Watch the keynotes:
- Teea Kortetmäki: Making sense of just transition
- Peter Newell: Power Shift: The Political Economy of Just Transitions
Framing the Conference:
The turbulence in an ever-changing world accelerated due to the Covid-19 pandemic and recent geopolitical crisis. A fair, just and sustainable society, leaving no one behind, is one of the top targets of the United Nations sustainability goals 2030. The European Union and the member states have committed to this target through the European sustainable growth strategy - The European Green Deal.
The Strategic Research Council instrument is designed to deliver policy-relevant findings for pressing societal challenges. An effective transition towards a fair, just and sustainable society is one such challenge. These themes are debated in politics and public discussions: how a welfare society has afforded a good life for everyone, and what would be the good life if the current level of consumption and material wellbeing cannot be kept. Effective and fair transition combines many different aspects and disciplines in addressing the questions on fair and just transition, its definition and interpretation. It covers and integrates multiple research areas such as demography, employment, economy, resilience, climate change mitigation, natural resources, health and wellbeing, globalization, international politics and geopolitics. The evidence-based solutions are foreseen to become a needed part of typical narrative-based decision-making, demanding new types of policy design and implementation processes in the near and distant future.
The conference's overall aim is to bring together scholars that have a common interest in exploring responses to societal challenges in a fair, just and sustainable society. The conference will foster an exchange of ideas, approaches and insights between the disciplines. We are also looking for insights into theoretical and methodological problems related to studying a fair, just and sustainable society. In addition, we encourage researchers to share their experiences and best practices and stumbling blocks to increase the societal impact of their research. Presentations can highlight successes or failures in interacting with different stakeholders, sharing information and co-creating knowledge about a fair, just and sustainable society.
The conference is hosted by the research programmes of the Strategic Research Council.
For whom: The Conference is targeted at researchers within projects financed by the Strategic Research Council, in particular, but it is open to all interested scholars who wish to present and debate research dealing with a fair, just and sustainable society.
The programme will be based on a few keynote presentations and parallel thematic sessions. The programme will be highly interactive. Sessions will generally follow the format of short talks, followed by the comments by an appointed opponent (presenter of another paper in the session) and the audience.
The programme can be seen here. Please note, that the lunch mentioned in the programme is only available for the speakers.
NOTE! We plan for an on-site conference. We will carefully follow the Covid-19 situation, and if the situation requires, the conference will be held online.
The conference will feature invited speakers and presentations selected based on submitted abstracts around the conference theme. We encourage diversity in approaches, providing opportunities for novel views. We invite submissions of abstracts of up to 300 words. A fair, just and sustainable society and fair adaptation/transformation are broad themes in research, politics and public discussions. The presentations may address issues including, but not necessarily limited to the following topics:
- Meaning and interpretation of a fair and just transformation
- Social sustainability, demography, employment, education
- Sustainable growth, degrowth, economy and resilience
- Ecological sustainability, climate and natural resources, materials
- Health and wellbeing, pandemia
- Globalization, international politics, and geopolitics
- Deadline for paper abstracts: 22.8.2022
- Notification of acceptance: 1.9.2022
We invite submissions of abstracts of up to 300 words that address the conference theme. Please, include 3-5 keywords to the abstract. A scientific committee will evaluate all abstracts. The evaluation is based on scientific excellence and the societal relevance of the research.
There is no participation fee for the conference. The organizers provide lunches and coffee as given in the programme for registered conference participants. All travel and accommodation costs are to be covered by the participants themselves.
- Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, kaisa.korhonen-kurki(at)syke.fi
- Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, anne-christine.ritschkoff(at)vtt.fi
- Asta Salmi, firstname.lastname(at)univaasa.fi
- Minna Lammi, firstname.lastname(at)aru.ac.uk
- Paula Schönach, firstname.lastname(at)aalto.fi
- Jarmo Viteli, firstname.lastname(at)tuni.fi
- Susan Kuivalainen, firstname.lastname(at)etk.fi
- Juha Hiedanpää, firstname.lastname(at)luke.fi
- Marjo Kurki, firstname.lastname(at)itla.fi