Ph.D. Course: ‘Rural Transformations in the 21st Century’

The objective of this interdisciplinary course is to critically analyze – empirically and conceptually – processes of transformation in rural areas as related to access to and governance of resources and how these are reshaping the lives of people living there.

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    2018-09-05 All day
    ISIRC is the world’s leading  interdisciplinary social innovation research conference. The conference brings together scholars from across the globe to discuss social innovation in a variety of perspectives. ISIRC 2018 is hosted by the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Center for Social Investment and Innovation in cooperation with the Westphalian University Gelsenkirchen, Institute for Work and Technology. The conference will take place at the heart of the old town of Heidelberg, a wonderful combination of old and new buildings, narrow streets, market squares, arts, history and science. The conference will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, on 3-5 Sept 2018.
  • 2018-10-15 - 2018-10-18 All day
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  • 2018-11-15 - 2018-11-18 All day
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  • resources for a social-ecological transformation
    2019-02-28 - 2019-03-02 All day

    World society is facing a comprehensive social-ecological crisis related to fast political, economic, tech-nological and social changes. The current economic model and its forms of excessive resource extrac-tion and use exacerbate ecological problems and conflicts, generates political instability and increases social inequalities. There is emerging agreement in science, politics and society that a fundamental transformation is needed. Some stakeholders frame the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as an important step towards recognising and addressing the most pressing transfor-mation needs. However, many scholars argue that such a transformation requires a more radical change of current modes of production and living as well as development pathways instead of mere technological and managerial solutions. In this context, the extraction, distribution, use and disposal of natural resources are of crucial im-portance. We acknowledge resources as a biophysical materiality and, at the same time, as a social, ecological and in the end as a political ‘construct’, and part of the powerfully-structured social rela-tions. Such a perspective intends to overcome the dichotomy between society and nature in a wider concept of ‘societal nature relations’. A better comprehension of the multidimensional character of resources as well as a multiscale perspective is needed to achieve a better understanding of the com-plex nexus between resources and transformation potentials. Following the first conference (“Towards International Resource Fairness - Theories, Conflicts and Pol-icies” in 2014, see also programme, documentation and conference publication), the 2nd Austrian Con-ference on International Resource Politics focuses on the role of natural resources for a social-ecolog-ical transformation. Highlighting a North-South-perspective, the conference aims to analyse past, pre-sent and future challenges for transformation pathways that take global inequalities, geopolitics but also transnational resistance and forms of cooperation into account. The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers, practitioners and activists from different regions and disciplines to advance inter- and transdisciplinary research. Are welcome contributions from any field of political science, development studies, geography, eco-nomics, sociology, social ecology, law and related disciplines and kindly invite you to submit proposals in one of the following areas:  Theoretical and empirical reflections on the current social-ecological crisis related to natural resources, and their potentials and limits for transformations.  Looking to the past to understand the future: contributions from environmental and socio-economic history.  Methodologies and approaches assessing e.g. the economic, political, social, legal, and envi-ronmental impacts of resource extraction.  Analysis and evaluation of public and private policies and governance of natural resources (e.g. laws, codes, standards, certification schemes, labels).  Theoretical and empirical contributions on topics such as resource conflicts, territorial dynam-ics of resource frontiers or (global) commodity chains in context of social-ecological transfor-mations. The proposals should be submitted in PDF format until 5th October 2018 to agef@uibk.ac.at in one of these three forms: 1) Individual Papers, including a title, an abstract (300-500 words) and a short CV (50-70 words); 2) Special Sessions (consisting of 3-4 thematic papers), including a session description (300-500 words) as well as title, abstract and short CV (200 words) for the individual papers of the ses-sion. 3) Open Workshops with interactive features on the conference topic for/from practitioners and scientists. This form especially aims to promote transdisciplinary dialog. Proposal should in-clude a description of the workshop, methodology and goals (approx. 300-500 words) and short CV of the organizer(s) (50-70 words). This conference is organized by the Research Platform on Resource Fairness, consisting of the Institute of Geography at the University of Innsbruck, the Austrian Foundation for Development Research (ÖFSE), the Department of Political Science at the University of Vienna and the Institute of Social Ecol-ogy at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. All relevant information on the conference will be soon available at the conference website: https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/resource-conference/. Please direct further inquiries to agef@uibk.ac.at.