may opt for virtual participation in which community members can either submit a video and/or slide presentation with voice-over, or simply submit a paper for peer review and possible publication in the journal.

The Sustainability Community enables members to publish through three media. First, by participating in the Sustainability Conference, community members can enter a world of journal publication unlike traditional academic publishing forums – a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical and constructive nature of the peer review process. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard.

The second publication medium is through the book series On Sustainability, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposals and manuscript submissions are welcome.

The third major publishing medium is our news blog, constantly publishing short news updates from the Sustainability Community, as well as major developments in the various disciplines of sustainability. You can also join this conversation at Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our email Newsletter.

The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

This years speakers include:

Ed Barry is the designer of the Sustainable Living Planner and the director of the Sustainable World Initiative in Washington DC.

Hideyuki Doi is currently working as Tenure-track lecturer in Institute for Sustainable Sciences and Development (ISSD) at Hiroshima University, Japan.

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management scientific expert from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair and Professor at the Research Centre for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.

Junko Edahiro, Chief Executive, Japan for Sustainability; President, Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy and Society; Environmental journalist, translator, President of e’s Inc.; Chairperson of Change Agent Inc.; member of Mid- and Long-term Roadmap Subcommittee of the Global Environmental Committee (under Central Environmental Council, Japan Ministry of the Environment); Chairperson of Communication Marketing Working Group, visiting researcher for Research into Artifacts at the Center for Engineering (RACE) at the University of Tokyo; initiator of the Candle Night campaign

William E. Rees is an ecologist, ecological economist, Professor Emeritus and former director of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning in Vancouver, Canada.

William N. Ryerson is Founder and President of Population Media Center (PMC) (, an organization that strives to improve the health and well being of people around the world through the use of entertainment-education strategies.

amareswar galla Chairperson, Sustainability Knowledge Community.

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